The Latest: Wawrinka 1st to reach semifinals at French Open


Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka returns the ball to Spains Albert Ramos-Vinolas during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


Latvia's Ernests Gulbis talks to umpire Eva Asderaki-Moore of Greece about the suspension of play because of the rain in the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Belgiums David Goffin, rear right, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland blows a kiss to the public after defeating Venus Williams of the U.S. during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):

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5:20 p.m.

Stan Wawrinka is the first player through to the French Open semifinals.

The defending men’s champion beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7) to become the only Swiss man other than Roger Federer to have reached the semifinals of the clay-court major tournament multiple times. Federer, absent this year with an aching back, has played in seven semifinals and five finals, winning the title once, in 2009.

The third-seeded Wawrinka was never really troubled by his left-handed opponent, who was playing his first fourth-round match at a Grand Slam.

Ramos-Vinolas had only four break points in the match on Court Suzanne Lenglen and won just one of them, in the third set.

Wawrinka improved his career record against Ramos-Vinolas to 7-0. He will play either Andy Murray or Richard Gasquet in the semifinals.

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4:30 p.m.

Ernests Gulbis got some things off his chest after his fourth-round loss to David Goffin at the French Open.

The Latvian lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 Wednesday in a match that was scheduled to start on Monday, when play was completely washed out.

Then, on Tuesday, the players came on court in the rain and came off with Goffin leading 3-0 in the first set.

“I don’t think the players should walk on court while it’s raining,” said Gulbis, a semifinalist in Paris in 2014. “If it starts raining while we play, then we keep on playing until it’s playable. But to walk on with rain, I don’t think it’s right.

“We had to play in Munich when it was snowing,” Gulbis said. “You know, we’re not in a winter sport.”

Another thing that annoyed Gulbis was Goffin’s actions early in the match.

“It was strange from Goffin, when he wanted to stop after 2-0 (in the first set) before my serve,” Gulbis said. “I didn’t think it was really, really correct. You know, he can stop before his serve.”

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4:10 p.m.

Timea Bacsinszky’s on-court ruthlessness at the French Open doesn’t extend to ladybugs.

The eighth-seeded Swiss, who hasn’t dropped a set in her march to the quarterfinals, has a soft-spot for the insects, regarding them as “a lucky charm.”

She posted a picture of one she spotted on a tennis ball during practice. She says she saved another from a probable squishing at Roland Garros, guiding it off court during one of her matches.

“Why should I step on it? I’m not saying we should be super careful about every insect and animal, but (you) just don’t need to murder a poor insect because it’s bothering you,” she said after beating Venus Williams in fourth round. “You can just push it a little bit. Like, ‘Go on. Go away.’ That was my feeling about this poor ladybug.”

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3:25 p.m.

Tomas Berdych set up a French Open quarterfinal match against Novak Djokovic by beating 2013 runner-up David Ferrer 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.

Advancing beyond the fourth round at Roland Garros for only the third time in 13 attempts, the seventh-seeded Czech player saved all nine break points he faced in the match that was postponed Monday because of rain and started Tuesday only to be interrupted by more rain in the first set.

Although the match lasted 2 hours, 12 minutes, Berdych said they took “almost three days to finish this.”

David Goffin is also through to the quarterfinals, completing another rain-interrupted fourth-round match. The 12th-seeded Belgian beat Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.

In his first quarterfinal at a Grand Slam, Goffin will play Dominic Thiem in a battle of upcoming younger players. Thiem is 22, Goffin 25.

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2:45 p.m.

Dominic Thiem reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal on Wednesday, beating Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-4.

The 22-year-old Austrian’s previous best at a major was making the fourth round at the U.S. Open in 2014.

The match started Tuesday but was interrupted by rain and resumed Wednesday on Court 2 at one-set each. Serving with three match points, the 13th-seeded Thiem won with an angled forehand drop shot from the back of the court that Granollers couldn’t reach.

Granollers benefited from a walkover into the fourth round when nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal withdrew with a left wrist injury.

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2:25 p.m.

She has rubbed shoulders with Donald Trump, but Serena Williams seemingly won’t be voting for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee — because she doesn’t vote at all.

Adroitly sidestepping a question about Trump at the French Open, where Williams is the defending champion, she says she is “not involved at all” in politics.

Williams, a Jehovah’s witness, adds “I don’t vote. It goes back to my religion.”

She says she has met Trump “several times,” because she lives in Palm Beach, Florida, and he has a 17-acre estate, the Mar-a-Lago Club, there.

Williams says “everyone in Palm Beach kind of knows each other.”

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1:55 p.m.

Novak Djokovic got just what he wanted as he pursues a first French Open title, wrapping up a rain-interrupted victory with a minimum of trouble to get to the quarterfinals.

Aiming to win a fourth consecutive major trophy and complete a career Grand Slam, the No. 1-seeded Djokovic needed only 71 minutes Wednesday to finish off a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 win against No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. The match was suspended because of rain on Tuesday, with Djokovic leading 4-1 in the third set.

He needed only seven minutes of action to claim that set when they resumed, taking the first two games played Wednesday.

After completing the victory, Djokovic played to the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier, first cajoling a ball boy to join him in bowing for the spectators, then donning a yellow rain hat handed to him by Fabrice Santoro, a former player who conducted the post-match interview.

Because rain created a compressed schedule, Djokovic will be on court for a third day in a row on Thursday.

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1:30 p.m.

Unseeded Yulia Putintseva reached the quarterfinals at a major tournament for the first time, beating 12th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5, 7-5 Wednesday at the French Open.

Navarro won less than half of all points on her serve, made 21 unforced errors and was broken four times in losing the first set.

Serving for the match after breaking her Spanish opponent twice, the 60th-ranked Putintseva had three match points after an angled backhand volley at the net. She converted the first, when Navarro netted a backhand service return.

Putintseva has yet to lose a set in her march to the quarterfinals, and lost only eight games in the previous rounds before her first-ever fourth-round match at a major.

She will play defending champion Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.

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12:40 p.m.

Venus Williams failed in her bid to reach the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in a decade, losing to eighth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-2, 6-4 in the fourth round Wednesday.

The ninth-seeded Williams, a seven-time major champion, started well enough, taking a 2-0 lead, before dropping eight games in a row. She was the runner-up to her sister Serena at Roland Garros in 2002, but her most recent trip to the quarterfinals in Paris came in 2006.

Against Bacsinszky, Williams managed to produce only six winners, while committing 24 unforced errors.

The match originally was supposed to be played Monday, but was postponed twice because of rain.

Backsinszky, a semifinalist at the French Open last year, can make it back to that stage if she beats 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens next.

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12:35 p.m.

Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating 15th-seeded Madison Keys of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-3 at the French Open on Wednesday.

The 58th-ranked Bertens eliminated a seeded player for the third time in the tournament, after upsetting No. 3 Angelique Kerber, the Australian Open champion, in the first round and No. 29 Daria Kasatkina in the third round.

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12:20 p.m.

Wasting no time at all after waiting two days to play, Serena Williams moved closer to her record-equaling 22nd Grand Slam title by easily reaching the French Open quarterfinals.

The top-seeded Williams dominated from start to finish during a 6-1, 6-1 victory over 18th-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in only 62 minutes Wednesday.

The match originally was scheduled for Monday, but showers forced cancellation of an entire day of play at Roland Garros for the first time in 16 years. Then, on Tuesday, more rain allowed for a total of only 2 hours of play around the grounds, and Williams’ match was postponed again.

Finally in action, in Wednesday’s opening match at Court Philippe Chatrier, Williams looked very much like a 21-time Grand Slam champion facing a 21-year-old who has only reached one major quarterfinal, losing at that stage in Paris last year.

Williams, the defending French Open champion, is trying to match Steffi Graf’s Open-era mark of 22 major titles.

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11:05 a.m.

After two days of almost incessant rain, the covers have come off the courts at the French Open and the skies, while still thick with clouds, have stopped dropping rain.

Serena and Venus Williams play first on Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne Lenglen, respectively, in fourth-round matches carried over from Monday, when rain washed out the whole day of play for the first time in 16 years.

Defending champion Serena plays No. 18 Elina Svitolina. Venus takes on No. 8 Timea Bacsinszky.

Because of scheduling problems, after rain continued for most of Tuesday, too, matches are also spread on other courts. Kiki Bertens vs. No. 15 Madison Keys is on Court 1; No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Yulia Putintseva of Ukraine is on Court 2.

Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka returns the ball to Spains Albert Ramos-Vinolas during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_110648856-c84ead00498348ecbfd0476b49b88cfb.jpgSwitzerland’s Stan Wawrinka returns the ball to Spains Albert Ramos-Vinolas during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis talks to umpire Eva Asderaki-Moore of Greece about the suspension of play because of the rain in the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Belgiums David Goffin, rear right, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_110648856-1700c3b60d804f73b7024a5418b15fe5.jpgLatvia’s Ernests Gulbis talks to umpire Eva Asderaki-Moore of Greece about the suspension of play because of the rain in the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Belgiums David Goffin, rear right, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland blows a kiss to the public after defeating Venus Williams of the U.S. during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_110648856-b0efdfbf4a06418fa799fadad13505e9.jpgTimea Bacsinszky of Switzerland blows a kiss to the public after defeating Venus Williams of the U.S. during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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