The Williams bandwagon rolled out of Roland Garros on Friday when sisters Venus and Serena were humbled in the third round by a pair of tenacious opponents who never lost belief. A day after the French Open lost three top-10 seeds, 2002 champion Serena joined them at the exit squeue as he roared and screamed her way to a 6-4 6-4 mauling by Katarina Srebotnik.
Gustavo Kuerten briefly rekindled his Parisian love affair on Sunday before bidding a tearful farewell to the French Open. The Brazilian has enjoyed a special relationship with Roland Garros since he celebrated his third and final triumph in 2001 by drawing a giant love-heart in the red clay with his racket.
Roger Federer stormed into his fifth successive Wimbledon final with a 7-5 6-3 6-4 humbling of France's Richard Gasquet on Saturday. The four-times defending champion overwhelmed his 21-year-old opponent in a display of sheer brilliance before a mesmerised Centre Court crowd.
In all likelihood, the second Sunday in July cannot come soon enough for Roger Federer. For pundits agree there is a good chance he will be holding aloft the Wimbledon trophy for a fifth successive time on July 8. It would be a feat to equal Bjorn Borg's record, and would prompt fans and aficionados alike to once again debate the Swiss maestro's place among the tennis greats.
Winning the French Open for the fourth time meant more to Justine Henin than simply lifting the Suzanne Lenglen trophy again -- it proved to her that she could go it alone. The Belgian had won her previous five grand slam titles while married to Pierre-Yves Hardenne.
The historians wanted it, the fans demanded it and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal duly obliged on Friday by setting up a dream final at the French Open. Federer earned the chance to reignite the most intriguing rivalry in the sport when he wore down the dogged resilience of Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 7-6 7-6 in a three-hour duel.
Amelie Mauresmo's fragile hopes of winning her home grand slam tournament ended once more in heartache on Saturday when her French Open dreams were shredded by a familiar Czech foe. ''It was very close and it could have gone either way,'' said the Wimbledon champion.
Champion Rafael Nadal pulled rank over a teenage pretender and Roger Federer enjoyed a brisk workout when the world's top two players began their pursuit of the French Open crown on Tuesday. World number one Federer completed a clinical 6-4 6-2 6-4 first-round win over American Michael Russell.
In an era when records, money or the cult of celebrity have driven many athletes to prolong their careers long after they have passed their peak, Kim Clijsters proved there is more to life than being a professional athlete. Not since Swedish great Bjorn Borg turned his back on the sport in 1982 aged just 26 has a top player walked away from tennis at such a young age.
South Africa will have an extra incentive to beat Sri Lanka in their World Cup match on Wednesday as victory would allow them to hold on to their number one status and land them a Â 000 windfall. South Africa would have to secure the top spot in the International Cricket Council one-day rankings by April 1 to receive the cash boost.