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Peter Uihlein of US leads by 3 shots at Wales Open

Peter Uihlein of US leads by 3 shots at Wales Open

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Peter Uihlein shot a 4-under 67 Saturday, giving the American a three-shot lead after three rounds at the Wales Open.

Uihlein had an eagle at the par-5 ninth to go with five birdies in an inconsistent round that included three bogeys. He was at 7-under 206 at Celtic Manor & was followed by Frenchmen Thomas Levet (67) & Gregory Bourdry (70).

Second-round leader Liam Bond of Wales, who lives 10 miles from the course, fell from contention with a 78. Norway’s Espen Kofstad, who was second going into the round, shot a 76 & was tied for 23rd place.

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Riske of US routs Kvitova, makes US Open 4th round

Riske of US routs Kvitova, makes US Open 4th round

NEW YORK (AP) — American wild card Alison Riske routed 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to extend her sensational summer & reach a Grand Slam round of 16 for the first time.

The 81st-ranked Riske won 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday, taking the last eight games against the seventh-seeded Czech. She was 0-5 at major tournaments before Wimbledon this year yet is 5-1 since.

The 23-year-old Pittsburgh native just broke into the top 100 in late July; now she’ll likely earn a top-60 ranking.

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Riske of US makes US Open 4th round with upset

Riske of US makes US Open 4th round with upset

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams & Sloane Stephens are through to a highly anticipated matchup in the round of 16 at the U.S. Open, where they’re joined by a less expected American, Alison Riske.

Maybe’s Riske’s run isn’t that much of a surprise considering her recent surge. The 23-year-old from Pittsburgh came into the summer having never accomplished any of these feats: winning a match in a Grand Slam tournament, at a WTA Tour event on complex courts, or against at top-10 foe.

She’s now achieved all that, her latest breakthrough victory a rout of 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova on Saturday. Riske won 6-3, 6-0, taking the last eight games against the seventh-seeded Czech, who was in bed with a fever the day before.

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Querrey of US upset in 2nd round of US Open

Querrey of US upset in 2nd round of US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — No. 26-seeded Sam Querrey was upset in the second round of the U.S. Open.

Adrian Mannarino beat the American 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-4 on Thursday. The 63rd-ranked Frenchman reached the fourth round at Wimbledon this year.

Querrey’s best run at Flushing Meadows was making the fourth round in 2008 & ’10. He advanced to the third round at the Australian & French Opens this year.

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US teen Duval stuns Stosur in US Open 1st round

US teen Duval stuns Stosur in US Open 1st round

NEW YORK (AP) — American teenager Victoria Duval stunned 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the tournament’s first round Tuesday.

The 17-year-old qualifier, ranked 296th, won 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, leaping into the air in celebration after converting her fourth match point with a forehand winner.

Duval was playing in just her second Grand Slam match. She moreover faced a former U.S. Open champ, Kim Clijsters, in the first round at Flushing Meadows last year.

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Winning Prize wins at Del Mar in US debut

Winning Prize wins at Del Mar in US debut

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — South American import Winning Prize won in his U.S. debut at Del Mar on Thursday, dominating in a wire-to-wire victory in the $85,000 Del Mar Rotary Club Purse.

The 4-year-old Winning Prize, who had won five of eight career races in his native Argentina, pulled way for a four-length victory over even-money favorite Chips All In, covering a turf mile within a second of the course record at 1:32.10.

Trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale for owners David Heerensperger & Jose Nelson & ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Winning Prize paid $8, $4 & $3. Chips All In returned $2.80 & $2.20, & Rauschenberg paid $7.60 to show.

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Solo, Wambach highlight US roster

Solo, Wambach highlight US roster

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. national team stars Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan & Hope Solo are among 18 players chosen by coach Tom Sermanni to play Mexico on Sept. 3.

Due to limited training time, Sermanni did not call up any European-based players with the exception of Yael Averbuch, who already will be on the East Coast to attend a wedding.

Wambach set the career goals mark earlier this season, surpassing Mia Hamm, & has 160 international goals. Morgan is recovering from an injury suffered while playing for Portland of the National Women’s Soccer League. Solo was the anchor of the Americans’ gold medal run at the London Olympics last year.

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Lewis gets on board for US at Solheim Cup

Lewis gets on board for US at Solheim Cup

PARKER, Colo. (AP) — The drama for Stacy Lewis was approximately the golf Saturday, not the rules.

The day after a rules debacle left her standing on the 15th green for more than 25 minutes, America’s highest-ranked player finally received on the board at the Solheim Cup, teaming with Paula Creamer for a back-and-forth, 1-up victory over Azahara Munoz & Karin Icher.

”We had a blast today,” said Lewis, the Women’s British Open champion who is ranked second in the world.

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It was a tense match, filled with huge momentum shifts and, ultimately, a gift from the Europeans.

Heading into Saturday afternoon’s matches, Europe led 6 1/2-5 1/2.

Tied on the 18th hole of the morning’s alternate-shot match, Lewis put Creamer in trouble when she smothered her approach shot into trees to the left of the green. But Icher hit an even worse shot, thinning her third shot out of a fairway bunker & lodging the ball inside a yucca plant in front of the sand.

Creamer successfully hit the third shot out of trouble. After a drop & a offensive pitch, the Europeans were lying 6 & conceded the hole & the match. The United States received the victory – Lewis’ first in three tries this week – after squandering a 4-up lead after 10 holes.

Munoz & Icher made three birdies & a par to win four straight holes & tie the match heading to the 15th tee box, which is where the drama began for Lewis the day before.

”I was just hoping we weren’t going to spend 27 minutes on the green again,” she said. ”So, the fact that we received out of there pretty quick was nice.”

Lewis hit the wedge to 8 feet & Creamer converted the birdie to put the Americans ahead again.

Quite a different scene from Friday, when rules officials took nearly a half-hour to decide where Carlota Ciganda should drop after she hit her ball in a hazard fronting the green. Ciganda ended up getting up & down for par to halve the hole & Europe went on to defeat Lewis & Lexi Thompson 1 up. Officials after acknowledged they had made an incorrect ruling, yet couldn’t alter the result.

Lewis reiterated her frustration with the scenario, especially the long wait that sapped her momentum & that of the American team behind her, which moreover lost.

”When you have to sit there & just stand around & stand around, it’s complex to hit a putt or shot or anything,” Lewis said. ”It just throws you out of your rhythm. And golf is a lot of rhythm & momentum, & especially in match play. So, it unquestionably had an effect.”

ACE IN PLACE: It’s no overstatement to say Anna Nordqvist finished with a bang.

The Swede slammed a 7-iron off the flagpole & into the cup for an ace on the par-3 17th hole to put a sudden end to her match against Morgan Pressel & Jessica Korda.

The hole-in-one gave Nordqvist & Caroline Hedwall a 2-and-1 victory & was satisfactory for Europe’s only win in the morning alternate-shot matches.

”It’s unquestionably one of the highlights of my career,” Nordqvist said. ”It’s not many times you can actually hole out to win the match.”

Rare, indeed.

Among the few times it’s happened in these match-play events was at the Ryder Cup in 2006, when Paul Casey aced the 14th hole to close out a win over Dustin Johnson & Stewart Cink.

For Pressel, however, the memories might have come from her last huge tournament in the Denver area – the 2005 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills. Back then, she covered her head with her hands in dismay in the 18th fairway as Birdie Kim holed out from a greenside bunker to end Pressel’s hopes for a playoff. This time, Pressel was standing on the tee box when she saw her chance at victory slip away.

”Are you kidding me?” she said, as she watched the ball go in.

No.

Nordqvist figures she’ll be buying some drinks to celebrate this one.

”I guess it might be pretty expensive for me, a lot of people are watching,” she said. ”But it’s one of the moments that I’m really going to remember for a long time.”

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