Archive for June 9th, 2008

ana’s firsts: a no. 1 ranking and a grand slam title

June 9, 2008

Ana Ivanovic did one better than last year’s Roland Garros performance — when she won only three games against Justine Henin — by denying Dinara Safina another come-from-match-point-down performance. She shut out the Russian, who was also vying for her first Grand Slam, with the 6-4, 6-3 win.

Henin, who would’ve taken this whole thing had she not retired 24 days prior to the final, was on hand to pass the baton to Ana. The Serb earned the No. 1 spot as of yesterday’s rankings and becomes the first woman to win a title for Serbia (following Nenad Zimonjic as the first Serb ever to win a GS title and Nole Djokovic as the first singles winner).

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trophy watch: everyone gets a slice of french pie

June 9, 2008

In men’s doubles, Peruvian Luis Horna and Uruguayan player Pablo Cuevas (look at that smile!) took out Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor 6-2,6-3 in the Saturday men’s doubles final.

Another tennis mama, Virginia Ruano Pascual (second right), teamed with Anabel Medina Garrigues to win the women’s doubles title over Francesca Schiavone and Casey Dellacqua. That cute kid is Virginia’s.

Bob Bryan might not have done so well with twin brother Mike Bryan in the men’s doubles draw, but he got together with Victoria Azarenka to notch another Grand Slam title over Zimonjic and Katarina Srebotnik.

Taipei’s Tsung-Hua Yang beat Polish Jerzy Jankowicz 6-3, 7-6 for the boys’ singles title.

The black-tanked girls’ doubles team of Polona Hercog (left) and Jessica Moore defeated the Dutch team of Leslay Kerkhove and Arantxa Rus.

Not pictured: Girls’ singles winner is Simona Halep over fellow Romanian Elena Bogdan 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2. The boys’ doubles title went to Henri Kontinen of Finland and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia.

Anders Jarryd (left) and John McEnroe triumphed over Mansour Bahrami and Henri Leconte in the men’s over-45 final.

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ballkids in heaven

June 9, 2008

These guys weren’t paid for their two weeks of volunteer work at Roland Garros. They weren’t paid in euros, at least…

After winning the 2008 French Open ladies’ singles title (beating Dinara Safina 6-3, 6-4), it took a second for Ana Ivanovic to climb up the stands to get to her player’s box.

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oh, mirka!

June 9, 2008

Mirka Vavrinec watches her boo, Roger Federer, play in the French Open men’s singles final on Sunday. Federer’s coach, Jose Higueras, is that fellow on the right wearing a white cap.

(photo by Gettya Images)


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