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  • Sharapova says Serena rivals must step up efforts

    Maria Sharapova says the domination of Serena Williams should not diminish the efforts of other women's players, but adds they must step up and answer the challenge. Sharapova, who has not played since losing to Williams in a Wimbledon semi-final due to a right knee injury, could meet the world…

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  • US Open men's draw

    New York (AFP) - Men's draw for the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam tournament that begins Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts (x denotes seed):

  • Murray asks for patience as Kyrgios matures

    Britain's Andy Murray has some sympathy for Australian bad boy Nick Kyrgios, the controversial 20-year-old he will face on Tuesday in the first round of the US Open. Third seed Murray, who won the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon titles, said on Saturday that Kyrgios was wrong in his lurid verbal…

  • Serena, Nadal enjoy US Open night life at start

    Top-ranked Serena Williams, trying to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988, and 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal will be featured Monday night at the US Open. The first day of competition at the year's final major tennis event also includes the first matches for world number…

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

    So here's the question 127 of the 128 women in the U.S. Open's main draw will ask themselves: How do you beat Serena Williams?

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  • 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…

  • Nadal feeling "very close" to Slam-winning form

    Former world number one Rafael Nadal, struggling through what the Spaniard called his worst campaign in 11 years, said Saturday his form is very close to returning to top level. Nadal has won titles this season at Hamburg, Stuttgart and Buenos Aires, but his record is 42-14 and he has slipped to…

  • Anderson wins Winston-Salem crown

    Winston-Salem (United States) (AFP) - South Africa's Kevin Anderson ended his losing streak in ATP tournament finals here Saturday with a straight sets win over France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert to take the Winston-Salem Open crown. World number 15 Anderson ensured he would head to next week's US Open…

  • US OPEN 2015: Tournament at a glance

    A look at the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament:

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  • Federer likes Open chances but faces early test

    Roger Federer likes his chances of winning the US Open after a resurgent run to the Wimbledon final and aggressive play that produced a tuneup title last week at Cincinnati. "I feel like I have a good chance but I really can't think further than my first-round opponent right now," Federer said…

  • 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.…

  • Djokovic ponders his own Slam possibilities

    Not since Australian legend Rod Laver in 1969 has a man completed a calendar year Grand Slam, but top-ranked Novak Djokovic believes he could be the next man to do it. The 28-year-old Serbian top seed will launch his US Open campaign Monday against Brazil's Joao Souza at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Even No. 2 Halep rooting for Serena to win US Open

    The No. 2 women's tennis player in the world hopes Serena Williams wins the U.S. Open. In other words, complete the Grand Slam by winning the U.S. Open. Halep was still comfortable with that logic when asked about it Saturday, two days before the start of the year's last major tournament.

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  • Tennis-Grand Slam question: Who can challenge Serena?

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK, Aug 28 (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…

  • List of U.S. Open men's singles winners

    (Reuters) - List of U.S. Open men's singles champions (since tennis turned professional in 1968): 2014 Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Kei Nishikori (Japan) 6-3 6-3 6-3 2013 Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 2012 Andy Murray (Britain) beat Djokovic 7-6 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 2011…