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French Open at a glance

PARIS – A look at the French Open yesterday:

Weather: Sunny. High of 68 degrees.

Women’s Semifinals: No. 4 Simona Halep beat No. 28 Andrea Petkovic, 6-2, 7-6 (4); No. 7 Maria Sharapova beat No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Mixed Doubles Final: Jean-Julien Rojer and Anna-Lena Groenefeld defeated No. 8 Nenad Zimonjic and Julia Goerges, 4-6, 6-2, 10-7.

Stat of the Day: 19 – Consecutive third sets won by Sharapova on clay.

Quote of the Day: “I played a super-stupid forehand slice. I should have just killed it.” – Petkovic, about a point she lost in the second set.

Today’s Men’s Semifinals: No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 7 Andy Murray; No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 18 Ernests Gulbis.

Today’s Forecast: Sunny. High of 81 degrees.

Tomorrow’s Women’s Final: Halep vs. Sharapova.

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