Paris and the French Open have always had a special place in the hearts of Russian tennis fans, writes Gennady Fyodorov.
A US Open title, world #5 ranking and helping Russia win Fed Cup title yet Svetlana Kuznetsova feels she is not getting enough respect back home.
Russia's gymnastics chief Leonid Arkayev has added his voice to a chorus of public opinion calling for major reforms in his sport.
Maria Sharapova has replaced the glamour girl of tennis as Russia's newest sweetheart following her dream run to the Wimbledon title.
Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva's achievement to set up the first all-Russian grand slam final at the French Open.