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Aug 28, 2015

Tennis-History-chasing Serena already best ever-analysts

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Serena Williams is on the brink of a crowning achievement in tennis, but as far as several top analysts are concerned, the 33-year-old American has already established herself as the greatest women’s player ever.

Williams would become only the fourth woman to sweep all four grand slams in a season should she win a fourth consecutive U.S. Open title in the tournament starting on Monday.

Aug 28, 2015

Johnson, Stenson, Finau clubhouse leaders at The Barclays

EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) – British Open champion Zach Johnson, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and American rookie Tony Finau shared the early clubhouse lead in Friday’s second round of The Barclays, the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs.

Johnson fired a five-under-par 65 on a sunny day at Plainfield Country Club to reach six-under-par 134 along with Stenson (66) and Finau, who followed his opening 65 with a see-saw 69.

Aug 27, 2015

Serena insists pressure not a factor in Grand Slam bid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serena Williams said on Thursday she is treating the upcoming U.S. Open just like any other, even though she is well aware of the historical impact the year’s final grand slam may have.

The three-times defending champion enters the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 tournament in New York as the odds-on favorite to win and become the first player in 27 years to complete a Grand Slam by capturing all four majors in one season.

Aug 27, 2015

Tennis-Serena insists pressure not a factor in Grand Slam bid

NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Serena Williams said on Thursday she is treating the upcoming U.S. Open just like any other, even though she is well aware of the historical impact the year’s final grand slam may have.

The three-times defending champion enters the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 tournament in New York as the odds-on favourite to win and become the first player in 27 years to complete a Grand Slam by capturing all four majors in one season.

Aug 27, 2015

Serena faces strong home challenge at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serena Williams must navigate a heavily American quarter of the draw including sister Venus to complete a calendar sweep of the four grand slams, while two sensational quarter-finals loom on the men’s side after Thursday’s U.S. Open draw.

Top-seeded Serena, who opens against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia, is in a quarter that includes nine Americans, notably Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Venus, who she could meet in the quarter-finals.

Aug 27, 2015

Tennis-Serena faces strong home challenge at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Serena Williams must navigate a heavily American quarter of the draw including sister Venus to complete a calendar sweep of the four grand slams, while two sensational quarter-finals loom on the men’s side after Thursday’s U.S. Open draw.

Top-seeded Serena, who opens against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia, is in a quarter that includes nine Americans, notably Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Venus, who she could meet in the quarter-finals.

Aug 27, 2015

Nadal vows passionate return to U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has sounded a philosophical note about a season well below his accustomed standard of excellence, but the 29-year-old Spaniard insists the fire is still burning.

“The passion is there,” Nadal told reporters on Wednesday before taking the court against Australian Lleyton Hewitt at a fundraiser to support young New York area tennis players at John McEnroe’s tennis academy on Randall’s Island.

Aug 27, 2015

Tennis-Nadal vows passionate return to U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has sounded a philosophical note about a season well below his accustomed standard of excellence, but the 29-year-old Spaniard insists the fire is still burning.

“The passion is there,” Nadal told reporters on Wednesday before taking the court against Australian Lleyton Hewitt at a fundraiser to support young New York area tennis players at John McEnroe’s tennis academy on Randall’s Island.

Aug 27, 2015

Mahan’s time of the year – FedExCup playoffs

EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) – It is Hunter Mahan’s time of the year, as the American has kept his date with the season-ending FedExCup playoffs every year since its inception eight years ago.

Mahan enters The Barclays, which opens the lucrative four-event series at Plainfield Country Club on Thursday, as the only player to have qualified and played in all 32 tournaments ever staged in the series.

Aug 25, 2015

Battle lines drawn at historic Plainfield

EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) – The battle for a $10 million (£6.37 million) jackpot that goes to the winner of the four-event FedExCup playoffs begins on Thursday in The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club, a fitting venue for the opening salvo.

In 1777, the Battle of Short Hills in the U.S. Revolutionary War was fought on the site of the current golf course and was the first battle after the United States adopted the Stars and Stripes as its official flag.