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Archive: Aug 2014

Kvitova Stunned By Homeless Qualifier

Another day, another major shock in the women’s singles at Flushing Meadows.  Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was defeated 4-6, 4-6 by a qualifier called Aleksandra Krunic. The upset has caused all kinds of accommodation problems for the unlikely winner, who initially hadn’t reserved a room beyond Wednesday, let alone for the second week.  The 21-year-old […]

Venus Williams and Simona Halep crash out in NY

Venus Williams and second seed Simona Halep went crashing out of the US Open at Flushing Meadows. But the biggest talking point was the behaviour of the woman who defeated Venus 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (5) – Italy’s erratic star, Sara Errani. She cupped an ear to question the American crowd’s muted reaction to her victory […]

Murray’s Mission Impossible

Andy Murray will need a miracle to win the US Open, after it emerged that he faces a nightmare route to the final.  A succession of big-name opponents await him, in theory at least – the heavy price Murray has paid for slipping down to eighth in the world.  The best players hit you earlier […]

Stan Silences The Man

Stan Wawrinka has unashamedly done what so many sports stars have wanted to do over the years – he has told a rowdy fan where to get off.  But the incident reignited the age-old debate: should paying customers have the right to say what they want to the players, or is there a line they […]

15-year-old stuns Cibulkova in NY

Picture this. You are not even ranked in the top thousand of women’s tennis. You are only fifteen. In the first round of the US Open you have to face the Australian Open finalist, the powerful pocket rocket, Dominika Cibulkova.  A handful of supportive friends turn up at Court 6 to witness what we all […]

Murray Beats Pain To Down Haase

Pain-stricken Andy Murray almost fell at the US Open’s first hurdle  – and looked a physical wreck by the end of his dramatic contest against Robin Haase.  Yet somehow the 2012 US Open champion scraped through, having done just enough when it mattered against the unspectacular Dutchman. Murray took the first two sets 6-3, 7-6 […]

US Open’s Craziest Late-Night Finishes

They call New York ‘the city that never sleeps’ – and the US Open at Flushing Meadows does its best to live up to the reputation.  Here are the most extreme late-night finishes this gloriously chaotic tournament has ever seen. Equal First: 2.26am 2012: Philipp Kohlschreiber beat John Isner 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in […]

US Open – Our Five Historic Highlights

Flushing Meadows is known for raucous crowds and crazy late-night schedules. There have been some wonderful highlights at the US Open over the years. We’ve picked out just five of our favourites. 1/ ASHE MAKES HISTORY – 1968 Arthur Ashe became the first African American man to win a Grand Slam. At the start of […]

Serena and Roger Conquer Cincinnati

Big-serving Serena Williams claimed her first Cincinnati title, while Roger Federer won the tournament he almost didn’t play. Williams returned to form despite a shaky start against Ana Ivanovic. The American went 1-3 down in the first and could have fallen even further behind.  That was the last time Serena was seriously threatened, because her […]

Magnificant Federer on Verge of New Landmark

Once more we are witnessing poetry in motion, sporting execution of irresistible quality. Roger Federer swept aside the powerful Milos Raonic to triumph 6-2, 6-3 in just 67 minutes of scintillating tennis  – a masterclass in effortless technique. Now only David Ferrer stands between Federer and more history in a sport he has graced for […]