U.S. Open: Kvitova Knocks Out Muguruza, Williams Through

Petra Kvitova (L) ,Venus Williams (R)

Czech Petra Kvitova beat Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in the US Open fourth round on Sunday while Venus Williams beat Carla Suarez Navarro.

Kvitova found herself 4-1 down in the first set before turning it around with strong serves and a powerful forehand, eventually taking the set in the tie-break.

Petra Kvitova said: “So many people who follow the sport know what you’ve been through, how would you describe the journey from last December to a moment like this?”)

“I don’t think that I can find the right words, I mean it was a difficult time, all five months were very very tough and you know it was just a journey which I didn’t know how the journey will end, and if it’s ending here on the big stage it’s just a happy end.”

Muguruza struggled with Kvitova’s aggressive style and the Czech, who plays in her first US Open since seriously injuring her playing hand in a knife attack at her home last December, won the second set 6-3.

Williams, who plays Kvitova in the next round, won the first set before seeing Navarro fight back to win the second, but took control of the game in the third set, taking it comfortably.

Williams said: “Now 19 (wins) and 3 (losses) in majors this year. You talk about it often, what is it about the biggest stages that brings out your best?”)

“I think Billie Jean King put it best: ‘Pressure is privilege’. I need a challenge, I love the pressure, and especially as this is the last major and it’s at home, there’s no better feeling than the energy in here at Ashe (stadium) when you guys go wild. I mean do you hear that, that energy, I’m like: ‘alright, I’ve gotta do something, I gotta hit an ace, I gotta hit a winner, something’s gotta happen’. I love it here.”

Results From ‘Day Three’ Of US Open

Results From 'Day Three' Of US Open
Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain returns a shot to Andreas Seppi of Italy during their first round Men’s Singles match on Day Three of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2017, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

See results of games played on Wednesday, the third day of the 2017 US Open:

 – Men’s Singles – First Round –

Taro Daniel (JPN) bt Tommy Paul (USA) 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Yuichi Sugita (JPN) bt Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA) 6-2, 6-2, 6-0

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x26) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

Stefano Travaglia (ITA) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x22) 6-4, 7-6 (10/8), 3-6, 6-0

Viktor Troicki (SRB) bt Norbert Gombos (SVK) 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Aleksandr Dolgopolov (UKR) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

Tomas Berdych (CZE x15) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4)

David Goffin (BEL x9) bt Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Guido Pella (ARG) bt Steve Darcis (BEL) 6-1, 6-2, 6-0

Donald Young (USA) bt Maximilian Marterer (GER) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4

Gael Monfils (FRA x18) bt Jérémy Chardy (FRA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-4

Damir Džumhur (BIH) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU x27) 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1

Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) bt Nicolás Kicker (ARG) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1

Andrey Rublev (RUS) bt Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x7) bt Václav Šafránek (CZE) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Blaž Kavcic (SLO) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-2, 0-0 abandon

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (5/7), 6-2

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x33) bt Tim Smyczek (USA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Malek Jaziri (TUN) bt Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

John Millman (AUS) bt Nick Kyrgios (AUS x14) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1

Roberto Bautista (ESP x11) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/1)

Dustin Brown (GER) bt Thomaz Belluci (BRA) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Adrián Menéndez (ESP) bt Patrick Kypson (USA) 6-4, 7-6 (11/9), 6-1

Juan Martín Del Potro (ARG x24) bt Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5)

Adrian Mannarino (FRA x30) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4)

Taylor Fritz (USA) bt Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

Dominic Thiem (AUT x6) bt Alex De Minaur (AUS) 6-4, 6-1, 6-1

Women’s Singles – First Round

Nicole Gibbs (USA) bt Verónica Cepede (PAR) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1

Jennifer Brady (USA) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

Ana Bogdan (ROM) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Monica Niculescu (ROM) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA x14) 6-3, 6-2

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bt Sofya Zhuk (RUS) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3

Ons Jabeur (TUN) bt Brienne Minor (USA) 6-1, 7-5

Coco Vandeweghe (USA x20) bt Alison Riske (USA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Nao Hibino (JPN) bt Catherine Bellis (USA) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x8) bt Markéta Vondroušová (CZE) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)

Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) bt Katerina Siniaková (CZE) 6-0, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3

Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) bt Eugénie Bouchard (CAN) 7-6 (7/2), 6-1

Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Kayla Day (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Tatjana Maria (GER) bt Ashley Kratzer (USA) 6-1, 6-1

Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2

Denisa Allertova (CZE) bt Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)

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US Open: Kyrgios Crashes Out After Shoulder Injury

Australia’s John Millman returns the ball to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in their Qualifying Men’s Singles match at the 2017 US Open Tennis Tournament on August 30, 2017 in New York.
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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, coming off his biggest career final, crashed out of the US Open on Wednesday after hurting his right shoulder in the third set of his opening match.

Kyrgios, the 14th seed who was the highest-ranked obstacle in Roger Federer’s path to the quarter-finals, lost to 235th-ranked compatriot John Millman 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

“I know in the back of my mind Nick’s shoulder deteriorated as the match went on,” Millman said after his first US Open triumph. “It’s a victory but slightly hollow.

“He’s a teammate. He’s a great guy on and off the court. I feel for him. I really do.”

Kyrgios endured an injury-nagged run-up to the US Open, hip pain knocking him out of Wimbledon and Queen’s and a sore right shoulder forcing him out at Washington.

But he rolled to the ATP Cincinnati Masters final two weeks ago, falling to Grigor Dimitrov.

The 22-year-old Aussie, known for outspoken remarks and often doubting his desire to play tennis, was in strong form when he grabbed his elbow of his first serve of the fourth game in the third set.

After having a ball boy grab his right arm between games to try and relieve the pain, Kyrgios had treatment by a physiotherapist during a timeout and told him his troubles.

“One serve and arm is totally dead. It’s so dead and numb. It’s incredibly weak,” said Kyrgios. “How can something happen all of a sudden? I wasn’t feeling it at all and then Bang, one serve. I lost power on my serve.”

Frustration grew as Kyrgios screamed an obscenity while glaring at his right hand after slamming down a racquet following the fifth game.

“My forehand is painful. It’s so annoying,” Kyrgios told the trainer after a line change.

Kyrgios grimaced during a treatment session, saying, “I try hard and then one serve I can feel it. I don’t get it. I don’t know what to do.”

“I’m feeling good. I finally have a good week last week, come to the US Open feeling good, playing a good match against an Aussie, third set and it’s throbbing.”

After his last available treatment, Kyrgios was broken to drop the set, sending a forehand wide on the decisive point then smashing his racquet on the court.

He was docked a point for that transgression.

Millman, who missed nearly eight months with a hip injury, dominated the final set to send Kyrgios home.

– Thiem, Svitolina advance –

In other matches postponed from Tuesday by rain, Ukraine’s fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina, fighting to become world number one, and Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem advanced.

Svitolina, seeking her sixth title of the year and first Grand Slam crown, held off 42nd-ranked Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-0, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 while Thiem finished off Australian Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

Thiem, a semi-finalist at the past two French Opens, is the highest-ranked rival on the same side of the draw as favorites Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“I’m not in the first row of favorites, maybe in the second, so I can play calm,” Thiem said.

Former world number one Maria Sharapova, who in her Grand Slam return from a 15-month doping ban upset second-ranked Simona Halep, was set to face Hungary’s 59th-ranked Timea Babos in a later second-round match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, tested positive for blood booster meldonium in the 2016 Australian Open, her most recent Grand Slam appearance until this week.

She played only one hardcourt tune-up match due to a forearm injury but powered past one of seven contenders for the world number one ranking still in the field.

Another of those is Svitolina, who dropped six of nine tie-breaker points when her match resumed but battled into the second round.

“It was a little bit unlucky to stop because I was playing good,” Svitolina said.

“Today was a little bit of a mess in my head. It was tough to keep my focus. I’m happy I could win the third set and play really good tennis.

“I was just trying to fight for every ball. You can’t win if you’re not mentally strong.”

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U.S. Open: Officials Cancel 44 Matches Due To Rain

Spectators make their way through the rain on Day Two of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2017. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

 

Steady rain prompted US Open officials to cancel 44 singles matches and postpone completion of 11 others under way when showers halted play Tuesday on the New York hardcourts.

Reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko’s first-round match against Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena was under consideration to be moved under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium for completion.

The Latvian 12th seed led the Spaniard 6-2, 1-6, 3-1 when rain halted their match.

A US Open statement said weather forecasts predicted “continuous rain throughout the remainder of the day,” prompting the wipeouts of outer court matches.

US Jennifer Brady is protected from the rain during her Qualifying Women’s Singles match at the 2017 US Open Tennis Tournament on August 28, 2017 in Flushing Meadows, New York. DON EMMERT / AFP

Still on the schedule were night matches sending 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer of Switzerland against US teen Frances Tiafoe and US 15th seed Madison Keys against Belgium’s Elise Mertens.

World number one Rafael Nadal’s first-round match against Serbian Dusan Lajovic was in the first set on Ashe when the decision was made to end outer court play for the day.

The roof on Ashe was closed after the first set of the day’s opening match — world number one Karolina Pliskova’s win over Magda Linette of Poland.

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Sharapova Wins Slam Return, Ousts Halep At U.S. Open

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning her first round Women’s Singles match against Simona Halep of Romania on Day One of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Former world number one Maria Sharapova made a triumphant return to Grand Slam competition on Monday after a 15-month doping ban, outlasting second-ranked Simona Halep 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at the U.S. Open.

The 30-year-old Russian, who had only one hardcourt tuneup match due to a nagging forearm injury, swatted 60 winners with 64 unforced errors, setting the tempo and baffling Halep at times in a tension-packed thriller at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“This girl has a lot of grit,” Sharapova said of herself. “And she’s not going anywhere.”

Sharapova, who tested positive for meldonium at last year’s Australian Open, improved to 7-0 in her all-time rivalry with Halep, extending her mastery over the 25-year-old Romanian.

“I just thought this was another day, another opportunity, another match but this was so much more,” Sharapova said.

“You sometimes wonder why you put in all the work and this is exactly why.”

An emotional Sharapova punctuated her shotmaking, at times erratic and other moments spectacular, with screams and fist pumps. She was energetic even at rest, closing her eyes and bouncing her legs as she sat between sets.

After the final point, Sharapova dropped to her knees in tears as a replay appeal showed what she already knew.

She later battled back tears as she blew kisses to spectators, sobbed at times and mouthed “Thank you” to fans that were devoted throughout the two hour and 45 minute drama.

“You never know what you’re going to feel until you win that match point,” she said. “It was so worth it.”

Sharapova, whose major titles include the 2006 US Open, advanced to a second-round matchup against Hungarian Timea Babos, whom she has never played.

Sharapova won only 5 of 22 break points in the match while Halep won 4 of 10 and produced only 15 winners against 14 unforced errors.

It was Sharapova’s first Grand Slam match since a quarter-final loss to Serena Williams in last year’s Australian Open.

Sharapova, ranked 146th, returned in April but the French Open snubbed Sharapova for a wildcard entry and she missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury.

Asked about her low points, Sharapova, said, “There were definitely a few but I don’t think this is the time to talk about that.”

Sharapova walked onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium to rousing applause. She wore a black dress, visor, socks and shoes, the same style she sported in taking the trophy nine years ago on the New York hardcourts.

‘It’s prime time, baby

Halep hit a backhand long to hand Sharapova a break and 2-0 lead in the last set and the Russian held to the finish, escaping a break point in the final game when Halep netted a forehand.

A Sharapova backhand winner set up match point and brought huge applause but a thunderous ovation came when Halep hit a forehand long to end it, boosting Sharapova to 18-0 in night matches at Ashe.

“It’s prime time baby,” she said. “I love it.”

Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza advanced and British seventh seed Johanna Konta was ousted in other women’s matches.

Spanish third seed Muguruza defeated American Varvara Lepchenko 6-0, 6-3. Muguruza can reach the US Open third round for the first time Wednesday by defeating China’s Duan Ying-Ying.

“Coming to US Open and having a dark past in the results, I keep it with low expectations,” Muguruza said.

Serbia’s 78th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic upset Australian-born Konta 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, removing the only other top-10 player from Sharapova’s draw quarter.

“It’s definitely not an easy loss to take,” Konta said. “She played consistently much better than I did.”

‘A little bit rusty’ 

German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, the top-ranked player in his half of the draw, saved two set points in the first tie-break and downed stubborn Barbados qualifier and Slam debutant Darian King 7-6 (11/9), 7-5, 6-4.

Croatian fifth seed Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion and last month’s Wimbledon runner-up, ousted 105th-ranked American Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

“I feel just a little bit rusty,” Cilic said. “I need a few matches to get into the rhythm.”

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Caroline Wozniacki Win Sevastova To Reach U.S. Open Semi-Final

Caroline-WozniackiFormer world number one, Caroline Wozniacki, has reached the semi-finals of the U.S. Open, with a ruthless 6-love 6-2 win over Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.

Sevastova, the first Latvian to reach a grand slam quarter-final, saw her U.S. open hopes come to a painful end when she rolled her ankle chasing down a ball on Wozniacki’s opening serve.

After watching Sevastova crash to the court and then get up, Wozniacki said she had taken no chances with a spot in the semi-finals on the line.

The next game will be her fifth US Open semi-final.

Serena Through, Venus Crashes Out At U.S. Open

World number one, Serena Williams has stormed into the U.S. Open quarter-finals in record-smashing style by easing past Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2 6-3 to claim her record 308th grand slam match win.

The world number one needed just 68 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium court to overwhelm the 52nd-ranked Shvedova and surpass Roger Federer on the all-time list of matches won at tennis’s four blue riband events.

“It’s a huge number, I think it’s very significant actually. I definitely never thought I would be playing still. Now I don’t really see when I’m going to stop.

“I’m just enjoying these moments out here, getting to break records that I didn’t even know existed or I didn’t even know was possible,” Williams said of her record 308th win.

Next up for Williams is Romanian fifth seed Simona Halep.

Meanwhile, Karolina Pliskova ruined any chance of another flushing meadows sister showdown as she claimed a dramatic 4-6 6-4 7-6 win over sixth-seeded Venus Williams.

In the men’s draw, Andy Murray edged out 22nd-seeded Bulgarian, Grigor Dimitrov 6-1 6-2 6-2 in a speedy two hours to signal he is well prepared to extend a dream summer that has included a second Wimbledon title and a second Olympic gold medal.

Juan Martin Del Potro’s summer renaissance continued as the unseeded Argentine advanced into the quarter-finals when Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem quit their match with an injury.

Rafael Nadal Happy Despite US Open Defeat

US Open, Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal, French OpenRafael Nadal says he was happy with his effort and prospects going forward this season despite suffering a shock fourth-around loss at the US Open to Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

The fourth-seeded Spaniard felt that he squandered an opportunity to do something special at flushing meadows this year with his 6-1 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6 defeat prolonging the 14-time grand slam title winner’s quarter-final drought at major tournaments.

Playing his third consecutive five-set match, Pouille, has shown that his quarter-final advance earlier this season at Wimbledon was no fluke.

Meanwhile, top seed Novak Djokovic, has edged out unseeded Briton, Kyle Edmund, gobbling up a large serving of points in a 6-2 6-1 6-4 romp that put him into the quarter-finals.

Djokovic had a second-round walkover as Czech Jiri Vesely withdrew due to injury, and was leading 4-2 in his third-round match when Russian, Mikhail Youzhny retired with a leg ailment making it six days since his last full match.

Djokovic’s victory put him into the last eight against ninth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

US Open: Konta Beats Bencic To Qualify For Fourth Round

Johanna-Konta-Belinda-Bencic-TennisBritish Tennis player, Johanna Konta, has defeated her Swiss opponent, Belinda Bencic to qualify for the fourth round of the US Open.

The 25-year-old put up an amazing performance to beat Bencic 6-2 6-1 on Saturday in New York.

Despite the health issues that affected the 13th seed during the second round, Konta knocked out her 19-year-old challenger in 52 minutes.

She served with pace and accuracy from the start to keep her opponent on the back foot and a run of seven unanswered games gave her complete control.

She did not give away a single break point, won 19 out of 20 points on her first serve and hit 29 winners to Bencic’s nine.

“I feel overwhelmingly happy.

“I felt I did a good job playing the match at hand and I focused all my energies into this match.

“I was happy how I dealt with things,” she told BBC.

Konta would contend with Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in the next round.

She had reached the fourth round in 2015 and made the Australian Open semi-finals in January.

Roger Federer Through To Wimbledon Quarter-Finals

Roger Federer, WimbledonWorld’s third best tennis player, Roger Federer, on Monday progressed into the Wimbledon quarter-finals in London.

The seven-time champion, who has been struggling for form this summer, cruised to the next round of the competition after beating Steve Johnson 6-2 6-3 7-5 on Centre Court.

34-year-old Federer would be hoping to break the record by clinching his eighth men’s singles title.

He will be contending with world seeded number eight, Marin Cilic, who won the 2014 US Open title.

Golf: Tiger Woods Likely To Return in June

Tiger-Woods-GolfFormer world number one golf player, Tiger Woods could return to the PGA Tour after a back surgery, as he confirms accommodation plans for the Memorial tournament in Ohio.

Although Woods has made no commitment to the Memorial, and his plans remain fluid as he rehabilitates his body after a back surgery, it makes sense that he would want to compete in at least one tournament before the year’s second major, the US Open.

The Memorial tournament, to be played from June 2-5 on the Muirfield Village course in Dublin, a suburb of state capital Columbus, is held two weeks before the US Open.

Woods entered the US Open before the April 27 deadline, though his registration does not obligate him to play.

The deadline for regular PGA Tour events such as the Memorial is the Friday before the first round.

Woods is believed to have also made proactive accommodation plans for the May 12-15 Players Championship in Florida, though that might be a little too soon for his return.

He routinely skipped the two PGA Tour events in north Texas that followed, suggesting that the Memorial was the most likely comeback venue, assuming his recovery continued on schedule.

His agent, Mark Steinberg, did not immediately respond to an email requesting confirmation of his client’s Memorial accommodation booking.

Woods, 40, is a five-time Memorial winner, though his most recent memory there from last year was not a good one as he shot 85 in the third round.

He has won 14 major championships, and it would be a nice touch of symbolism, should he make his comeback at the tournament hosted by Nicklaus, the only man with more major titles (18).

Woods has not competed anywhere since the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina last August.

Justin Rose On The World Tour Championship

Justin RoseEngland’s Justin Rose has admitted that he has a “great chance” of winning the World Tour Championship in Dubai which will tee off on Thursday, November 19.

The 2013 United States (US) Open Champion and world number seven has eight European Tour titles, and is hoping to add one more before the end of the season.

Rose is competing with two of golf’s best for the “race to Dubai” title, world number three, Rory Mcllroy and world number six, Henrik Stenson.

All three have a good chance at grabbing the title, though Rose is further behind than his two rivals.