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Kafelnikov’s countryman, Mikhail Youzhny, won his first match in the Swiss Open yesterday and made his way into the Round of 8. He defeated Kenny De Schepper of France in the straight sets by 6-3, 6-4.
Now, for a place in the semis, Youzhny will be up against Robin Haase of Netherlands.
Haase advanced to the quarter finals by getting better of the local boy Henri Laaksonen in a hard fought contest.
Youzhny and Haase had faced each other in the title round of this tournament last year. The Russian had managed to clinch the title by emerging victorious in that match.
So, Haase would definitely be looking for revenge. It would be difficult for him to do that though given Youzhny’s recent form.
Youzhny had looked like returning to form towards the end of the clay court season itself as he had reached the Round of 4 in the tournament in Stuttgart. Now, it seems that he has hit peak form and he would surely be the favourite going into the match against Haase.
Talking to the reporters after securing win against Schepper, Youzhny said, “You always feel nervous before the opening game, no matter where you are playing and who is there to face you. Thankfully, I did well, got a couple of breakthroughs and did alright on the serve too.”
“I have been hampered by injuries this season; but I can still make it a decent season for me if I remain consistent in the remaining tournaments.”
Youzhny is presently out of top 75 in the world rankings. He is at the 79th position. He can make big strides in the rankings in the near future though, but, for that, he needs to defend his crown successfully at Gstaad.
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Serena Williams is apparently celebrating her life post her defeat before the fourth round from the French Open 2014. She is mingling with Caroline Wozniacki who is also ousted from the French Open 2014. On May 31 apparently Serena was sighted at the beach with Wozniacki.
The two girls seemed inseparable as they spent time at the Miami Beach and the pictures clearly showed that Serena has no inhibitions and a free spirited girl who loves to enjoy and considers loss as part and parcel of life. Serena was also spotted in a club of Miami as an undisclosed guest where Caroline Wozniacki turned DJ for the night. She also tweeted about the fun they were having both at the beach and at the club. Serena turned heads with her leopard print swimming costume in the beach and it became quite a funny incident streaming through the entire social media. Serena is an inspiration to all those women who think twice before wearing what they want to with their body weight according to leading news columnists.
Another startling incident was when both Wozniacki and Serena Williams crashed at a celeb’s wedding in that leopard print swim suit. Even this incident became as a hilarious one and considered as the greatest crash of wedding so far. She stood beside the bride and the groom taking pictures and tweeting it. She seemed extremely happy and comfortable as if she was in for a holiday. She certainly took the city with aplomb with her outrageous public display of spending time together with Wozniacki straight after crashing out from the French Open in first round itself. But she has always been very vocal and public with her appearances and pictures.
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Richard Gasquet has made his way to the third round of the French Open. He secured a straight set victory over Carlos Berlocq of Argentina yesterday. The Frenchman won the match by 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4.
Being the local boy, Gasquet had the support of a large section of crowd which was out there to watch the match and he didn’t disappoint any of those people.
Yes, he was given a bit of fight by Berlocq at the start, but, as the match progressed, Gasquet kept taking it in his grasp.
Gasquet, who has a fantastic time on the tour off late, hasn’t had a great record at Roland Garros. He has never managed to go past the pre quarter final round here. He would like to do that this time around and it’s very much possible with the kind of rhythm he is in.
In the first set of the match between Gasquet and Berlocq, both the players committed quite a few mistakes on their serves. As a result, both got broken a couple of times and the set went into the tie breaker which Gasquet clinched by a narrow margin.
The Frenchman, however, kept making errors on his serve in the following set as well, but, he was lucky that Berlocq couldn’t take advantage of any of the break opportunities that went his way.
Gasquet got only one break opportunity in the second set and he latched on that to seal the set by 6-4.
In the decider, for a change, Gasquet served fantastically well and didn’t let his opponent get even a single break point. He himself got a breakthrough though just like the previous set and won the decider by the same margin of 6-4 to finish off the match.
In the next round, Gasquet will take on Fernando Verdasco.