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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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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 | Dimitrov, Berdych out – Federer wins in five

Thursday was the day of the teenagers with Russia’s Andrey Rublev leading the way as he joined Denis Shapovalov in the third round of the US Open with a stunning display to oust the seventh seeded Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. There was also the possibility that the 28-year-old American Taylor Fritz could join them but he was eventually outplayed by Dominic Thiem but did take a set off the...

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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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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 | Edmund keeps the flag going

With Aljaz Bedene and Cameron Norrie going out on the third day of the US Open, Kyle Edmund becomes the sole British player left in the last major of the season following another impressive win. The 22-year-old from Beverley overcame American Steve Johnson 7-5 6-2 7-6(4) to earn his second straight-sets win of the tournament after his earlier triumph over the 30th seeded Dutchman, Robin...

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