Wednesday, June 1, 2016

French Open Day 11 highlights: Three U.S. women fall

No. 8 seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzer-
land eliminated No. 9 Venus Williams
in the fourth round of the French Open.
2015 photo by Paul Bauman
   Five highlights from Day 11 of the French Open in Paris:
   1. Three U.S. women fell on a full day of play after the tournament lost almost two full days because of rain.
   No. 8 seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland defeated No. 9 Venus Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the fourth round.
   Unseeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands eliminated No. 15 Madison Keys 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the fourth round for her 11th straight victory.
   And No. 4 Garbine Muguruza of Spain outplayed unseeded Shelby Rogers 7-5, 6-3 to reach the French Open semifinals to the first time after two straight quarterfinal appearances.
   Muguruza, the Wimbledon runner-up to Serena Williams last year, is scheduled to meet No. 21 Samantha Stosur, the 2010 French Open runner-up to Francesca Schiavone and 2011 U.S. Open champion, on Friday.
   The 32-year-old Stosur, who will be playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2012 French Open, beat unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-4, 7-6 (2). Pironkova ousted second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the drizzle on Tuesday.
   Bacsinszky, seeking her second straight semifinal berth at Roland Garros, will play Bertens, who will be playing in her first major quarterfinal. Bertens, 24, swept the singles and doubles titles in Nuremberg (qualifying in singles) the week before the French Open.
   2. No. 2 seed Andy Murray and No. 3 Stan Wawrinka set up a blockbuster semifinal.
   Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion, wore down No. 9 Richard Gasquet of France 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-0, 6-2 to reach the French Open semis for the third straight year and fourth time in six years.
   Wawrinka, the defending champion, beat unseeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas, a 28-year-old Spanish left-hander, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7).
   3. No. 1 seeds Novak Djokovic, attempting to become the eighth man to achieve a career Grand Slam in singles, and Serena Williams, trying to tie Steffi Graf for second place all-time with 22 major singles titles, advanced to the quarterfinals.
   Djokovic completed a rain-suspended 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 victory over No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. Djokovic reached his 28th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal and became the first player to surpass $100 million in career prize money. He will face No. 7 Tomas Berdych.
   Williams dismissed No. 18 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1 in 62 minutes to set up a match against unseeded Yulia Putintseva, a 21-year-old Moscow native who plays for Kazakhstan. Putintseva, only 5-foot-4 (1.63 meters), upset No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-5, 7-5.
   4. No. 12 David Goffin of Belgium and No. 13 Dominic Thiem of Austria will meet in their first Grand Slam quarterfinals.
   Goffin, only 5-foot-11 (1.80 meters), topped unseeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, and Thiem completed a 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-4 victory over unseeded Marcel Granollers of Spain.
   5. The top seeds lost in men's doubles and mixed doubles.
   Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France fell to No. 15 seeds Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez (no relation) of Spain 7-6 (7), 6-1.
   Also, Hao-Ching Chan of Taiwan and Jamie Murray of Great Britain bowed out to No. 6 Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-4, 6-4.
Northern California results
Men's doubles
   Former Stanford stars Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (5), United States, def. Marcin Matkowski, Poland, and Leander Paes (16), India, 7-6 (12), 6-3.
Mixed doubles
   Kristina Mladenovic and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (3), France, def. CoCo Vandeweghe and former Stanford star Bob Bryan (8), United States, 2-6, 6-2 [13-11]. 
Girls singles
   Michaela Gordon, Saratoga, def. Amina Anshba (16), Russia, 6-2, 6-3.
Girls doubles
   Tatiana Pieri and Lucrezia Stefanini, Italy, def. Michaela Gordon, Saratoga, Calif., and Maria Mateas, United States, 6-4, 6-3.
Boys doubles
   Riccardo Balzerani, Italy, and Yuta Shimizu, Japan, def. Liam Caruana, United States, and Sam Riffice, Roseville, Calif., 6-2, 6-2.

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