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Sep 6, 2013

Azarenka dumps Pennetta to reach U.S. Open final

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Belarussian Victoria Azarenka reached her second straight U.S. Open final with a 6-4 6-2 win over Italy’s Flavia Pennetta on Friday.

Second seed Azarenka, who lost to Serena Williams in last year’s final, could get a chance for revenge if top-seeded Williams beats China’s Li Na in the Friday’s other semi-final.

Sep 6, 2013

Tennis-Azarenka dumps Pennetta to reach U.S. Open final

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Belarussian Victoria Azarenka reached her second straight U.S. Open final with a 6-4 6-2 win over Italy’s Flavia Pennetta on Friday.

Second seed Azarenka, who lost to Serena Williams in last year’s final, could get a chance for revenge if top-seeded Williams beats China’s Li Na in the Friday’s other semi-final.

Sep 5, 2013

Murray says hard to get fired up after Wimbledon glory

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Andy Murray, who suffered a surprise straight sets loss to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the U.S. Open quarter-finals on Thursday, conceded he has struggled to fire himself up after his Wimbledon triumph.

The two-time grand slam winner has not looked at his best since his emotional win over Novak Djokovic at the All England Club in July and he conceded that he has since found it tough to get motivated.

Sep 5, 2013

Tennis-Murray says hard to get fired up after Wimbledon glory

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Andy Murray, who suffered a surprise straight sets loss to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the U.S. Open quarter-finals on Thursday, conceded he has struggled to fire himself up after his Wimbledon triumph.

The two-time grand slam winner has not looked at his best since his emotional win over Novak Djokovic at the All England Club in July and he conceded that he has since found it tough to get motivated.

Sep 5, 2013

Holder Murray falls to Wawrinka in U.S. Open quarters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Andy Murray’s U.S. Open title defense ended with a whimper as he crashed to a 6-4 6-3 6-2 defeat in the quarter-finals to ninth-seeded Swiss Stansilas Wawrinka on Thursday.

The British third seed looked a shadow of the player who won Wimbledon two months ago, turning in a listless display against an opponent who sensed his weakness from the outset and went in for the kill.

Sep 5, 2013

Tennis-Holder Murray falls to Wawrinka in U.S. Open quarters

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Andy Murray’s U.S. Open title defence ended with a whimper as he crashed to a 6-4 6-3 6-2 defeat in the quarter-finals to ninth-seeded Swiss Stansilas Wawrinka on Thursday.

The British third seed looked a shadow of the player who won Wimbledon two months ago, turning in a listless display against an opponent who sensed his weakness from the outset and went in for the kill.

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.

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