Anirban Majumder

French Open: Maria Sharapova Closer To Career Grand Slam

on June 06 2012 4:10 PM
French Open: Maria Sharapova Closer To Career Grand Slam

Maria Sharapova stormed into her third semi final of French Open on Wednesday after thrashing Estonia's Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-3 victory over in 74 minutes.

The Russian world No. 2, who was also a semifinalist in 2007 and 2011, will tackle Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova for a place in Saturday's final.

Sharapova, who won Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008, has now made another step closer to complete her career grand slam titles and gain one more win than last year, when she lost to eventual champion Li Na.

If Sharapova makes the final, she would rise to No. 1 in the WTA rankings, overtaking Victoria Azarenka.

Against 23rd-seed Kanepi, Sharapova played much better than she did in her previous match, where she had 12 double-faults and was broken nine times. On another gloomy day both of them exchanged breaks in the first two games before the Russian picked up two more in the third and seventh games. The Estonian saved two set points, but that was not enough against Sharapova, who clinched the next set.

Djokovic - Federer: Top Tennis Stars Duel Again [French Open 2012]

on June 06 2012 8:10 AM

It was just about 300 yards apart on the two main show courts of Roland Garros, where Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic found themselves saving match points at the same time.

Djokovic kept alive his Grand Slam hopes by saving four match points against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before pulling off a nail-biting 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-1 quarterfinal win.

In the last four Djokovic will play against Roger Federer on Friday, who bounced back from a two-set deficit to beat Juan-Martin del Potro 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-0, 6-3.

Last year in Paris saw the Serb and Swiss stars duel, when Federer ended Djokovic's 43-match winning streak.

Since then, Djokovic has won 26 Grand Slam matches in a row. After his triumphs at Wimbledon and U.S. Open last year, and Australian Open in January, the world No. 1 is bidding to be only the third man, after Rod Laver in 1969, to hold all majors at the same time.

Federer victory over del Potro meant he reached a record-equalling 31st Grand Slam semifinal.

French Open: Federer Ties Connors Grand Slam Record

on May 28 2012 4:05 PM
French Open: Federer Ties Connors Grand Slam Record

Roger Federer may not be atop the tennis world anymore but he still has an unshakeable habit of shattering tour records.

On May 28, Federer tied American Jimmy Connors' record of 233 grand slam match victories at the French Open en route to potentially, his 17th major tennis title.

Federer beat German Tobias Kamke 6-2 7-5 6-3 in the first round and can surpass Connors's professional-era record with a win in the second round.

The 16-time grand slam title winner is now 233-35 lifetime at the major tournaments.

 "I think that's a big one, because that was longevity. Jimmy is obviously one of the greats of all time, and was around for 20 years," Federer said about his latest record. "I love the big tournaments. I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that record, at 30 years old, is pretty incredible, so I'm very happy.''

Federer also revealed his goal of eclipsing Connors's record of 109 tournament titles although he is 36 titles away at the moment with 74 titles.

Federer Stands Between Djokovic and History

on May 25 2012 3:57 PM
Federer Stands Between Djokovic and History

Novak Djokovic might have to get past Roger Federer if he is going to win a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title in the 2012 French Open.

Just as in 2011, the draw has a potential Federer-Djokovic semi-final in Roland Garros. The road to the semis won't be easy for Djokovic, as he may have to face local boy and No. 5-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Djokovic, a three-time finalist at Roland Garros, may also face former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the early rounds.

In 2011, Djokovic lost to Federer in four epic sets, which ended the Serb's 43-match winning streak, and turned Djokovic's last loss at a major. Since then, he won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.

If Djokovic wins this time, he would become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four Grand Slam trophies in a row.

The journey will probably not be easy for Federer, either. The 16-time Grand Slam champion could face Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion in the fourth round.

Euro 2012: Terrorist Threats Cast a Dark Shadow Over the Impending Football Tournament

on May 03 2012 3:40 PM

After the World Cup, football fans around the world often eagerly anticipate the UEFA European Football Championship .

But this time a possible terrorist attack in eastern Ukraine, poses a major security challenge in the run up to the Euro 2012 football tournament.

At least 30 people were injured in four consecutive blasts that rocked central Dnipropetrovsk, which was initially set to be a host city for Euro 2012 but was replaced in 2009 by Kharkiv.

Euro 2012 is scheduled to be co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland and will start on June 8.

Soon after that incident, Spain, who hosted the tournament way back in 1964, had reportedly offered to host next month's tournament.

But Ukraine's top football official rubbished that report, calling them "groundless".

Ukraine has given a clear assurance to UEFA that steps are being taken to ensure the safety of visitors and players. Uefa also have no new concerns over security measures for the tournament.