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Aug 30, 2014

Federer serves up win over big-serving Groth

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Second seed Roger Federer served up a tidy 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over big-hitting Australian Sam Groth to ease into the third round of the U.S. Open on Friday and continue his march towards an 18th grand slam title.

Federer has feasted on Australian opponents in grand slams over the years, piling up an 18-1 record against men from Down Under, and Groth, who was facing a top 10 opponent for the first time, proved little more than a distraction to the Swiss maestro.

Aug 30, 2014

Tennis-Federer serves up win over big-serving Groth

NEW YORK, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Second seed Roger Federer served up a tidy 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over big-hitting Australian Sam Groth to ease into the third round of the U.S. Open on Friday and continue his march towards an 18th grand slam title.

Federer has feasted on Australian opponents in grand slams over the years, piling up an 18-1 record against men from Down Under, and Groth, who was facing a top 10 opponent for the first time, proved little more than a distraction to the Swiss maestro.

Aug 29, 2014

Lucic-Baroni turns back clock but looks to future

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A teary Mirjana Lucic-Baroni turned back the clock with a stunning upset win over second seed Simona Halep at the U.S. Open on Friday but was focused on the future.

The last time the 32-year-old beat a top five ranked player her name was Monica Seles while it was Steffi Graf who ended the Croatian’s U.S. Open bid in 1998 knocking her out in the third round.

Aug 29, 2014

Tennis-Lucic-Baroni turns back clock but looks to future

NEW YORK, Aug 29 (Reuters) – A teary Mirjana Lucic-Baroni turned back the clock with a stunning upset win over second seed Simona Halep at the U.S. Open on Friday but was focused on the future.

The last time the 32-year-old beat a top five ranked player her name was Monica Seles while it was Steffi Graf who ended the Croatian’s U.S. Open bid in 1998 knocking her out in the third round.

Aug 29, 2014

Dream run over for Bellis as big guns advance

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were forced to take a backseat to America’s latest tennis sweetheart on Thursday, as 15-year-old Catherine Bellis hogged the Flushing Meadows limelight once again.

However, Bellis, who shot from obscurity to fame with a shock first round win over Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, could not deliver the fairytale American tennis fans had hoped for, falling 6-3 0-6 6-2 to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas.

Aug 29, 2014

Tennis-Dream run over for Bellis as big guns advance

NEW YORK, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were forced to take a backseat to America’s latest tennis sweetheart on Thursday, as 15-year-old Catherine Bellis hogged the Flushing Meadows limelight once again.

However, Bellis, who shot from obscurity to fame with a shock first round win over Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, could not deliver the fairytale American tennis fans had hoped for, falling 6-3 0-6 6-2 to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas.

Aug 29, 2014

Federer, Sharapova take center stage but eyes on Venus

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will take center stage at the U.S. Open on Friday but Flushing Meadows is slowly turning into a Williams family affair with the sisters eager to add to their grand slam collections.

With seven U.S. Open singles titles between them, Venus and Serena have both set their sights on the Sept. 7 women’s final but have also joined forces in an effort to take the doubles crown as well.

Aug 29, 2014

Tennis-Federer, Sharapova take centre stage but eyes on Venus

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will take centre stage at the U.S. Open on Friday but Flushing Meadows is slowly turning into a Williams family affair with the sisters eager to add to their grand slam collections.

With seven U.S. Open singles titles between them, Venus and Serena have both set their sights on the Sept. 7 women’s final but have also joined forces in an effort to take the doubles crown as well.

Aug 29, 2014

Serena blows away King on gusty day at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams blew past Vania King 6-1 6-0 and into the third round of the U.S. Open on a windswept day at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, then pulled a little double duty joining big sister Venus for a doubles win.

“I’m ready, fit and feeling good,” said Serena. “We really enjoy playing together, she added of the 7-6 (0) 6-7 (4) 6-1 win over Hungary’s Timea Babos and France’s Kristina Mladenovic.

Aug 29, 2014

Tennis-Serena blows away King on gusty day at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams blew past Vania King 6-1 6-0 and into the third round of the U.S. Open on a windswept day at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, then pulled a little double duty joining big sister Venus for a doubles win.

“I’m ready, fit and feeling good,” said Serena. “We really enjoy playing together, she added of the 7-6 (0) 6-7 (4) 6-1 win over Hungary’s Timea Babos and France’s Kristina Mladenovic.