EASTBOURNE England - Former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka made a disappointing return from injury when she lost to plucky Italian Camila Giorgi 4-6 6-3 7-5 in the first round of the Aegon International grasscourt tournament on Tuesday.
PARIS - Concerns that Rafa Nadal's reign as king of Roland Garros might be in jeopardy due to an aching back proved wide of the mark on Monday as the world number one led a mini Spanish charge into the French Open quarter-finals.
PARIS - Battling Italian 10th seed Sara Errani survived an 81 minute first set to reach the French Open quarter-finals on Monday with a 7-6(5) 6-2 win against Jelena Jankovic, the sixth seed from Serbia.
PARIS - Andrea Petkovic's decision to hold off trading in her tennis racket for a career in journalism paid off on Monday as she reached a grand slam quarter-final for the first time in three years with a 1-6 6-2 7-5 win over Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens.
PARIS - Rafa Nadal once again showed he is the man to beat at the French Open after putting down a brief rebellion from Argentine Leonardo Mayer to win 6-2 7-5 6-2 and reach the fourth round despite a sore back on Saturday.
PARIS - No wonder Harry Potter is her bedside book - Simona Halep had too many tricks up her sleeve for Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor as the fourth seed glided into the fourth round of the French Open with a 6-3 6-0 win on Saturday.
PARIS - Rafa Nadal provided a claycourt lesson for one of the game's young apprentices at the French Open when he crushed rising Austrian Dominic Thiem with a masterly display to reach the third round on Thursday.
- World number one Rafael Nadal faces highly-rated 20-year-old Dominic Thiem in the second round on Thursday as he continues his quest for a record-extending ninth French Open title.
- Six different champions in the last six years suggests that tipping a French Open women's champion is something of a lottery, but those backing world No.1 Serena Williams are surely investing wisely.