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Makarova ousts Azarenka to reach U.S. Open semis

Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Russian Ekaterina Makarova secured a berth in her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal with a mild upset over two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka at the U.S. Open. The 17th-seeded Makarova doused Azarenka 6-4, 6-2 in 1 hour, 27 minutes at Ashe Stadium. The Belarusian star Azarenka piled up six double faults and was broken four times on ... Read More »

Peng reaches U.S. Open Semis

Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – China’s Peng Shuai secured a berth in her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal with a big victory Tuesday at the U.S. Open. The 27-year-old Peng leveled upstart 17-year-old Swiss and fellow non-seed Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 in 63 minutes on a steamy day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Peng tallied four service ... Read More »

Serena charges into U.S. Open quarters

Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Five-time champion Serena Williams was an easy fourth-round winner Monday at the U.S. Open. The world No. 1 superstar won her 18th straight match in New York and reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of 2014 with a workmanlike 6-3, 6-3 handling of Estonian slugger Kaia Kanepi in 64 minutes at Ashe Stadium on Labor ... Read More »

Wozniacki upsets Sharapova at U.S. Open

Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki upset former champion Maria Sharapova on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki was a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 winner over the fifth-seeded Russian at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Sharapova won this event in 2006. Wozniacki, who lost in the finals here to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and made ... Read More »

Djokovic, Murray advance at U.S. Open

Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Former champions Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were among the winners Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open. Djokovic, the 2011 winner at Flushing Meadows and reigning Wimbledon champion, needed a mere 86 minutes in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 rout of American Sam Querrey at Ashe Stadium, while Murray, the 2012 U.S. Open ... Read More »

Halep, Venus bow out at U.S. Open

Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Second seed Simona Halep and two- time champion Venus Williams were a pair of third-round losers Friday at the U.S. Open. The French Open runner-up Halep succumbed to 32-year-old Croat Mirjana Lucic- Baroni 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 on the famed Grandstand court. Halep is just 4-3 since titling in her native Romania last month. Halep had ... Read More »

Serena, Kvitova, Azarenka cruise; Ivanovic exits U.S. Open

Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Five-time champion Serena Williams, Wimbledon titlist Petra Kvitova and two-time Big Apple runner-up Victoria Azarenka eased into the third round, while eighth seed Ana Ivanovic was a second-round upset victim Thursday at the U.S. Open. The world No. 1 and two-time reigning U.S. Open titlist Williams flattened fellow American Vania King 6-1, 6-0 in 56 ... Read More »

Halep rolls; Radwanska upset at U.S. Open

Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – French Open runner-up Simona Halep was an easy winner, while fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was sent packing Wednesday in the second round at the U.S. Open. The Romanian star Halep whipped Slovak Jana Cepelova 6-2, 6-1 in 56 minutes on a very hot Day 2 in New York. Halep has reached at least the quarterfinals ... Read More »

Kvitova, Bouchard, Ivanovic advance at U.S. Open

Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, rising Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic were easy first-round victors Tuesday at the U.S. Open. The hot third-seeded Czech slugger Kvitova has now won her last eight Grand Slam matches after flattening helpless Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-0 in 54 minutes at Ashe Stadium. Kvitova ... Read More »

Sharapova, Venus advance at U.S. Open

Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Former champions Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams were among the first-round winners Monday at the U.S. Open. Second-seeded Simona Halep and fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska also advanced on the first day of play at the year’s fourth Grand Slam, as did former world No. 1 and U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki. There wasn’t much drama in ... Read More »