2014 U.S. Open Day Eight
U.S. Open Men’s Singles Fourth Round Monday Sept 1
1-Novak Djokovic beat 22-Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1 7-5 6-4
3-Stanislas Wawrinka beat 16-Tommy Robredo 7-5 4-6 7-6(7) 6-2
10-Kei Nishikori beat 5-Milos Raonic 4-6 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 7-5 6-4
8-Andy Murray beat 9-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4
U.S. Open Women’s Singles Fourth Round Monday Sept 1
1-Serena Williams beat Kaia Kanepi 6-3 6-3
16-Victoria Azarenka beat Aleksandra Krunic 4-6 6-4 6-4
17-Ekaterina Makarova beat 7-Eugenie Bouchard 7-6(2) 6-4
11-Flavia Pennetta beat 29-Casey Dellacqua 7-5, 6-2
Nishikori Outlasts Raonic in 5-Set Thriller
Japan's Kei Nishikori outlasted Milos Raonic 4-6 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 7-5 6-4 after four hours and 20 minutes of entertaining tennis. A fourth round match that began Monday evening and ended Tuesday early morning past 2 am.
Day Eight Updates
Djokovic into Quarters for 8th Time, Faces Murray; Wawrinka Edges Robredo
September 1, 2014 ITS Staff New York USA - World No.1 Novak Djokovic overcame the heat and the ever-tough-to-beat German No.22 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1 7-5 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal showdown with 2012 U.S. Open champion Andy Murray.
The Serbian star is through to the final eight for the eighth consecutive year and is bidding reach his fifth final in a row. After storming through the first 6-1 in just 25 minutes, thhe reigning Wimbledon champion found himself down set-point at 30-40 4-5 in the second set before getting back to deuce with a stunning forehand cross-court winner in a point where Kohlschreiber thought he had won the exchange and clinched the set.
After taking almost an hour to win the second set, Djokovic broke the World No.25 ranked Kohlschreiber in the first game of the third set then hung on the reat of the way for the victory after over two hours of high-intensity battle amid the scorching sun on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Murray, meanwhile, defeated reigning Toronto Masters champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 in a rematch of the Rogers Cup quarterfinals last month, which the Frenchman won en-route to his title victory over Roger Federer in the finals.
This time around the 27-year old Scot played a solid game controlling the two-hour and 35 minute match under difficult conditions with temperatures nearing 90 degrees (32 C) on the hard-courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
Murray, hit 45 winners and committed just 18 unforced errors while the hard-hitting 2008 Australian Open finalist converted 32 winners but also made 43 unforced mistakes. Tsonga had a chance clinch the second set after leading with a break up but squandered the opportunity allowing Murray to surge for the victory avenging the loss he took from Tsonga three and a half weeks ago in Rogers Cup.
Reigning Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka staved-off two tiebreaker set points in the critical third set to outlast No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 to return to the US Open quarter-finals.
The World No.4 Swiss, who reached the semis here last year before losing to Novak Djokovic, repeated his win over the 32-year old former Top Tenner in the round of 16 at the Australian Open on his way to an upset win over Rafael Nadal in in final. Wawrinka hit a whopping 75 winners and served 18 aces in the three hour marathon four-set match.
Serena Eases Past Kanapi; Faces Pennetta in Quarterfinals; Bouchard Falls to Makarova
September 1, 2014 ITS Staff New York USA - World No.1 Serena Williams moved to her first quarterfinal of a Grand Slam this year after an emphatic 6-3 6-3 victory over Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.
Williams, who is bidding to win her third straight U.S. Open title, blasted 19 winners and tossed 8 aces in the 64 minute match. The 17-time Grand Slam champion’s victory earns her a spot in the last eight of a Grand Slam after losing in the fourth round at the Australian Open; the second round at the French Open; and the third round at Wimbledon.
As for the No.50 ranked Kanepi, the loss denied her a sixth career quarterfinal appearance at a Grand Slam having reached the French Open quarterfinals in 2008, 2012; Wimbledon 2010, 2013; and the U.S. Open in 2010.
To reach the round of 16, the 29-year old took out Pauline Parmentier in the first round, then claimed back-to-back upsets against No.24 seed & 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur and No.15 Carla Suarez-Navarro in the second and third rounds respectively.
Williams will now face Flavia Pennetta who also advanced to the U.S. Open quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-2 triumph over Australia’s Casey Dellacqua. The 11th-seeded Italian, who last year reached the semifinals here, out-steadied the 29th-seeded Dellacqua who committed an uncharacteristic 35 unforced errors in the 80 minute match.
Seventeenth seed Ekaterina Makarova ousted 2014 Wimbledon finalist and No. 7 seed Eugenie Bouchard 7-6, 6-4 to advance to her fifth career Grand Slam quarterfinals. The victory sends the 26-year-old Moscow-born Russian into the US Open Last Eight for the second straight year.
Bouchard, who also appeared in the Australian Open and French Open semifinals this year, seemed to have wilted under the heat and humidity on the Louis Armstrong Stadium. The 20-year old Montreal-resident needed a medical time out to check on her blood pressure and some ice to cool down her body when she trailed 2-3 in the second set. Makarova kept the pressure thereafter clinching the match with a sizzling forehand return after one hour and 44 minutes.
Azarenka Halts Krunic U.S. Open Run
September 1 2014 ITS Staff - Two-time U.S. Open finalist Victoria Azarenka trailed 1-3 in third set before winning five of the last six games to end the magical run of 21-year old Aleksandra Krunic 4-6 6-4 6-4 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Championships on Monday.
The world ranked No.145 qualifier Krunic, who upset reigning Wimbledon champion and No. 3 seed Petra Kvitova, No. 27 seed Madison Keys en route to the round of 16, had the chance to close out the match but somehow allowed the 2012 and 2013 Australian Champion to break back on the fifth game and again on the ninth before holding on to take the contest after two-hours and 19 minutes.
Azarenka, who was sidelined by a foot injury for half of the 2014 season , now faces Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, the No. 17 seed, in the quarterfinal.
Schedule of Play
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM
WS R4: 11-Flavia Pennetta vs 29-Casey Dellacqua
WS R4: 1-Serena Williams vs Kaia Kanepi
MS R4: 8-Andy Murray vs 9-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM
WS R4: 16-Victoria Azarenka vs Aleksandra Krunic
MS R4: 10-Kei Nishikori v 5-Milos Raonic
Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM
MD R3: 1-B.Bryan/M.Bryan vs B.Klahn/T. Smyzczek
MS R4: 1-Novak Djokovic vs 22-Philipp Kohlschreiber
WS R4: 7-Eugenie Bouchard vs 17-Ekaterina Makarova
MS R4: 3-Stan Wawrinka vs 16-Tommy Robredo