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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.

Sep 7, 2014

Nishikori, Cilic upsets rock U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Croatia’s Marin Cilic rocked the tennis world with stunning back-to-back U.S. Open semi-final upsets on Saturday, sending two all-time greats Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic out of Flushing Meadows.

On an extraordinary day that will go down as one of the most surprising in grand slam history, 10th seeded Nishikori denied Djokovic a fifth straight trip to the U.S. Open final when he toppled the world number one 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3 on a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Sep 7, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori, Cilic upsets rock U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Croatia’s Marin Cilic rocked the tennis world with stunning back-to-back U.S. Open semi-final upsets on Saturday, sending two all-time greats Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic out of Flushing Meadows.

On an extraordinary day that will go down as one of the most surprising in grand slam history, 10th seeded Nishikori denied Djokovic a fifth straight trip to the U.S. Open final when he toppled the world number one 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3 on a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Sep 6, 2014

Nishikori raises Asian flag with appearance in final

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A pioneering Kei Nishikori blazed a new trail for Japanese tennis with a shock win over world number one Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday, becoming the first man from Asia to book a place in a grand slam final.

Already one of tennis’s top 10 earners according to Forbes.com, the 24-year-old Japanese battler can expect to soar even higher up both world and sponsorship rankings following a sensational march into the Flushing Meadows final that included upset wins over three higher seeds.

Sep 6, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori raises Asian flag with appearance in final

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – A pioneering Kei Nishikori blazed a new trail for Japanese tennis with a shock win over world number one Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday, becoming the first man from Asia to book a place in a grand slam final.

Already one of tennis’s top 10 earners according to Forbes.com, the 24-year-old Japanese battler can expect to soar even higher up both world and sponsorship rankings following a sensational march into the Flushing Meadows final that included upset wins over three higher seeds.

Sep 6, 2014

Marathon man Nishikori stuns Djokovic to reach final

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Marathon man Kei Nishikori secured a monumental upset by sweating out a 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday to become the first Japanese man to reach a grand slam final.

In a remarkable display of endurance, Nishikori followed up punishing five-set wins over third seed Stan Wawrinka and fifth seed Milos Raonic with an even more extraordinary effort, grinding down the top-ranked Djokovic in two hours, 52 minutes on a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Sep 6, 2014

Tennis-Marathon man Nishikori stuns Djokovic to reach final

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Marathon man Kei Nishikori secured a monumental upset by sweating out a 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday to become the first Japanese man to reach a grand slam final.

In a remarkable display of endurance, Nishikori followed up punishing five-set wins over third seed Stan Wawrinka and fifth seed Milos Raonic with an even more extraordinary effort, grinding down the top-ranked Djokovic in two hours, 52 minutes on a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Sep 6, 2014

Brave Peng ignores doctors to chase grand slam dream

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Suffering from heat illness and cramps, a brave Peng Shuai ignored doctor’s advice and returned to a baking court determined to complete her U.S. Open semi-final on Friday – only to have her grand slam dream end in agony.

With Caroline Wozniacki leading 7-6(1) 4-3 and closing in on victory when Peng suddenly clutched at her thighs and stumbled to the back wall of Arthur Ashe Stadium court with severe cramping.