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Newz Forum: OTHER: French Open Tuesday's round-up

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posted on Jun, 1 2004 @ 03:35 PM
Hopes of a home victory at the French Open were ended as Elena Dementieva beat Amelie Mauresmo in the last eight. The Russian won 6-4 6-3 with a superb display of power hitting to leave the crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier stunned.

Dementieva reached the French Open semi-finals for the first time and it was the day's third surprise result, after the exits of Venus and Serena Williams earlier on Tuesday. Mauresmo, who has often been criticised for failing to produce her best tennis at Roland Garros, committed a string of errors against the Russian.

Paola Suarez was the first player into the semi-finals of the French Open when she ended teenager Maria Sharapova's title hopes. Claycourt expert Suarez dominated their last-eight battle, winning 6-1 6-3, with 17-year-old Sharapova seemingly suffering from nerves in her first Grand Slam quarter-final. Suarez, the world's top doubles player, will face Amelie Mauresmo or Elena Dementieva for a place in the final. Of the 55 points Suarez won, 40 came on errors by Sharapova while the Argentine hit just five winners.

Guillermo Coria established himself as a hot favourite for the French Open with a straight-sets win over title rival Carlos Moya. After Coria, Moya was the next highest seed left in the draw and was expected to give the Argentine a stern test. But the fifth seed was unable to take his chances, failing to close out when serving for both of the first two sets. Many were predicting the winner of their quarter-final tie would go all the way and although Moya had his chances, Coria wrapped up a 7-5 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 victory in impressive fashion.

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