FRENCH OPEN ’18: How much do you know about the Paris Slam?
PARIS (AP) How well do you know the French Open? Give this quiz a try:
1st Round: Which of these players saved a match point en route to winning a title at Roland Garros?
a.) Serena Williams.
b.) Michael Chang.
c.) Adriano Panatta.
d.) Jennifer Capriati.
2nd Round: In what year did the French Open start paying equal prize money to men and women for all rounds in singles?
3rd Round: How many tour titles did Jelena Ostapenko win before collecting the 2017 French Open trophy?
4th Round: Which of these players never reached a French Open final?
a.) Dinara Safina.
b.) Andy Murray.
c.) Venus Williams.
d.) Jimmy Connors.
e.) All of the above.
f.) None of the above.
Quarterfinal: When was the last time 10-time champion Rafael Nadal dropped a set at the French Open?
Semifinal: Who reached at least the semifinals at the first 34 Grand Slam tournaments of their career, including the first eight appearances at the French Open?
a.) Roger Federer.
b.) Steffi Graf.
c.) Pete Sampras.
d.) Rod Laver.
e.) Chris Evert.
Women’s Final: Who was the most recent left-handed female singles champion at the French Open?
a.) Petra Kvitova
b.) Martina Navratilova
c.) Anastasia Myskina
d.) Monica Seles
Men’s Final: Who most recently lost a 6-0 set in a men’s final at Roland Garros?
a.) Gaston Gaudio
b.) Roger Federer
c.) Juan Carlos Ferrero
d.) Alex Corretja
1st Round. C. Panatta, an Italian who was the only man to ever beat Bjorn Borg at Roland Garros, came within one point of losing in the first round against Pavel Hutka in 1976 before eventually winning that year’s tournament.
2nd Round. d. It was the last of the four Grand Slam tournaments to do so.
3rd Round. a. Ostapenko was the first woman in nearly four decades to make a Grand Slam title the first tour-level triumph of her career. And she’d never been past the third round at a major. She also was the first unseeded women’s champion at this tournament since 1933.
4th Round. d. Connors. The eight-time major champion’s best showing in Paris was reaching the semifinals in 1979, 1980, 1984 and 1985; he won each of the other three Grand Slam tournaments at least once. Murray, Safina and Williams all have been the runner-up at the French Open.
Quarterfinal. b. On June 3, 2015, his 29th birthday, Nadal lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. The ”King of Clay” hasn’t ceded a set at Roland Garros since: Nadal withdrew with an injured left wrist after a pair of easy victories in 2016, then won every set he played en route to last year’s title, dropping a total of only 35 games along the way.
Semifinal. e. Evert won 15 of her 18 major championships in that span, including five of her seven French Open trophies. The streak ended with a third-round loss at Wimbledon in 1983.
Women’s Final. d. Seles, a lefty who hit two-fisted forehands and backhands, won the 1990, 1991 and 1992 French Open titles. Navratilova’s second and last trophy at Roland Garros came in 1984. Kvitova has won Wimbledon twice but not been past the semifinals in Paris. Myskina, the 2004 champion in Paris, is right-handed.
Men’s Final. b. Federer. He was beaten 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 by Nadal for the 2008 title, the most lopsided Grand Slam loss of 20-time major champion Federer’s career. Gaudio lost the opening set of the 2004 final against Guillermo Coria by a 6-0 score before coming back to win the title, while Ferrero (2002 vs. Albert Costa) and Corretja (2001 vs. Gustavo Kuerten) each dropped a 6-0 set during runner-up finishes.
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