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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost yesterday in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three Grand Slam tournaments, but only the fifth time in the past 9 years at a major event. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses - he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.
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January 23, 2013 | Associated Press
Defending champion Victoria Azarenka overcame some early jitters to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova, 7-5, 6-1, on Wednesday and advance to the Australian Open semifinals in Melbourne. After dropping serve in a long fourth game which went to deuce 10 times, Azarenka recovered to dominate the rest of the match against Kuznetsova, a two-time major winner who was floating dangerously in the draw with a No. 75 ranking as she recovers from a knee injury. Azarenka will meet the winner of Wednesday's later quarterfinal between Serena Williams and 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens.
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January 21, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Kuznetsova, winner of the 2004 U.S. Open and 2009 French Open, broke her Danish opponent in the 11th game of the third set and finished the match with a backhand winner down the line. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic needed just over 5 hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10, in a fourth-round match Sunday night at the Australian Open, on the same court where he needed 5:53 to beat Rafael Nadal in last year's final.
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January 8, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Top-ranked Roger Federer defeated Nikolay Davydenko yesterday, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the final of the Qatar Open. Federer, tuning up to defend his Australian Open title, will meet Ivan Ljubicic in today's final. Ljubicic advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Albert Costa. Federer has won all three of his matches here with ease, and defeated Davydenko in 64 minutes. Federer said Davydenko made him work for his victory, and says he's ready for another tournament win. "[Ljubicic]
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June 8, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Pete Sampras already figured Roger Federer would go down as the greatest tennis player in history. That Federer tied Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles by winning the French Open yesterday only reinforced that opinion. "What he's done over the past 5 years has never, ever been done, and probably will never, ever happen again," Sampras said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. "Regardless if he won there or not, he goes down as the greatest ever. This just confirms it. " Federer added his first French Open championship to five titles at Wimbledon, five at the U.S. Open and three at the Australian Open.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - A point from losing the first set of his French Open quarterfinal, Roger Federer shanked a routine forehand, sending the ball 10 feet beyond the opposite baseline. The Court Philippe Chatrier crowd roared with approval, then loudly chanted the last name of Federer's opponent, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. That shot was a clear indication that Federer was hardly Federesque on this day. There were plenty of others: He argued with the chair umpire about a call. He dumped overhead smashes into the net. And in a truly rare ungraceful moment, he failed to put a racket to - or get out of the way of - a backhand flip by a sliding Tsonga, instead getting hit on the back.
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August 2, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
Caroline Wozniacki spent two months rehabbing injuries this spring, which made everything harder. She couldn't compete in tournaments, had to do "the boring stuff" and was mentally drained. So when she lost in the first round at Wimbledon last month for just the second time since 2006, she wasn't upset with herself. The 26-year-old had drawn No. 13-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova and understood she was still a little rusty. "I just came back from injury so I'm giving myself a little bit of time," Wozniacki said.
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March 18, 2007 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Penn's Matt Valenti won his second consecutive NCAA Division I wrestling championship, defeating Oklahoma State's Coleman Scott, 4-2, in the 133-pound final before 17,780 fans in the Palace of Auburn Hills outside Detroit. The senior became the second two-time national champion in Penn history, joining Dick DiBatista, who won 175-pound titles in 1941 and 1942. With a 137-21 career record, Valenti won more bouts than any other wrestler in Penn history. Elsewhere: Rutgers beat Central Florida, 4-3, in Orlando, giving Scarlet Knights baseball coach Fred Hill his 900th victory in 31 years of coaching.
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May 8, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Top-seeded Kim Clijsters defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, 7-5, 6-2, yesterday to win the J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland. Serving at 5-5 in the first set, Kuznetsova pushed a forehand wide to give Clijsters the break. Kuznetsova had two break points in the next service game, but couldn't take advantage. On her first break point, Clijsters' serve kicked high, forcing a forehand error. Kuznetsova then pushed a two-handed backhand wide on the second break point. Kuznetsova netted a backhand on the fourth deuce, and Clijsters hit a forehand winner to take the set. They traded breaks to open the second set. Serving at 1-1, Kuznetsova double-faulted to give the Belgian a break point, and she hit a forehand out as the second-ranked Clijsters broke again.
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August 30, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova made the kind of history that no one wants to make on the opening day of the U.S. Open. Andre Agassi isn't ready to be relegated to the history books. Kuznetsova yesterday became the first women's defending champion to fall in the first round of the tournament, losing to fellow Russian Ekaterina Bychkova, 6-3, 6-2. Kuznetsova took solace in the fact that no one can take away her 6-3, 7-5 victory over compatriot Elena Dementieva in last year's title match.
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August 2, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
Caroline Wozniacki spent two months rehabbing injuries this spring, which made everything harder. She couldn't compete in tournaments, had to do "the boring stuff" and was mentally drained. So when she lost in the first round at Wimbledon last month for just the second time since 2006, she wasn't upset with herself. The 26-year-old had drawn No. 13-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova and understood she was still a little rusty. "I just came back from injury so I'm giving myself a little bit of time," Wozniacki said.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - A point from losing the first set of his French Open quarterfinal, Roger Federer shanked a routine forehand, sending the ball 10 feet beyond the opposite baseline. The Court Philippe Chatrier crowd roared with approval, then loudly chanted the last name of Federer's opponent, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. That shot was a clear indication that Federer was hardly Federesque on this day. There were plenty of others: He argued with the chair umpire about a call. He dumped overhead smashes into the net. And in a truly rare ungraceful moment, he failed to put a racket to - or get out of the way of - a backhand flip by a sliding Tsonga, instead getting hit on the back.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost yesterday in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three Grand Slam tournaments, but only the fifth time in the past 9 years at a major event. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses - he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.
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January 23, 2013 | Associated Press
Defending champion Victoria Azarenka overcame some early jitters to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova, 7-5, 6-1, on Wednesday and advance to the Australian Open semifinals in Melbourne. After dropping serve in a long fourth game which went to deuce 10 times, Azarenka recovered to dominate the rest of the match against Kuznetsova, a two-time major winner who was floating dangerously in the draw with a No. 75 ranking as she recovers from a knee injury. Azarenka will meet the winner of Wednesday's later quarterfinal between Serena Williams and 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens.
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January 21, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Kuznetsova, winner of the 2004 U.S. Open and 2009 French Open, broke her Danish opponent in the 11th game of the third set and finished the match with a backhand winner down the line. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic needed just over 5 hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10, in a fourth-round match Sunday night at the Australian Open, on the same court where he needed 5:53 to beat Rafael Nadal in last year's final.
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June 8, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Pete Sampras already figured Roger Federer would go down as the greatest tennis player in history. That Federer tied Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles by winning the French Open yesterday only reinforced that opinion. "What he's done over the past 5 years has never, ever been done, and probably will never, ever happen again," Sampras said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. "Regardless if he won there or not, he goes down as the greatest ever. This just confirms it. " Federer added his first French Open championship to five titles at Wimbledon, five at the U.S. Open and three at the Australian Open.
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June 7, 2009 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Svetlana Kuznetsova never struck Dinara Safina as a Grand Slam champion in the making when they were youngsters in Russia. Kuznetsova showed up for matches toting a 2-liter bottle of soda and wearing rock band T-shirts. As of yesterday, Kuznetsova owns two major titles - and that's two more than Safina. Far steadier, if not all that spectacular, Kuznetsova took advantage of the No. 1-ranked Safina's assorted errors and won the French Open final, 6-4, 6-2. On the men's side, Swiss star Roger Federer will try to win his first French Open championship today when he faces Robin Soderling.
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October 8, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Wimbledon champion Venus Williams was beaten in the opening round for the second time in 12 tournaments this season, losing yesterday by 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to Flavia Pennetta of Italy in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. The sixth-seeded Williams also lost in the first round in Memphis in March. Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva, two seeded Russians who have never reached the final of their home event, won their first-round matches. Former U.S. Open champion Kuznetsova, the fifth seed, earned a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Li Na of China.
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March 18, 2007 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Penn's Matt Valenti won his second consecutive NCAA Division I wrestling championship, defeating Oklahoma State's Coleman Scott, 4-2, in the 133-pound final before 17,780 fans in the Palace of Auburn Hills outside Detroit. The senior became the second two-time national champion in Penn history, joining Dick DiBatista, who won 175-pound titles in 1941 and 1942. With a 137-21 career record, Valenti won more bouts than any other wrestler in Penn history. Elsewhere: Rutgers beat Central Florida, 4-3, in Orlando, giving Scarlet Knights baseball coach Fred Hill his 900th victory in 31 years of coaching.
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May 8, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Top-seeded Kim Clijsters defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, 7-5, 6-2, yesterday to win the J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland. Serving at 5-5 in the first set, Kuznetsova pushed a forehand wide to give Clijsters the break. Kuznetsova had two break points in the next service game, but couldn't take advantage. On her first break point, Clijsters' serve kicked high, forcing a forehand error. Kuznetsova then pushed a two-handed backhand wide on the second break point. Kuznetsova netted a backhand on the fourth deuce, and Clijsters hit a forehand winner to take the set. They traded breaks to open the second set. Serving at 1-1, Kuznetsova double-faulted to give the Belgian a break point, and she hit a forehand out as the second-ranked Clijsters broke again.
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