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Aug 29, 2014

Tennis-Dream run over for Bellis as big guns advance

NEW YORK, Aug 29 (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.

Aug 29, 2014

Federer, Sharapova take center stage but eyes on Venus

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will take center stage at the U.S. Open on Friday but Flushing Meadows is slowly turning into a Williams family affair with the sisters eager to add to their grand slam collections.

With seven U.S. Open singles titles between them, Venus and Serena have both set their sights on the Sept. 7 women’s final but have also joined forces in an effort to take the doubles crown as well.

Aug 29, 2014

Tennis-Federer, Sharapova take centre stage but eyes on Venus

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will take centre stage at the U.S. Open on Friday but Flushing Meadows is slowly turning into a Williams family affair with the sisters eager to add to their grand slam collections.

With seven U.S. Open singles titles between them, Venus and Serena have both set their sights on the Sept. 7 women’s final but have also joined forces in an effort to take the doubles crown as well.

Aug 29, 2014

Serena blows away King on gusty day at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams blew past Vania King 6-1 6-0 and into the third round of the U.S. Open on a windswept day at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, then pulled a little double duty joining big sister Venus for a doubles win.

“I’m ready, fit and feeling good,” said Serena. “We really enjoy playing together, she added of the 7-6 (0) 6-7 (4) 6-1 win over Hungary’s Timea Babos and France’s Kristina Mladenovic.

Aug 29, 2014

Tennis-Serena blows away King on gusty day at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams blew past Vania King 6-1 6-0 and into the third round of the U.S. Open on a windswept day at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, then pulled a little double duty joining big sister Venus for a doubles win.

“I’m ready, fit and feeling good,” said Serena. “We really enjoy playing together, she added of the 7-6 (0) 6-7 (4) 6-1 win over Hungary’s Timea Babos and France’s Kristina Mladenovic.

Aug 28, 2014

No sweat as Djokovic eases into third round

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic barely worked up a good sweat on another sizzling day at the U.S. Open as he strolled past Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1 6-3 6-0 and into the third round of the year’s final grand slam on Thursday.

Djokovic, who has reached the Flushing Meadows final each of the last four years and won it all in 2011, needed just 88 minutes to dismiss the veteran Frenchman on a gusty Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Aug 28, 2014

Tennis-No sweat as Djokovic eases into third round

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic barely worked up a good sweat on another sizzling day at the U.S. Open as he strolled past Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1 6-3 6-0 and into the third round of the year’s final grand slam on Thursday.

Djokovic, who has reached the Flushing Meadows final each of the last four years and won it all in 2011, needed just 88 minutes to dismiss the veteran Frenchman on a gusty Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Aug 28, 2014

Winning Wawrinka bristles as Peng causes upset

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Second round action at the U.S. Open began with a shock and ended with some late-night drama as men’s third seed Stan Wawrinka barked at fans before shouting for joy at his 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (1) win over Thomaz Bellucci on Wednesday.

The day got off to an explosive start with Chinese doubles specialist Peng Shuai upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 and finished under the floodlights in the early morning hours with Wawrinka losing his cool and snapping at the rowdy crowd before escaping with a testy win.

Aug 28, 2014

Tennis-Winning Wawrinka bristles as Peng causes upset

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Second round action at the U.S. Open began with a shock and ended with some late-night drama as men’s third seed Stan Wawrinka barked at fans before shouting for joy at his 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (1) win over Thomaz Bellucci on Wednesday.

The day got off to an explosive start with Chinese doubles specialist Peng Shuai upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 and finished under the floodlights in the early morning hours with Wawrinka losing his cool and snapping at the rowdy crowd before escaping with a testy win.

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.