Feats and Feet of Clay (X): French Open Day 10 Preview

Almost exactly a year ago today, Robin Soderling trained his bone-crushing artillery on the four-time defending champion of Roland Garros and accomplished the greatest upset in tennis history.  The Swede now attempts to depose another defending champion at the citadel of clay, while Federer can…

Feats and Feet of Clay (VIII): French Open Day 8 Preview

Under the forbidding skies of a damp Paris evening, most players would have accepted the four-time champion’s mastery as inevitable and turned their minds towards the greener pastures of Wimbledon.  After a dismal beginning against Henin, however, Sharapova’s fabled ferocity erupted deep in the second…

Feats and Feet of Clay (VII): French Open Day 7 Preview

It gets late early in Paris this weekend.  We refer not to the avalanche of complaints from players who resent peering through twilight at the ball, but to the third-round collision between two WTA superstars with ten Slam titles between them.  This match marks the…

Feats and Feet of Clay (VI): French Open Day 6 Preview

Despite the occasional fiery forehand, Ana’s second-round performance largely justified the desolate expression above.  At the root of her downfall once again lay her serve, which always has been a reliable barometer for the state of her game and confidence.  Players who rely less heavily…