05/31 09:13 CDT The Latest: Stosur reaches French Open quarterfinals
The Latest: Stosur reaches French Open quarterfinals
PARIS (AP) --- The Latest from the French Open (all times local):
Samantha Stosur has reached the quarterfinals of the French Open for the fourth
The 32-year-old Australian, a finalist at Roland Garros in 2010, beat
sixth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania 7-6 (0), 6-3.
The players were pulled off court in the first set on Sunday evening because of
rain and darkness and could not play Monday when the entire day was washed out
for the first time in 16 years.
Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, will next play either Tsvetana Pironkova
of Bulgaria or Agnieszka Radwanksa of Poland.
Novak Djokovic is back on court at the French Open, where play has resumed
after a rain delay of more than 2 hours.
Before the break, Djokovic lost the first set of his fourth-round match against
No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3.
Shortly before the action on Court Philippe Chatrier returned, Djokovic
wandered out into the arena for a look at the conditions, borrowing a
green-and-orange Roland Garros umbrella from a fan.
Three-time French Open champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario's pick to take home the
title from Roland Garros this year?
Says Sanchez Vicario: "I think she's the favorite to win. She's always the
That doesn't mean it's a lock, though.
"Definitely she is a human being," Sanchez Vicario added Tuesday, when she was
announced at Roland Garros as an ambassador for the season-ending WTA Finals in
Singapore, "so she's beatable. ... At other tournaments that people (didn't)
expect her to lose, she lost."
Novak Djokovic is not having an easy time in the rain at the French Open,
dropping the first set of his fourth-round match against 14th-seeded Roberto
Bautista Agut of Spain by a 6-3 score.
It is the first set Djokovic has lost in this year's tournament as he tries to
win a fourth consecutive major title and complete a career Grand Slam.
Djokovic has already been broken three times in four service games against
Bautista Agut, who is trying to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Right after the opening set ended, play was suspended on Court Philippe
Chatrier because of the weather, and Djokovic and Bautista Agut headed to the
Rain is delaying play in all singles matches at the moment.
The damp conditions don't suit Agnieszka Radwanska on Court Suzanne Lenglen,
where the second-seeded Polish player has just lost six games in a row and the
second set against Tsvetana Pironkova.
The 102th-ranked Pironkova trailed 6-2, 3-0 when the match resumed. She got off
to a strong start and overpowered Radwanska with aggressive shot making to
force a decider before play was suspended.
Matches on other courts continued, though.
Players have finally stepped out on court at the French Open.
There has been a break in the weather and second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska is
hoping to quickly complete her fourth-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova on
Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Radwanska is trying to reach the quarterfinals for the second time in Paris as
she holds a 6-2, 3-0 lead over her 102th-ranked Bulgarian rival. Their match
was suspended on Sunday night and could not resume on Monday because of the
rain that washed out play at the clay-court Grand Slam.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is on Court Philippe Chatrier against 14th-seeded
Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the quarterfinals.
Play is again being delayed at the French Open.
After stadium workers swept rain off the covers to make the courts ready for
play, the tarps are back and organizers say there will be no match before 11:30
With more bad weather expected Tuesday, French Open organizers are trying to
get as many matches as possible out of the way before the rain.
After Monday's complete washout at the clay-court Grand Slam, matches will
start at 11:00 a.m. --- three hours earlier than initially planned --- and be
spread over more courts.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic takes on 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the
first match on Court Philippe Chatrier, playing for a place in the
They will be followed by defending champion Serena Williams in her delayed
fourth-round match against 18th-seeded Elina Svitolina.
The first men's quarterfinals are also scheduled: Second-seeded Andy Murray
against Richard Gasquet, and defending champion Stan Wawrinka against Albert