Monday, May 30, 2016

French Open Day 8 highlights: Rogers in first Slam QF

   Five highlights from Day 8 of the French Open in Paris:
   1. Roger is absent, but Rogers remains.
   Roger Federer withdrew before the French Open with back problems. Meanwhile, unseeded Shelby Rogers of Charleston, S.C., reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 25 seed Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania.
   The 23-year-old Rogers, ranked No. 108, knocked off a seed for the third time in the tournament. She beat No. 17 Karolina Pliskova in the first round and No. 10 Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, in the third round.
   Rogers will meet No. 4 Garbine Muguruza, who eliminated No. 13 Svetland Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion at Roland Garros, 6-3, 6-4 to gain her third consecutive French Open quarterfinal.
   2. No. 2 seed Andy Murray ousted the last remaining U.S. man, No. 15 John Isner, 7-6 (9), 6-4, 6-3. The 6-foot-10 (2.08-meter) Isner squandered three set points in the first set.
   Murray, who defeated 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Ivo Karlovic in the third round, will face No. 9 Richard Gasquet of France in a bid for his third straight French Open semifinal and fourth in six years.
   Gasquet, who will turn 30 on June 18, ousted No. 5 Kei Nishikori 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach his first French Open quarterfinal.
   3. Unseeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas, a 28-year-old Spaniard left-hander who had won one match in five appearances at Roland Garros, knocked off No. 8 Milos Raonic of Canada 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
   Ramos-Vinolas, ranked 55th, will play third seed and defending champion Stan Wawrinka, who wore down 22nd-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-2.
   4. A pair of unseeded 20-year-old Czechs, Barbora Krejcikova and Katarina Siniakova, stunned top-seeded Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals. Hingis and Mirza had won the last three Grand Slam titles.
   5. Unseeded Serena Williams and Venus Williams lost to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3, 6-3. The Williams sisters had completed a three-set victory over Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia and Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan earlier in the day.
Northern California results
Men's doubles
Third round
   Former Stanford stars Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (5), United States, def. Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic, and Nenad Zimonjic (12), Serbia, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Mixed doubles
Second round 
   CoCo Vandeweghe and ex-Stanford star Bob Bryan (8), United States, def. Chia-Jung Chuang, Taiwan, and Henri Kontinen, Finland, 6-3, 6-3.

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