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2014 FRENCH OPEN DAY 11: Seventeen-Year-Old Canadian Junior And ITF Circuit Player Francoise Abanda Advances To Girl's Singles Semifinals

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Canadian Francoise Abanda during 2014 French Open Juniors quarterfinal match.

Francoise Abanda (Montreal) has advanced into the semifinals of the Junior French Open, ousting Spaniard Paula Badosa Gibert 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in the round of eight in Paris on Thursday.

After dropping the first set, Abanda tightened up her game considerably. While she was broken three times in the opener, the 17-year-old only gave up her serve once in the next two sets and didn't face a single break point in the third set. She clinched her second career junior Slam semifinal berth in just under two hours.

Standing in the No. 10-seed's path to the championship match is top-seeded Ivana Jorovic of Serbia, currently the No. 3-ranked junior girl in the world. Both competitors, who have never played each other before, will be attempting to make their first junior Slam final.

A member of Tennis Canada's National Training Centre in Montreal, Abanda also reached the semifinals of Junior Wimbledon as a 15-year-old in 2012.

Source: Tennis Canada

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2014 FRENCH OPEN DAY 9: What!... What!... What!... The Frenchman Takes Out Garcia-Lopez, Sets Up Murray Quarterfinal

Monday, June 2, 2014

Frenchman Gael Monfils celebrates his 4th-round win over Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at the 2014 French Open.

PARIS (Reuters) - Home favorite Gael Monfils reached the quarter-finals of the French Open for the fourth time when he ended the run of unseeded Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez with a 6-0 6-2 7-5 win on Monday.

The 23rd seed, who also made it to the last eight in 2008, 2009 and 2011, blazed through the first two sets and held off the world number 41 in the third, ending the contest on a sun-drenched court Philippe Chatrier with an ace.

Monfils will face British seventh seed Andy Murray for a place in the last four, a stage he reached in 2008 when he was defeated by Roger Federer.

"In the third set, when I broke him he started to go for his shots and played more freely," Monfils, whose preparations have been hampered by an ankle injury he sustained in early April, said courtside.

"I became too defensive so I had to accelerate again."

No French man has won their home slam since Yannick Noah in 1983.

During the first two sets, Garcia-Lopez was a pale shadow of the player who knocked out world No.3 Stan Wawrinka in the first round.

The Spaniard peppered the court with unforced errors, most of them from his forehand, the very shot that helped him progress to the last 16.

He went 2-0 down in the third before regaining his composure as Monfils, the last French player left in the singles, played too conservatively.

The Frenchman, who had advanced to this round after beating Italian Fabio Fognini in an unforced errors-fest, turned the situation around thanks to some fine returns and, spurred on by the crowd, broke decisively in the 11th game.

Next up is Wimbledon champion Murray, who fought hard to beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco in straight sets.

"He's such an entertainer," Murray said after his match.

"He is one of my favorite players to watch. There's going to be some fun points."

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2014 FRENCH OPEN DAY 9: Nadal's Match Brings Out Royalty... Well, Kinda - The Prince of Purple Rain Makes An Appearance

PARIS (AP) — So "King of Clay" Rafael Nadal's record 32nd consecutive French Open victory was fit for a prince. Well, actually, Prince.

The American musician known for hits such as "Purple Rain" and "1999" was nearly hidden in the stands Monday, sitting in the very back row of the presidential box in the main stadium at Roland Garros and clutching a shiny cane.
Stayed till the last note of Nadal's easy win, too.

When the match ended, Prince rose to leave. As he walked toward the exit, though, he paused and paid his respects by applauding.



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FRENCH OPEN DAY 5: Two Frenchmen And An American Work It Out In Paris - Tsonga, Monfils And Young Sail Into Third Round

Thursday, May 29, 2014

American Donald Young sets his site on the 2014 French Open's 3rd round after defeating Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

In his post-match interview American Donald Young said, "I have actually never won a match outside of the U.S. on red clay.  So to win two here at the French Open, it means a lot."

Young advanced to the third round today after a 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez.  This represents only the third occasion that he has been able to get this far at a grand slam tournament.

When asked whether he believes he's doing well because of the big stage and the greater challenge, Young responded, "Yeah, actually, I like the big stage a little more than the challengers and everywhere else.  I feel like I play better against higher level players.

"But, yeah, I just feel like I put the work in and I'm playing well.  I'm just letting my game flow and do what it does."

Awaiting Donald in the third round is yet another Spaniard, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet Poland's Jerzy Janowicz in round 3 of the 2014 French Open.

Tsonga The First Of The Frenchman To Charge Into Round 3

Austrian Jürgen Melzer fell to the mighty swings of France's own Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Wednesday. The No. 13 seed took the match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

Post-match Tsonga stated that, "Jerzy is a difficult player. You never know exactly what to expect on court. I'm not really talking about his behavior but rather his game. He's rather unpredictable. He's very tall, he strikes hard. He can have a very high first ball, first-serve percentage, striking really hard ... so you have to find a way to neutralize him, and it's not always that easy."

Up next for Tsonga is the No. 22 seed Jerzy Janowicz of Poland.

Frenchman Gael Monfils in second round action against German Jan-Lennard Struff.

Gael Monfils Flies Through Yet Another Round

The consistently acrobatic Frenchman Gael Monfils also moved through the second round in straight sets 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1, eliminating Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff.  Struff put up quite a defense in the first set, but was not able to overcome the game of the 23rd seed.

Italian Fabio Fognini, the tournament's 14th seed, awaits Monfils in the 3rd round.


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(PHOTOS) Monfils And Tsonga Pay Respects

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Black Tennis Pro's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils at funeral of Mathieu Montcourt(l-r) Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

French tennis players Gael Monfils (L) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga leave Roland Garros stadium on July 9, 2009 in Paris, after attending a funeral ceremony paying tribute to French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt, who died of a heart attack overnight July 6, 2009 outside his apartment near Paris.

(Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Tennis Pro's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils at funeral of Mathieu Montcourt

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