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US Open Juniors | Top seeds tumble in Girls draw

The top two seeds in the girls draw, both 2017 junior slam champions, saw their dreams of a second title evaporate on Tuesday in the second round of the US Open Junior Championships. French Open champion Whitney Osuigwe, the No 1 seed, was beaten by Anastasia Kharitonova of Russia, 6-4 2-6 6-2, and the Australian Open champion, Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine, fell to America’s Elysia Bolton, 7-6(4)...

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US Open Juniors | Ireland’s Carr makes last 16

Ireland’s Simon Carr has made it through to the last 16 of the US Open Boys Championships, playing next for a spot in the quarter-finals. Simon, the son of former Dublin Gaelic football player and manager Tommy Carr, is competing in his fourth and final Grand Slam of 2017 at Flushing Meadows in New York and recorded his best performance in progressing through to the third...

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US Open Day 9 | Two major semi-final debutants

The hopes of America seeing one of their own reach the US Open final were dashed when their last representative in the men’s draw crashed out at the quarter-final stage in what was a battle between two giants with huge serves. Kevin Anderson, the 6’8” South African, downed 6’6” local hope Sam Querrey 7-6(5) 6-7(9) 6-3 7-6(7) to reach his first grand slam semi-final where he faces Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, also making his debut at the same stage of a grand...

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US Open Day 9 | Venus edges past Kvitova into semis

Venus Williams continues to roll back the years at the US Open, reaching the semi-finals on Tuesday night after a thrilling quarter-final clash with Petra Kvitova. In so doing, the 37-year old became the oldest semi-finalist in the history of the US Open, and the oldest at a Grand Slam since Martina Navratilova made it into the semis at Wimbledon in 1994. Venus edged past Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion, under the lights inside Arthur Ashe Stadium in a battle between the only two Grand Slam champions remaining in the women’s...

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US Open Day 9 | Stephens finds her way into semi-finals

Sloane Stephens kept US hopes of an all-American set of semi-finals alive after downing Anastasija Sevastova in a third-set tiebreak, 6-3 3-6 7-6(4). Many would have written off Sloane Stephen’s chances of a good run at the US Open, except the player herself, who is enjoying the thrill of being back on a tennis court again. She was confined to a wheel chair a while back and, just earlier this year, graduated from sitting to, as Stephens says, ‘walking around on that peg leg...

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US Open Juniors | Top seeds begin Junior Girls campaign

In girls’ action at the US Open on Labor Day Monday, top seeds Whitney Osuigwe and Marta Kostyuk came through although the second seed from the Ukraine survived a scare. Kostyuk overcame a first-set loss against Sada Nahimana to win the next 12 games and the match, needing only 42 minutes to sweep the final two sets. Osuigwe, a 15-year-old Floridian who won the French Open girls’ singles title less than two months after turning 15, earned her first US Open win, 6-1 6-4, over Margaryta Bilokin of...

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US Open Day 8 | Kanepi and Keys battle back

Kaia Kanepi, 32, became the first qualifier since 1981 to advance to the women’s quarter-finals with a 6-4 6-4 victory against Daria Kasatkina on Monday at the US Open, the last day of the Labor Day holiday. The Estonian, who was a US Open quarter-finalist in 2010, has been plagued by injuries and illness in recent years and entered the tournament ranked No 418 and now plays Madison Keys in the next round. Both were surprise results against players more fancied to win on this...

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US Open Day 8 | CoCo wins as Pliskova blitzes

CoCo Vandeweghe kept her hopes alive at the US Open on Labor Day by defeating Lucie Safarova in straight sets and setting up a quarter-final meeting with Karolina Pliskova. Vandeweghe, claiming her 6th victory in 13 defeats against a left-hander, started with back to back double faults offering Safarova a break point but the American rescued it with a big serve that the Czech pushed wide. The same scene repeated at 2-2 when Vandeweghe gifted a second chance to break with a forehand long before saving that, delivering one of her massive forehands that Safarova struggled to...

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