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Sep 6, 2015

Venus and Serena set stage for huge quarter-final clash

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Williams Family show took center stage at the U.S. Open with Serena and Venus both winning on Sunday to set up a monster quarter-final between the tennis siblings.

Whenever the Williams sisters clash on court it is a major tennis event but with older sister Venus, a twice U.S. Open winner, standing in the way of defending champion Serena’s quest for a rare calendar-year grand slam their meeting on Tuesday has been elevated to a must see sporting event.

Sep 6, 2015

Tennis-Venus and Serena set stage for huge quarter-final clash

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – The Williams Family show took centre stage at the U.S. Open with Serena and Venus both winning on Sunday to set up a monster quarter-final between the tennis siblings.

Whenever the Williams sisters clash on court it is a major tennis event but with older sister Venus, a twice U.S. Open winner, standing in the way of defending champion Serena’s quest for a rare calendar-year grand slam their meeting on Tuesday has been elevated to a must see sporting event.

Sep 6, 2015

Cilic powers past Chardy into U.S. Open quarter-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Defending champion Marin Cilic was the first man through to the U.S. quarter-finals on Sunday, taking down determined Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3 2-6 7-6(2) 6-1 to extend his Flushing Meadows win streak to 11 matches.

Coming off a punishing five-setter with Mikhail Kukushkin in a third-round match that lasted four hours, Cilic took a while to find his power game but was unstoppable once he did, the ninth seeded Croat blasting 23 aces past 27th seed Chardy, who had no answer.

Sep 6, 2015

Tennis-Cilic powers past Chardy into U.S. Open quarter-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Defending champion Marin Cilic was the first man through to the U.S. quarter-finals on Sunday, taking down determined Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3 2-6 7-6(2) 6-1 to extend his Flushing Meadows win streak to 11 matches.

Coming off a punishing five-setter with Mikhail Kukushkin in a third-round match that lasted four hours, Cilic took a while to find his power game but was unstoppable once he did, the ninth seeded Croat blasting 23 aces past 27th seed Chardy, who had no answer.

Sep 6, 2015

Tennis-Headliners and underdogs share U.S. Open spotlight

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Simona Halep strolled into the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Saturday but shared the Flushing Meadows spotlight with tenacious underdogs Donald Young and Johanna Konta.

Second seed Federer took another step towards a sixth U.S. Open title with an efficient 6-3 6-4 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber while third seed Murray followed him into the fourth round with a clinical 6-3 6-2 7-5 victory against Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

Sep 6, 2015

Federer, Konta shine again under U.S. Open sun

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Roger Federer produced another bright effort while Britain’s Johanna Konta continued to enjoy her time in the sun and the U.S. Open spotlight on Saturday reaching the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time.

With five U.S. Open titles already in his trophy case, Federer has enjoyed many fortnights in New York and his efficient 6-3 6-4 6-4 third-round victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber will not count as his most memorable.

Sep 5, 2015

Tennis-Federer, Konta shine again under U.S. Open sun

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Roger Federer produced another bright effort while Britain’s Johanna Konta continued to enjoy her time in the sun and the U.S. Open spotlight on Saturday reaching the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time.

With five U.S. Open titles already in his trophy case, Federer has enjoyed many fortnights in New York and his efficient 6-3 6-4 6-4 third-round victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber will not count as his most memorable.

Sep 5, 2015

Konta shines again under U.S. Open sun

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Britain’s Johanna Konta continued to enjoy her time in the sun and the U.S. Open spotlight as she stopped 18th seed Andrea Petkovic 7-6(2) 6-3 on Saturday to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time.

It was the second upset in as many matches for the 24-year-old qualifier who toiled for three hours and 23 minutes in searing heat on Thursday to dispatch eighth seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the longest U.S. Open women’s match since the introduction of the tiebreak in 1970.

Sep 5, 2015

Tennis-Konta shines again under U.S. Open sun

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s Johanna Konta continued to enjoy her time in the sun and the U.S. Open spotlight as she stopped 18th seed Andrea Petkovic 7-6(2) 6-3 on Saturday to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time.

It was the second upset in as many matches for the 24-year-old qualifier who toiled for three hours and 23 minutes in searing heat on Thursday to dispatch eighth seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the longest U.S. Open women’s match since the introduction of the tiebreak in 1970.

Sep 4, 2015

Djokovic and Cilic through to U.S. Open fourth round

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Marin Cilic took different routes into the fourth round of the U.S. Open as the upsets and searing heat at Flushing Meadows both eased off on Friday.

After a week of punishing heat that saw a record 13 players retire, cooler temperatures and order returned to the year’s final grand slam as world number one Djokovic eased to a third round 6-3 7-5 7-5 victory over Italian Andreas Seppi.