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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…

    AFP43 mins ago
  • 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):

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP
  • US Open women's draw

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

    AFP
  • 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.…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • US Open fans get break from sun, but not yet rain, in Ashe

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Open spectators must wait out rain delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium for one more year. In the meantime, they're getting a break from Mother Nature in a very different way: shade from the blazing sun.

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  • 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 organizers announced. Williams, coming off her fourth consecutive major title last month at Wimbledon, seeks her 22nd career Grand Slam singles title,…

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

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

    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 the tournament at Flushing Meadows…

    Reuters
  • 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