Serena Williams road to the final
Round Opponent Score
R1 Anna Tatishvili 6-0 6-1
R2 Caroline Garcia 6-1 6-2
R3 Sorana Cirstea 6-0 6-2
R4 Roberta Vinci 6-1 6-3
QF Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 3-6 6-3
SF Sara Errani 6-0 6-1

Serena Williams

Maria Sharapova’s road to the final
Round Opponent Score
R1 Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2 6-1
R2 Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-4
R3 Jie Zheng 6-1 7-5
R4 Sloane Stephens 6-4 6-3
QF Jelena Jankovic 0-6 6-4 6-3
SF Victoria Azarenka 6-1 2-6 6-4

Maria Sharapova

Serena hasn’t lost to Sharapova since 2004 in Los Angeles, that’s 12 wins in a row! Do you think Maria can finally beat Serena?

Roland Garros 2013 women's winner?

  • Serena Williams (41%, 66 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (35%, 56 Votes)
  • Victoria Azarenka (9%, 15 Votes)
  • Other (4%, 7 Votes)
  • Li Na (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Sam Stosur (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Agniezska Radwanska (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Angelique Kerber (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 162

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Finally some live tennis! My first live tournament of the year!

My first memories of Roland Garros are from the early 80’s, watching Lendl, Wilander, Navratilova, and Evert battle on one of the 3 French TV channels. And of course like every French people, I remember Noah’s historic win over Wilander in 1983, his overwhelming joy and his run to embrace his father.
Leconte booed during the trophy presentation in 1988, Edberg heartbreaking defeat against Chang in 1989, Agassi flashy outfits, Graf-Seles breathtaking final in 1992, Guga samba tennis in 1997… Time flies.

May 2004: my first trip to Roland Garros. Agassi, Safin, Ferrero, the Williams sisters, I finally got to see some of the best tennis players I had watched for years on TV.

Marat Safin, 2004:

Marat Safin, Peter Lundgren

Marat Safin

Fabrice Santoro and Peter Lundgren, 2004:

Peter Lundgren, Fabrice Santoro

Juan Carlos Ferrero, 2004:

Juan Carlos Ferrero

From then I was hooked, and Roland Garros 2004 was the first of many tournaments I’ve attended over the years: the US Open, the Queen’s, Bercy, the Lagardère Trophy, the Optima Open, the Open GDF Suez and of course Roland Garros (in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012).

Roger Federer, 2006:

Roger Federer

Ilie Nastase, 2007:

Ilie Nastase

Novak Djokovic, 2008:

Novak Djokovic

Court Philippe Chatrier, 2010:

Court Philippe Chatrier

Rafael Nadal, 2011:

Rafael Nadal

Maria Sharapova, 2012:

Maria Sharapova

The excitement of the first tournaments slowly let place to a kind of “been there, done that” feeling, but there’s
nothing like watching a sporting event courtside. Not only can you see and hear everything as it happens, but you also really feel part of the event. Of course, you don’t get the benefit of all those fancy TV replays and close-ups but you avoid annoying commentary.
One of the best thing is court-hopping. Wandering around the grounds with a simple 24€ pass, you get to see as much or as little of the event as you want: watch Sharapova practicing on court 12, Hewitt playing on court 7 or a Goerges-Stosur doubles match on court 16.

I’ll be onsite the first week, covering the tournament for Tennis Buzz but also guest posting for Grand Slam Gal.

Designed by Maria herself, the world number 2 will rock the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour iD on the clay courts at Roland Garros.

Maria Sharapova Roland Garros footwear collection

Maria Sharapova Roland Garros footwear collection

Maria Sharapova Roland Garros footwear collection

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Roland Garros visitor’s guide:

How to buy Roland Garros tickets
Roland Garros 2013 FAQ
Get behind the scenes at Roland Garros – part 1
Get behind the scenes at Roland Garros – part 2
Take a seat: court Suzanne Lenglen
Take a seat: court Philippe Chatrier
Today at Roland Garros: Court Philippe Chatrier
Longines Smash Corner
Roland Garros store
Beach tennis and mini tennis at Roland Garros

Fashion and gear:

Rafael Nadal Nike outfit preview
Rafael Nadal Nike outfit
Nadal Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3
Roger Federer Nike outfit preview
Roger Federer Nike outfit
Federer Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour
Maria Sharapova Nike outfit
Serena Williams Nike outfit
Victoria Azarenka Nike outfit
Li Na Nike outfit
Juan Martin Del Potro Nike outfit
Caroline Wozniacki adidas dress
Andrea Petkovic adidas outfit
Ana Ivanovic adidas outfit
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga adidas outfit
Novak Djokovic Uniqlo outfit
Venus Williams dress by EleVen
Maria Sharapova footwear collection

A trip down memory lane:

1956: First time at Roland Garros for Rod Laver
1969: Rod Laver defeats Ken Rosewall
1982: At the request of Monsieur Wilander
1982: first Grand Slam for Mats Wilander
1984 French Open: Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe
1985 French Open: Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova
1990 French Open: Opposites attract, Gomez defeats Agassi
1991 French Open final: Jim Courier defeats Andre Agassi
Steffi Graf – Martina Hingis Roland Garros 1999
1999 French Open: Agassi-Graf, two days, one destiny
2005: Rafael Nadal defeats Mariano Puerta
2008: Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer
A look back at Roland Garros 2011

Recap and analysis:

Heading to Roland Garros
Day 1 recap part 1: Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams and Roger Federer
Day 1 recap part 2: Laura Robson, Ernests Gulbis, Tommy Haas…
Pics of Serena Williams first round match
Pics of Roger Federer first round match
Pics of Ana Ivanovic first round match
Day 2 recap: Mikhail Youzhny, John Isner, Svetlana Kuznetsova…
Tommy Robredo practice session

Polls:

Roland Garros 2013 men's winner?

  • Rafael Nadal (49%, 91 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (26%, 48 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (17%, 31 Votes)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 3 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 185

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Roland Garros 2013 women's winner?

  • Serena Williams (41%, 66 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (35%, 56 Votes)
  • Victoria Azarenka (9%, 15 Votes)
  • Other (4%, 7 Votes)
  • Li Na (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Sam Stosur (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Agniezska Radwanska (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Angelique Kerber (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 162

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Which French player has the best chance to win RG 2013?

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (66%, 56 Votes)
  • Richard Gasquet (21%, 18 Votes)
  • Benoit Paire (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Gilles Simon (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Paul Henri Mathieu (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jérémy Chardy (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Julien Benneteau (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Michael Llodra (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 85

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You’re heading to Roland Garros this year? Check out this FAQ:

Are there any Roland Garros tickets left?

Yes!

The Viagogo Roland Garros exchange ticket website allows you to buy or resell tickets until the event date. More infos here.

Two different types of evening tickets are also released for online sale one day in advance. The “Outside Courts Ticket” gives access to the outside courts from 3:00 pm, while the “Evening Visitors Pack” allows you to queue for a chance to obtain a seat in one of the three main courts after 5:00 pm, depending on availability.

How to get to Roland Garros Stadium?

The easiest way to get to Roland Garros is by public transport.

Metro:
Line 10 : Gare d’Austerlitz-Boulogne-Pont de Saint-Cloud
• porte d’Auteuil Station: this station is the closest to Gate B – Mousquetaires, the biggest gate into the Grounds.
• Boulogne-Jean-Jaurès Station: this station is nearest to boulevard d’Auteuil where the least congested gates are located: Gate I – Suzanne-Lenglen, Gate K and Gate L. Waiting time is often less than 5 minutes.
Line 9 : Mairie de Montreuil – Pont de Sèvres
• Michel-Ange-Auteuil Station
• Michel-Ange-Molitor Station

Bus:
Lines 22, 32, 52, 62, 72, 123, 241.

Shuttle buses are also available for the duration of the tourmanent to transport ticketed passengers to and from the stadium.

Where to find the schedule of play?

The schedule of play is released each evening and is posted on the official website as soon as it is made available. It’s handy to have a printed version so that you can see who is playing on what court and in what order.
It is also displayed next to the big screens on Court Suzanne Lenglen and Court number 1.

I want to see Nadal (Federer, Djokovic…) , but I only have outside court tickets, how to do?

In the early rounds of the tournament, practice courts are the best place to get an up-close look at the top players.
Autograph sessions with top players are also held daily at the RG LAB 2050, located at the top of the Allée Suzanne Lenglen – Gate W.

Rafael Nadal

Where to find the practice schedule?

Good question. Sometimes they put it on twitter but usually practice has already finished when they take time to tweet it. Don’t bother asking a steward, much of the time they don’t know or they don’t want to say and more often than not they have no clue of what’s going on.
So, arrive early, wander around the grounds, and ask a Spanish, Swiss, Serbian fan, or a TV crew, they probably know where and when Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and co practice.

May I bring food into the Stadium?

Yes, and you should of course, because food in the stadium is overpriced – about 3 euros for a Pepsi Can – , not so good quality and queues are long.
There are lots of bakeries, fast food places, and a large Monoprix on the rue d’Auteuil where you can buy sandwiches, drinks…

How is red clay made?

Red clay is a complex mixture of several materials. The playing surface on each court is composed of a 8cm layer of sand, a 15cm layer of volcanic rock, a 8cm layer of limestone. It is topped off with a few millimeters of powdered red brick dust. The crushed red brick is pressed into the limestone and drenched in water. This process is repeated until a thin compact layer of clay coats each court.

What to do when it rains?

Roland Garros doesn’t have any courts with roofs, so when it rains, play stops. There isn’t a lot of covered space to hide. To kill time you could visit the stands and boutiques, take part in the activities at the RG LAB 2050 or have a break at Les Jardins de Roland Garros restaurant.
If play has lasted less than two hours over the entire day, you may be eligible for a refund.

Who are the favorites for Roland Garros 2013?

Men:
Nadal broke Borg’s record last year and won his 7th French Open title in 8 years. As long as he’s healthy he’s the favorite on his beloved red clay. Other contenders are the usual suspects: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Roland Garros 2013 men's winner?

  • Rafael Nadal (49%, 91 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (26%, 48 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (17%, 31 Votes)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 3 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 185

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Women:
The women’s draw is more open: Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Sam Stosur are the main contenders.

Roland Garros 2013 women's winner?

  • Serena Williams (41%, 66 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (35%, 56 Votes)
  • Victoria Azarenka (9%, 15 Votes)
  • Other (4%, 7 Votes)
  • Li Na (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Sam Stosur (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Agniezska Radwanska (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Angelique Kerber (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 162

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Maria Sharapova

What is the Perrier Legends Trophy?

The Legends Trophy (Trophée des Légendes) brings together twenty-four of history’s greatest champions, grouped according to age in the two men’s draws, and twelve former women’s tennis stars. It is a great opportunity to watch some former champions play in a friendly and funny atmosphere.
Matches are played on court 1 and court Suzanne Lenglen during the second week of the French Open.

What is the Roland Garros Kids Day?

Previously known as Benny Berthet Day, Roland Garros Kids Day is a charity event, devoted to fund raising for charitable organisations. On the eve of the tounament’s opening day, tennis stars are invited to take part in one set exhibition matches. So, for 20 euros, you can watch some of the top players in action and help a good cause!

Nadal and co

Where in Paris can I watch the French Open on a big screen?

A giant screen deployed at Paris City Hall will be broadcasting the major matches from the 2013 French Open.
Location: Esplanade de L’Hotel de Ville, Metro Hotel de Ville (Line 1, 11)

Who was Roland Garros?

Not a tennis player, but a French national hero who perished in World War I. Roland Garros was a pioneer aviator who made the first solo flight across the Mediterranean Sea. He was killed in aerial combat in 1918.

Hope it helped prepare your day at Roland Garros. If you have any question, leave a comment below and I’ll try to answer.

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