Makarova even pointed out that she never before had played a singles match in the tournament's main stadium (she was the 2013 French Open women's doubles champion). But she arrived at Roland Garros high on confidence, after having beaten Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova on clay this year. Member of her team wore T-shirts of "Courage, Belief, Pojd" (Come on! in Czech), celebrated wildly.
Makarova - who has won four of her 11 encounters with Kerber - was making her first singles appearance on Roland Garros's Philippe Chatrier centre court. Facing a point for 2-5 down in the first set, Mattek-Sands forced a tiebreak, and then also rallied from 2-4 down at the change of end to seal the opening by winning five of the last six points.
POWER FORWARD: Draymond Green vs. Kevin Love . "They're familiar with this team". "We don't go into any series saying we're only going to play four games, we can't approach a series like that, like, 'Yeah, we're going to play four.' You approach it with a mindset of, 'Of course we'd love to sweep them but you have to take that game by game".
Most assumed that, entering the 2017 season, Kevin Sumlin would be on one of the hottest coaching seats in the country. What is surprising is hearing an athletic director give an honest assessment of where a coach is at, but yesterday Scott Woodard, the A&M athletic director, gave a sobering point of view on exactly where Sumlin is at.
The Frenchmen is out of contract this summer and there has been unrest among the Arsenal supporters this season. The Gunners under Wenger this season, failed to qualify for Europe's most glamorous competition, The UEFA Champions League for the first time in over two decades and also finished 18 points adrift Chelsea who clinched the English Premier League title.
The 23-year-old center has seven points in 15 playoff games, almost as many as he had in the entire regular season (10). Aberg had two points in 15 regular-season games for the Predators , and has two points (1 G, 1 A) in nine playoff contests.
Cavs forward Love had said: "The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because at the end of the day we are defending our title". " We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do ". "Why do I want to own team?" he said. So good are the Warriors , who have finished with the NBA's best record in each of the last three seasons and added four-times scoring champion Durant last offseason, that Van Gundy referred to the 2015 National Basketball Association champions as a "dynasty".
Guardiola , however, is taking nothing for granted and has warned that the 16th-placed Hornets are capable of finishing the campaign with a flourish. The Catalan has already identified his team's main problem - their inability to convert chances into goals , a particular issue at their Etihad Stadium home.
Muguruza, who was beaten by Kontaveit in Stuttgart in April, was kept in the contest by her serve, winning 72 per cent of all her first service points. "I came here to win the matches", said twice former Wimbledon champion Kvitova. "I refused to feel I was being defeated". "I'm still happy I'm here and playing".
Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova is safely through to the second round of the French Open after a straight sets victory over Zheng Saisai of China. Instead of taking over the mantle from Serena Williams , as some leading names predicted when she defeated the American in the final past year at Roland Garros, Muguruza has failed to reach a single final since.
On-loan Chelsea midfielder Kasey Palmer has expressed a desire to remain with Huddersfield Town next season after helping David Wagner's side win promotion to the Premier League . To lose on penalties is hard. The Terriers were promoted after a tense play off final with Reading which went to penalties after neither side could score in regulation time.
Lose here, or you win a game here, it's like, 'All right, cool. "Our chemistry is getting better and better ", Durant said. "But we're not satsified". Should Cleveland pull off an upset in Game 1 the play in Game 2 would be on Golden State , even if the line is bumped up a point or so. And historical numbers shared by the National Basketball Association further highlight how different a cut this latest Warriors-Cavaliers finals joust is.
It was the first time Tsonga has lost to a player ranked as low as No. 91 at a Grand Slam. Tsonga was keen to keep things in perspective, saying: "I'm not a novice. "It's the paradox of tennis ", he added. PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Defending champion Garbine Muguruza stole the show on Wednesday after clawing her way back from a set down to claim a 6-7 6-4 6-2 win over Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.
I will try to learn as much as I can from him,"he added". Djokovic went up 4-1 in the second set but failed to convert eight set points when at 5-3. The 30-year-old Spaniard, who is seeking an unprecedented 10th title at Roland Garros , beat Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round.
But Kevin Love isn't buying it.? "So, for sure, I understand that when I'm out on the floor, and especially in the playoffs, if I don't turn the ball over and we're going to get a shot on every possession down in crunch-time situations, knowing that the ball is going to be sure in my hands, that's the evolution of the game that I have to try to master".
In a statement published on his official website, the golf icon stated that he has acknowledged the gravity of his actions and takes full responsibility for all the consequences. When news of Tiger Woods's DUI hit social media Monday morning, reactions from around the golf world - shock, sadness, moralizing - were mixed. "And the Tour would love to see him come back".
It is something that gives the team a lot pride. "This ranking did not come easy". He (Kohli) was just talking to me and trying to ease me out, but it really didn't work. Australia , the two-time champion, kick-start its Group A campaign with a game against New Zealand here on June 2 before facing Bangladesh (The Oval, June 5) and England (Edgbaston, June 10).
Game 5 goes Sunday in Pittsburgh . "So we use our assets and that's what works". Pittsburgh has scored a mere three goals through the first three games of the series - one in each game, including a meaningless late tally from Sidney Crosby in Game 3.
The Atletico Madrid forward has been a long term target for the Red Devils manager, who ended his first season as United boss by guiding them back into the Champions League following their Europa League success over Ajax . "Individually, we could have done better and as a team we could have done better, but football is all about learning and you're always going to learn with every game".
The Serbian maestro, who was playing his first tournament under new coach Andre Agassi, outplayed his Portuguese opponent Sousa 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in a thrilling clash that lasted more than two hours. Nadal also dictated the overall pace of play with 33 winners and just 13 unforced errors in comparison to Haase's 24 winners and 28 unforced errors.
Per Mertesacker has highlighted the faith shown in him by Arsene Wenger , as the Arsenal captain started his first game of 2016/17 in the FA Cup final. "I invite you one day to live with me and one thing you can not question is my commitment". "The players play for their future, for their next season", Wenger said.
Channelling the confidence built up during a 17-match winning streak in taking claycourt titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, Nadal then pulled clear as Paire suffered a reaction to taking energy tablets. "I was so excited to play here against another champion". - Muguruza will face Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the next round. This is exactly what I need at this moment, a person like him [who] understands the transitions as a tennis player and as a person, as well, going through ...
Even the much-respected Associated Press (AP)-specifically its National Basketball Association ( NBA ) writer Tom Withers-is saying it: Warriors in this year's NBA Finals . "Let's go. I'm going to stand up for myself - and that's just the competitive nature of where I come from and the era I grew up in". He's our leader; he allows the ship to run in the sense of his personality, his character, who he is as a person-it's affected all of us in that sense.
Baker may not have been a member of the Nationals franchise during the 2014 National League Division Series, when Harper twice homered off Strickland and yelled at him after the second blast, but he understood the genesis of the melee that suddenly erupted at AT&T Park on Sunday.
I was just trying to find a way to get through today, and as efficiently as possible. The Brit found his range as the match progressed, however, dropping only two games as he reeled off sets three and four in quick succession. "I did not play many matches on clay and was not feeling that confident". "It was a very tricky first-round match with his preparation coming in, in terms of the number of wins that he had under his belt and I thought he handled it very well", said the Sky Sports' ...
Her main challenger in September, the Social Democrats' candidate Martin Schulz , doubled down on Merkel's Sunday comments, saying the summits made it clear that Trump was a president "who wants to humiliate others, who presents himself like an authoritarian ruler".
The striker continues to be heavily linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United , with some reports suggesting that personal terms had already been agreed. "With two extraterrestrials like Cristiano and Messi the Ballon d'Or is hard, I would be happy to be within the top three". We'll have to wait and see.
The UFC recently booked an interim middleweight title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker to UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas. UFC star Georges St-Pierre remains optimistic he will fight at some point in 2017. "But, look at my record, I don't lose very often so I could still be there for a while". "So I guess it's the same thing for him on this fight". "It's finished.
It remains unclear whether the 67-year-old will continue as manager of the Gunners, despite capping a disappointing season with a record-breaking victory over the newly crowned Premier League champions. "It's what we all want and I know it's what our fans around the world demand". " There is no complacency anywhere at this club". "Anything can happen but I have always said I feel very, very loved by the fans here and every time I have played I have shown I can play at the top level in this ...
He has described some of the comments as a "disgrace", saying they created a "horrendous atmosphere". The 67-year-old brings stability, certainty and a proven track record of keeping Arsenal in and around their domestic rivals at the top end of the Premier League.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will deliver the light heavyweight division's next contender when Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir throw hands at the upcoming UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) event, locked and loaded for Sat., July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California.
What could instead happen is that he plays out his one year contract and leave the Londoners at the end of next season. The 67-year-old, whose side meet Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday in a match that could go some way towards salvaging their season, has been left furious at the manner of his treatment.
The 30-year old was a 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-0 victor over Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov in just two hours and 32 minutes, the kind of confidence boosting result he needed to open this grand slam after a poor start to the season. He said: "The last few months have not been good, obviously". You know, put a lot of first serves in, which I think he found that hard to return especially standing quite far back.
Investigators told the website that they're hoping security footage from James' neighbors could help identify the culprit who spray painted the graffiti, which is now covered up. James and the defending champion Cavaliers will be in Oakland Thursday night to take on the Golden State Warriors in the first game of the NBA Finals.
I started to move a bit better towards the end. "She can be quite tricky, so I'll be trying to take care of things my end and adapt as best as possible". He is not a popular chap. Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has won his first match in five years at the French Open . The Scot will next face Slovakian Martin Klizan (below), who was involved in a bad-tempered encounter with French wild card Laurent Lokoli on Court 14.