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Sep 3, 2014

Tennis-Makarova tops Azarenka to reach U.S. open semis

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova made her best mark in grand slam singles by outslugging Victoria Azarenka, the U.S. Open runner-up the last two years, 6-4 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.

The 17th-seeded Russian was steadier and more explosive with her big groundstrokes in dismissing the 16th seed from Belarus and advancing to the last four of a major for the first time after four losses in the quarter-finals stage.

Sep 3, 2014

Wozniacki wallops Errani to reach semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection on Tuesday and pummeled Italy’s Sara Errani 6-0 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.The 10th seed reached the last four at a grand slam for the first time since 2011 by beating Errani at her own strategy, engaging in long baseline rallies but using superior power to open the court and find lanes for winners.

Dane Wozniacki walloped winners of all varieties, belting 26 of them to just 12 for her Italian opponent, who looked dazed and confused at times on court.

Sep 3, 2014

Tennis-Wozniacki wallops Errani to reach semi-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection on Tuesday and pummeled Italy’s Sara Errani 6-0 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.

The 10th seed reached the last four at a grand slam for the first time since 2011 by beating Errani at her own strategy, engaging in long baseline rallies but using superior power to open the court and find lanes for winners.

Sep 3, 2014

Bradley, Mahan and Simpson named as U.S. wildcards

NEW YORK (Reuters) – United States captain Tom Watson, helped by a late “revelation”, opted for experience and form in choosing Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wildcard picks for this month’s Ryder Cup against Europe.

Watson announced Bradley, Mahan and Simpson, all of them former Ryder Cup players, as his three selections during a glitzy news conference at Studio 8H, the home of ‘Saturday Night Live’, at Rockefeller Plaza.

Sep 2, 2014

Swiss teen Bencic sees U.S. Open as building block

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Belinda Bencic’s fairytale U.S. Open debut came to an emphatic halt at the hands of China’s Peng Shuai on Tuesday but the Swiss teen took plenty of comfort from her maiden trip to a grand slam quarter-finals.

For the big-hitting 17-year-old who graduated to the women’s tour after winning the junior titles at last year’s French Open and Wimbledon, her experience at the year’s final grand slam in Flushing Meadows will serve as a building block.

Sep 2, 2014

Tennis-Swiss teen Bencic sees U.S. Open as building block

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Belinda Bencic’s fairytale U.S. Open debut came to an emphatic halt at the hands of China’s Peng Shuai on Tuesday but the Swiss teen took plenty of comfort from her maiden trip to a grand slam quarter-finals.

For the big-hitting 17-year-old who graduated to the women’s tour after winning the junior titles at last year’s French Open and Wimbledon, her experience at the year’s final grand slam in Flushing Meadows will serve as a building block.

Sep 2, 2014

China’s Peng routs Swiss teen to reach U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A long measure of grand slam patience paid off for Peng Shuai of China, who reached the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday by routing Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-1 in the Flushing Meadows heat.

Peng, 28, delivered a master lesson to the 17-year-old Bencic in an unlikely quarter-final between unseeded players, winning the groundstroke rallies and unleashing pinpoint passing shot winners after luring the Swiss to the net with short balls.

Sep 2, 2014

Tennis-China’s Peng routs Swiss teen to reach U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) – A long measure of grand slam patience paid off for Peng Shuai of China, who reached the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday by routing Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-1 in the Flushing Meadows heat.

Peng, 28, delivered a master lesson to the 17-year-old Bencic in an unlikely quarter-final between unseeded players, winning the groundstroke rallies and unleashing pinpoint passing shot winners after luring the Swiss to the net with short balls.

Sep 2, 2014

Djokovic, Murray in quarters clash, Serena advances

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The tension mounted and temperatures soared at the U.S. Open on Monday as top seed Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set up a sensational quarter-final, and Serena Williams made a 2014 grand slam breakthrough.

Temperatures neared 90 degrees (32 C) in Flushing Meadows and hovered around 100 (38 C) on the hard courts in high humidity that tested players.

Sep 2, 2014

Azarenka overcomes qualifier Krunic to reach quarters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twice Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka overcame an inspired challenge from qualifier Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6 6-4 6-4 on Monday to advance to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open.

Azarenka, who began the year as world number two and slipped to a 16th seed after dealing with foot and knee injuries, took a 3-0 lead in the first set before the 21-year-old Serb, ranked 145th, roared back and claimed the set.