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Aug 30, 2014

Tennis-Tiebreak King Raonic blasts by Estrella Burgos

NEW YORK, Aug 30 (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.

Aug 30, 2014

No place to hide for top seeds as Krunic adds to upsets

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic added her name to a list of anonymous figures to emerge from the Flushing Meadows shadows and step into the U.S. Open spotlight with a shock 6-4 6-4 win over Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Saturday.

With five of the top eight women’s seeds shown the exit there has been no safe place to hide for the tournament favourites.

Aug 30, 2014

Tennis-No place to hide for top seeds as Krunic adds to upsets

NEW YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic added her name to a list of anonymous figures to emerge from the Flushing Meadows shadows and step into the U.S. Open spotlight with a shock 6-4 6-4 win over Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Saturday.

With five of the top eight women’s seeds shown the exit there has been no safe place to hide for the tournament favourites.

Aug 30, 2014

Surprises galore for women at U.S. Open, men steady

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Open women’s draw was blown wide open by a series of upsets on Friday but it was business as usual on the men’s side with Roger Federer leading a parade of seeds into the third round at the year’s final grand slam.

The shockwaves began early on another sunny day at Flushing Meadows with 32-year-old qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni dismissing Romanian second seed Simona Halep 7-6(6) 6-2 to reach the fourth round.

Aug 30, 2014

Tennis-Surprises galore for women at US Open, men steady

NEW YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Open women’s draw was blown wide open by a series of upsets on Friday but it was business as usual on the men’s side with Roger Federer leading a parade of seeds into the third round at the year’s final grand slam.

The shockwaves began early on another sunny day at Flushing Meadows with 32-year-old qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni dismissing Romanian second seed Simona Halep 7-6(6) 6-2 to reach the fourth round.

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.