French Open - View from the Courts: Tsonga injured

Eurosport - Sun, 30 May 21:15:00 2010

All the reaction from day eight at Roland Garros.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: "It looks like it is a lesion on a stomach muscle. I will have an MRI tomorrow to see exactly what it is. There is always a risk to aggravate when you play with some pain. But this event is too big for me to calculate. I wanted to give everything at my tournament, that is what I did and nobody will blame me for this."

Roger Federer: "I'm very happy, you know, because seeing the draw, what was it a week ago or more, it got my nerves going already thinking of who I was going to play. Now I played my first seed in the tournament, and a good friend, as well. I really knew the danger in this match. I was able to hang in there and turn it around in the breaker, but that's the stuff you need to do. Last year I had to battle it out more over four or five sets. It also has advantages to do that as long as you come through. I'm playing really well at the moment, so I'm very happy where my game is at right now."

Robin Soderling: "I remember a few times I played against him when I came pretty close, especially one in Halle a couple years ago when I served and returned really well. I think that's what you have to do against him, because of course he's the best player in the world. But even against him you will always get a few chances. Then you have to take them, because he won't give you any second opportunities."

Justine Henin showed nerves of steel to beat Maria Sharapova in their delayed third-round match: "In the first set, my tactics paid off and then I let her take control. She is a champion. I have a lot of admiration for her. It was a good test. I am so happy to still have an opportunity to win here. It was a difficult third-round match, but I'm the world number 23 so I'm not spared by the draw."

Sharapova battled in a three-set loss to Henin: "I've been serving much better and my arm has been feeling good. I don't think the conditions really favoured that drive through the ball and the serve as much as it would have been on a warmer day where it would have gone through the court a bit more. Sometimes you have to be ready to hit millions of balls, and it's not just about the serve. The game is becoming better and bigger, and the girls are getting faster. The game itself is getting better."

Nadia Petrova, who saved three match points in the previous round against local hope Aravane Rezai, goes on to knockout second seed Venus Williams: "It's my most dramatic French Open. Before yesterday's match I did not sleep all night. I'm very happy I came back strong on that Centre Court. I'm in very good condition physically."

Williams said she will not change her game: "I had a day where I want to hit the ball crosscourt and it went down the line. At this point, I just have to do my best in doubles and then just play Wimbledon. I'm not really thinking about reassessing my game at the moment. She (Petrova) just seemed to play a little bit more consistently. I don't think she did anything super special."

Elena Dementieva talks about how important it is to have her mum Vera (who is also her coach) by her side after her win over South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers: "Technically and emotionally she offers me great support, and it's great company too having her with me. I know that she's very emotional and sometimes it feels like she's playing together with me on the court. I do try to say to her please be more relaxed, don't take is so seriously, it's just a game but I guess it's hard to be a mum and to be a coach.

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