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Sep 1, 2014

Makarova moves on as Bouchard wilts under punishing heat

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Russian Ekaterina Makarova moved into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open with a 7-6(2) 6-4 win over seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard on Monday as the Canadian wilted under the punishing conditions.

With stifling humidity and on court temperatures hovering near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) it was another day of survival of the fittest at the year’s final grand slam and it was a challenge Bouchard could not meet, her bid for a fourth consecutive grand slam semi-final appearance coming to an end.

Sep 1, 2014

Tennis-Makarova moves on as Bouchard wilts under punishing heat

NEW YORK, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Russian Ekaterina Makarova moved into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open with a 7-6(2) 6-4 win over seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard on Monday as the Canadian wilted under the punishing conditions.

With stifling humidity and on court temperatures hovering near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) it was another day of survival of the fittest at the year’s final grand slam and it was a challenge Bouchard could not meet, her bid for a fourth consecutive grand slam semi-final appearance coming to an end.

Sep 1, 2014

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

NEW YORK (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

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.