Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Tennis history made in Paris

The exciting clay court expert Rafael Nadal of Spain had to beat both the weather and Sweden’s Robin Soderling at the French Open in Paris to set a new world record of 54 straight wins on clay. At times it seemed as if the strong wind that made stroke playing difficult and kept blowing dust into Nadal’s eyes would prevent the record being broken. However, the Spaniard put this all behind him in the third set to win 6-2, 7-5 and 6-1. Nadal, who is the defending French Open champion, beat the record of 53 straight wins on clay set by Guillermo Vilas of Argentina in 1977. He was presented with a special trophy for his magnificent performance.

Meanwhile, US Open champion Kim Clijsters took a further step towards capturing the women’s French Open title at her third attempt with a straight set victory of 6-0 and 7-6 over Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano. Clijsters was the Roland Garros runner-upin 2001 and 2003.

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