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Sep 1, 2014

Tennis-Federer marches on as wild weather, upsets hit U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Baking heat, rain and the threat of lightning all forced stoppages in play at the U.S. Open on Sunday but Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki marched on through a day of wild weather and upsets.

Former world number one Wozniacki had her fourth round match with Maria Sharapova halted briefly by the heat rule but it was the fifth-seeded French Open champion who wilted under a blazing sun, falling 6-4 2-6 6-2.

Sep 1, 2014

Wozniacki beats heat and Sharapova to reach quarters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki beat the heat and Maria Sharapova 6-4 2-6 6-2 to move into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Sunday as another top seed disappeared under a broiling Flushing Meadows sun.

The brutal conditions turned the match between Sharapova and the 10th seeded Wozniacki into a battle of survival, a fight the fifth seeded Russian could not win.

Aug 31, 2014

Simon beats Ferrer to register first men’s upset

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Frenchman Gilles Simon delivered the first big surprise in the men’s draw at the U.S. Open, taking down fourth seed David Ferrer of Spain 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3 to move into the fourth round on a sweltering Sunday at Flushing Meadows.

With the loss. Ferrer earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first top 10 men’s seed to be sent home from the year’s final grand slam while Simon moves on to face big-serving Croatian Marin Cilic, who was a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 winner over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

Aug 31, 2014

Tennis-Wozniacki beats heat and Sharapova to reach quarters

NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki beat the heat and Maria Sharapova 6-4 2-6 6-2 to move into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Sunday as another top seed disappeared under a broiling Flushing Meadows sun.

The brutal conditions turned the match between Sharapova and the 10th seeded Wozniacki into a battle of survival, a fight the fifth seeded Russian could not win.

Aug 31, 2014

Tennis-Simon beats Ferrer to register first men’s upset

NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Frenchman Gilles Simon delivered the first big surprise in the men’s draw at the U.S. Open, taking down fourth seed David Ferrer of Spain 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3 to move into the fourth round on a sweltering Sunday at Flushing Meadows.

With the loss. Ferrer earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first top 10 men’s seed to be sent home from the year’s final grand slam while Simon moves on to face big-serving Croatian Marin Cilic, who was a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 winner over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

Aug 31, 2014

Simon delivers first men’s upset with win over Ferrer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Frenchman Gilles Simon delivered the first big surprise in the men’s draw at the U.S. Open, taking down fourth seed David Ferrer of Spain 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3 to move into the fourth round on a sweltering Sunday at Flushing Meadows.

With the loss Ferrer earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first top 10 men’s seed to be shown the exit while Simon moves on to face either big serving Croatian Marin Cilic or South African Kevin Anderson who clash later on Sunday.

Aug 31, 2014

Tennis-Simon delivers first men’s upset with win over Ferrer

NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Frenchman Gilles Simon delivered the first big surprise in the men’s draw at the U.S. Open, taking down fourth seed David Ferrer of Spain 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3 to move into the fourth round on a sweltering Sunday at Flushing Meadows.

With the loss Ferrer earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first top 10 men’s seed to be shown the exit while Simon moves on to face either big serving Croatian Marin Cilic or South African Kevin Anderson who clash later on Sunday.

Aug 31, 2014

Men march on at U.S. Open but more upsets in women’s draw

New YORK (Reuters) – World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams advanced safely to the next round of the U.S. Open on Saturday but the women’s draw saw yet another big upset as Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova was sent packing by a 145th-ranked qualifier.

Third-seed Kvitova fell victim to 21-year-old Serbian Aleksandra Krunic, leaving only three of the top eight women’s seeds still in the tournament. Simona Halep (2nd), Agnieszka Radwanska (4th), Angelique Kerber (6th) and Ana Ivanovic (8th) have already been shown the door.

Aug 31, 2014

Tennis-Men march on at US Open but more upsets in women’s draw

New YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) – World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams advanced safely to the next round of the U.S. Open on Saturday but the women’s draw saw yet another big upset as Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova was sent packing by a 145th-ranked qualifier.

Third-seed Kvitova fell victim to 21-year-old Serbian Aleksandra Krunic, leaving only three of the top eight women’s seeds still in the tournament. Simona Halep (2nd), Agnieszka Radwanska (4th), Angelique Kerber (6th) and Ana Ivanovic (8th) have already been shown the door.

Aug 30, 2014

Tiebreak King Raonic blasts by Estrella Burgos

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fifth seed Milos Raonic claimed the throne as King of the Tiebreaks, blasting his way into the fourth round of the U.S. Open with a 7-6(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(3) win over Victor Estrella Burgos on Saturday.

The big-hitting Canadian has used his booming serve to great effect at Flushing Meadows, particularly in the tiebreaks, winning all six he has faced in three matches including three against Estrella Burgos.