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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.

Sep 3, 2013

Stenson completes his second rise from the depths

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Henrik Stenson crowned his second comeback from serious slumps in form when he won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Sunday.

The Swede has been threatening to win throughout this season – finishing second at the British Open and third in the PGA Championship with a second-place finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational sandwiched in between.

Sep 3, 2013

Stricker grabs Cup spot with second place at Boston

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Steve Stricker earned a place on the United States team for the Presidents Cup after a second-place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday moved him ahead of Webb Simpson.

American veteran Stricker was the only player on either team to move into the top 10 in the Cup points standings in the final week of qualification as he guaranteed automatic selection for October’s showdown with the Internationals.

Sep 2, 2013

Stenson wins Deutsche Bank Championship

NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Sweden’s Henrik Stenson won the Deutsche Bank Championship by two shots with a five-under-par round of 66, leaving him with a tournament record-tying total of 22-under 262 at the TPC Boston on Monday.

Stenson, enjoying a rich run of form, moves above Tiger Woods into top spot in the FedExCup standings after the second of the PGA Tour’s four lucrative playoff events.

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