Tag: Australian Open

Stephens wins close one at US Open

Stephens wins close one at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — American Sloane Stephens overcame numerous deficits Monday to pull out a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Stephens, seeded 15th, lost the first set to the 110th-ranked Minella & trailed 4-2 in the third, then 3-1 in the final-set tiebreaker.

Stephens won five straight points from there, then closed it out on her third match point to improve to 9-1 in the first rounds of majors.

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Venus Williams upsets Flipkens at US Open

Venus Williams upsets Flipkens at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Venus Williams earned one of her biggest wins since she pulled out of the U.S. Open two years ago because of illness, upsetting 12th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens in the first round Monday.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion won 6-1, 6-2 to improve to 15-0 in first-round matches at Flushing Meadows. But with her ranking down to No. 60, she had to open against the Wimbledon semifinalist.

In 2011, Williams withdrew before her second-round match because of Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease. She was playing just her third event since a first-round loss at the French Open.

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Nadal is surging but knee is a question for Open

Nadal is surging yet knee is a question for Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Ask Rafael Nadal how his famously troublesome left knee is feeling on the eve of the U.S. Open, & he’ll balk a bit while formulating a response.

”I am …” the 12-time major title winner began, haltingly, during an interview with The Associated Press.

”You know …” he resumed, before smiling sheepishly & pausing again.

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US OPEN '13: Murray aims to defend 1st major title

US OPEN '13: Murray aims to defend 1st major title

NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Murray chuckled as he explained the very best part approximately owning a pair of Grand Slam titles, one from the U.S. Open last year, the other from Wimbledon last month.

No more of those nagging, oft-repeated queries – the ones he heard over & over & over again.

”Not too much for me has changed. But the one thing that’s been nice is that, literally for five or six years, I did a press conference before every tournament & after every single match, & I received asked that question, I’d say, 90 percent of the time: Why have you never won Wimbledon? When are you going to win Wimbledon? Why have you not won a Grand Slam?” Murray said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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Golf-Australasian tour suffers under PGA Tour heat

Golf-Australasian tour suffers under PGA Tour heat

By Andrew Both

GREENSBORO, North Carolina, Aug 20 (Reuters) – As the heavyweight U.S. PGA Tour revamps its schedule & continues to expand internationally, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the world’s other tours to survive, let alone thrive.

Nowhere are the problems more acute than in Australia, a proud golfing nation that has produced some of the game’s greatest players, including this year’s Masters champion Adam Scott & former world number one Greg Norman.

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Australasian tour suffers under PGA Tour heat

Australasian tour suffers under PGA Tour heat

By Andrew Both

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) – As the heavyweight U.S. PGA Tour revamps its schedule & continues to expand internationally, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the world’s other tours to survive, let alone thrive.

Nowhere are the problems more acute than in Australia, a proud golfing nation that has produced some of the game’s greatest players, including this year’s Masters champion Adam Scott & former world number one Greg Norman.

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