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Li Na becomes first Chinese to reach US Open semis (Roundup)
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Li Na becomes first Chinese to reach US Open semis (Roundup)

Sep 4 2013, 3:26am CDT | by IANS

New York, Sep 4 (IANS) Fifth seed Li Na of China beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2 to become the first Chinese player to reach US Open semi-finals.

New York, Sep 4 — Fifth seed Li Na of China beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2 to become the first Chinese player to reach US Open semi-finals. "I always try to be the first one,"...

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Li Na becomes first Chinese to reach US Open semis (Roundup)

Sep 4 2013, 3:26am CDT | by IANS

New York, Sep 4 (IANS) Fifth seed Li Na of China beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2 to become the first Chinese player to reach US Open semi-finals.

New York, Sep 4 — Fifth seed Li Na of China beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2 to become the first Chinese player to reach US Open semi-finals.

"I always try to be the first one," said Li after the match Tuesday. "Of course, the first time in US Open semis, it's exciting. I am really proud of myself."

By advancing into the semifinals, Li refreshed her personal US Open record, reports Xinhua.

The world number six is enjoying one of the best seasons in her career, making quarter-finals in three of the four Grand Slams, the first time for the 31-year-old. She has also reached at least the semi-final stage for three straight WTA tournaments including in Toronto and Cincinnati.

"There were some ups and downs in my previous seasons, and this year I have more consistency," said Li.

Li, well known for her hot temper among Chinese fans, moved in Tuesday's match without losing a single set. She had previously played Makarova for three times, winning all of them.

Li held her serve to level the first set until 3-3, and managed to break in the seventh game thanks to a couple of unforced errors from Makarova. Neither player was able to break in the remainder of the set, ensuring Li takes the lead in the match.

Both players suffered from ups and downs in the second set. They finished with six breaks (three for each) to enter the tiebreaker. Li was leading 3-0 in the tiebreak, but the double fault disturbed her pace. Makarova took advantage to take the tiebreak 7-5.

The final set stood in favour of Li as the top Chinese singles player won four straight games after 2-2 to end the match.

"I was feeling so nervous, from the beginning of the match until the end of the match," said Li.

Li will next face world number one Serena Williams, who won 12 consecutive games to beat Spaniard Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0.

"If you only think about your opponent, of course, you already lose the match before you step onto the court," said Li.

In another women's singles quarterfinal, the second seed Victoria Azarenka needed three sets to beat Ana Ivanovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (7-3), 6-4, 7-5 to Russian Mikhail Youzhny in a round of 16 match, which lasted 3 hours 58 minutes.

Hewitt, who outclassed sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro in an even longer five-set thriller in the second round, was favoured to win again when the fifth set went to 5-5, but Youzhny broke the Australian before eventually winning on his second match point.

Youzhny will play world number one Novak Djokovic, who eliminated Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.

Third seed Andy Murray came back from one set down to beat Denis Istomin 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, to set up a quarter-final against ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who downed number five seed Thomas Berdych 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-2.

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Murray cruises, Kvitova upset in Cincinnati

Aug 13 2014 1:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MASON, Ohio — Andy Murray needed little more than an hour to get through his opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, while Petra Kvitova was upset in straight sets. Murray faced only three breaks points — and fought all of them off — during a 6-3, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa. He spent only 1 hour and 11 minutes on court. No. 4 Tomas Berdych converted only one break point while losing to Yen-Hsun Lu 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Berdych had won all of their previous three matches. Third-se ...
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Murray cruises, Kvitova upset in Cincinnati

Aug 13 2014 1:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MASON, Ohio — Andy Murray needed little more than an hour to get through his opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, while Petra Kvitova was upset in straight sets. Murray faced only three breaks points — and fought all of them off — during a 6-3, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa. He spent only 1 hour and 11 minutes on court. No. 4 Tomas Berdych converted only one break point while losing ...
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Murray cruises, Kvitova upset in Cincinnati

Aug 13 2014 1:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MASON, Ohio — Andy Murray needed little more than an hour to get through his opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, while Petra Kvitova was upset in straight sets. Murray faced only three breaks points — and fought all of them off — during a 6-3, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa. He spent only 1 hour and 11 minutes on court. No. 4 Tomas Berdych converted only one break point while losing to Yen-Hsun Lu 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Berdych had won all of their previous three matches. Third- ...
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Murray cruises, Kvitova upset in Cincinnati

Aug 13 2014 1:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MASON, Ohio — Andy Murray needed little more than an hour to get through his opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, while Petra Kvitova was upset in straight sets. Murray faced only three breaks points — and fought all of them off — during a 6-3, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa. He spent only 1 hour and 11 minutes on court. No. 4 Tomas Berdych converted only one break point while losing to Yen-Hsun Lu 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Berdych had won all of t ...
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Murray cruises, Kvitova upset in Cincinnati

Aug 13 2014 1:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MASON, Ohio — Andy Murray needed little more than an hour to get through his opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, while Petra Kvitova was upset in straight sets. Murray faced only three breaks points — and fought all of them off — during a 6-3, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa. He spent only 1 hour and 11 minutes on court. No. 4 Tomas Berdych converted only one break point while losing to Yen-Hsun Lu 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Berdych had won all of ...
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Murray cruises, Kvitova upset in Cincinnati

Aug 13 2014 1:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MASON, Ohio — Andy Murray needed little more than an hour to get through his opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, while Petra Kvitova was upset in straight sets. Murray faced only three breaks points — and fought all of them off — during a 6-3, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa. He spent only 1 hour and 11 minutes on court. No. 4 Tomas Berdych converted only one break point while losing to Yen-Hsun Lu 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Berdych had won all o ...
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Ranking the Top 10 Players to Watch at the 2014 Rogers Cup

Aug 5 2014 9:15pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The 2014 U.S. Open Series starts its first of three big stops with the Rogers Cup in Canada. This year the ATP will play in Toronto and the WTA will perform at Montreal. Best of all, many top stars will be gunning to peak for the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam event of the year. We are going to rank the 10 most interesting players to watch during this week. The top stars are the biggest draw, and there are differences in their quests to win ti ...
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Players Who Desperately Need a Strong Showing in 2014 US Open Tennis Series

Aug 4 2014 9:52pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Already underway, the U.S. Open Series offers ATP and WTA Tour players a host of incentives and opportunities.  The series includes a collection of summer hard-court tournaments in North America. Players accumulate points during the series that leads to the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam of the year. Winners of the series stand to gain a $1 million bonus if they also win the U.S. Open. Last year, Serena Williams and Rafael Na ...
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Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Winners, Losers to Begin 2014 US Open Series

Aug 3 2014 8:58pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

August is one of the biggest months for the ATP and WTA tours, as they begin the U.S. Open Series that includes the Rogers Cup, the Western and Southern Open at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open. This past week, we learned more about the chances for players such as Serena Williams and Milos Raonic. Unfortunately, it also spelled doom for superstars Rafael Nadal and Li Na who face bigger questions in the ...
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Bouchard unfazed by home court pressure

Aug 3 2014 4:48pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MONTREAL — There is no question who is the star of this year’s women’s Rogers Cup — Eugenie Bouchard. An adoring crowd turned out to Uniprix Stadium on Sunday to salute the rising star from Westmount, Que., as she did media interviews, signed tennis balls and pictures and listened to a tribute chant from the Genie Army, a gaggle of fans who flew in from Australia to see her play in her hometown. "I’m just really ...
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