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Reflections: Day 11 of the French Open

Match of the Day: Samantha Stosur vs. Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-7(2), 8-6. And with that, all previous Grand Slam winners have been eliminated from the women’s singles draw. In just a few days’ time, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, Samantha Stosur, or Francesca Schiavone will be holding up their first Grand Slam trophy, la Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, for the first time. And because we could not be more excited about this, Stosur vs. Williams is our Match of the Day. But there was also …

Other Match of the Day: Jurgen Melzer vs. Novak Djokovic, 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-4. And with that, only one previous Grand Slam winner remains in the men’s singles draw. Unfortunately for the men who remain, that winner is Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay.

Surprising Eliminations: Serena Williams (1), Novak Djokovic (3),

Also … We learned that Elena Dementieva prefers Italian men and Japanese food. And, in spite of her loss to Sam Stosur today, Serena Williams will start next week ranked No. 1 in singles and doubles. She is only the sixth woman to achieve the double No. 1 ranking; the others are Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Lindsay Davenport, and Kim Clijsters.

And … We learned that Jurgen Melzer LOVES Mickey Mouse in his post-match interview:

Q. Forgive me if you’ve been asked this before, but the charm around your neck, what is that?
JURGEN MELZER: It’s a Mickey Mouse with a soccer ball. My girlfriend has the other, Minnie Mouse. (laughter.)

Q. Can you elaborate on why? Is it just a fun charm, or does it mean something more?
JURGEN MELZER: Well, it’s the World Cup coming up, no? That’s why I need the soccer ball. I’m a big soccer fan.
No, we just have those charms. We have been exchanging every time over the last year. It’s something we always do.

Q. I don’t think the mouse really expresses your personality today.
JURGEN MELZER: Probably not. But the mouse also is like they’re fast, and I was fast out there.

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