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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.

Aug 27, 2014

Tennis-Federer’s slam dunk win earns Jordan approval

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (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.

Aug 27, 2014

Dark day but bright hopes for American tennis at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brilliant sunshine was unable to hide a dark day for American men at the U.S. Open on Tuesday as five home grown hopes packed their bags and headed for the exits.

Eight American men took the courts at the sprawling U.S. National Tennis Center in Queens with just three left standing, including 13th seed John Isner who was a 7-6 (5) 6-2 7-6 (2) winner over compatriot Marcos Giron.

Aug 27, 2014

Tennis-Dark day but bright hopes for American tennis at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Brilliant sunshine was unable to hide a dark day for American men at the U.S. Open on Tuesday as five home grown hopes packed their bags and headed for the exits.

Eight American men took the courts at the sprawling U.S. National Tennis Center in Queens with just three left standing, including 13th seed John Isner who was a 7-6 (5) 6-2 7-6 (2) winner over compatriot Marcos Giron.