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- Howard Fendrich, http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

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EARNEST WORDS: As far as Martina Navratilova is concerned, Ernests Gulbis should keep doing his talking on the tennis court.

Gulbis beat 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in five sets Sunday to reach the French Open quarterfinals. Two days earlier, the 18th-seeded Latvian said he didn’t want his younger sisters to become professional tennis players because women should have other priorities.

Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam champion, was asked Monday what she thought of Gulbis and his recent comments.

“He’s clearly getting his act together because he played the best tennis he ever played against Roger Federer yesterday,” said Navratilova, who is helping design a doubles trophy that is being named after her at the WTA Finals. “I’m glad he did his talking with the racket instead of his mouth.”

- Jerome Pugmire, http://twitter.com/jeromepugmire

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ALLEZ LES BLEUS: With the World Cup less than two weeks away, France midfielder Yohan Cabaye decided to momentarily swap the green grass of a soccer field for the red clay of Roland Garros.

Cabaye played in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Paraguay, and is expected to be on the team when France begins its World Cup quest against Honduras on June 14. France flies out to Brazil next Monday.

Cabaye, who plays his club soccer at nearby Paris Saint-Germain, wrote on his Twitter page that he was watching eight-time champion Rafael Nadal play. He even tweeted a photo of Nadal just as the Spaniard was poised to serve during his fourth-round win.

- Jerome Pugmire, http://twitter.com/jeromepugmire

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French Open Watch follows tennis’ clay-court Grand Slam tournament in Paris as seen by journalists from The Associated Press.