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  • Out of the ordinary Coric has Nadal in sights

    When Borna Coric decided to invest in a tattoo on his right bicep, his mother condemned his teenage impulse as "stupid". Now the 18-year-old heads for the season's concluding Grand Slam event at Flushing Meadows ranked at 35 and poised to hand two-time champion Nadal yet another reason to wish for…

  • Grand Slam question: Who can challenge Serena?

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams has been vulnerable this grand slam season but unbeaten in the year's first three major championships. With the 33-year-old American looking to register the first Grand Slam in 27 years with a triumph at the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S. Open, the question…

  • Tennis - Serena, Djokovic, Nadal start Monday at US Open

    - World number ones Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic will launch their bids for the US Open title on Monday's first day of competition, tournament organisers announced Friday. In a Twitter posting, the tournament said the top halves of brackets in both the men's and women's draws would play…

  • US OPEN 2015: Women who beat Williams say belief important

    The No. 5-seeded Kvitova is responsible for one of Williams' two losses in 50 matches in 2015, on red clay at Madrid in early May. The other came against 12th-seeded Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic on a hard court at Toronto this month. ''If you see her on the other side of the net, you know you have…

    The Associated Press
  • After restful summer, Federer in the swing heading into Open

    After losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, he took a month off from tournament play to be with his family and visit Africa as part of his charity work. Federer returned to the court in Cincinnati last week and won the tournament in dominating fashion, moving him up to the No. 2 seed in…

    The Associated Press
  • A look at Serena Williams' possible path to true Grand Slam

    Shortly after the draw for the U.S. Open set up Serena Williams' path to completing a Grand Slam, she offered her own analysis.

    Associated Press
  • Serena insists pressure not a factor in Grand Slam bid

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams said on Thursday she is treating the upcoming U.S. Open just like any other, even though she is well aware of the historical impact the year's final grand slam may have. The three-times defending champion enters the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 tournament in…

  • Djokovic on Nadal collision course at US Open

    World number one Novak Djokovic and 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal are on a US Open quarter-final collision course following Thursday's draw at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The paths will be filled with qualifiers ahead of Monday's start of the year's final Grand Slam event in New York, where…

  • Keys, Stephens head next U.S. generation

    (Reuters) - It has been 16 years since an American not named Williams won the U.S. Open women's singles title, and the drought shows no sign of ending any time soon. Lindsay Davenport was the 1998 champion at Flushing Meadows and since then Serena Williams, the heavy favorite going into the Aug.…

  • Tennis-Federer eyeing a win for the ages at U.S. Open

    By Tim Wharnsby Aug 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Open has long been a tournament for the 20-something set but an in-form Roger Federer is looking to break that trend at the year's final grand slam. In the last three-plus decades only Pete Sampras in 2002 and Jimmy Connors in 1983 won the men's side of…

  • Doubles trouble in family tennis comedy 'Break Point'

    Actors Jeremy Sisto and David Walton serve up a doubles dose of the game in "Break Point", a family reconciliation comedy about estranged siblings who reunite for a tennis tournament. "Six Feet Under" actor Sisto, portrays washed-up doubles tennis player Jimmy who tries to convince his brother…

  • Serena Williams goes for Grand Slam, embodying new type of feminine ideal

    Make no mistake, as the tennis world turns its attention to this year’s US Open Tennis Championships, which start next week in Flushing, Queens, the biggest story line by far will be the indomitable Serena Williams. Only three other women and two men have earned that distinction in tennis history,…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • U.S. Open draw: Williams sisters could meet in quarterfinals

    Serena Williams could also face Maria Sharapova in her title quest

    Busted Racquet
  • History-chasing Serena already best ever: analysts

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams is on the brink of a crowning achievement in tennis, but as far as several top analysts are concerned, the 33-year-old American has already established herself as the greatest women's player ever. Williams would become only the fourth woman to…

  • Tennis-Key men's players to watch at U.S. Open

    Aug 28 (Reuters) - Here are five players to watch for on the men's side of the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S. Open in New York. NOVAK DJOKOVIC The world number one can put an emphatic stamp on a dominant season with a win and his third major title of the year. The Serb is a five-times finalist at the U.S.…

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  • Czech mates Kvitova, Safarova in New Haven final

    (Reuters) - Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova will meet in an all-Czech final at the Connecticut Open after the compatriots enjoyed straight sets wins in their respective semi-final matches in New Haven on Friday. Defending champion and second seed Kvitova found herself 5-3 down in the first set…

  • Second-seeded Anderson into Winston-Salem semis

    Winston-Salem (United States) (AFP) - Second-seeded South African Kevin Anderson powered into the semi-finals of the US Open tune-up tournament at Winston-Salem with 6-2, 7-6 (7/1) win over Borna Coric. Anderson improved to 6-0 in quarter-final matches in 2015, firing 10 aces and never facing a…