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Radwanska Tops Svitolina In New Haven Radwanska v Svitolina Highlights: WTA New Haven Final

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:14pm
Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska survived a late challenge from Elina Svitolina to claim her first Connecticut Open title and clinch the US Open Series.

Mirza & Niculescu Claim New Haven Crown

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:14pm
Sania Mirza and Monica Niculescu capped off their newly rekindled doubles partnership with their first title together at the Connecticut Open, edging past Kateryna Bondarenko and Chuang Chia-Jung.

Vote: August's WTA Best Dressed

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:13pm
Counting down hours to the US Open, the biggest fashion stage of tennis, it's time to vote for the leading outfits that graced the courts in August. Vote now your WTA Best Dressed!

Serena Shines At Berlei Launch In NYC

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:13pm
Serena Williams took to Macy's Herald Square to kick off the launch Berlei sports bras into the US market. Check out all the best photos from the event, right here on wtatennis.com.

Rogers & Jurak Capture Mylan WTT Trophy WTT FinalHL

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:13pm
WTA Insider David Kane | Shelby Rogers and Darija Jurak led the San Diego Aviators to their first Billie Jean King Trophy to conclude the 2016 season of Mylan World TeamTennis.

Djokovic Confident Heading Into US Open

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:08pm

Despite an up-and-down past few months by his standards, top seed Novak Djokovic said he still feels like he's at the top of his game and that he's ready to defend his US Open title in New York starting next week.

The two-time US Open champion (2011, 2015) will look to secure his third Grand Slam championship of the season and his 13th career major title. His third championship in New York would bring him one title closer to all-time ATP World Tour greats Rafael Nadal, this year's fourth seed, and Pete Sampras. Another New York crown would also give Djokovic his 48th “Big Title”, helping him pass Federer as the No. 1 “Big Title” King.

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“I obviously had a phenomenal Grand Slam career that I'm very proud of and very grateful for. I'm 29 at the moment and believe that I'm at a peak of my abilities as a tennis player. I'll try to keep that peak as consistent and enduring as much as possible,” Djokovic said. “It's a privilege to be mentioned alongside all the legends of the sport that have won ten-plus Grand Slams and made history books.”

The Belgrade native will look to return to his customary Grand Slam championship dominance after his Wimbledon hiccup earlier this season. Djokovic's third-round loss at SW19 to American Sam Querrey was his earliest defeat at a Grand Slam championship since 2009. It also snapped Djokovic's 30-match Grand Slam championship winning streak, the best of the Open Era.

“I've been very fortunate to play on a very high, consistent level at Grand Slams,” Djokovic said. “The third-round loss... allowed me to reflect on things and allowed me to take some time and really regroup.”

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The Serbian more than bounced back, though. He didn't drop a set en route to his record 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (d. Nishikori).

“I've had a phenomenal season – definitely rank this season one of the best that I've had in [my] career,” said Djokovic, who is 51-5 this season.

During recent weeks, he said his left wrist has started to bother him but that he's feeling better and confident heading into the US Open. He has reached at least the semi-finals in Flushing Meadows the past nine years.

Djokovic Through The Years At The US Open

Year  Result Opponent  2015  Champion  d. Federer  2014  SF  l. to Nishikori  2013  Finalist  l. to Nadal  2012  Finalist   l. to Murray  2011  Champion  d. Nadal  2010  Finalist  l. to Nadal  2009  SF  l. to Federer  2008  SF  l. to Federer  2007  Finalist  l. to Federer  2006  3R   l. to Hewitt  2005  3R  l. to Verdasco


Nishikori Hoping For Good Memories Again In NYC

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:59pm

Kei Nishikori is riding major momentum into this year’s US Open. The World No. 7 reached the final at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (l. to Djokovic), a result which helped him clinch the 2016 US Open Series men’s title. 

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“I think I have been playing well this summer,” said Nishikori in his pre-tournament press conference on Friday ahead of the US Open. “I took a couple of days off after Cincinnati, and physically I'm feeling good.

“If I can carry that confidence from the summer I think I will have a good chance to go further these two weeks."

Two years ago at the US Open was Nishikori’s Grand Slam breakthrough. The Japanese star barrelled his way through the draw, defeating Milos Raonic (fourth round), Stan Wawrinka (quarter-finals) and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic (semi-finals) en route to the championship match. Making history by becoming the first Asian man ever to play for the title at a Grand Slam, Nishikori’s quest was halted by Marin Cilic in straight sets.

“I have great memories,” he said. “Things changed a lot also for me... I think I'm a little more patient and playing much better than last year, two years ago.”

The 26 year old from Japan will look to erase memories of last year’s US Open campaign. He was ousted in the first round by then-World No. 41 Benoit Paire in five sets. This year, as the sixth seed, he opens his campaign against Germany’s Benjamin Becker

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“He has a great serve, [he’s an] aggressive player,” said Nishikori, who leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head record 2-1. “[It’s] not going to be easy, but I hope I can have great preparation these few days and [be] ready for Monday.”

Bouchard lawsuit against USTA could go to trial

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:28pm
Bouchard lawsuit against USTA could go to trial

Djokovic, Nadal Match-Up Looms At US Open

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:12pm

Novak Djokovic could have a tricky start to defending his US Open championship, and it won't get any easier later for the Serbian in New York, where main draw play starts on Monday.

The top seed and two-time champion (2011, 2015) will open against former World No. 14 and 2013 Wimbledon semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz. In the second round, Djokovic could face one of the five players to gain a win against him this season: Czech Jiri Vesely, who beat Djokovic in the second round at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April.

From there, the Belgrade native could meet 28th seed Martin Klizan for the third time. Djokovic beat the Slovakian twice on hard courts last season.

If the seeds maintain, Frenchman Richard Gasquet, 13th seed, or 20th seed John Isner could challenge the Serbian in the fourth round. But both players have enticing first-round contests: Isner plays American wild card Frances Tiafoe; Gasquet meets #NextGen star Kyle Edmund of Britain. Another all-American, first-round clash will take place in the same quarter when 26th seed Jack Sock meets #NextGen star Taylor Fritz.

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Croatian Marin Cilic, 2014 US Open champion, could meet Djokovic in the quarter-finals. Seventh seed Cilic heads to New York playing some of his best tennis since he captured his first Grand Slam championship two years ago. The 6'6” right-hander beat Andy Murray last week in Cincinnati to take his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.

In the semi-finals, fans could see the 50th installment of Djokovic v. Rafael Nadal. The 29-year-old right-hander has won their past seven encounters.

Fourth seed Nadal debuts against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin and could face Frenchman Stephane Robert or Italian Andreas Seppi in the second round. The Spaniard's first seeded opponent could be countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas, the 31st seed, in the third round. Another Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, the 15th seed, or 24th seed Lucas Pouille of France might meet Nadal in the fourth round.

Tenth seed Gael Monfils or fifth seed Milos Raonic could battle Nadal in the last eight. Both Monfils and Raonic open against hard-charging, big servers: Monfils plays Luxembourg's Gilles Muller; Raonic plays Germany's Dustin Brown.

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On the other half of the draw, second seed Andy Murray, 2012 US Open champion, opens against the Czech Lukas Rosol and could meet Spaniard Marcel Granollers or Argentine Juan Monaco in the second round.

The Brit's first seeded opponent could be 30th seed Gilles Simon in the third round. Murray leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 14-2. Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, 16th seed, or 22nd seed Grigor Dimitrov might meet Murray in the fourth round. This year's Emirates US Open Series champion Kei Nishikori could greet Murray in the last eight.

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Awaiting Murray in the semi-finals could be third seed Stan Wawrinka, but the Swiss will have to fight past a difficult early stretch. He opens against World No. 47 Fernando Verdasco, who beat Wawrinka on grass at the Aegon Championships in June. American Denis Kudla or a qualifier will await in the second round, and Wawrinka might have to face #NextGen star Alexander Zverev in the third round. Aussie Nick Kyrgios, the 14th seed, or 17th seed Bernard Tomic could await in the fourth round. If the seeds play out, eighth seed Dominic Thiem would be Wawrinka's quarter-final opponent.

Juan Martin del Potro, 2009 US Open champion, returns to New York by wild card and debuts against fellow Argentine Diego Schwartzman. Del Potro could meet 19th seed and top American Steve Johnson in the second round. Spanish veteran David Ferrer, the 11th seed, could await in the third round before del Potro might face Thiem in the Round of 16.

Early tests await Serena, Djokovic at US Open

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 1:19pm
Early tests await Serena, Djokovic at US Open

Robson awakes from two-year nightmare

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 12:09pm
Robson awakes from two-year nightmare

Stephens drops out of US Open with foot injury

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:45am
Stephens drops out of US Open with foot injury

Nishikori Bags Bonus In US Open Series

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:13am

World No. 7 and 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori clinched the 2016 Emirates US Open Series men’s title on Thursday, following Viktor Troicki’s victory over Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals of the Winston-Salem Open. Nishikori will now attempt to to claim the largest payout in tennis history at the US Open – $4.5 million; $3.5 million for winning the US Open and a $1 million bonus for winning the US Open as Emirates Airline US Open Series champion.

Nishikori finishes the Bonus Challenge with 85 points – 70 for reaching the Rogers Cup final in Toronto and 15 for advancing to the Round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Verdasco was the only remaining player in Winston-Salem who could have overtaken him in the final standings.

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Grigor Dimitrov finishes second in the men’s Bonus Challenge, while 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s champion Milos Raonic finishes third. Both players tied with 70 points; Dimitrov finishes second based on tie-breaks, having won seven matches in the series this summer, as opposed to Raonic’s five. The second and third-placed finishers will compete for US Open bonus payouts of $500,000 and $250,000, respectively.

Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic each earned 100 points for their Rogers Cup and Western & Southern Open victories, respectively. Players must earn points in two or more Emirates Airline US Open Series events to be eligible for the final Bonus Challenge standings and US Open bonus prize money.

Millman Upsets Gasquet In Winston-Salem

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 10:02pm
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John Millman scored a milestone win at the Winston-Salem Open on Thursday, downing top seed Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3 to move into his maiden ATP World Tour semi-final. The 92-minute win also marked the first time Millman has beaten a player in the Top 15 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. The Aussie, who reached a career-best No. 60 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in May, is currently ranked No. 81.

“No matter what level, every tournament I go in to compete, to do my best and to win,” said Millman, who is taking part in the event for the first time. “To be honest, at the start of the week I was a bit busted physically because of the long weeks at the Olympics and in Cincinnati. But now I’m moving great and I’m hitting the ball really well. It’s a treat to be here. The conditions are great and suit my game well.

“Gasquet is a top player. Playing and beating him is very satisfying. Every week that I’m playing an ATP World Tour event, I gain more confidence that I can compete at this level, and I’m proud of that,” the 27-year-old Millman, who broke the Frenchman five times during the match, said. “Everyone remaining in the tournament is an accomplished player. Every win is a bonus for me right now.”

Millman will next face Pablo Carreno Busta, who topped Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-3. The Spaniard fired nine aces and saved all seven break points faced to advance in 85 minutes. Millman beat Carreno Busta in the first round of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami earlier this year. It was the pair's lone previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

No. 2 seed Roberto Bautista Agut is safely through to the semi-finals after beating Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-2. Bautista Agut did not face a break point in the 61-minute win and broke Lu three times. The Spaniard improved to 3-0 in the pair's FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry and has yet to drop a set against the man from Chinese Taipei. The 28 year old is seeking a third ATP World Tour title in 2016, having prevailed in Auckland and in Sofia.

Bautista Agut will meet ninth seed Viktor Troicki in the semi-finals after the Serbian battled for nearly two hours to edge Bautista Agut’s countryman Fernando Verdasco. Ninth seed Troicki extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the No. 15 seed to 2-0 with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory.

Troicki had snapped a five-match losing streak with his second-round win over Kyle Edmund before sending No. 6 Sam Querrey packing. Against Verdasco, he won 85 per cent of first-serve points and twice recovered from a break down in the deciding set before breaking to seal the result on his second match point. 

It marks his third ATP World Tour semi-final of the season and his first since losing the final in Sofia to Bautista Agut in February.

"For the first set and a half I think I had the match under control. I think I played pretty good then my serve disappeared for a while," Troicki said of his quarter-final. "He raised his game, my game when down a little. The start of the third set, I think, was good tennis.

"From the middle of the third set it was very weird. I don’t know what was going on. When I served he just returned everything at full power and then on his serve he lost it a bit. He gave me a lot of presents. I’ll take it, I’m happy to be in the semis."

In doubles, the German-Indian pairing of Andre Begemann and Leander Paes upset top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Nenad Zimonjic to reach the semi-finals. The unseeded duo won 79 per cent of first-serve points against the Polish-Serbian tandem in a 6-4, 6-4 victory. 

They will meet third seeds Robert Lindstedt and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi after the Swedish-Pakistani pair narrowly held off Croatian-British duo Marin Draganja and Dominic Inglot. The No. 3 seeds held a match point at 5-4 in the second set and managed to fight off three set points before conceding the tie-break 7/4. They clinched the match tie-break on their first opportunity to wrap it up in two hours and 13 minutes.

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Khachanov Cruises On Day 3 Of US Open Qualifying

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 10:01pm

Day 3 of US Open Qualifying on Thursday saw a NextGen star move within one round of qualifying for his first Grand Slam main draw, while a slew of other notable players also won their second-round qualifying matches.

NextGen star and third seed Karen Khachanov of Russia continued his impressive play with a straight-sets win over Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain, 6-4, 6-3. The 20 year old fired nine aces and won 73 per cent of his first serve points in the match.

“It’s always tough to find your way at the beginning of a tournament and get through the first couple of matches,” said Khachanov. “But I’ve been able to adapt to to the situation, so I’m happy that I get to play again tomorrow.”

Khachanov has advanced to the final round of qualifying this year at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but has yet to qualify for a Grand Slam in his young career. He’ll next play the winner of the match between NextGen star Noah Rubin of the U.S. and No. 28 seed Michael Berrer of Germany for a chance to make his maiden main draw at a major.

“It would be unbelievable for me to make it into the main draw here,” said Khachanov. “I just have to focus on my game tomorrow and show that I deserve it.”

Several other players also won their second-round qualifying matches to put themselves in contention to make their debut Grand Slam main draw: No. 15 seed Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia, No. 26 seed Saketh Myneni of India, Guilherme Clezar of Brazil, Ilya Ivashka of Belarus, Alexander Sarkissian of the U.S., Jan Satral of the Czech Republic, Marton Fucsovics of Hungary and Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland.

Mid-match showers saw play suspended with half of the 32 second-round qualifying matches still to be completed. Among the players on court when the rain came are No. 12 seed Joao Souza of Brazil, No. 13 seed Dennis Novikov of the U.S. and Rubin.

Players still to come on court for their matches on Thursday include top seed Yuichi Sugita of Japan, NextGen star and No. 14 seed Jared Donaldson of the U.S. and rising American teenager Reilly Opelka.

Top-seeded Gasquet beaten at Winston-Salem

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 9:38pm
Top-seeded Gasquet beaten at Winston-Salem

Nadal: 'I Need To Keep Competing'

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 8:52pm

Rafael Nadal arrived in New York last Sunday to prepare for the US Open, which begins on 29 August at Flushing Meadows. The Mallorcan, who returned to the ATP World Tour in Cincinnati after overcoming a left wrist injury, goes into the tournament excited after his time on the sidelines.

"I need to keep competing and training," explained Nadal in an interview with EL ESPAÑOL. "I went a long time without training. That's the reality. I think that is what I need at the moment."

The 14-time Grand Slam champion had to withdraw from the third round at Roland Garros due to a left wrist injury, which caused him to miss several tournaments including Wimbledon.

"My wrist is fine," said Nadal. "It has held up through many hours of playing. I know I'm going to have some trouble and, in some moments, it will limit me a bit. I need to get my confidence back and get through a few weeks without playing in pain, something that hasn't happened yet.

"It never gets easier to come back,"said Nadal, who has overcome serious injuries to his foot and knees earlier in his career. "I was playing very well when I had to stop in the third round at Roland Garros. You remember the things that you were doing well. The bad thing, of course, is that I had to stop in a moment when I was doing well and which could have helped me have a great season, especially after a good clay-court swing.

"The injury I had is very complicated and delicate," he said. "There are two possibilities: either it gets better with rest or you have to operate. At the moment, it seems everything has gone well, but at the same time it could have turned out differently and I might have had to stop for surgery. I hope things keep going well. So far, after many hours of loading the wrist, it hasn't gotten worse. This is important and very positive. I hope that day by day and week by week the wrist will keep feeling more comfortable and I will feel freer when hitting the ball."

Nadal arrives at the US Open hoping for a good tournament despite not enjoying the same competitive rhythm as his rivals.

"Clearly, I'm arriving with little match practice after an injury in the middle of the season," said Nadal. "All this makes it more difficult. But the excitement is there. I hope my wrist will keep improving, so that it lets me play my forehand more freely.  I am really excited to get back to competing. I feel competitive again. I'm really looking forward to playing and enjoying being on the court."

Raonic Rings Opening Bell At NYSE

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 8:06pm

Milos Raonic visited an iconic New York institution on Wednesday, ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange ahead of his US Open campaign. The NYSE, located on Wall Street, is the largest stock exchange in the world by market capitalisation. The opening bell traditionally kicks off the trading day at the exchange.

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“To have the opportunity to ring the bell in such an iconic setting is special, especially because I have interest in finance,” Raonic said. “It was nice to see the setup and the procedure of how the floor works. It was definitely a nice experience to be at the NYSE and, who knows, maybe one day after my tennis career I’ll end up here.”

The Canadian, No. 6 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will take part in the US Open for the sixth time. He reached the third round at Flushing Meadows last year. He reached the fourth round in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Raonic is 42-11 on the year and defeated Roger Federer in the final of Brisbane to earn his eighth ATP World Tour title.

 

Insider Draw Analysis: US Open

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 7:15pm
WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | What are the biggest storylines to come out of a packed US Open draw? Get the full breakdown right here on wtatennis.com.

Radwanska Runs Past Kvitova In New Haven Radwanska v Kvitova Highlights: WTA New Haven SF

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 7:14pm
Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska dropped just two games in a clinical defeat of defending champion Petra Kvitova at the Connecticut Open, where she'll face Elina Svitolina for the title.