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Postcard from Roland: Remember Svetlana?

Postcard from Roland: Remember Svetlana?
By Eurosport

06/06/2006 at 18:47Updated

So far this year, talk of Svetlana Kuznetsova at this year's French Open has been minimal. Instead it is always the same old names - Henin, Mauresmo, Clijsters, Hingis - being bandied about. But after Tuesday's performance from the big-hitting Russian, he

The 2004 US Open champion had been waiting for this moment for two years after having stalled in consecutive tournaments at the round of 16 stage, where each time she fell to the eventual winner of the tournament.

But this time round she's done it. After dominating Francesca Schiavone on Sunday in the last 16, the number eight seed reached the semi-finals for the first time after dominating Dinara Safina in two sets.

The win represents Kuznetsova's best ever performance at Roland Garros after having been dumped out in the first round in her first participation here in 2003, before she fell in the round of 16 the following two years, in 2004 and 2005.

GOOD PLAYER, BAD PLAYER

The pantomine cast list could include such heroes as Roger Federer, Amelie Mauresmo, James Blake, Gael Monfils, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Rafael Nadal, whilst villains like Maria Sharapova, David Nalbandian, Martina Hingis, Tatiana Golovin, Marat Safin or Andy Roddick could be voted in.

UNABLE TO SIGN OFF

But on the show courts at Roland Garros this year, players such as Rafael Nadal and Ivan Ljubicic have been given rogue pens that have already run out and dried up, rendering the autographs useless, even if the camera pans up towards the sky in a vain attempt to highlight the signature.

To spare the blushes of television executives, 'official' pen sponsors have now stepped in to avoid any more embarrassment.

NO DRINKS PLEASE, WE'RE CHAMPS

PLASTIC SUPPORTERS

An incredible 200 credit cards have been lost during the first week of the tournament at Roland Garros, as people leave their precious pieces of plastic all over the complex.

Just for information, those that are found and not abused are brought to Door 13, on the left hand side of the Court Chatrier.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'm the last person to have beaten Nadal on clay. It was April 8th 2005 in Valencia. Today I'm scared. The Russian mafia have put a contract over my head to beat him next time we meet"

NUMBER OF THE DAY

21 - The number of years since the four top seeds in the men's singles draw were on course to the quarter-finals of Roland Garros. The last time was in 1985 where Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors headed the field.

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