Cilic Crowned US Open Champion, Ends Nishikori’s Historic Run

September 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Marin Cilic Crowned US Open Champion, Defeats Kei Nishikori – Tennis – ATP World Tour // US OPEN 2014 by ATP Staff | 08.09.2014 © Getty ImagesMarin Cilic wins a career-best third title of the season. Marin Cilic rose to the occasion Monday evening at the US Open. In a meeting between two first-time Grand Slam finalists, the 25-year-old Croatian ended Japanese Kei Nishikori’s historic run 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to lift the US Open trophy. The World No. 16, who had upset five-time champion Roger Federer in straight sets Saturday, became the first Croatian to claim a Grand Slam title since his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, triumphed in 2001 on “People’s Monday” at Wimbledon. He also became the first US Open champion ranked outside the Top 10 since a 17th-ranked Pete Sampras won in 2002. “This is all hard work in these last several years, and especially this last year,” he said during the trophy ceremony. “My team has brought something special to me, especially Goran. We’re [...]

Serena Williams shocked to join legends on 18 grand slam titles

September 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

  • Williams now level with Navratilova and Evert • World No1 claimed sixth US Open title on Sunday • Steffi Graf’s record of 22 is the next target, Monday 8 September 2014 03.30 EDT Serena Williams won her 18th grand slam title, 12 months after her 17th which also came at Flushing Meadows. Photograph: Tim Clayton/Corbis Serena Williams never imagined she would one day rank alongside Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert but by beating her friend Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open final, she joined the two greats of the 70s and 80s on 18 grand slam singles titles. Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 is the next significant milestone, and there is no reason why Williams, 33 next month, cannot equal that in the not too distant future. As well as the magical 18, Williams also won a third straight title at the same slam for the first time and claimed her sixth US Open crown, 15 years after her first. “It means a lot to me,” she said. “I just [...]

Makarova, Vesnina beat Pennetta, Hingis to win U.S. Open doubles title

September 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sunday, September 07, 2014 /by AP The fourth-seeded Russians rallied from down a set and break to beat Hingis and Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo) NEW YORK (AP) — Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won their second Grand Slam doubles title, ending Martina Hingis‘ run at the U.S. Open. The fourth-seeded Russians rallied from down a set and break to beat Hingis and Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday night. Playing doubles in her latest comeback from retirement, the 33-year-old Hingis was in her first major final since the 2002 Australian Open. She has won nine Grand Slam doubles titles to go with her five major singles championships. ”It was an incredible journey,” Hingis said. Makarova and Vesnina also won the 2013 French Open. Makarova was routed by No. 1 Serena Williams 6-1, 6-3 on Friday in her first major singles semifinal. She and Vesnina beat the Williams sisters in the quarters in doubles. ”Definitely, it was so amazing,” [...]

Federer saves match points, comes from two sets down to beat Monfils

September 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Friday, September 05, 2014 /by AP The second-seeded Swiss won 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 and will play Marin Cilic in the semis. (AP Photo) NEW YORK (AP) — Clearly frustrated by his play and opponent, Roger Federer whacked his racket on the top of the net after a missed volley. Moments later, he barked at the chair umpire: ”What’s wrong with you, man?” Not long after that, Federer found himself in the precarious position of twice being one point from defeat. Steady as ever, even at 33, Federer held on. Coming all the way back from a two-set deficit, and saving two match points along the way, Federer edged 20th-seeded Gael Monfils of France 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time since 2011. Frustrated by Monfils’ unpredictable style, flummoxed by the swirling wind, and missing shots he normally makes, Federer faced the two match points while trailing 5-4 in the fourth set. ”When I was down two [...]

Peng Shuai Advances to U.S. Open Semifinals

September 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

By LYNN ZINSERSEPT. 2, 2014 Photo Peng Shuai, who is ranked 39th, eliminated 17-year-old Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open on Tuesday, 6-2, 6-1 Credit Streeter Lecka/Getty Images When the United States Open began, Peng Shuai said she did not relish being the highest-ranked Chinese player in the tournament, preferring it when Li Na is around, absorbing most of the pressure and attention from the Chinese fans who have become quite a cheering section at the Open in recent years. But with the third-ranked Li missing the tournament with a knee injury, Peng has leapt into the spotlight and soared through the draw, ousting the Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals Tuesday, 6-2, 6-1. In her 37th Grand Slam tournament, Peng, who is ranked 39th, was playing in her first singles quarterfinal at a major. She will face the winner of Tuesday night’s match between 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and 13th-seeded Sara Errani in the semifinals Friday. Peng, 28, has [...]

Photo Tour of Great Moments in US Open Tennis

August 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Jeff Cooper 1968: Arthur Ashe Arthur Ashe at the US Open in 1968 New York Times Co. / Getty Images In 1968, Arthur Ashe wins his first of three majors, defeating Tom Okker 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the US Open final. 1968 was the first year of the Open Era and therefore the first year of the US Open, which was previously the US Championships. Ashe was the first African-American man to win a major title. He went on to win the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975. 1979: Tracy Austin Tracy Austin at the US Open in 1979 New York Times Co. / Getty Images In 1979, Tracy Austin wins her first major of two, defeating Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-3 in the US Open final. At 16 years and just shy of 9 months, Austin was the youngest US Open champion. She won the US Open again in 1981, but lost most of her prime playing years due to injuries. 1988: Steffi Graf Steffi Graf at the US Open in 1988 Robert Riger / Getty Images In 1988, Steffi Graf completes a calendar-year Grand Slam, [...]