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Serena Earns Redemption Over Sakkari For 17th US Open Quarter-Final

Serena Williams won her 100th match on Arthur Ashe with a three set win over Maria Sakkari.




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Serena Williams edged past Maria Sakkari 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 to reach her 17th US Open quarter-final.


The 23-time grand slam champion had to battle her way past the determined Sakkari in 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Three breaks of serve secured redemption for Serena over her ‘Cincinnati’ loss and her 100th match win on Arthur Ashe stadium.

In her 17th US Open Quarter-Final, she will play Alize Cornet or Tsvetana Pironkova.

In their second meeting in a space of a couple of weeks, both players started serving immaculately despite some early Serena double faults in the opening game.

Both players knew each other’s game pretty well and Sakkari was making use of her speed early in the match to force deep shots onto Serena.

While the 23-time grand slam champion didn’t create the consistent power needed to break down the resilient Greek player early on.

Some incredible angles from both sides abled Sakkari to dictate points and in the fifth game earned a 0-40 lead on the Serena serve.

However five points in a row through some impressive serving saw Serena survive.

Then like all champions do the third seed lifted her game to the next level adding another 10mph to her forehand ensuring the pressure mounted on Sakkari.

After five deuces and on third break point, Serena penetrated her forehand forcing some Sakkari errors for the break and a 4-2 lead.

From then, Serena remained consistently on top with her groundstrokes and despite a first serve percentage of 46% took the first set in 38 minutes.

The second set saw both players defend their serve well with Sakkari’s serve down the T causing Serena problems.

Meanwhile Serena wasn’t letting her Greek opponent create any chances as some clutch serving in the crucial points proved too powerful.

Serena’s first serve percentage rose by 14% as she increased her power and accuracy as the set went on.

There were no break points created until the 12th game as a deep return and a lucky net cord set up an opportunity for Sakkari to steal the set.

However two big serves saved the two break points from Sakkari as the second went to a tiebreak.

After heading into a 4-0 lead, Sakkari got a little bit passive and couldn’t convert two set points at 6-4 up.

However some aggressive and bold play from the world number 22 meant two consecutive points to take the tiebreak 8-6 and force a final set.

The 15th seed finally found some of her best tennis of the tournament as she continued her momentum in the final set with a break of serve.

Sakkari picked her spots and was recovering balls at a much quicker speed as she picked apart Serena at the net.

However Serena is a 23-time grand slam champion for a reason and she came back into the match with some aggressive return mixed with avoidable Sakkari errors. A break back in the fourth game saw the set level at 2-2.

A pivotal moment in the final set proved to be in the seventh game as at 30-30 on her serve, Serena blasted a 124 MPH down the court to seal a crucial hold.

Serena turned up on the big points and was even more aggressive as she would break in the next game as her aggression forced a costly error from Sakkari.

In the end Serena’s power overcame Sakkari’s grit and speed as a powerful backhand secured a 17th US Open Quarter-Final for Serena Williams.

Despite breaking new records, Serena doesn’t think about the numbers and is focused on the next match, “I don’t think about it (the numbers) to be honest,” Serena said in her post-match interview.

“It’s like we’re just playing, having fun and we’re just literally out here doing our best at the moment.

“I just kept fighting. She was doing so well and being aggressive I knew that I needed to do the same thing.”

A thrilling match from both players with both players showcasing power and agility but in the end experience wins and Serena gets her revenge.

Next up for Serena is Alize Cornet or Tsvetana Pironkova.

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Marcos Giron overcomes Jaume Munar at the Sofia Open




Marcos Giron converted his 10th match point in a 20-minute final game to overcome Jaume Munar 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 6-4 in almost three hours at the Sofia Open. Giron claimed his seventh win in his past ten matches. 


The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break, where Giron edged Munar 7-2 with two mini-breaks. Munar broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the second set 6-1. 

Giron fended  off three break points in the 10th game before serving out the match in the 10th game of the decider. The US player saved all five break points he faced and converted three of his break point chances  

“The first set was close. I feel like I had chances, but he played better than me in the tie-break. I thought I did a great job resetting and adjusting in the second set, and then in the third set I was able to get the break early, but he kept holding on. I am happy to get through that, it was a battle. That might be the most match points I have ever had”, said Giron. 

Giron set up a second round match against Alex De Minaur. In their previous head-to-head match Giron beat De Minaur 7-5 7-6 (7-5). 

Bulgarian wild card Dimitar Kuzmanov came back from one set down to beat Lorenzo Musetti 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 after 3 hours and 5 minutes. 

Musetti went down 0-3 but he pulled the break back in the fifth game to draw level to 3-3. Musetti broke in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead, but he dropped his serve in the tenth game. Musetti went up a 4-0 lead in the tie-break with two mini-breaks. He earned five set points at 6-1. Kuzmanov saved three set points, but Musetti converted his fourth chance to win the tie-break 7-4. 

Musetti missed six break points in three return games in the second set. The Italian Next Gen player saved two break points at 5-5. Kuzmanov rallied from 0-2 down to win the tie-break 7-3. Kuzmanov won 12 points from 2-2 in the third set to cruise through to a 6-3 lead. 

John Millman beat Mikael Ymer 6-2 6-4 in their first head-to-head match. Both players traded breaks in the second and third games of the opening set. Millman broke serve at love in the sixth and eighth games to win the first set 6-2. The second set started with three consecutive breaks, as Ymer took a 2-1 lead. Millman came back from 2-4 down by winning four consecutive games to close out the second set 6-4. “At this level every match is a bit of a battle, but I was really happy with how I played here in my first match. Getting used to the conditions is so important and right from the start I thought I set a really good level”, said Millman.

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Brandon Nakashima rallies from one set down to beat Fabio Fognini in San Diego




US Next Gen player Brandon Nakashima came back from one set down to beat former world number 9 Fabio Fognini 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 7-5 at the San Diego Open. Nakashima set up a second round match against Andrey Rublev. 


Nakashima won 80% of his first serve points, including hit eight aces, and won 63% of second serves. 

Fognini went up a 2-0 lead with a break, but Nakashima broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Fognini saved a break point in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3 and two match points n the 10th game but Nakashima broke serve at 15 in the 12h game to close out the third set 7-5. 

“I did not think I played bad in the first set. He just played a bit better at and that’s all it takes against a player like that, but luckily I was able to regroup quickly, get a break in the first game of the second set and tried to ride the momentum from there”, said Nakashima. 

Aslan Karatsev won 84% of his first set points and did not face a break point in his 6-1 7-5 win over Federico Delbonis. Karatsev broke twice in the second and sixth games to close out the first set 6-1. Both players traded breaks in the fifth and sixth games. Karatsev earned his second break in the 11th game on the fourth deuce to win the second set 7-5. Karatsev is bidding for his second ATP Tour level title after winning in Dubai last March. The Russian player will face either Metz Moselle Open champion Hubert Hurkacz or Australian qualifier Alex Bolt.

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International Tennis Hall Of Fame To Mark Emma Raducanu’s US Open Win

The teenager has donated some of her clothing to the ITHF collection.




2021 US Open Women's Singles Champion Emma Raducanu at the 2021 US Open, Saturday, Sep. 11, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Darren Carroll/USTA)

The outfit worn by Emma Raducanu during her historic run at the US Open has a new home after the tennis star agreed to donate it to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport.


Raducanu stunned the tennis world in New York by becoming the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam title. The 18-year-old defeated two top 20 players en route to the title and didn’t drop a set in 10 matches played. She is the first British woman to win a major since Virginia Wade in 1977 and the first in history to win a Grand Slam on what was only her second main draw appearance.

To celebrate Raducanu’s rapid rise in the sport, her Nike Heritage classic style V-neck red tank top with contrast trims and a blue skirt with red pleats will be put on display in the Tennis Hall of Fame’s museum in Rhode Island.

“A legendary run: preserved,” the Tennis Hall of Fame tweeted.
“Thank you, @EmmaRaducanu, for donating your memorable #USOpen outfit to the ITHF collection!”

Raducanu is currently at a ranking high of 22nd in the world which is more than 300 places higher than the position she was in at the start of the year. She is currently on a search for a new coach after parting ways with Andrew Richardson. Raducanu says she wants to collaborate with somebody who has more experience of the WTA Tour.

In the wake of her US Open success, there have been suggestions that the rising star could be among the favourites to win the Australian Open which will take place in January. Coincidentally next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the last time a British woman won the tournament. However, Raducanu has dismissed such suggestions.

“If I’m seeded, then I’m seeded, but favourite? I think one tournament, you can’t really say I’m a favourite. I’m still so new to everything.” She said during a recent LTA event celebrating British winners of the US Open.
“I just feel like I’m learning and absorbing all the knowledge that I’m gaining like a sponge and soaking it all in.
“That’s what I really want to do. I’m not focused on results, I’m focused on how much I can learn because that’s what’s really going to drive me forward.”

Raducanu has pulled out of this week’s Chicago Fall Tennis Classic but she is expected to return to action next week in Indian Wells.

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