Daily Pain: The moment things shifted for Maria Sharapova vs. Sam Stosur
The Daily Pain is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet during the French Open (otherwise known as the Daily Bagel).
• Video: Bob and Mike Bryan's knowledge of American doubles teams are tested with this quiz. (Update: The French Open defending champions lost in the quarterfinals Monday.)
• Ben Rothenberg for The New York Times pinpoints the moment when things turned around for Maria Sharapova.
After Stosur missed her first serve of the game at 4-4 in the second set, the cellphone of a fan sitting in the fourth row near Sharapova began to ring. Sharapova held her racket up to ask Stosur to wait for the interruption to stop. Stosur halted her service rituals and obliged. She then double-faulted and spiked a ball angrily into the ground.
Though the episode was minor, Sharapova pounced on Stosur’s momentary lapse in concentration. She won 20 of the next 25 points, and the last nine games of the match, to rally for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory.
“I actually can’t believe from that moment I didn’t win another game,” Stosur said. “How quickly things can turn. Even the third set I didn’t feel like I played a bad set. It’s a tough one."
• After beating Serena Williams in the second round, Garbine Muguruza's incredible run at the French Open continues into the quarterfinals, where she'll face Sharapova.
• Paul Annacone previews the second week of the French Open.
• Tomas Berdych takes over the Roland Garros Twitter account for a Q&A session.
• Douglas Robson for USA TODAY says despite his loss in the French Open Boys' tournament, there's still plenty of time for American up-and-comer Francis Tiafoe to reach the big stage. (Jon Wertheim says that, as well.)
• Don't forget that Wimbledon is just around the corner. Here's what Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be wearing.
• Nadal shows he isn't all business in Paris as he enjoys the evening with his longtime girlfriend.
• Non-tennis: The University of Florida pulls off the hidden-baseball trick during the NCAA baseball tournament.