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Kvitova Stunned By Homeless Qualifier

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August 31, 2014

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

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August 30, 2014

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

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August 29, 2014

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

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August 28, 2014

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

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August 27, 2014

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

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August 26, 2014

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

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August 22, 2014

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

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August 21, 2014

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

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August 18, 2014

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

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August 17, 2014

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 […]

Federer Exposes Murray Frailty in Cincinnati

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August 16, 2014

Roger Federer battled back from 1-4 down in what proved to be a decisive second set against Andy Murray in Cincinnati.  The graceful Swiss had Murray scampering all over the court as he came through 6-3, 7-5 and earned the right to face Milos Raonic in tonight’s semi-final.  But Murray was at a loss to […]

How Many Courts Are There at Wimbledon?

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August 12, 2014

From its early beginnings as a local tennis and croquet club in 1868 to today, the All England Club has grown substantially over the past century and a half to host one of the tennis world’s most prestigious events. Everyone knows the iconic Centre Court and its retractable roof, but even many of the biggest […]

Big-Serving Tsonga Too Strong For Federer

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August 11, 2014

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s scary serving power and pure athleticism proved too much for a courageous, yet fatally misfiring Roger Federer in Toronto. The flamboyant Frenchman secured only the second Masters title of his career with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) victory after Federer’s forehand deserted him.   Tsonga became the first Frenchman to win Toronto and roared back […]

Radwanska Triumphs in Montreal….At Last!

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It took a year…and yet it took only 80 minutes. Agnieszka Radwanska won her first tournament since Seoul in 2013 to delight the whole of Poland.  The only shame was that it brought to an end an extraordinary week for the legendary Venus Williams. Radwanska emerged a 6-4, 6-2 champion having seized the early initiative. […]

Venus Beats Serena, Fed Faces Tsonga

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August 10, 2014

It takes something very special to outshine a rampant Roger Federer in full flow. But Venus Williams managed just that by defeating her sister Serena for the first time in five years in Montreal. ‘Big sister taught little sister a lesson,’ tweeted Serena without complaint, even though she had won the first-set tie-break 7-2.   […]

Federer Celebrates Birthday In Style

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August 9, 2014

Roger Federer seemed inspired by Toronto fans who sang “Happy Birthday” during the coin toss before his quarter-final against David Ferrer.  He is 33 now, yet Federer marked the occasion in style with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over the plucky Spaniard. ‘At 33 it’s a dream come true to be playing tennis at this […]