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Aug 28, 2014

Tennis-No sweat as Djokovic eases into third round

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic barely worked up a good sweat on another sizzling day at the U.S. Open as he strolled past Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1 6-3 6-0 and into the third round of the year’s final grand slam on Thursday.

Djokovic, who has reached the Flushing Meadows final each of the last four years and won it all in 2011, needed just 88 minutes to dismiss the veteran Frenchman on a gusty Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Aug 28, 2014

Winning Wawrinka bristles as Peng causes upset

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Second round action at the U.S. Open began with a shock and ended with some late-night drama as men’s third seed Stan Wawrinka barked at fans before shouting for joy at his 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (1) win over Thomaz Bellucci on Wednesday.

The day got off to an explosive start with Chinese doubles specialist Peng Shuai upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 and finished under the floodlights in the early morning hours with Wawrinka losing his cool and snapping at the rowdy crowd before escaping with a testy win.

Aug 28, 2014

Tennis-Winning Wawrinka bristles as Peng causes upset

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Second round action at the U.S. Open began with a shock and ended with some late-night drama as men’s third seed Stan Wawrinka barked at fans before shouting for joy at his 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (1) win over Thomaz Bellucci on Wednesday.

The day got off to an explosive start with Chinese doubles specialist Peng Shuai upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 and finished under the floodlights in the early morning hours with Wawrinka losing his cool and snapping at the rowdy crowd before escaping with a testy win.

Aug 28, 2014

Top seeds Djokovic and Williams take U.S. Open spotlight

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams take center stage at the U.S. Open on Thursday, headlining a juicy day of action at the year’s final grand slam.

Always a crowd favorite at Flushing Meadows, Williams will have to share some of cheers as she goes against fellow American Vania King in a second round matchup.

Aug 28, 2014

Tennis-Top seeds Djokovic and Williams take U.S. Open spotlight

NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) – World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams take centre stage at the U.S. Open on Thursday, headlining a juicy day of action at the year’s final grand slam.

Always a crowd favourite at Flushing Meadows, Williams will have to share some of cheers as she goes against fellow American Vania King in a second round matchup.

Aug 27, 2014

Hewitt pushed to U.S. Open exit, but no retirement talk

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thirteen years after winning the U.S. Open, Lleyton Hewitt was back out on Arthur Ashe Stadium court sweating under a blazing sun on Wednesday, still battling, still fist-pumping and still not ready to call it a career.

The ‘Battling Aussie’, whose no-quit philosophy has defined his career, went down swinging 6-3 6-4 6-3 to sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych but offered little hint about either his long-term or short-term future plans after his second-round loss.

Aug 27, 2014

Tennis-Hewitt pushed to U.S. Open exit, but no retirement talk

NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Thirteen years after winning the U.S. Open, Lleyton Hewitt was back out on Arthur Ashe Stadium court sweating under a blazing sun on Wednesday, still battling, still fist-pumping and still not ready to call it a career.

The ‘Battling Aussie’, whose no-quit philosophy has defined his career, went down swinging 6-3 6-4 6-3 to sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych but offered little hint about either his long-term or short-term future plans after his second-round loss.

Aug 27, 2014

Pioneering Peng carries Chinese torch in Li’s absence

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With Li Na on the sidelines, Peng Shuai picked up the Chinese torch and set the U.S. Open ablaze on Wednesday, scorching fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland to storm into the third round at Flushing Meadows.

Long before Li, the current world number three, left her mark on women’s tennis by becoming China’s first grand slam champion, Peng was blazing new trails as the first woman from her country to reach the semi-finals of a Tier One event in 2005.

Aug 27, 2014

Tennis-Pioneering Peng carries Chinese torch in Li’s absence

NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) – With Li Na on the sidelines, Peng Shuai picked up the Chinese torch and set the U.S. Open ablaze on Wednesday, scorching fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland to storm into the third round at Flushing Meadows.

Long before Li, the current world number three, left her mark on women’s tennis by becoming China’s first grand slam champion, Peng was blazing new trails as the first woman from her country to reach the semi-finals of a Tier One event in 2005.

Aug 27, 2014

Federer’s slam dunk win earns Jordan approval

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Roger Federer launched his bid for an 18th grand slam title with a workmanlike 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) win over Marinko Matosevic to ease into the second round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, with NBA great Michael Jordan leading the cheering.

A five-time U.S. Open champion, Federer never appeared threatened by Matosevic but the 76th ranked Australian still forced the Swiss maestro to work up a sweat in front of an enthusiastic center court crowd.