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By Rohit Sharma
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The 2010 French Open finally came to a close in sensational style when some re-affirmed their supremacy and others rejoiced in that special moment that they dreamt of all their lives. TennisEarth.com congratulates all the winners at the 2010 French Open -
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Roll of Honour -
Men's Singles - Rafael Nadal (Click here to enjoy the Men's Singles Final commentary)
Women's Singles - Francesca Schiavone (Click here to enjoy the Women's Singles Final commentary)
Men's Doubles - Nenad Zimonjic/Daniel Nestor
Women's doubles - Serena Williams/ Venus Williams
Mixed Doubles - Katarina Srebotnik/ Nenad Zimonjic
Boys' Singles - Agustin Velotti
Girls' Singles - Elina Svitolina
The Victors -
Spain's Rafael Nadal once again ignited a debate about his status as the best claycourt player of all times. Nadal's supreme domination on the red clay with four consecutive titles in Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid and Paris christened his achievement as Red-Slam. With a win, Nadal re-claimed the top spot in the ATP Singles rankings replacing 16 time major champion Roger Federer. The women's draw welcomed one of the most unpredictable champions in the Open Era. Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone saw her biggest dream come true when she claimed the women's singles title after defeating heavy favourite Samantha Stosur in two closely fought sets. With a victory, the 30-year old became the first Italian ever to win a Grand slam event. The doubles arena witnessed the coronation of the Williams sisters who claimed their fourth consecutive and 12th overall Grand slam title to complete their WILLIAMS-SLAM. In men's doubles, the dynamic duo of Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor won their third major title after two previous wins at Wimbledon. Zimonjic achieved a rare double by winning the mixed doubles event alongside Slovakian Katarina Srebotnik.
The Vanquished -
Switzerland's Roger Federer has an incessant urge to claim top spots, no matter what the contest is. This time he tops the list of the most shocking upsets during the fortnight, following his loss to a resilient Swede Robin Soderling. Women's top seed Serena Williams, who was the second favourite to win the title, too suffered a disappointing, and yes, unexpected loss to an in-form Samantha Stosur, who took out the top contender of the women's crown Justine Henin in the previous round. Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova's loss in the first week came as quite a surprise to many tennis pundits who had believed that the Russian will re-gain her top form on the red clay of Roland Garros. Names like Venus Williams, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray, who have not gone past 4th round in years, came as a bearable shock to fans and spectators around the world.
Story of the tournament -
The fortnight at Roland Garros witnessed the rise and fall of several big names but none turned out to be as thrilling as the Australian Samantha Stosur's rise to super stardom that hit the headlines all over the world. Truth be told, neither Stosur nor Schiavone were included in the list of contenders for this year's title, but as the tournament progressed, Stosur humbled one champion after another to reach the maiden Grand slam final of her career. Till now, Stosur's success and fan following was limited to the continent of Asia Pacific, but her superb run at Roland Garros has made her the people' champion, by the virtue of which she is now a part of the elite group of women, which includes names like Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams and Justine Henin.
The Disappointments -
Apart from the surprise exits, there were a few losses that came as a huge disappointment to both fans and critics. Scot Andy Murray's flop show continued on the red clay of Roland Garros as well when the Murray lost his fourth round match to Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets. Murray, who made an impressive start to this season, completely fell apart during the claycourt season. Similar was the story of seven time Grand slam champion Venus Williams, who once again failed to enter the second week at the Open. 2002 finalist Williams has been struggling on the Parisian clay ever since her final loss 8 years ago and with age going against her, there are very few years left for her to prove her mettle. When Russian Elena Dementieva made the semifinals, she once again raised expectations about her maiden triumph in majors, however, to everyone's dismay, she left Paris with nothing but a set of injuries, forcing her to withdraw from her match against Schiavone.
Notable mentions -
Despite failing to clinch the silverware at Roland Garros, there were a few names who left a mark with their impressive performances. Austrian Jurgen Melzer became the surprise semifinalist in the men's draw by the virtue of his upset wins over names like Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer. Kazakh girl Yaroslava Shvedova came a long way too and made the quarterfinals with the help of her exciting wins over Agnieszka Radwanska and Alisa Kleybanova. South African Chanelle Scheepers had a good run till the Round of 16 despite being ranked as low as No.131 in the world. The second major came as a platform for these names to showcae their talent and climb up the ladder of success.
Overall, the year's biggest clay court championship brought something old, something new and something very exciting during the past 15 days. Former American tennis star Jennifer Capriati once quoted - "Dreams do come true, you just have to believe in yourself." This seems to be particularly true for this French Open, which will always be cited as an epitome of persistence and self belief.
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