Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 5th 2017 Contents A34 sports
guardian.co.tt Monday, June 5, 2017
...Despite London attack
Players have no fears
PARIS---Novak Djokovic and other
players at the French Open say they
are not worried about competing at
Wimbledon next month despite the
recent attacks in Britain.
Djokovic, a three-time champion at
Wimbledon, said yesterday that he still
plans on going to the tournament in
"I didn't get to that thought of: 'Oh,
should I go? Should I not go to London
with myself, my family?' Because it can
happen anywhere. I mean, if it happens
in London, happens in Paris, Nice, it can
really happen anywhere," the Serb said
after winning his match at Roland Gar-
ros. "I mean, if we live in fear, you know,
that's not life. ... If it's a destiny for you to
be somewhere in some place in a wrong
time, I mean, it can happen to all of us,
Britain suffered its third major attack in
three months when men using a van and
knives killed seven people in a busy area
of London on Saturday night.
"When I heard about it today, obviously
I was (as) upset as everyone. It's very dis-
turbing that one of the biggest cities in the
world, most important cities in the world,
some of the most popular locations in the
town, suffering these terrorist attacks,"
the second-ranked Djokovic said.
A van veered off the road and barrelled
into pedestrians on London Bridge. Three
men then got out of the vehicle with large
knives and attacked people at bars and
restaurants in nearby Borough Market
until they were fatally shot by police.
There was a similar vehicle-and
knife-attack on Westminster Bridge in
London in March that left five people
And on May 22, a suicide bomber killed
22 people and injured dozens at an Ariana
Grande concert in Manchester, in north-
"I'm sure Wimbledon's on top of that
stuff," said Britain's Jamie Murray, the
brother of No. 1-ranked Andy Murray.
"That seems to be the world that we have
to live in these days, which is not much
fun for anyone.
But I guess you just have to trust in
the authorities and the people that are
in charge that they know what they're
"It's very hard to stop someone get-
ting in a van and driving around trying
to knock people over.
How do you stop that? It's very diffi-
cult. It's very sad. It's tragic." Spain's Ra-
fael Nadal, who has won two Wimbledon
titles and is seeking a 10th at the French
Open, said: "With these kind of things,
you cannot feel 100 percent safe. ... That's
very bad news for everybody."
France is still under a state of emergency
after a string of Islamic extremist attacks,
including two in Paris. The French Open
continues until next weekend. Wimble-
don starts July 3 at the All England Club
in London's southwest. (AP)
French Open to have 1st-time Slam champ
PARIS---Garbine Muguruza did
not take kindly to the way specta-
tors pulled for her opponent --- her
French opponent, mind you --- at the
So after her title defence ended with a
6-1, 3-6, 6-3 loss to 13th-seeded Kristina
Mladenovic at a packed and rowdy Court
Suzanne Lenglen on a surprise-filled
yesterday that left zero past Grand Slam
champions in the women's field, Mugu-
ruza walked toward the locker room while
wagging a finger toward the stands, as if
to say, "Tsk, tsk!"
"The crowd was really tough today,"
Muguruza said at a news conference that
was halted at one point so she could com-
pose herself after getting choked up.
"Sometimes," she added, "(fans)
should be a little bit more respectful."
All four of the day's fourth-round
matches pitted one woman who has won
at least one major trophy (Muguruza, Ve-
nus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova and
Samantha Stosur) against a woman who
has not. And each time, the less-accom-
plished player won. Add it all up, and it
means that there will be a first-time major
title winner at the end of the tournament.
About an hour after Muguruza's exit,
seven-time major champion Williams
lost to 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky
5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at Court Philippe Chatrier.
"She had so many answers today," said
Williams, who also lost to Bacsinszky in
the fourth round a year ago.
Kuznetsova, who won the 2009 French
Open and 2004 US Open, was ousted
by two-time major runner-up Caroline
Wozniacki 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, while 2011 US
Open champion Stosur was eliminated by
19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia
2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Mladenovic will face Bacsinszky next,
and Wozniacki meets Ostapenko. In ad-
dition, all eight women who play in the
fourth round Monday are seeking a first
Muguruza, Venus out...
France's Kristina Mladenovic celebrates her win over Spain's Garbine
Muguruza during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis
tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, yesterday in Paris. Mladenovic
won 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. AP PHOTO
major title, so it will be the first
French Open since 1977 --- and first
major tournament anywhere since
the 1979 Australian Open --- with-
out a past Slam champion among
Asked for her thoughts on the way
things worked out, Williams replied:
"I have no idea. It's all behind me
now, so whatever happens in this
tournament is not necessarily my
In men's action, nine-time cham-
pion Rafael Nadal and defending
champion Novak Djokovic both won
in straight sets to reach the quar-
terfinals in Paris for the 11th time,
equalling Roger Federer's record for
the professional era. Next up: Nadal
vs No 20 Pablo Carreno Busta, and
Djokovic vs No 6 Dominic Thiem,
with the winners facing off in the
Heading into the French Open,
many figured the women's draw was
wide open, because of the absences
of Williams' sister, Serena (who is
pregnant), and Maria Sharapova
(who was denied a wild-card entry
that she needed as she comes off a
How right those folks were.
This was Muguruza's first attempt
at defending a Grand Slam cham-
pionship, and she ran into a deter-
mined Mladenovic, who was backed
by a vocal crowd of countrymen
who chanted her nickname, Kiki,
throughout the match. Mladenovic
often played to the fans, waving her
arms to ask for more noise.
"I'm playing at home. Obvious-
ly they are excited. The atmosphere
was just, yeah, amazing," Mladeno-
When Muguruza's complaints
about the crowd were relayed to
Mladenovic, she said she thought
it was just as tough on her, because
she had to deal with the burden of
thousands counting on her to win.
"I don't think that they crossed
the line," Mladenovic said. "Honest-
ly, no, I don't think it was unsports-
manship or unfair or anything." (AP)
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