2005 French Open
|2005 French Open|
|Date||23 May – 5 June|
|Category||Grand Slam (ITF)|
|Location||Paris (XVIe), France|
|Venue||Stade Roland Garros|
|Jonas Björkman / Max Mirnyi|
|Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez|
|Fabrice Santoro / Daniela Hantuchová|
|Emiliano Massa / Leonardo Mayer|
|Victoria Azarenka / Ágnes Szávay|
The 2005 French Open was the 104th edition of the tournament. Rafael Nadal, seeded fourth at his first French Open (but was actually ranked World No. 5 at the time after then-World No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt withdrew from the tournament due to injury), was a strong favorite to win the men's title after winning the Monte Carlo and Rome Masters, with Guillermo Coria, a 2004 finalist and 2005 runner-up to Nadal in both Monaco and Rome, calling Nadal the best clay-court player in the world prior to the tournament. After defeating top seed Roger Federer in the semi-finals, Nadal defeated Argentina's Mariano Puerta to claim his first French Open title, and the first of four won consecutively from 2005 until 2008. Nadal would go on to win the tournament a record nine times.
In the women's draw, Justine Henin-Hardenne won her second French Open title, defeating 2000 champion Mary Pierce in the final in just 62 minutes. 2005 marked the first of three consecutive years in which Justine Henin would win the Women's Singles title.
Gastón Gaudio and Anastasia Myskina were unsuccessful in defending their 2004 titles, Gaudio losing in the fourth round and Myskina being upset in the first round. This tournament was also notable for the rise of future French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, who upset the 3rd seed Amélie Mauresmo in the third round, before going on to defeat another future champion in Francesca Schiavone on her way to her first Grand Slam quarter-final appearance in what was just her second Grand Slam tournament.
- It was Nadal's 6th title of the year, and his 7th overall. It was his 1st career Grand Slam title.
- It was Henin-Hardenne's 4th title of the year, and her 23rd overall. It was her 4th career Grand Slam title, and her 2nd French Open title.
Top 5 Seeds
|1.||Roger Federer ( Switzerland)||lost to|| Rafael Nadal ( Spain)||Semi-final|
|2.||Andy Roddick ( United States)||lost to||José Acasuso ( Argentina)||2nd round|
|3.||Marat Safin ( Russia)||lost to|| Tommy Robredo ( Spain)||4th round|
|4.||Rafael Nadal ( Spain)||defeated||Mariano Puerta ( Argentina)||Champion|
|5.||Gastón Gaudio ( Argentina)||lost to|| David Ferrer ( Spain)||4th round|
|1.||Lindsay Davenport ( United States)||lost to|| Mary Pierce ( France)||Quarterfinal|
|2.||Maria Sharapova ( Russia)||lost to|| Justine Henin-Hardenne ( Belgium)||Quarterfinal|
|3.||Amélie Mauresmo ( France)||lost to|| Ana Ivanovic ( Serbia and Montenegro)||3rd round|
|4.||Elena Dementieva ( Russia)||lost to|| Elena Likhovtseva ( Russia)||4th round|
|5.||Anastasia Myskina ( Russia)||lost to||María Sánchez Lorenzo ( Spain)||1st round|
- Men's World No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt withdrew from the tournament on 20 May due to a rib injury.
- 2002 champion Serena Williams also withdrew due to injury.
- Rib keeps Hewitt out of the French Open - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- BBC Sport | Tennis | Nadal battles to French Open win
- BBC SPORT | Tennis | Tearful Pierce rues poor display
- "Serbian starlet shocks Mauresmo". BBC News. 28 May 2005. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Brave Henin-Hardenne battles on". BBC News. 30 May 2005. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- Henin-Hardenne became only the second French Open women's singles winner after saving match points en route to the title. In 2004 Myskina did the same.
Both saved match points against Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round.
2005 Australian Open
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