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Sep 9, 2014

Nishikori takes Japan from tragedy to tennis elite

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For over three-quarters of a century men’s tennis in Japan has played out like a kabuki tragedy, filled with decades of barren results, embarrassments and even a suicide.

Although Kei Nishikori was beaten 6-3 6-3 6-3 by Marin Cilic in Monday’s final, his riveting run at the U.S. Open has brought new life to a dormant sport in his homeland.

Sep 9, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori takes Japan from tragedy to tennis elite

NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) – For over three-quarters of a century men’s tennis in Japan has played out like a kabuki tragedy, filled with decades of barren results, embarrassments and even a suicide.

Although Kei Nishikori was beaten 6-3 6-3 6-3 by Marin Cilic in Monday’s final, his riveting run at the U.S. Open has brought new life to a dormant sport in his homeland.

Sep 9, 2014

Cilic, one slam wonder or the next big thing?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Marin Cilic hit all the right notes in a dominant 6-3 6-3 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the U.S. Open final on Monday but it remains to be seen if the big Croatian is another one slam wonder or perennial threat.

The final was a strange and unfamiliar one for tennis fans, the match marking the first time since the 2005 Australian Open that at least one of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer were not playing for the title.

Sep 9, 2014

Tennis-Cilic, one slam wonder or the next big thing?

NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Marin Cilic hit all the right notes in a dominant 6-3 6-3 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the U.S. Open final on Monday but it remains to be seen if the big Croatian is another one slam wonder or perennial threat.

The final was a strange and unfamiliar one for tennis fans, the match marking the first time since the 2005 Australian Open that at least one of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer were not playing for the title.

Sep 9, 2014

Cilic crushes Nishikori to claim U.S. Open title

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Croatia’s Marin Cilic swept past Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 to win the U.S. Open on Monday and reach the pinnacle of the sport one year after a doping ban kept him out of the year’s final grand slam.

The big-serving Croatian overwhelmed a weary Nishikori in one hour, 54 minutes to clinch a ruthless victory and deny his 10th-seeded opponent’s bid to become the first Asian man to win a grand slam.

Sep 9, 2014

Tennis-Cilic crushes Nishikori to claim U.S. Open title

NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Croatia’s Marin Cilic swept past Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 to win the U.S. Open on Monday and reach the pinnacle of the sport one year after a doping ban kept him out of the year’s final grand slam.

The big-serving Croatian overwhelmed a weary Nishikori in one hour, 54 minutes to clinch a ruthless victory and deny his 10th-seeded opponent’s bid to become the first Asian man to win a grand slam.

Sep 8, 2014

Number 18 in the books, Williams targets next grand slam

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serena Williams allowed herself a moment to savor a third straight U.S. Open win on Sunday, but only a moment.

Just three hours after securing her 18th grand slam title with a dominating 6-3 6-3 win over Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, the world number one soaked up the accolades and applause and then admitted that she was already thinking about number 19 and third spot on the all-time list now held by Helen Wills Moody.

Sep 8, 2014

Tennis-Number 18 in the books, Williams targets next grand slam

NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Serena Williams allowed herself a moment to savor a third straight U.S. Open win on Sunday, but only a moment.

Just three hours after securing her 18th grand slam title with a dominating 6-3 6-3 win over Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, the world number one soaked up the accolades and applause and then admitted that she was already thinking about number 19 and third spot on the all-time list now held by Helen Wills Moody.

Sep 7, 2014

Williams beats Wozniacki for 18th grand slam title

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams swept past good friend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3 6-3 in the U.S. Open final on Sunday to move into the record books with her 18th grand slam title.

The third straight and sixth overall U.S. Open crown for the 32-year-old American, her 18 career slams put her into a tie with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth place on the all-time list.

Sep 7, 2014

Tennis-Williams beats Wozniacki for 18th grand slam title

NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams swept past good friend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3 6-3 in the U.S. Open final on Sunday to move into the record books with her 18th grand slam title.

The third straight and sixth overall U.S. Open crown for the 32-year-old American, her 18 career slams put her into a tie with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth place on the all-time list.