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Nadal Ties Record With Stunning Win on French Clay

The Spaniard crushes Novak Djokovic in straight sets

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles by producing a nearly perfect performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final, the AP reports. Nadal equaled long-time rival Federer for the most major singles tennis championships won by a man and added to his own record at...

'It's Crazy': History Is Made at the French Open

Iga Swiatek is the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles trophy

(Newser) - With the poise of a veteran and the shots of a champion, 19-year-old Iga Swiatek picked the perfect place for her first tour-level title: the French Open, the AP reports. Unseeded and ranked merely 54th, Swiatek grabbed the last six games to beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the final...

For the 12th Time, Nadal Lifts the French Open Trophy

Champion dropped a set but recovered

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal pulled away in what had suddenly become a tight final to beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, on Sunday for his record-extending 12th French Open championship. It raises Nadal's Grand Slam title count to 18; Roger Federer has 20. Thiem made it seem as if this...

Amanda Who? American Teen Puts Tennis World on Notice

Amanda Anisimova, 17, upsets defending champ and advances to semifinals

(Newser) - Even those who don't follow tennis might be hearing the name Amanda Anisimova a lot over the coming days—and beyond. Anisimova is a 17-year-old American who just pulled off an enormous upset at the French Open: She knocked off defending champ Simona Halep of Romania in fairly easy...

French Open Bans Suit Serena Wore to Inspire Moms

Her compression 'catsuit' improved blood circulation after a tough pregnancy

(Newser) - Serena Williams did away with the traditional skirt and donned a striking, full-length bodysuit during the French Open. And she did so for health, as well as fashion, reasons. Just don't expect to see it again. “I believe we have sometimes gone too far," French Tennis Federation...

'Scared' Nadal Beats Thiem at French Open

The Spaniard claims his 17th Grand Slam title

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his record-extending 11th championship at the French Open on Sunday, overcoming a late problem with a finger on his racket-swinging hand and displaying his foe-rattling best for a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem, the only person to beat the Spaniard on clay...

4th Time's the Charm: Halep Wins French Open

Simona Halep is the first Romanian to win a Grand Slam in 40 years

(Newser) - Simona Halep kept telling everybody who would listen: She was a different player. She was stronger mentally. She wanted so much to finally win a Grand Slam title and was sure that, one day, she would, the AP reports. After three losses in major finals, maybe Halep was trying to...

Serena's Comeback Stumbles: Pulls Out of French Open

Tennis great withdraws with chest injury

(Newser) - This is sure to make for a poignant episode of her new HBO docu-series: Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open on Monday because of injury. The tennis legend had been due to play Maria Sharapova later, but ESPN reports that a "pectoral muscle injury" prevented her from being...

3 Wimbledon Matches May Have Been Fixed

Tennis watchdog group is investigating

(Newser) - A report last year warned that match-fixing was a problem in tennis. But at Wimbledon? The sport's independent watchdog group said Wednesday that three matches during this year's event seemed a little fishy and are being investigated, reports USA Today . The Tennis Integrity Unit didn't name names,...

Rafael Nadal Just Did What No Other Player Has Done

He won his 10th French Open, the most wins at any major tournament

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his record 10th French Open title Sunday, beating No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in straight sets as he continued his career-long dominance on clay courts. That he won his 10th French Open is no small stat, notes the AP : That is more than any man or woman has...

Djokovic Finally Conquers France for Grand Slam

He now holds all 4 majors, which hasn't happened since 1969

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic became the first man in nearly a half-century to win four consecutive major championships and finally earned an elusive French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam, beating Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday. This was the top-seeded Djokovic's 12th appearance at Roland Garros,...

Wawrinka Dumps No. 1 Djokovic, Wins French Open

It's Switzerland native's second Grand Slam

(Newser) - Against the odds, Stanislas Wawrinka has won the French Open, beating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Wawrinka sealed the win on his second match point with a backhand winner down the line to clinch his second Grand Slam title and deprive Djokovic of his ninth. The players hugged...

Rare No. 20: Serena Wins French Open

It's her 20th Grand Slam title, a mark hit by only 2 others

(Newser) - Overcoming a mid-match lull and a third-set deficit, Serena Williams won her third French Open title and 20th major singles trophy today by beating 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2. The top-ranked Williams took the last six games and added to her championships on the...

Federer Fumes as Selfie-Seeker Storms Court

'This should never happen,' snipes tennis great after French Open breach

(Newser) - Roger Federer is fuming that a kid got on center court to snap selfies with him at the French Open and is demanding better security. "This should never happen on the Philippe Chatrier court," the 2009 French Open champion said. "I'm not happy about it. Obviously...

Nadal Wins Steamy 9th French Open

Sends Novak Djokovic packing after shaky first set

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won the French Open title for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 today in the final. Nadal improved his record at Roland Garros to 66-1, and stretched his winning streak at the clay-court major to 35...

Sharapova Wins French Open, Shaky Serve and All

That's two in 3 years for Russian

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years today, overcoming some shaky serving to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final. Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and had 12 double-faults in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was...

Serena, Venus Stunned Early in French Open

They'd have met in the next round otherwise

(Newser) - Instead of looking forward to playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early. The American sisters both lost to little-known opponents in the second round today. Serena, the defending French Open champion and a 17-time major winner, lost to...

Protests Disrupt French Open as Nadal Wins
 Shirtless Protesters 
 Storm French Open 
AS NADAL WINS HIS 8th

Shirtless Protesters Storm French Open

Flare-wielding protesters demand Francois Hollande quit

(Newser) - It was just another boring French Open final, with Rafael Nadal soundly thumping David Ferrer—until a masked, half-naked flare-wielding protester hopped onto the tennis court, reports the AP . Security personnel quickly subdued the man, but other protesters climbed atop an adjacent court with flares and a sign demanding the...

Serena Wins French Open
 Serena Wins French Open 

Serena Wins French Open

At 31, Williams is on a career-high winning streak

(Newser) - Serena Williams won her 16th Grand Slam title today and her first French Open championship since 2002, beating familiar foil Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4. Today's victory completed the top-ranked Williams' rebound from a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at Roland Garros a year ago....

Nadal, Serena Triumph at Italian Open

Next week: French Open

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal controlled the Italian Open final from start to finish, beating Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3 today in the 30th meeting between the two stars. Nadal improved to 20-10 in his career against Federer, and won the Italian Open for the seventh time. He also showed once again that he'...

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