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US Open Day 13 | Murray and Hingis US Open Mixed Doubles Champions

Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis added the US Open mixed doubles title to their Wimbledon crown with victory over Chan Hao-ching and Michael Venus. After a faultless first set, Murray and Hingis found themselves in a real battle but prevailed in the match tie-break to win 6-1 4-6 10-8. The victory takes Murray’s tally of slam titles to five, three in mixed doubles and two in men’s...

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US Open Day 11 | Keys to meet Stephens in Final

It was always going to be an all-American final on Saturday, since four compatriots were duelling it out for the privilege of competing for the US Open trophy and a Grand Slam title. The next generation of US players, represented by Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, prevailed in the semi-finals on Thursday evening at Flushing Meadows. Both were struggling with serious injuries just three months ago, with Stephens missing 11 months with a left foot injury before returning in July, and Keys who endured left wrist surgery for the second time in 10...

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US Open Day 10 | Keys completes Fab Four

Madison Keys completed the clean sweep for American women, giving the host country all four US Open semi-final spots for the first time in 36 years. The 15th-seeded Keys served impeccably, controlled groundstroke exchanges from the baseline and was never in any real trouble during her 6-3 6-3 victory over the currently 418th-ranked qualifier, Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, that lasted only 69 minutes on Wednesday night That came several hours after 20th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe’s 7-6(4) 6-3 elimination of 2016 runner-up and top-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech...

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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 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 7 | Sevastova sends Sharapova packing

After a week of upsets and inexplicable results, the US Open delivered a few more on the middle Sunday in New York. Maria Sharapova’s controversial wild card return to the US Open came to an end at the hands of the 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova, 5-7 6-4 6-2, putting the Latvian into the quarter-finals here for the second consecutive year. Sevastova missed significant time on tour due to various injuries and illnesses between 2011 and 2013, forcing her to temporarily retire in 2013. “Because of almost three years of continuing illnesses, injuries and the related problems, I don’t see...

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