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Author: Barbara Wancke

US Open Day 3 | Wozniacki joins mass exodus

Late on Wednesday at the US Open the packed schedule caught up with itself and saw yet another top tenner bite the dust. Ekaterina Makarova closed out the marathon day with an upset over 5th seed Caroline Wozniacki as the Russian registered her first win in eight meetings against the former World No 1 and secured a place in the third round. After rain washed out most of Tuesday’s play, there was a bumper schedule at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as officials raced to get back on track and the 40th-ranked Makarova brought the curtain down with an impressive...

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US Open Day 3 | Sharapova shines on

Maria Sharapova has become an enigma – star quality wrapped up in a cloak of duplicity, some would say, while others are just thankful she is back. And back she is, big time, shining in the Big Apple. Ranked a lowly 146, she needed a wild card to enter the draw at the US Open after 15 months off the tour for...

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US Open Day 3 | Svitolina survives but Mladenovic falls

There was a lot of catching up to do on Day 3 after rain decimated play on Tuesday at the US Open, but unlike the bad old days when everyone sat around waiting for it to stop, matches continued on Arthur Ashe Stadium, courtesy of its two-year old closing roof. Thankfully the sun shone on Wednesday and the outside courts got away with a bumper schedule of 87 matches scheduled across 17 courts and 11 of them were interrupted, first-round...

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US Open Day 2 | Ostapenko ousts Arruabarrena under the roof

On a day blighted by rain, pundits blessed the USTA for deciding to put a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium. By around midday on Tuesday, play was suspended on all courts except Ashe and, a few hours later, everyone was let go as no further match play was possible. Everyone, that is, other than Jelena Ostapenko, the French Champion, and Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena Vencino, who were locked at set all with the Latvian leading 3-1 when the rain arrived in...

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US Open Day 2 | Defending champion Kerber knocked out by Osaka

Defending champion and former World No 1, Angelique Kerber, met the talented teenager, Naomi Osaka, from Japan and was shown the exit door at the US Open. It was a bad draw against the ferociously talented 19-year-old, but the manner in which the 29-year-old performed was incredibly disappointing. It was a disastrous start for the German, who struggled on her serve throughout. Kerber had added a second coach for the US Open in a late-season shakeup, but to no...

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US Open Day 2 | Pliskova starts her campaign in the shadow of Sharapova

Like the Big Apple, the US Open has a chaotic, flashy and electric vibe — the night sessions under lights, the flamboyant outfits and the gruelling hard courts make for a thrilling two weeks. Despite the withdrawal of so many stellar names, the US Open set an all-time opening day and night attendance record on Monday, with a combined 61,839 fans coming through the gates of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, hardly surprising with Shania Twain headlining the opening ceremony and Maria Sharapova’s return. It was a sellout crowd, in fact – 38,068 during the day...

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US Open Day 1 | Sharapova shocks Halep

Second-seeded Simona Halep followed Johanna Konta the 7th seed, out of the US Open on Day 1, when the Romanian fell at the hands of Maria Sharapova. Both were among the eight contenders for the World No 1 ranking, and both will feel bitterly disappointed at blowing their respective opportunities. For Sharapova, it was a performance as dazzling as the crystal-encrusted black dress she wore and a signal that the Russian is still a force to be reckoned...

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US Open Day 1 | Krunic upends Konta

Johanna Konta is the British No 1 and the World No 7 and, in the absence of Andy Murray, was carrying the hopes of a nation on her shoulders at the last Grand Slam of the year. She also had a stab at becoming the World No 1 but was tripped up at the outset by a rank...

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