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British number one unable to repeat memorable victory

Schiavone aims to use clay-court guile as she defends title

The men's and women's competitions here at the French Open have been a marked contrast. While the world's top four men were still in the competition going into yesterday's semi-finals, their female counterparts had departed before the same stage, some as early as last week.

Reluctant standard-bearer on cusp of making Chinese history

Li Na's second chance to become the first Asian to clinch a singles grand slam title on Saturday has stirred patriotic fervour among home fans hoping to celebrate another milestone in China's rise in the sporting world.

Azarenka sees off Makarova challenge

Victoria Azarenka continued to avoid the clatter of seeds in the women's draw at the French Open as she eased through to the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Ekaterina Makarova this afternoon.

Li Na downs Petra Kvitova

Sixth seed Li Na won six games in a row to reach the French Open quarter-finals for the first time in her career this afternoon with a 2-6 6-1 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova.

Murray beats the wind to be last Briton standing

The weather gods clearly realised that it was Britain's big day here at the French Open yesterday. After four days of almost unbroken sunshine and rising temperatures, dark clouds scudded across the skies, a sharp wind swirled around the courts and the temperature plummeted.

Kim Clijsters crashes out of French Open

Kim Clijsters blamed a loss of confidence for her shock second-round defeat by Arantxa Rus at the French Open today.

British trio in action at French Open

Andy Murray, Heather Watson and Elena Baltacha will return to the Paris clay today hoping to continue the form that has seen them condemn a number of unwanted statistics to the bin.

Murray's withdrawal from French Open warm-up event only a precaution

British No 1 has 'slight problem' but will be fine to take his place in today's draw

Clijsters to play in Paris despite pain

kim clijsters will compete at the French Open having recovered from multiple injuries. Ahead of a Grand Slam tournament she is yet to win, the Belgian said she would play with her ankle taped but added that her shoulder and wrist injuries no longer impeded her.

Kim Clijsters may miss French Open after injury at wedding

Kim Clijsters could miss the French Open after severely injuring her ankle at a wedding.

Clijsters ordered to rest for four weeks

World No 2 Kim Clijsters has been ruled out for four weeks owing to shoulder and wrist injuries.

Kim Clijsters out of Miami after losing 'fighting spirit'

Kim Clijsters admitted she ran out of "fighting spirit" as she lost to Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Diary: Norton cool on Claudia show

News that Graham Norton's chat show may get the chop by budgeting BBC chiefs must have come as a shock to the normally ecstatic Irish TV host, who could be forgiven for feeling a tad persecuted of late. Certainly, when I accosted him at the launch of London's W Hotel last week, he seemed keen to put me right on one recent media misconception: that Claudia Winkleman is being lined up for a rival programme on Channel 4, potentially in the same Friday time-slot as his BBC1 show.

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