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Sep 9, 2015

Cilic, Vinci first through to U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Defending champion Marin Cilic and unseeded Roberta Vinci were the first through to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, and both needed to go the distance against tough French resistance.

With Serena Williams and sister Venus and a host of A-list celebrities waiting in the wings along with a prime time television audience for their marquee semi-final, Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga kept everything on hold as the ninth-seeded Croat battled his way to a 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-7(3) 6-4 win over the

Sep 9, 2015

Tennis-Cilic, Vinci first through to U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Defending champion Marin Cilic and unseeded Roberta Vinci were the first through to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, and both needed to go the distance against tough French resistance.

With Serena Williams and sister Venus and a host of A-list celebrities waiting in the wings along with a prime time television audience for their marquee semi-final, Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga kept everything on hold as the ninth-seeded Croat battled his way to a 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-7(3) 6-4 win over the scrappy Frenchman.

Sep 8, 2015

Vinci first through to U.S. Open semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci became the first woman through to the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, outlasting Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 5-7 6-4 on another sizzling hot day at Flushing Meadows.

The 32-year-old veteran showed off her fighting spirit while Mladenovic, a decade younger, wilted in the punishing conditions using up all of her medical timeouts during the two-hour, 32-minute test.

Sep 8, 2015

Tennis-Vinci first through to U.S. Open semi-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci became the first woman through to the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, outlasting Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 5-7 6-4 on another sizzling hot day at Flushing Meadows.

The 32-year-old veteran showed off her fighting spirit while Mladenovic, a decade younger, wilted in the punishing conditions using up all of her medical timeouts during the two-hour, 32-minute test.

Sep 8, 2015

Anderson stuns Murray, Federer in quarters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Persistence finally paid off for Kevin Anderson as the towering South African prevailed in a slugfest with Andy Murray to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Monday while another tennis giant John Isner was slain by Roger Federer.

Two David v Goliath matchups, however, ended all too predictably as 97th ranked British qualifier Johanna Konta saw her Flushing Meadows joy ride ended 7-5 6-3 by fifth seeded Czech Petra Kvitova and 68th ranked American Donald Young ran out of comeback magic in a 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-4 loss to fifth seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.

Sep 8, 2015

Tennis-Anderson stuns Murray, Federer in quarters

NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Persistence finally paid off for Kevin Anderson as the towering South African prevailed in a slugfest with Andy Murray to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Monday while another tennis giant John Isner was slain by Roger Federer.

Two David v Goliath matchups, however, ended all too predictably as 97th ranked British qualifier Johanna Konta saw her Flushing Meadows joy ride ended 7-5 6-3 by fifth seeded Czech Petra Kvitova and 68th ranked American Donald Young ran out of comeback magic in a 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-4 loss to fifth seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.

Sep 7, 2015

Halep beats heat and Lisicki as Young U.S. Open run ends

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Simona Halep overcame a thigh injury, baking heat and finally big-hitting German Sabine Lisicki, while Donald Young’s U.S. Open fairytale ended with a fourth-round loss to Stan Wawrinka on Monday.

It was Labor Day in the United States but it was certainly no holiday for Halep who had to work for her spot in the last eight, needing two hours and 38 minutes under a broiling sun to dispatch Lisicki 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2 and reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals for the first time.

Sep 7, 2015

Tennis-Halep beats heat and Lisicki as Young U.S Open run ends

NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Simona Halep overcame a thigh injury, baking heat and finally big-hitting German Sabine Lisicki, while Donald Young’s U.S. Open fairytale ended with a fourth-round loss to Stan Wawrinka on Monday.

It was Labor Day in the United States but it was certainly no holiday for Halep who had to work for her spot in the last eight, needing two hours and 38 minutes under a broiling sun to dispatch Lisicki 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2 and reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals for the first time.

Sep 7, 2015

Williams sisters to put family ties to ultimate test

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Family ties will be stretched to the limit when Serena and Venus Williams clash in a compelling U.S. Open quarter-final on Tuesday where much more than sibling bragging rights will be on the line.

A win by Venus would keep the 35-year-old on track for a first grand slam title since 2008 Wimbledon and a possible return to the U.S. Open final where she first made the final in her debut in 1997.

Sep 7, 2015

Tennis-Williams sisters to put family ties to ultimate test

NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Family ties will be stretched to the limit when Serena and Venus Williams clash in a compelling U.S. Open quarter-final on Tuesday where much more than sibling bragging rights will be on the line.

A win by Venus would keep the 35-year-old on track for a first grand slam title since 2008 Wimbledon and a possible return to the U.S. Open final where she first made the final in her debut in 1997.