Tennis: Nadal makes fast start in Rome in first match in 200 days


Rome, September 17 (Reuters) – Nine-times champion Rafa Nadal showed little signs of rust when he played his first match in 200 days as he beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1 6-1 in the Italian Open in Rome on Wednesday (Sept 16).

Nadal, who received a bye into the second round, has not played a tournament since winning his 85th singles title in Acapulco, having skipped the Western & Southern Open and the US Open in New York due to Covid-19 concerns.

The match was also Nadal’s first on clay in 465 days after his French Open triumph last year and the 34-year-old Spaniard sent an ominous message to the field as he dominated the US Open semi-finalist from start at an empty Foro Italico.

“It’s good to be back on the Tour but obviously the feeling is not the best playing without crowds,” Nadal said. “At least there’s one positive thing, the sport is back.”

Nadal broke in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead and did not look back, winning the last 10 points in the opening set to put down a marker for Carreno Busta who struggled with the pace of the ball on clay after two hardcourt tournaments.

The second set was more of the same as a visibly jumpy Nadal could not wait to get going between games and the world number two wrapped up the match in 73 minutes with 20 winners while Carreno Busta made 28 unforced errors.

“I played a good match, maybe he was a little bit tired from New York (where) he played an amazing tournament,” Nadal added.

“It’s a perfect start for me, I played solid, some good shots with the forehand and backhand.”





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U.S. Open offers glimpse of tennis’ future in pandemic era



FILE PHOTO: Sep 12 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

September 13, 2020

By Amy Tennery

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Open finishes on Sunday having largely pulled off what was once seen as impossible: hosting an international sports mega-event amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

With 6,500 coronavirus tests and more than 25,000 temperature checks administered, the tournament offered a glimpse into how tennis could adapt in the global, deadly pandemic era.

Months after its famed Flushing Meadows venue hosted a field hospital amid a surge of COVID-19 cases, the 2020 U.S. Open kicked off with no fans in attendance and numerous rules in place designed to mitigate health risks.

Masks were required and high-fives banned, with signs reminding those in attendance to maintain proper social distancing. Inside the cafeteria, staff members slid cups of coffee to patrons from behind a clear, plastic shield, and patrons were asked to stand apart from one another.

“These four weeks have been able to demonstrate to the world how our sport can return to play safely,” said Tournament Director Stacey Allaster. “New York rallied. The U.S. Open rallied.”

However, there were moments of controversy.

France’s Benoit Paire was pulled from the tournament the weekend before it began after testing positive for COVID-19, with a handful of other players forced into “enhanced protocol” – otherwise referred to as the “bubble within the bubble” – after having contact with him.

Top doubles player Kristina Mladenovic, who had bristled at the enhanced protocol, was later pulled from the tournament after neighboring Nassau County, New York, issued a quarantine order.

But since the start of play none of the 365 competitors at the U.S. Open tested positive for the virus, which has ravaged the United States, claiming more than 190,000 lives.

There were four positive tests among members of the support staff on site as of Friday.

“On the moments where we perhaps thought it wasn’t going to happen, the adversity was there, I remember speaking to Billie (Jean King). She said, ‘Stace, remember who you serve,’” said Allaster. “We’re serving our sport. It’s been an unbelievable privilege.”

The top contenders will be back in Grand Slam competition later this month at Roland Garros, which was postponed due to the outbreak. Unlike the U.S. Open, the tournament plans to allow a limited number of spectators, a decision Allaster said she trusts.

Her advice to French Open officials? “Stay the course.”

“Stay focused that this is an invisible enemy,” she said. “From the moment you open the doors for staff, for partners, for the athletes and their support team members, be guided by medical science and the doctors.”

(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Christian Radnedge)





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US Open tennis 2020, men’s semi-finals, Zverev vs Busta, Boris Becker, Marijana Veljovic


Six-time grand slam winner Boris Becker was simply ravenous watching the US Open men’s semi-final between Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreno Busta.

Zverev progressed to his first grand slam final by coming back from two sets to love down in a 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-3 win, but the action on the court wasn’t what made Becker hungry.

Commentating for EuroSport Germany, the 52-year-old reportedly came distracted when the camera focused on chair umpire Marijana Veljovic.

“I have to say, the umpire is extremely pretty,” said Becker, according to tennis journalist Petra Philippsen.

He added: “You eat with your eyes.”

Becker hasn’t been far from the headlines in 2020 — he’s butted heads with Nick Kyrgios, freaked people without with a huge growth on his arm and been embroiled in a WAG feud.

And it’s the second time in as many slams Veljovic has partly overshadowed the participants on court after she stole the stage from Roger Federer at the Australian Open earlier this year.

media_cameraChair Umpire Marijana Veljovic. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Some fans couldn’t take their eyes off the Serbian official and even female player Eugenie Bouchard tweeted: “The umpire in this Roger/Tennys match is super pretty.”

There was similar commentary on social media during today’s match but tennis journalist Jose Morgado stayed inside the lines with his tweet.

Zverev also kept the ball where it needed to be to go one step better than his semifinal finish at the Australian Open earlier this year.

The German 23-year-old rode his first serve, hitting 24 aces to Busta’s four to fulfil the potential many have seen since he first started on tour.

Alexander Zverev can smell his first grand slam title. Picture: Al Bello/Getty Images
media_cameraAlexander Zverev can smell his first grand slam title. Picture: Al Bello/Getty Images

Originally published as Legend’s creepy comment about umpire





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US Open 2020 tennis results LIVE! Day 11 latest scores; Osaka vs Brady, Williams vs Azarenka, doubles final



Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the 2020 US Open.

It’s women’s semi-finals day in New York, with 2018 winner Naomi Osaka in action against Jennifer Brady, who will be competing in the last four at a Grand Slam event for the first time.

After that, Serena Williams – facing a quick turnaround following yesterday’s win over Tsvetana Pironkova – will attempt to keep her quest for a record-equalling 24th major singles title alive against the resurgent Victoria Azarenka.

First up, Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares battle Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic in the men’s doubles final.


Stay tuned for this evening’s tennis action, plus full coverage of the matches overnight…

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Brady 6-7 2-1 Osaka

It really is wonderful to watch. At 30-0, Brady knows every point is crucial now and she refuses to let go in a lengthy slogging match with Osaka.

With that boost of confidence, she finds an ace to polish off the love hold – and that was a fine service game as far as Brady is concerned.


Brady 6-7 1-1 Osaka

Compare this version of Osaka to two years ago… she just looks so focused on the task at hand and isn’t letting a few errors here and there get her worked up.

Indeed, she brings herself onto the scoreboard in this second set with a fierce 118mph ace.


Brady 6-7 1-0 Osaka

Losing the first set is an unfamiliar feeling for Brady in this tournament but she responds to it in fine fashion, picking herself up to hold with only one point dropped.

I’m keen to see how Osaka copes with a potential fightback, although the Japanese has won her last 34 matches across all Slams when she won the first set. That is some run.


SET!

Brady (1) 6-7 Osaka

That was simply sensational from Osaka.

Sure, Brady will have a lot of regrets over those wayward forehands off the slow second serves. But the manner in which she dominated that tiebreak was in the style of a true champion.

She is one set away from the final. Brady needs something special after losing her first set of the tournament.
 

Photo: USA Today


Tiebreak | Brady 1-5 Osaka

A big boost for Osaka, who fails to land the first serve but the second has a mighty kick when it bounces and Brady makes two costly errors.

The American goes for a big hit into the corner and fails to land it. Those erratic forehands are going to cost her now.


Tiebreak | Brady 1-2 Osaka

A heavy return from Brady off Osaka’s second serve and she has been struggling with those. 

After one of the longest rallies of the match, Osaka turns defence into attack and goes up a mini-break.

Crucially, Brady pegs back one point with a delicious serve down the middle.


TIEBREAK! Brady 6-6 Osaka

There are no nerves from Brady, as she proves with a wonderful ace to open the service game.

But almost nonchalantly, Osaka flicks a stunning backhand cross-court winner to level at 15-15. Brady’s challenge does nothing but show just how it accurate it was, clipping the white line as it skimmed off the surface.

At 30-30, there is a question to be asked of Brady but she answers it with a powerful swing into the corner. On game point, Osaka knocks one into the net and we’re heading to a tiebreak after 45 minutes of quality tennis.


Brady 5-6 Osaka

Incredibly, Osaka has won 20 of her 21 points on her first serve so far and it’s only when that second serve comes into play is there some vulnerability.

Her accuracy has been key so far as well – just three unforced errors in 11 games – and now looks to be in the driving seat as Brady serves to stay in the set.


Brady 5-5 Osaka

Absolutely fearless stuff from Brady.

A strong serve down the middle to start and she takes the gamble to volley home after Osaka goes wide to return.

Osaka denies her the love hold with a huge 85mph forehand that clips the baseline, but another strong delivery coerces her into a blunder.


Brady 4-5 Osaka

In this form no one is going to stop Osaka from clinching her third Grand Slam.

The 22-year-old produces a mesmerising ace down the ‘T’ to seal another love hold. Mentally, she looks stronger than ever.

Will Brady be able to keep up with the no.4 seed in this crucial time in the set?


Brady 4-4 Osaka

Chris Evert commented before the match that Brady may be handicapped by the sheer occasion of this semi-final. But Brady is proving her wrong so far.

Her hitting is clean, her movement is agile and is powering back anything that Osaka throws at her. Each of her service games have finished to 30, showing how Osaka is making a dent, and Brady slaps one into the tape as we go to deuce on her serve now.

But she has no trouble getting over the line, waiting for Osaka to make her move and makes two unforced errors. We’re still serve and it’s very tense on Ashe.


Brady 3-4 Osaka

My goodness, this is breathtaking from Osaka. She is racing through these service games as if she has a dinner reservation waiting and goes 40-0 up with a cracking 110mph ace.

But Brady’s deep returns cause her just a few wobbles and she loses three points in a row – we’re going to deuce for the first time.

A first break point arrives after Osaka’s backhand slice goes long. But off a slow second serve, Brady goes too hard off the return and the chance to break disappears.

Osaka gets herself out of jail with a lovely combination, serving down the ‘T’ and whipping a backhand winner into the corner to hold. We remain on serve, but Brady will feel she should be ahead.


Brady 3-3 Osaka

For those who haven’t seen much of Brady in the tournament so far, there is a reason why she is yet to drop a set.

The 28th seed possesses a hammer of a right-hand forehand, one to rival Osaka’s, and she’s got that warmed up nicely tonight. Seven winners already!

For the third time in a row, Brady produces an ace down the ‘T’ to seal the hold. 


Brady 2-3 Osaka

Seriously impressive serving so far from Osaka – she’s currently working at a rate of 100 per cent on first serves won.

When you’re serving at such a rate, and with average deliveries of 105mph, even Brady will find it difficult to make inroads on her serve.

Five consecutive holds and a real lesson for those watching so far. This is tennis at the highest level.


Brady 2-2 Osaka

Oh dear. After such an electric start, Brady serves up her sixth double fault of the tournament and it could be costly.

The 25-year-old is 0-30 down, although she squeezes a couple of errors out of Osaka’s forehand to soften the blow.

She shrugs off that minor blip, firing a 108mph delivery out wide and following up with a handy volley from the net, before finishing with an ace. Crisis averted!


Brady 1-2 Osaka

So often you see Osaka dictate the play and try to step up the power. But Brady is one of the biggest hitters on the WTA Tour.

She drops her first point on serve after some clean hitting from the American. But this is some start from Osaka, getting her serve up to a frightening level of speed and accuracy early on.


Brady 1-1 Osaka

An unwanted distraction for Brady, who at 40-30 sees shoelace come apart on court and she manages to fix the issue.

Some players would struggle to regain their concentration. Not her – a huge 112mph ace out wide to clean up a superb service game.


Brady 0-1 Osaka

A storming start from Osaka, who takes a love hold in dominant style to get herself on the board with 90 seconds of this match starting.

No messing about early on.


The players have finished warming up and it’s Osaka who will serve first to get this first semi-final underway.


Osaka is wearing a mask with the name of Philando Castile – who was shot dead by police in 2016 – on the front tonight.

A cause that is making a difference to those watching from home and around the world.
 

Photo: AP

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Tennis: Barty hopes Australia will approve coach’s travel


MELBOURNE: World number one Ash Barty said on Wednesday (Sep 9) she hoped authorities would approve travel for her coach Craig Tyzzer in the lead-up to the Australian Open to allow her to better prepare for the home summer of tennis.

Barty on Tuesday announced her decision to forgo her French Open title defence in part due to a lack of preparation, with state border closures in Australia aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 having prevented Melbourne-based Tyzzer from travelling to her home base in Queensland.

“To not have him up in Queensland has been really tough,” Barty said in a video released by Tennis Australia on Wednesday.

“I haven’t been able to see him since March.

“It’s been a tricky time for us to get ready … but we tried to go through all the applications, tried to do all the right things but unfortunately we were rejected.

“We’ll try again for pre-season and hopefully he can come up here and we can prepare as best we can for the Australian summer.”

Queensland has been relatively successful in containing COVID-19 and has closed its borders to the more populous southeastern states where there are more cases.

Some media pundits have accused Queensland authorities of having double standards in Barty’s case, given the state approved the entry of hundreds of Australian Football League staff and family members last month in the lead-up to its playoffs.

With Barty absent from the ongoing US Open over health concerns relating to the pandemic, Alex de Minaur has flown the flag for Australia at the Grand Slam by reaching the men’s quarter-finals.

“It’s great for ‘Demon’, I’m so rapt for him,” Barty said of the 21-year-old, who plays Dominic Thiem on Wednesday in New York.

“It’s the level which he really, genuinely belongs.”



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US Open 2020 tennis results LIVE: Day Seven latest scores, Djokovic DISQUALIFIED, Osaka later; Zverev through



US Open 2020 – LIVE!

We’re onto Day 7 at Flushing Meadows as the round of 16 ties begin ahead of the second week of action in New York.

Novak Djokovic extended his incredible unbeaten run in 2020 to 26 matches against Jan-Lennard Struff and the Serbian is in action today, facing 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the quarter-finals.

There are high hopes for Alexander Zverev to challenge tennis’ elite for a first Grand Slam. But the German must first get past Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who knocked out Cameron Norrie in the third round.


In the women’s draw, 2018 champion Naomi Osaka takes on Estonian 14th seed Anett Kontaveit, while Yulia Putintseva takes centre stage against no.8 seed Petra Martic at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Though Djokovic’s disqualification was entirely within the rules, and arguably justified, it’s worth noting it was accidental and he showed genuine care for the lineswoman. 


A timeline of events

So, let’s have a quick refresh of exactly what has just unfolded on the Arthur Ashe court. 

Djokovic looked sharp and composed as he carved open three set points on Carreno Busta’s serve, who was 0-40 down. 

Djokovic inexplicably went for a drop shot from deep, which handed the Spaniard a way back into the game, which he converted to level at 5-5. 

The Serb then slipped awkwardly on his shoulder to go 0-30 down, needing a brief medical timeout. 

Djokovic then returned to the court, where he lost his serve to 15, subsequently turning and firing accidentally at the lineswoman. 

The ball appeared to hit her in the throat, which left her in real distress as she yelled out. 

Djokovic was clearly immediately concerned for her well-being, but after a 10-minute discussion with the tournament supervisor, he was disqualified by default. 


Certainly not the sight we were expecting just a few minutes ago…


On disqualifications by default, it added:

 “The Referee in consultation with the Grand Slam Chief of Supervisors may declare a default for either a single violation of this Code or pursuant to the Point Penalty Schedule set out above.

“In all cases of default, the decision of the Referee in consultation with the Grand Slam Chief of Supervisors shall be final and unappealable.”


Following the incident Amazon Prime displayed the 2020 Official Grand Slam rule book which the tournament supervisor had adhered to. 

It read: “Players shall not at any time physically abuse any offocial, opponent spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site. 

“In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tournament, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this Section shall also constitute the Major Offence of “Aggravated Behaviour”. 

“For the purposes of this Rule, physical abuse is the unauthorised touching of an official, opponent, spectator or other person.”


Djokovic is out of the tournament by default!

Pablo Carreno Busta now progresses to the quarter-final, where he’ll play the winner of Denis Shapovalov and David Goffin. 

The world number one’s exit means this year’s US Open will be the first Slam without Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals since the French Open in 2004. 
 


Djokovic has been disqualified! 


There is a major incident on court. After Djokovic was broken, he fired a ball in frustration that hit a lineswoman, who was in some distress. 

Djokovic is now being spoken to by the referee. 


BREAK!

Djokovic 5-6 Carreno Busta

Well, how about that? Just a few minutes ago, it was Djokovic looking comfy with three set points. 

Carreno Busta has now broken, with Djokovic clearly not happy with his shoulder. 


Djokovic 5-5 Carreno Busta – Djokovic is down injured

Well, this looks quite a worry. Djokovic has slipped and landed awkwardly on his arm and has now called for the physio as we have a break in play. 

He looks in some discomfort but will carry on for now. He’s 0-30 down, though. Opportunity for Carreno Busta. 


Djokovic 5-5 Carreno Busta 

Wow. Djokovic races to a 0-40 lead and has three points to take the opening set.

Carreno Busta battles back to deuce with a delightful drop shot at 30-40, before closing out the game with two big serves. 


Djokovic 5-4 Carreno Busta 

The world number one is putting on a serving masterclass. He’s lost just three points on serve so far as he holds to love once more. 

Carreno Busta now serves to stay in the match. 


Djokovic 4-4 Carreno Busta 

That’s a big hold for Carreno Busta, who survives the first break point of the match to level at 4-4. He was taken to deuce three times in the most competitive game of the match, but he came through it well. 


Djokovic 4-3 Carreno Busta 

That is simply brilliant from the world number one. At 15-15, Djokovic comes up with a stunning second serve ace, a real sign of where his confidence is. 

He then rattles off his second and third consecutive ace, already hitting eight in just four service games. 

He’s hit 15 of his 19 first serves in so far. Carreno Busta’s just not had a sniff. 


Djokovic 3-3 Carreno Busta 

‘Anything you can do, I can do better’.  Carreno Busta holds to love for the first time in the match with Djokovic unable to answer any of his four serves. 

It’s a strong start from the 29-year-old Spaniard.  


Djokovic 3-2 Carreno Busta 

It’s difficult to see how Carreno Busta will get any break opportunities if Djokovic keeps serving like this. 

At 30-15, he rattles away his fifth ace in just his third service game, before an unreturnable serve out wide seals the game. 

The opening five games have taken just 16 minutes. This is rapid tennis. 


Djokovic 2-2 Carreno Busta 

Carreno Busta holds to level Djokovic at 2-2. He races into a 40-0 lead with two unreturned serves and an ace down the “T”. 

Djokovic pulls it back to 40-30 to put the pressure on, but sends a forehand long to hand the game to the 20th seed. 


Over on the Louis Armstrong Stadium, Women’s seed no6 Petra Kvitova has started her fourth round match against American Shelby Rodgers. 

We’ll keep you up to date with what’s going on over there. 


Djokovic 2-1 Carreno Busta 

Well, if Carreno Busta’s service game was competitive, Djokovic’s certainly wasn’t. He holds to 15, closing out with an unreturnable serve. Easy. 


Djokovic 1-1 Carreno Busta 

After Djokovic breezed through his opening game, it’s immediately more competitive with the pair even at 30-30. 

Carreno Busta sets up game point with a thumping smash after a pin-point serve out wide. 

The Spaniard then shows exquisite movement to pick up two dipping drop shots before sending a cross-court forehand past the world number one. 

Good start by both. 

Order of Play (times in BST)

Arthur Ashe Stadium

5pm: (23) Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 (8) Petra Martic (Cro), (1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa)

12am: (12) Denis Shapovalov (Can) v (7) David Goffin (Bel), (4) Naomi Osaka (Jpn) v (14) Anett Kontaveit (Est)

Louis Armstrong Stadium

4pm: (28) Jennifer Brady (USA) 6-1, 6-3 (17) Angelique Kerber (Ger), Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spa) 2-6, 2-6, 1-6 (5) Alexander Zverev (Ger), Shelby Rogers (USA) v (6) Petra Kvitova (Cze), (27) Borna Coric (Cro) v Jordan Thompson (Aus)

Court 17

4pm: Christopher Eubanks (USA) & MacKenzie McDonald (USA) 6-7, 2-6 (3) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Joe Salisbury (Gbr), (8) Wesley Koolhof (Ned) v Nikola Metkic (Cro) v Sander Gille (Bel) & Joran Vliegen (Bel), Anna Blinkova (Rus) & Polina Kudermetova (Rus) 6-4, 6-2 (4) Kveta Peschke (Cze) & Demi Schuurs (Ned), Laura Siegemund (Ger) & Vera Zvonareva (Rus) v (2) Elise Mertens (Bel) & Aryna Sabalenka (Blr)



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US Open 2020 tennis results LIVE: Day Six latest scores from Serena Williams beats Stephens; Thiem vs Cilic



US Open 2020 – LIVE!

Serena Williams is on course to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams after battling past her American compatriot and 2017 champion Sloane Stephens in three sets.

In the men’s draw, Daniil Medvedev – who reached the final in last year’s US Open – made light work of American wildcard JJ Wolf at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the day session, recording a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 victory.

No.2 seed Dominic Thiem is in action in the evening session and he faces the 2014 winner Marin Cilic, who is seeded 31st for this year’s tournament.


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That’s it from our coverage of Day 6 at the US Open!

We hope you’ve enjoyed tuning in to our coverage as Serena Williams, Daniil Medvedev and Felix Auger Aliassime recorded memorable wins.

There’s still more action to come overnight as Dominic Thiem faces 2014 champion Marin Cilic.

Be sure to check in first thing for all the results and news from Flushing Meadows. Until then, goodnight!


ICYMI: Williams battles past Stephens

With all of today’s tennis finished until the night session begins, why not read our match report from earlier today Serena Williams came from a set down to overcome Sloane Stephens on Ashe.

Click here for the full article.
 

Photo: Reuters

GAME, SET, MATCH


No sweat for Tiafoe

An assured performance from the American Frances Tiafoe, who beats Martin Fucsovics 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

He will face no.3 seed Daniil Medvedev in R4. That’s a tough draw, but one he will relish after that one-sided victory.


Here is Auger Aliassime…

“First I’ve got to say that Corentin in the first two sets, that’s not his usual level. I think the third set was more normal. As much I’m happy to be leading 6-1, 6-0, you’ve got to stay in it and you gotta fight. I got broke back in the third set and it was getting a bit tense, but in the end I was able to play well in the right moments and now I’m happy because I played even better than last round.” 

GAME, SET, MATCH


Awesome from Auger Aliassime!

A special performance from Felix Auger Aliassime, quite possibly the best we have seen in the tournament so far.

Moutet is a very capable player, as we saw against Dan Evans, and it’s not even as if he played badly. The Canadian was simply on another level today to the point that Djokovic would have applauded.

The 20-year-old is through to the fourth round of a Major for the first time and will face the winner of Dominic Thiem vs Marin Cilic later tonight.
 

Photo: Reuters


SET!

Frances Tiafoe is in control against Martin Fucsovics, who fought back valiantly against Grigor Dimitrov in the previous round.

The American leads 6-2, 6-3 and with Daniil Medvedev waiting in R4, the 22-year-old will be hoping to get the job done in straights.


Better from Moutet, who takes a five-minute timeout to recollect his thoughts and calm his temper after second set.

But it doesn’t make too much of a difference as Auger Aliassime breaks and leads 3-2 in the fourth.

To make matters worse, he’s required treatment on his foot. Is that to frustrate the Canadian? Either way, he’s three games from victory.

GAME, SET, MATCH


Result

An easy victory for no.6 seed Matteo Berrettini, who beats Casper Ruud in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

The Italian will face Andrey Rublev, the 10th seed, in round four after his annihilation of Salvatore Caruso in which he bageled the Italian twice.
 

Photo: AP

GAME, SET, MATCH


The dream continues for Tsvetana Pironkova!

Competing in her first Slam since Wimbledon 2017 after becoming a mother, the Bulgarian dumps out 18th seed Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 to reach the fourth round.

What a journey!


SET!

An extraordinary set of tennis from Felix Auger Aliassime and finally, the pain is over for a highly frustrated Corentin Moutet.

He’s just secured a bagel in the second set, having nabbed the first 6-1, and is barely making any errors out there. He’s also brought out the ‘tweeners (shot between the legs).


SET!

Over on Court 5 is the only women’s match still going as 18th seed Donna Vekic takes on Bulgarian veteran Svetana Pironkova.

The 32-year-old is playing her first Slam since Wimbledon 2017 owing to injury and maternity leave but she has the edge, taking the first set 6-4.
 

Photo: AP

BREAK OF SERVE


BREAK!

Frustrations are boiling over from Moutet after Auger Aliassime takes a double break with some incredible shots once again.

The Frenchman launches not one but two balls out of the court and receives a code violation from the umpire for his troubles.

‘Double A’, as they call him, is flying on Court 17 and leads 3-0.


SET!

We already know it, but Felix Auger-Aliassime is some talent.

The 20-year-old, who easily dispatched Andy Murray in round two, has taken the first set 6-1 against Corentin Moutet.

A sublime set of tennis from the Canadian.
 

Photo: Getty

GAME, SET, MATCH


Anything is Pospisil!

We’ve been waiting for a shock and here it is… another top-10 casualty from the men’s draw.

No.8 seed Roberto Bautista Agut has lost in five sets to Vasek Pospisil. The Canadian – who also knocked out Milos Raonic – is into R4 with a 7-5, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over the Spaniard.

He can look forward to a clash against Alex de Minaur, who went the distance to knock out 10th seed Karen Khachanov.


Serena on her turnaround…

“I don’t think she made any errors, honestly. She was playing so clean and I was like she’s playing so good. I was just doing the game and won the second set, so great! I love the crowd so much but like I said I’m so intense, this is how I am in practice and this is how I’ve worked all these years.”


Serena speaks on court…

Her daughter watching
“I forgot she was coming out! She saw her mama fighting, I don’t think she was paying attention! She may have been playing with her princesses.” 

Stephens
“It was intense. She’s had some incredible matches and it brings out the best in my fitness when I play Sloane. She’s obviously a great player, she’s won the US Open on this court and had every big win you can think of.”

GAME, SET, MATCH


Williams has DONE IT!

She beats Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

A simple hold for Williams and a shocking miss from Stephens – when Williams was forced to scoop the ball up in the air – sums up just how far she has fallen in this match.

On her own serve, Stephens fails to take hold of the point and Williams’ power and finesse shines through again. A forehand into the corner and Stephens sends it long.

And it’s over! Celebrations from the Williams camp as her husband and daughter cheer wildly. A superb comeback from truly gifted player.
 

Photo: AP


Stephens 6-2 2-6 2-4 Williams

A much-needed boost for Stephens as she clings onto her serve for only the second time in this set. 

But her body language looks a little defeated. Williams, on the other hand, looks about as focused as a brain surgeon right now. 


Stephens 6-2 2-6 1-4 Williams

The psychological advantage belongs to Williams even after a late call from the umpire forces her to second-serve at 30-30. So what does she do? Ace.

Stephens still has a decent chance to break back but gets it horribly wrong with the forehand and Williams – who looked a long way off victory early on – is now just two games away.

BREAK OF SERVE


BREAK! Stephens 6-2 2-6 1-3 Williams

Three break points and you just wonder if Stephens is losing that calmness she showed in the first set.

Well, it serves us right for doubting here. Three lightning quick serves, forcing three errors from Williams and she is back to deuce.

But a mega forehand into the corner forces Stephens into the corner and her slice goes long. There is the break!

Arthur Ashe Stadium (times in BST)

5pm: JJ Wolf (USA) 3-6, 3-6, 2-6 (3) Daniil Medvedev (Rus), (26) Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-2, 2-6, 2-6 (3) Serena Williams (USA)

NB 12am: (7) Madison Keys (USA) v Alize Cornet (Fra), (31) Marin Cilic (Cro) v (2) Dominic Thiem (Aut)

Louis Armstrong Stadium

4pm: (15) Maria Sakkari (Gre) 6-3, 6-1 (22) Amanda Anisimova (USA), (8) Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 Vasek Pospisil (Can), Marton Fucsovics (Hun) 2-6, 3-6, 2-6 Frances Tiafoe (USA), Victoria Azarenka (Blr) v Iga Swiatek (Pol), (27) Ons Jabeur (Tun) v (2) Sofia Kenin (USA)

Court 5

4pm: Salvatore Caruso (Ita) 0-6, 4-6, 0-6 (10) Andrey Rublev (Rus), (21) Alex De Minaur (Aus) 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 (11) Karen Khachanov (Rus), (18) Donna Vekic (Cro) 4-6, 1-6 Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul)

Court 7

4pm: Oksana Kalashnikova (Geo) & Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) 2-6, 5-7 (4) Kveta Peschke (Cze) & Demi Schuurs (Ned), (20) Karolina Muchova (Cze) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 Sorana Cirstea (Rom)

Court 11

4pm: Jamie Murray (Gbr) & Neal Skupski (Gbr) 6-3, 6-2 Marcelo Demoliner (Bra) & Matwe Middelkoop (Ned), (16) Elise Mertens (Bel) 7-5, 6-1 Catherine McNally (USA), (1) Timea Babos (Hun) & Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) W.O Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) & Alison Riske (USA), Jessica Pegula (USA) & Shelby Rogers (USA) v (2) Elise Mertens (Bel) & Aryna Sabalenka (Blr)

Court 12

4pm: Hayley Carter (USA) & Luisa Stefani (Bra) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 (6) Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) & Ena Shibahara (Jpn), (1) Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col) & Robert Farah (Col) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Jean-Julien Rojer (Ned) & Horia Tecau (Rom), Rohan Bopanna (Ind) & Denis Shapovalov (Can) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 (6) Kevin Krawietz (Ger) & Andreas Mies (Ger)

Court 17

4pm: Jack Sock (USA) & Jack Withrow (USA) v Mate Pavic (Cro) & Bruno Soares (Bra), (6) Matteo Berrettini (Ita) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 (30) Casper Ruud (Nor), (15) Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) 6-1, 6-0, 6-4 Corentin Moutet (Fra)



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US Open 2020 tennis results LIVE: Day Five latest scores from Djokovic, Zverev; Evans, Norrie OUT



US Open 2020 – LIVE!

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic puts his undefeated record in 2020 on the line in a third-round match on Day Five against No. 28 Jan-Lennard Struff.

In other men’s play today, No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas faces No. 27 Borna Coric, No. 5 Alexander Zverev battles No. 32 Adrian Mannarino, and Brit Cameron Norrie takes on Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

On the women’s side, 2018 champion Naomi Osaka plays Marta Kostyuk, while 63rd-ranked Jessica Pegula’s debut in the third round of a Grand Slam tournament comes against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.


Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.

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ES COVERAGE


That’s it for our coverage of Day 5 at the US Open!

It’s been a disappointing 24 hours for British tennis after Murray, Konta, Evans and Norrie were all sent packing.

But we’ve seen some fine matches in New York and there will no doubt be more to come, with Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Petra Kvitova in action overnight.

Join us again first thing in the morning for all the results and news from Flushing Meadows. Until then, it’s goodnight from us.


SET!

Alex Zverev has had to be very patient in waiting for his chance to draw level after a run of 22 consecutive holds but he’s finally broken.

The German missed his chance on the first set point but wins the second set 6-4 to make it 1-1 in sets.
 

Photo: AP


Shapovalov speaks on court…

“First of all, huge shout-out to Taylor and his team today. We both deserved to win today, it was great tennis. I just think I got a little bit of lucky and stayed in the fourth set. I just tried to make him play as much as possible.”

GAME, SET, MATCH


Shapovalov has DONE IT!

Back from the brink, he beats Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2!

What an epic match and a fine comeback from the Canadian youngster, who showed tremendous character to fight back from being two points from being knocked out.

Now he’s the one through to round four and will be up against David Goffin, the no.7 seed.
 

Photo: AP

BREAKING NEWS


US Open organisers statement

After hours of mystery surrounding why Zverev vs Mannarino was delayed, the US Open organisers have released a statement.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much to confirm why the match didn’t go ahead on time.

“The Zverev-Mannarino match was delayed while a collaborative dialogue with health officials was conducted today. Communication with the players was ongoing during the afternoon to keep them updated at all times. Given the sensitivity of the medical issues involved, the USTA is not able to provide further details.”


SET!

Well, this is a huge shock. It was believed Adrian Mannarino would be barred from competing against Alexander Zverev.

Now, the Frenchman has won the first set after clinching the tiebreak. Perhaps the 32-year-old has gained an extra bit of motivation as a result?
 

Photo: Reuters


TIEBREAK!

Nothing to separate Mannarino and Zverev in the first set and it’s gone to a tiebreak.

It could be that the night session will be pushed back on Louis Armstrong if this match doesn’t end before 7pm local time (12am BST).


SET!

There it is!

Tremendous effort from Denis Shapovalov and he’s forced the decider, edging the tiebreak 7-5 against Fritz. Nine aces, 20 winners and only seven unforced errors. 

This one goes on!
 

Photo: Reuters


TIEBREAK!

Well, it seems fitting that Shapovalov vs Fritz is heading to a tiebreak. What a match it’s been.

And a fine comeback too from the Canadian, who was 5-3 down and needed to break to stay in the match. Now, can he take it to a final set?

BREAK OF SERVE


BREAK!

Denis Shapovalov is not going down without a fight and manages to break back Fritz when he was serving for the match.

Incredible resolve from the Canadian. But there’s still work to be done as he trails 4-5 in this fourth set.


Zverev vs Mannarino

A steady start to this match on Louis Armstrong with four consecutive holds at 2-2. 

Mannarino has never reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows before and he’s got a tough test against no.5 seed Zverev today.

GAME, SET, MATCH


It’s quite rare at this stage of the tournament, but unseeded Jordan Thompson has emerged victorious in straight sets against fellow unranked player Mikhail Kukushkin.

The Australian made light work of the Kazakh, triumphing 7-5, 6-4, 6-1, and goes through to the fourth round to face Stefanos Tsitisipas or Borna Coric.


Zverev vs Mannarino

Nearly three hours after their match was scheduled to begin, Alexander Zverev (5) and Adrian Mannarino have walked out onto court at the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Some believed this match would be cancelled altogether after it was reported Mannarino had tested positive for Covid-19. But it is going ahead as planned, albeit after a long delay.
 

Photo: Reuters

GAME, SET, MATCH


Carreno Busta through

A comfortable victory for Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta (20) and he’s through to round four after a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win over Richard Berankis.

His reward? A potential clash against world number one Novak Djokovic, who takes on Jan-Lennard Struff later tonight.


SET!

In a thoroughly entertaining, high-quality set of tennis, Taylor Fritz has won the third set 6-4 and leads 2-1 against Denis Shapovalov.

Still a long way to go in this one, you feel. It’s so close and tense!
 

Photo: Reuters

GAME, SET, MATCH


Kontaveit cruises into R4

It wa all too easy for Anett Kontaveit in the end as the 14th seed brushed aside Magda Linette (24) with a 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.

The 24-year-old heads into the fourth round in fine form and sets up a tasty encounter against no.8 seed Petra Martic.


It’s getting tense on Ashe…

The umpire delivers a code violation to Denis Shapovalov, who cannot contain his frustration after losing four games in a row to Taylor Fritz and smashes his racket to smithereens.

The American is serving for a 2-1 lead in sets now and looks to have the psychological edge, as well as the on-court advantage.


Naomi Osaka sent a powerful message today after wearing a mask with Ahmaud Abery’s name printed on the front after he was shot dead in Brunswick, Georgia. 

Here’s why she did it:

“I would like everyone to know it was completely unavoidable. This did not have to happen, none of these deaths had to happen… I just want everyone to know the names more.” 
 

Photo: Getty


SET!

Not really a surprise to see 14th seed Anett Kontaveit has taken the first set 6-3 against Magda Linette.

Is the Estonian an outside chance for the title this year? She’s brushing aside her fellow seed on Court 5!


Zverev vs Mannarino is ON

Alex Zverev’s third-round match against Adrian Mannarino will go ahead following a lengthy delay after reports suggested the Frenchman was self-isolating amid Covid-19 fears.

With that news, the German decided to put his feet up (literally).
 

Photo: AP

Arthur Ashe Stadium

17:00: (4) Naomi Osaka (Jpn) 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 Marta Kostyuk (Ukr), (12) Denis Shapovalov (Can) v (19) Taylor Harry Fritz (USA), (1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v (28) Jan-Lennard Struff (Ger), Jessica Pegula (USA) v (6) Petra Kvitova (Cze)

Louis Armstrong Stadium

16:00: Varvara Gracheva (Rus) 3-6 3-6 (8) Petra Martic (Cro), (17) Angelique Kerber (Ger) 6-3, 6-4 Ann Li (USA), (32) Adrian Mannarino (Fra) v (5) Alexander Zverev (Ger), (4) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre) v (27) Borna Coric (Cro), Shelby Rogers (USA) v Madison Brengle (USA)

Court 5

16:00: Cameron Norrie (Gbr) 6-7, 6-4, 2-6, 1-6 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spa), Corentin Moutet (Fra) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 (23) Daniel Evans (Gbr), (24) Magda Linette (Pol) v (14) Anett Kontaveit (Est), (3) Nicole Melichar (USA) & Yi Fan Xu (Chn) v Cori Gauff (USA) & Catherine McNally (USA)

Court 7

16:00: (8) Anna-Lena Friedsam (Ger) & Katerina Siniakova (Cze) v Anna Blinkova (Rus) & Polina Kudermetova (Rus), Catherine McNally (USA) v (21) Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus), Marcus Daniell (Nzl) & Philipp Oswald (Aut) v Christopher Eubanks (USA) & MacKenzie McDonald (USA), John Peers (Aus) & Michael Venus (Nzl) v Sander Gille (Bel) & Joran Vliegen (Bel)

Court 8

17:00: Sachia Vickery (USA) 7-6, 3-6, 4-6 Iga Swiatek (Pol)

Court 11

16:00: Christian Harrison (USA) & Ryan Harrison (USA) v (3) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Joe Salisbury (Gbr), (26) Filip Krajinovic (Ser) 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 (7) David Goffin (Bel), Jordan Thompson (Aus) v Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz)

Court 12

16:00: Lucie Hradecka (Cze) & Andreja Klepac (Slo) v Asia Muhammad (USA) & Taylor Townsend (USA), (8) Wesley Koolhof (Ned) & Nikola Metkic (Cro) v Simone Bolelli (Ita) & Maximo Gonzalez (Arg), (7) Victoria Azarenka (Blr) & Sofia Kenin (USA) v Laura Siegemund (Ger) & Vera Zvonareva (Rus)

Court 14

17:00: (16) Elise Mertens (Bel) 6-3, 7-6 Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spa)

Court 17

16:00: Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr) 6-3, 2-6, 1-6 (23) Yulia Putintseva (Kaz), Caroline Garcia (Fra) v (28) Jennifer Brady (USA), Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa) v Ricardas Berankis (Lit)



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Sumit Nagal writes new chapter in Indian tennis | Tennis News


PUNE: “To be honest, I am just chilling, doing my stuff, eating food and watching some videos on Youtube.”
That’s Sumit Nagal, trying to play it down after recording the biggest win of his career so far.
The 23-year-old Indian clinched his first win in a Grand Slam when he beat American Bradley Klahn 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round of the US Open in New York on Tuesday.

“It’s time to relax, but the feeling was definitely different when I was at the courts. It was kinda tensed,” the India No. 1 added.
Returning to the venue where he hit the headlines by taking a set off the legendary Roger Federer last year, Nagal needed two hours and 12 minutes to wrap up his victory on Court 12.
The reward for the sweet success is a face-off with World No. 3 Dominic Thiem, who advanced 7-6, 6-3 after his opponent Jaume Munar of Spain retired with a knee injury he suffered in the second set.
“I am ready and excited to play him (Thiem). It’s gonna be fun and see where I stand in terms of my tennis level,” Nagal, who had also stretched Stand Wawrinka the full distance in an ATP Challenger in Prague coming into the US Open, said of his next top-10 rival.

“It’s my first (in a major), definitely not gonna forget. Grinding out in four sets, rain delay, cloud, sun, wind … it was just a messy day but happy it turned out to be in my favour.”
The last time an Indian recorded a singles win at a Grand Slam also came at Flushing Meadows, when Somdev Devvarman beat Lucas Lacko (then World No. 84) of the Czech Republic after qualifying in 2013.
The Tripura-born then lost to Andreas Seppi in the second round, pocketing $53,000.
On the other hand, Nagal is assured of $100,000 (Rs. 73 lakh approx) for reaching the second round, his biggest pay cheque yet, thanks to the revised prize money structure by which early round winners will get an increased share of the pot from this year.
“Yeah, I would say it is a reward for all the hard work I have put in and hard training week,” he said.
The start of matches on outer courts were delayed by rain and gusts of winds that continued through the day made it tough and tricky for the players.
The industrious Nagal, with his trainer Milos Galecic from Nensel Tennis Academy of Germany on court side, adjusted to the conditions more quickly than the local lad, the 2010 NCAA singles champion and owner of eight Challenger titles.
The Indian delivered just one ace, but he is known more for his work rate. He covered 2490.6 metres of the court, while the 30-year-old Klahn ran 2278.3 metres.
Nagal was quick off the blocks, riding on an error-prone start by his rival to get back to back breaks and take the first set in 23 minutes.
Left-handed Klahn dropped serve in the third and fifth games with a string of unforced errors, double-faulting on breakpoint in the fifth.
In the second set, Nagal continued to exploit Klahn’s shaky serve to go up 4-2. He squandered a chance to close out the set in the eighth game when he had three chances to break again.
He eventually served it out in the next game for a two-set advantage.
The American played a steadier game to take the third set.
He broke Nagal in the eighth game, the Indian surrendering it after being 40-15. Klahn took the set with an ace in the next.
Nagal quickly regained his focus and raced through the fourth set in 28 minutes.
Overall, Nagal was the superior player of the two.
He had 80 percent (70/88) of his first serves in and won 77 percent of those points. He broke the California native six times while surrendering his own serve just once.
Nagal hit only 17 winners compared to the 30-year-old Klahn’s 32, but the former also made far fewer unforced errors – 17 to his rival’s 40.
The India No. 1 grabbed 116 points in total while Klahn claimed only 80.



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US Open women’s tennis live, draw, results: Star reveals cancer diagnosis


Carla Suarez Navarro, who last week pulled out of the US Open for medical reasons, said Wednesday she had been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and will require six months of chemotherapy.

“Hi everyone, just wanted to let you know that a few days ago I was diagnosed with lymphoma. It’s a Hodgkin lymphoma,” Suarez Navarro said in a video uploaded to her Twitter account.

“I’ll need to go through six months of chemotherapy. I’m fine and calm at the moment, willing to face whatever comes.”

You can follow today’s women’s action at the US Open in the scoreboard above

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system.

Suarez Navarro, who turns 32 on Thursday, said in December that this year would be her final season on the WTA Tour.

“I have to face a complicated reality. It is time to accept it and try to get ahead relying on medical advice. Always with positivity in the face of adversity,” she added.

“Patience and self-belief guided me through my career. Not the easiest rival to deal with. I’ll need my truly best.”

The Spaniard, a seven-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist, achieved a career-high sixth in the world in 2016 but has battled injuries in recent years. She is currently ranked 71st.

Two-time Grand Slam singles winner Garbine Muguruza dedicated her first round win against Japan’s Nao Hibino to her compatriot.

Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion and 2017 Wimbledon winner, needed 1hr 30min to complete a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Hibino, the world number 78.

“When she gave me the news I was shocked,” Muguruza said. “She’s such a nice woman, so sweet, so kind, so humble.

“When these things happen to good people, I feel so sad about it. I know she was watching my match … and I dedicate this win to her, because I want her to feel that we are behind her.”

Muguruza will face Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the next round. Pironkova advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova.

In other early women’s matches, 16th seed Elise Mertens of Belgium cruised into the second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Germany’s Laura Siegemund.

US hope Amanda Anisimova, seeded 22, also made sure of her place in the second round with a hard-fought win over Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova.

Anisimova prevailed 7-5, 7-5 in 1hr 27 minutes and now faces either Natalia Vikhlyantseva of Russia or compatriot Katrina Scott.

SERENA CHARTS COURSE TO HISTORY

Six-time winner Serena Williams enters the fray Wednesday at a US Open like no other, being played without spectators and with stringent measures to prevent COVID-19 infections.

Williams continues her protracted pursuit of a record-equalling 24th singles Grand Slam title on day two at Flushing Meadows with a first-round tie against 96th-ranked Kristie Ahn.

The 38-year-old will take to an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium that has been decorated with Black Lives Matter banners and artwork by black artists in honour of the movement against racial injustice.

It has been more than three years since Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open — when she was already pregnant with daughter Olympia.

She has come close since, reaching four major finals only to come away empty-handed.

Williams needs one more to equal Margaret Court’s record and her chances should be improved by the absence of several top players because of coronavirus concerns or injury.

World number one Ashleigh Barty, the second-ranked Simona Halep and Canadian Bianca Andreescu — who stunned Williams in last year’s final — are all absent from the behind-closed doors tournament.

A title win for Williams would also see her become the most decorated women’s player at the US Open in the modern era.

She is currently tied with Chris Evert for most US Open women’s titles with six.

— AFP



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