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2014 U.S. Open Day Four

U.S. Open Men's Singles Second Round Thurs Aug 28

1-Novak Djokovic beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1 6-3 6-0

8-Andy Murray beat Matthias Bachinger 6-3 6-3 6-4

10-Kei Nishikori beat Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-1 0-0 ret.       

13-John Isner beat Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2                   

Sam Querrey beat 28-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-4 6-4                   

22-Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Michael Llodra 6-2 0-0 ret.

9-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Oleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Nick Kyrgios beat Andreas Seppi 6-4 7-6(2) 6-4

Pablo Carreno-Busta beat Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

5-Milos Raonic vs. Peter Gojowczyk 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 7-6(3)

16-Tommy Robredo beat Simone Bolelli 5-7 6-7(5) 6-4 6-3 6-2

23-Leonardo Mayer  beat Matthew Ebden 6-1 6-3 6-4

Andrey Kuznetsov beat 31-Fernando Verdasco 6-3 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-3

Victor Estrella Burgos beat Borna Coric 7-6(2) 4-6 6-4 6-2

U.S. Open Women's Singles Second Round Thurs Aug 28

1-Serena Williams vs. Vania King 6-1, 6-0

3-Petra Kvitova beat Petra Cetkovska 6-4 6-2

16-Victoria Azarenka beat Christina McHale 6-3, 6-2

Karolina Pliskova beat 8-Ana Ivanovic 7-5 6-4

30-Barbora Strycova beat Monica Niculescu 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

29-Casey Dellacqua beat  Qiang Wang 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Kaia Kanepi beat 24-Samantha Stosur 3-6 6-3 7-6(8)

11-Flavia Pennetta vs. Shelby Rogers 6-4, 6-3

7-Eugenie Bouchard beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-7(4) 6-4

Aleksandra Krunic beat 27-Madison Keys 7-6(4) 2-6 7-5

15-Carla Suarez Navarro beat Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-3

17-Ekaterina Makarova beat Polona Hercog 6-1 6-2

Varvara Lepchenko beat Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-0

Elena Vesnina beat Marina Erakovic 7-5 2-6 6-4

Nicole Gibbs beat 23-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3

Zarina Diyas beat Catherine Bellis 6-3 0-6 6-2

Djokovic, Murray Cruise; Raonic Toils; Isner vs Kohlschreiber Set; Kyrgios into 3rd Rd

August 28, 2014 6:32 pm ITS Staff New York USA - Top seed Novak Djokovic pulled out an excellent performance on Thursday overpowering Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 to move into the U.S. Open third round.


The Serbian star, winner here in 2011, broke the Frenchman at will seven times while blasting 33 winners and tossing 13 aces in the one hour and 27 match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 27-year-old Djokovic, who is trying to reach his sixth U.S. Open final and fifth straight title match in New York, will face American Sam Querrey who upset No.28 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-3 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 45 minutes.


John Isner earned another shot at his old nemesis Philipp Kohlschreiber when both players advanced taking care of their Thursday opponents. Isner produced 30 aces in beating German Jan-Lennard Struff i7-6(5) 6-4, 6-2. Kohlschreiber was ahead against Michael Llodra 6-2, 15/0 when the Frenchman retired. Llodra, who announced his retirement from the tour earlier this year, was appearing in his final Grand Slam championship. Isner will try win for the first time in three matches against Kohlschreiber at Flushing Meadows. Kohlschreiber beat Isner 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the 2012 third round and 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) last year.


Ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who leads eight other Frenh players in the second round, played a solid match on Thursday afternoon claiming a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Aleksandr Nedovyesov.  Tsonga, who returned to the Top Ten rankings, conquered Roger Federer and the Toronto Masters earlier this month,


Tenth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan also reached the third round after Pablo Andujar of Spain retired due to an injury with the Asian No.1 leading 6-4, 6-1.

2012 U.S. Open champion Andy Murray showed no ill-effects of cramps he suffered in his previous match as the eight-seeded Scot produced a convincing 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Germany's Matthias Bachinger Thursday evening to reach the third round.


The two-time Grand Slam winner and Olympic Gold medalist hit 36 winners and broke his opponent’s serve four times in the one-hour and 45 minute match. Murray, who struggled with cramps during his first round four-set win against Robin Haase under hot and humid conditions, was clearly on top of his game playing under the lights at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.  Murray will now face 23-year old Russian Andrey Kuznetsov who upset No.31 seed veteran Fernando Verdasco in five-grueling sets 6-3 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-3.


Fifth seed Milos Raonic also advanced battling past Germany’s Davis Cupper Peter Gojowczyk 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(3) in the last match of Day Four on Louis Armstrong Stadium. The Citi Open champion and World No. 6 Canadian set a third round clash with 34-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic. Estrella-Burgos out-slugged Croatia’s young up-start 17-year old Borna Coric 7-6(2) 4-6 6-4 6-2.


Former top-tenner and No.16 seed Tommy Robredo came back from a two-set-to-love deficit to eke out  five-set victory over Italian Simone Bolleli 5-7, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Robredo, a quarterfinalist here last year via a win over Roger Federer in the fourth round, will face Australia’s young gun Nick Kyrgios, a straight-sets winner over Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-4 7-6(2) 6-4. The 19-year old Kyrgios hopes to replicate his stunning performance in Wimbledon where he upset Rafael Nadal en route to the quarterfinals.

Serena, Kvitova, Azarenka, Bouchard Win; Ivanovic, Stosur Ousted; Bellis Falls

August 28, 2014 ITS Staff New York USA - Eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic crashed out of the U.S. Open Thursday bowing out to Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-4 in the second round Thursday. The former World No.1 and 2008 French Open champion was hoping to do well coming in to the contest with the best match wins of the season with 48 victories.


Against the solid slugger Czech, though, Ivanovic was unable to find her tempo and failed to take control of the match committing 29 unforced errors to her opponents 19 while double faulting seven times in the one hour and 20 minute match. Ivanovic’s upset follows No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska who was stunned yesterday by China’s Peng Shuai in the second round.


Meanwhile, five-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams and two-time finalist (to Serena) Victoria Azarenka both came through safely into the third round beating fellow American Vania King 6-1, 6-0 in 56 minutes and American Christina McHale 6-3, 6-2 respectively at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on another hot and humid day in New York.


Serena’s third-round opponent is another American compatriot in Varvara Lepchenko who surprisingly crushed talented German Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-0. The Belarusian Azarenka, who reached the finals here the past two years losing both times to Serena, will play Russian Elena Vesnina, winner over Marina Erakovic of New Zealand  7-5 2-6 6-4. Erkovic upset beat No.20 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova on Tuesday.


Also advancing is No.11 seed Italian Flavia Pennetta eliminating American Shelby Rogers 6-4, 6-3 and No.29 Aussie Casey Dellacqua rallying past China's Wang Qiang 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.


In a late afternoon match, 2011 U.S. Open champion and crowd favorite Samantha Stosur of Australia failed to advance losing to Estonia's Kaia Kanepi 3-6 6-3 7-6(8). The 24th seed Stosur had a chance to close-ou the match leading and serving at matchpoint 6-5 in the third set tie-breaker. But Kanepi refused to concede eventually clinching the match 10-8. Both players won a total of 99 points each in the two hour and 1 minute match.


Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard booked a third round spot beating Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-4 in two hours and 17 minutes Thursday night. The 20-year old Canadian, who is bidding to reach her fourth straight Grand Slam semi-finals, managed to blast 29 winners but also struggled committing 33 unforced errors under the lights at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.


America's newest tennis darling 15-year-old Catherine Bellis took the lime-light Thursday afternoon when she played her second round match against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan. Bellis, who knocked off Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, could not follow-up her spectacular win as she fell to Diyas 6-3 0-6 6-2 in almost two-hours in front of a disappointed jam-packed crowd at Court No.17.

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