Apologies: In a grandiose display, Mikhail Youzhny wrote "Sorri" in the clay after his straight sets loss to David Ferrer 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3. In his presser he explained,
There was a lot of people. That’s why I write ‘sorry.’ Because I can’t show them a nice game.
Insert sadface here ____.
Upsets: Number 1 Victoria Azarenka was knocked out of the French Open by 15th seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 7-6 (4). Dominika will take on Sam Stosur in the quarterfinals.
In an upset of another variety; (like......an upset stomach) did you see the 38 point rally between Grigor Dimitrov and Richard Gasquet? It was absolutely amazing, and ended with one of them cramping and one of them pucking. Are you wondering which one did what? You gotta press PLAY!
No more Miss Sunshine? Caroline Wozniacki WENT OFF!! (kinda) on the chair umpire during her 3rd round match against Kaia Kanepi. She stopped a point mid-play because she felt the ball was out, however when Poncho Ayala went down to check the mark, he thought it clipped the line. Caro's sunshine quickly dipped beneath the clouds. Check out the exchange below.
The ball is clearly out! You cannot just sit there and be so arrogant. How can you see this ball as in when the ball is like this out? It’s not touching the line. If we had Hawk-Eye you’d be so frickin’ embarrassed right now. So embarrassed. Especially because you can see the mark. Have you been to school? Can I ask you? Have you gone to school?
In all fairness, the ball was shown to be 6 mm out on TV replay, but because there was no Hawk-Eye she lost the point, and then lost the match 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3. In her presser after her loss she continued her rant,
When the ball is clearly out, I don’t think there should be anything to argue about,” she told reporters after the match. “If they cannot see, they should have other umpires on the lines or invent Hawk‑Eye on these courts. It’s a disgrace that mistakes like this are made. It wasn’t even like, could have been in, could have been out. It was clearly out. Also, when a ball travels five miles an hour in the third set at 1‑All, I think either the linesman or the main umpire should be able to see the ball, as well.
Last American Standing: Who would have thought that the last American standing would be Varvara Lepchenko, who became a naturalized citizen last September. With her win over former French Open winner Francesca Schiavone, she finds herself in unchartered waters - her first round of 16 in a Slam, and in contention for the last Olympic spot on the American team. She'll take on Petra Kvitova for a shot at the quarterfinals.
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