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Author: Barbara Wancke

US Open Day 6 | Pliskova survives Zhang scare

Karolina Pliskova showed the steel of a World No 1 as she fought off a match point to claim a riveting 3-6 7-5 6-4 comeback win over Zhang Shuai in the US Open third round on Saturday. The currently occupying top spot, Pliskova, who has a pack snapping at her heels to take it over, needs to get back into the final to remain at the summit of the WTA rankings, but she got off to a slow start on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Day 6 of US Open is the turning point towards the sharp end of the tournament...

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US Open Day 5 | Sharapova swats away snipes and Kenin

Maria Sharapova shrugged off scheduling snipes to advance to the fourth round of the US Open in prime time in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night of Labor Day weekend. It was just the language the Russian likes to use, winning on the biggest tennis stage in the world, her response to comments from Caroline Wozniacki complaining after she was eliminated that Sharapova was scheduled for Arthur Ashe Stadium while she played out on a field...

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US Open Day 5 | Venus wins as Serena gives birth to baby girl

On the day her sister went into labour, Venus Williams could well be forgiven for being a little distracted. While she was on court, it was reported she had become an aunt as Serena, 35, gave birth to a baby girl weighing in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces, with father and fiancé Alexis Ohanian present. According to multiple reports, Serena delivered her first child on Friday at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach,...

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US Open Day 5 | Merciless Muguruza marches on…

Garbiñe Muguruza is a firm favourite now for the title, having won Wimbledon and Paris and probably playing the most authoritative tennis of her life. The third seed was riding a seven-match win streak through the first two rounds in New York after winning the US Open Series stop in Cincinnati. Bizarrely, this third-round showing represented Muguruza’s best-ever US Open performance; in four prior tries, she had never been beyond Round...

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West Palm Beach, Florida | Serena giving birth

News has broken that the absent and pregnant Serena Williams has gone into labour, according to US reports, and was being induced at St. Mary’s Medical Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida. The 23 Grand Slam title winner was said to have checked into the hospital on Wednesday when the entire first floor was cleared for security...

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US Open Day 5 | Kvitova cruises into round four

Friday in New York, the day before Labor Day weekend, is a frenetic time as many take off for their last break of the summer and many head for the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the US Open. Meanwhile, five women still remain in contention for the No 1 ranking as the US Open’s third round began, and Venus Williams and Garbiñe Muguruza were among them trying to reach the fourth round by winning on...

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US Open Day 4 | Jamie Murray leads the Brit Pack away from singles

British hopes at the US Open paled when Andy Murray, the second seed, pulled out due to his right hip injury and Johanna Konta’s promised run was curtailed before it even started with her early defeat in the first round. Both British number ones had had high expectations for the final Grand Slam of the year in New York, and both were bitterly disappointed, no doubt. The flag, however, was kept flying by a lone Brit, Kyle Edmund, into the third round of the men’s singles where he plays the latest teenage sensation, Denis Shapovalov from Canada, on Friday...

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US Open Day 4 | Nara shows Kuznetsova the door

Day 4 at the US Open began routinely enough and then produced a series of surprises. Late in the day the 8th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova joined the lengthening line of top tenners leaving the tournament in an astonishing upset on the Grandstand. The 2004 champion was eliminated by 25-year old Kurumi Nara from Japan, 6-3 3-6 6-3, on Thursday night, who reached the third round at Flushing Meadows for the first time since...

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US Open Day 4 | Wozniacki swipes at schedule as Pliskova and Svitolina progress

The USTA proudly announced that with 87 matches played on Day 3, the US Open set a record for press conferences held in a single day at a Grand Slam tournament – 138 (77 men, 61 women), breaking the previous record of 131, set at the 2007 French Open. Additionally, the US Open broadcast team executed 84 on-court post-match interviews and set a new precedent with 25 matches voiced from start to finish on a single day. Not everyone, however, is happy with the...

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US Open Day 4 | Ostapenko reaches third round

Kicking off proceedings on Day 4 under a bright, sunny sky with the temperature in the low 20s, was a contest pitting the exciting young talent in the women’s game, Jelena Ostapenko, against a 27-year old ‘veteran’, Sorana Cirstea. The French Open champion and No 12 seed passed a stern test from Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena, and the weather, to open her US Open campaign on Tuesday with a 6-2 1-6 6-1 victory. In a match that began on Court 17, Ostapenko overpowered her Spanish opponent in the opener, sputtered in the second, and finished it off on Ashe stadium...

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