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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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US Open Day 8 | DelPo survives epic to face Roger

In what was an incredible comeback from the brink of defeat, Juan Martin del Potro outlasted Dominic Thiem in an epic five-set quarter-final to book a place in the last eight against Roger Federer. Unknown to most tennis fans, the big Argentine had been sick for the past two days and it was evident something was wrong with him right from the opening moments when he called for the trainer and doctor who supplied him with some medical...

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US Open Day 8 | Rafa finds his true form

Having struggled somewhat in his opening matches, Rafa Nadal struck gold as he trounced Alexandr Dolgopolov in just one-hour and 41-minutes 6-2 6-4 6-1 in what was his most impressive performance of the tournament to date. That will no doubt raise his confidence as the world number one edges towards that first ever encounter at the US Open with Roger Federer but he has one more hurdle to clear in the shape of Andrey Rublev, the Russian teenager who ousted the ninth seeded David...

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