the Context

Robin Söderling

Robin Söderling of Sweden defeats world-number-one, four-time French Open and defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain in tennis's 2009 French Open.

Four-time French Open champion Rafael Nadals reign as the king of clay has come to an end with defeat to Robin Soderling.


At least 72 protesters are arrested after battling with the National Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea.

More than 72 people were arrested during clashes with riot police in the wake of the funeral service for former President Roh Moo-hyun, police said.


Thousands of demonstrators gather in Hong Kong to commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre of June 4, 1989.


A man steals €6 million in jewellery from Chopard in Paris, France.

Prison escape

At least 44 inmates escape from a prison in Bagua Grande, Peru.


Two men are charged with plotting to assassinate former Hong Kong Democratic Party Chairman Martin Lee.

Fatah–Hamas conflict

Six people are killed during battle between Hamas militants and the Palestinian National Authority's Preventive Security Service in the West Bank.

South Ossetia

South Ossetia holds its parliamentary election.

Late-term abortion

Late-term abortion provider George Tiller is shot and killed in Wichita, Kansas, United States.


Russian cyclist Denis Menchov wins the 2009 Giro d'Italia in Rome, Italy.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat

The People's Justice Party wins the by-election in Penanti, Penang, Malaysia.