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Roland Garros overhaul in full swing ahead of French Open

PARIS: Legal challenges have pushed the promised overhaul of Roland Garros back to 2020 but with construction finally well underway, this year’s French Open is poised to offer fans a “nouvelle” experience. A stroll down the alleys of the venue reveals how far work has progressed, with the expansion continuing apace days before the tournament starts. Court Two is gone, enabling the modernisation of neighbouring Philippe Chatrier, the Centre Court, which barring further delays will sport a new retractable roof two years…

Tennis: New boost for Roland Garros expansion

PARIS: The long-running saga over the expansion of Roland Garros, the historic but cramped home of the French Open, received a new boost on Tuesday after the Paris High Court confirmed work could go ahead. The Tribunal de Grande Instance (TGI) ruled that work on a 5,000-seater stadium in the historic Serres d'Auteuil in no way impacted on historic greenhouses by architect Jean-Camille Formige dating back to the 19th century. The court set a date of November 3 for a final examination of the dossier. "For the second time in…

Djokovic and Murray to face off in another final

ROME: Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will face off in a second claycourt final within eight days at the Italian Open after the two in-form players proved on Saturday that they will be the ones to beat at the season's second grand slam in Roland Garros.

Sharapova floors Halep to win second French Open title

PARIS: Maria Sharapova claimed her second French Open title when she floored Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 after a marathon encounter in Saturday's final. The seventh seed from Russia claimed her fifth grand slam title after Wimbledon 2004, the 2006 US Open, the 2008 Australian Open and her first Roland Garros title two years ago. Halep, who had not lost a set entering the final, put up a great fight but bowed out after three hours and two minutes - the longest women's final in Paris since 1996.…

French Open: Sharapova, Djokovic roll into semis

PARIS: Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the 2014 French Open after winning their quarter finals on Tuesday, ARY News reports. Maria Sharapova survived a scare against Spain's Garbine Muguruza. She lost the first set to 1-6 but made a solid comeback into the match and won the remaining two sets 7-5 and 6-1. Canada's Eugenie Bouchard defeated Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in a tough three set quarter final. She won the match 7-6, 2-6 and 7-5 Bouchard will play against Sharapova for a place in…

French Open 2014: Nadal, Ferrer, Murray into quarters

PARIS: Defending champion Rafael Nadal continued his domination on the clay court as he qualified for the quarter final of the French Open whereas Andy Murray and David Ferrer also recorded won their respective matches to qualify for the last eight stage of the grand slam, ARY News reports. Spaniard Rafael Nadal defeated Serbia's Dusan Lajovic of 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1 to enter the quarter finals of the grand slam. David Ferrer of Spain defeated Kevin Anderson of South Africa to qualify for the quarter finals of the French Open.…