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Sep 5, 2013

In-form U.S. confident of getting first win in Costa Rica

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States take on Costa Rica on Friday when the top two in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying come face to face with both teams knowing their tickets to next year’s finals in Brazil are within touching distance.

Juergen Klinsmann’s U.S. team have won their last 12 games, most recently coming from two goals behind to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in impressive fashion in a friendly in Sarajevo.

Sep 5, 2013

Soccer-In-form U.S. confident of getting first win in Costa Rica

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – The United States take on Costa Rica on Friday when the top two in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying come face to face with both teams knowing their tickets to next year’s finals in Brazil are within touching distance.

Juergen Klinsmann’s U.S. team have won their last 12 games, most recently coming from two goals behind to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in impressive fashion in a friendly in Sarajevo.

Sep 5, 2013

Azarenka punishes Hantuchova’s mistakes to reach last four

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Second seed Victoria Azarenka punished a series of errors by Daniela Hantuchova to win 6-2 6-3 on Wednesday and set up a U.S. Open semi-final clash with Italy’s Flavia Pennetta.

Belarusian Azarenka, the beaten finalist at Flushing Meadows last year, took control after breaking the Slovak with a superb backhand to go 5-2 up in the first set.

Sep 5, 2013

Tennis-Azarenka punishes Hantuchova’s mistakes to reach last four

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Second seed Victoria Azarenka punished a series of errors by Daniela Hantuchova to win 6-2 6-3 on Wednesday and set up a U.S. Open semi-final clash with Italy’s Flavia Pennetta.

Belarusian Azarenka, the beaten finalist at Flushing Meadows last year, took control after breaking the Slovak with a superb backhand to go 5-2 up in the first set.

Sep 4, 2013

Pennetta proud of hard climb to last four in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Open has been a stomping ground for Italian female tennis players in recent years but Flavia Pennetta’s journey to the last four has been one of the more unexpected successes for the Azzurri.

Italy has had a woman in the last eight for each of the past six events at Flushing Meadows and this year it was unseeded Pennetta who beat 10th seed compatriot Roberta Vinci to reach the first grand slam semi-final of her career.

Sep 4, 2013

Tennis-Pennetta proud of hard climb to last four in New York

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. Open has been a stomping ground for Italian female tennis players in recent years but Flavia Pennetta’s journey to the last four has been one of the more unexpected successes for the Azzurri.

Italy has had a woman in the last eight for each of the past six events at Flushing Meadows and this year it was unseeded Pennetta who beat 10th seed compatriot Roberta Vinci to reach the first grand slam semi-final of her career.

Sep 4, 2013

Pennetta upsets Vinci to reach first grand slam semi

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Unseeded Flavia Pennetta never dreamed of being among the last four women standing when the U.S. Open began, but a 6-4 6-1 win over fellow Italian Roberta Vinci on Wednesday put her into her first grand slam semi-final.

After defeat at the quarter-final stage in Flushing Meadows three times before and undergoing wrist surgery a year ago, the 31-year-old Pennetta could have been forgiven for thinking that her chances of a last four spot at this event had passed.

Sep 4, 2013

Tennis-Pennetta upsets Vinci to reach first grand slam semi

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Unseeded Flavia Pennetta never dreamed of being among the last four women standing when the U.S. Open began, but a 6-4 6-1 win over fellow Italian Roberta Vinci on Wednesday put her into her first grand slam semi-final.

After defeat at the quarter-final stage in Flushing Meadows three times before and undergoing wrist surgery a year ago, the 31-year-old Pennetta could have been forgiven for thinking that her chances of a last four spot at this event had passed.

Sep 4, 2013

Murray grinds past Istomin into U.S. Open quarter-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Defending champion Andy Murray ground his way past Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin with a 6-7(5) 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open where he will face Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka.

Briton Murray struggled to get out of the blocks in the first set and trailed 5-3 after two forehand errors handed Istomin the break.

Sep 4, 2013

Tennis-Murray grinds past Istomin into U.S. Open quarter-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Defending champion Andy Murray ground his way past Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin with a 6-7(5) 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open where he will face Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka.

Briton Murray struggled to get out of the blocks in the first set and trailed 5-3 after two forehand errors handed Istomin the break.

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