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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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Shuai upsets 4th-seed Radwanska at U.S. Open

Aug 27 2014 12:24pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Peng Shuai upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, the first top-10 player knocked out of this year’s U.S. Open. The 39th-ranked Peng won 6-3, 6-4 in the second round Wednesday, giving China a big win in the tournament with third-ranked Li Na out with a knee injury. The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament in which Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up, has failed to reach the quarterfinals. Peng had been 3-22 against top-five oppo ...
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Shuai upsets 4th-seed Radwanska at U.S. Open

Aug 27 2014 12:24pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Peng Shuai upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, the first top-10 player knocked out of this year’s U.S. Open. The 39th-ranked Peng won 6-3, 6-4 in the second round Wednesday, giving China a big win in the tournament with third-ranked Li Na out with a knee injury. The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament in which Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up, has failed to reach the quarterfinals. Peng had been 3 ...
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Shuai upsets 4th-seed Radwanska at U.S. Open

Aug 27 2014 12:24pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Peng Shuai upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, the first top-10 player knocked out of this year’s U.S. Open. The 39th-ranked Peng won 6-3, 6-4 in the second round Wednesday, giving China a big win in the tournament with third-ranked Li Na out with a knee injury. The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament in which Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up, has failed to reach the quarterfinals. Peng had been 3-22 against top-five opp ...
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Shuai upsets 4th-seed Radwanska at U.S. Open

Aug 27 2014 12:24pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Peng Shuai upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, the first top-10 player knocked out of this year’s U.S. Open. The 39th-ranked Peng won 6-3, 6-4 in the second round Wednesday, giving China a big win in the tournament with third-ranked Li Na out with a knee injury. The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament in which Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up, has failed to reach the quarterfinals. Peng had been 3-22 against top-five opponents, ...
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Shuai upsets 4th-seed Radwanska at U.S. Open

Aug 27 2014 12:24pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Peng Shuai upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, the first top-10 player knocked out of this year’s U.S. Open. The 39th-ranked Peng won 6-3, 6-4 in the second round Wednesday, giving China a big win in the tournament with third-ranked Li Na out with a knee injury. The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament in which Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up, has failed to reach the quarterfinals. Peng had been 3-22 against top-five opponents, the last victory coming i ...
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Shuai upsets 4th-seed Radwanska at U.S. Open

Aug 27 2014 12:24pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Peng Shuai upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, the first top-10 player knocked out of this year’s U.S. Open. The 39th-ranked Peng won 6-3, 6-4 in the second round Wednesday, giving China a big win in the tournament with third-ranked Li Na out with a knee injury. The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament in which Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up, has failed to reach the quarterfinals. Peng had been 3-22 against top-five opponents, the la ...
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US Open Tennis 2014: Odds, Complete TV Schedule and Draw Predictions

Aug 24 2014 11:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

With the defending champion out and many of the world's best stars struggling, the 2014 U.S. Open is shaping up to be the most up-for-grabs Grand Slam event in years.  Rafael Nadal withdrew from the year's final major, citing a right-wrist injury that has kept him out for the past few months. Without last year's champion in the fold, Novak Djokovic had no trouble earning the top overall seed on t ...
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US Open Tennis 2014 TV Schedule: Day-by-Day Listings for Entire Tournament

Aug 24 2014 6:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The final Grand Slam of the tennis season and the lone of its ilk on American soil is set to take the globe by storm when the top names descend upon USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the 2014 U.S. Open. Like the 133 iterations before it, this year's tournament features dominant players and plenty of opportunity for lesser-known names to shock the globe, meaning it will provide must-see action from the opening gun right down to the final point. While a few major names such a ...
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Williams gunning for 18th major at U.S. Open

Aug 22 2014 12:19pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Serena Williams stopped hiding from history and started making more of it. Up until a couple of years ago, she practically plugged her ears at any mention of records or firsts. Now she says it out loud: Coming into the U.S. Open, her next goal is matching two tennis greats for the second-most major titles in the Open era with 18. "Obviously just getting closer to tying with Chris (Evert) and Martina (Navratilova)," she said. Then she added: "But been doing that all ye ...
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Williams gunning for 18th major at U.S. Open

Aug 22 2014 12:19pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Serena Williams stopped hiding from history and started making more of it. Up until a couple of years ago, she practically plugged her ears at any mention of records or firsts. Now she says it out loud: Coming into the U.S. Open, her next goal is matching two tennis greats for the second-most major titles in the Open era with 18. "Obviously just getting closer to tying with Chris (Evert) and Martina (Navratilova)," she said. Then she added: "But be ...
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