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2014 U.S. Open Day Three

Wawrinka into 3rd Round; Berdych Ousts Hewitt; Cilic, Anderson, Lopez Win Openers

August 27 2014 3:32 pm ITS Staff New York USA - Sixth seed Tomas Berdych moved to the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open Championships after beating former World No.1 and 2001 U.S. Open champion Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 at the Ashe Stadium. After breaking the Australian in the fourth game of the opening set, the 2012 semi-finalist Czech never looked back dominating the rest of the two hour and 17 minute match.


Fourteenth seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia was leading former Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 3-1 when the Cypriot had to retire due to an injury.  Cilic compatriot Ivan Dodig squandered a 2-sets to 1 and a break lead in the fourth set against 19th-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. The Aegon International champion Lopez fought back to win the fourth set and were tied at 1-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 1-1 in the final set when Dodig had to retire because of a muscle leg pull.


Big-serving South African Kevin Anderson, No.18 seed, came back from two sets to 1 down to out-steady 2014 Swedish and Croatian champion Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) lasting over four hours. In a first-round upset,  Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili ousted 27th-seeded Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. Also advancing to the second round was Winston-Salem Open’s finalist 6-foot-8 Pole Jerzy Janowicz taking out Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-3 7-5 5-7 7-5.


Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka advanced to the third round with a hard-earned four set 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6(1) victory over Thomaz Bellucci in the last match of Day Three which ended past midnight. The reigning Australian Open champion hit an amazing 51 winners and 16 aces in a match that took two hours and 36 minutes to dismiss his resilient Brazilian lefty opponent. Wawrinka will face Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic who earlier in the day upset Frenchman No. 30 seed Jeremy Chardy 6-2 7-6(6) 6-3.

Peng Upsets Radwanska; Halep, Sharapova, Kerber, Venus Advance to 3rd Round

August 27, 2014 7:14 pm ITS Staff New York USA - Second seed Simona Halep breezed through her second round match but No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska was upset on Wednesday  at the U.S. Open Championships.


The French Open finalist Romanian defeated Slovak Jana Cepelova 6-2, 6-1 in just 56 minutes under hot and humid conditions. China's Peng Shuai, whose prowess is recognized more as a doubles player, stunned Radwanska 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 35 minutes.


Radwanska, who won Rogers Cup Premier last month, has never gone past the fourth round where she exited in the fourth round here the past two years. The Polish star reached the 2012 Wimbledon finals and appeared at the 2014 Australian Open semi-finals.


In other women’s singles matches, No.6 seed German Angelique Kerber, a semifinalist in 2011, advanced after taking out Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 6-4. Another upset was caused by Swede Johanna Larsson after rallying past No.21 seed American Sloane Stephens 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.


France’s No.22 seed  Alize Cornet dismissed veteran Slovak Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-3 while No. 28 Italian Roberta Vinci rallied past Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Swiss Miss 17 year old Swiss Belinda Bencic stunned talented No. 31 seed Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Nara reached the Citi Open finals in June falling to 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.


Fifth-seed and reigning French Open champion Maria Sharapova rallied from a set down to overpower Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-3 6-2 after one hour and 30 minutes to advance to the third round.


Despite committing unforced errors, the Russian also blasted 34 winners and served 3 aces against her Romanian opponent. Sharapova has played the most three-setters this season improving to 17-6, that included four straights wins during her title run at the French Open last June.


2000 and 2001 U.S. Open champion Venus Williams came through Wednesday night overpowering Timea Bacsinszky 6-1 6-4 in one hour and 25 minutes to also reach the third round. With the win, Venus claimed her 64th match victory in New York out of 16 US Open appearance. In the third round, the 34-year old will face No. 13 seed Sara Errani who beat Anastasia Rodionova earlier in the evening, 6-4, 7-6.

U.S. Open Men’s Singles Wednesday Aug 27

R2: 3-Stanislas Wawrinka beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6(1)

R2: Blaz Kavcic beat 30-Jeremy Chardy 6-2 7-6(6) 6-3

R1:  6-Tomas Berdych beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 6-4 6-3

R1: 7-Grigor Dimitrov beat Ryan Harrison 6-2 7-6(2) 6-2

R1:  11-Ernests Gulbis beat Kenny De Schepper 6-1 6-4 6-2

R1:  14-Marin Cilic beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 3-1 ret.

R1:  18-Kevin Anderson beat Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-7(3) 4-6 6-2 7-6(1)

R1:  19-Feliciano Lopez beat Ivan Dodig 1-6, 7-5 2-6 6-4 1-1 ret.

R1:  Teymuraz Gabashvili beat 27-Santiago Giraldo 6-3 1-6 7-6(6) 6-3

R1: 32-Joao Sousa  beat Frank Dancevic 7-6(6) 3-6 6-2 4-6 7-6(20

R1: David Goffin beat Niels Desein 6-1 6-3 6-3

R1: Illya Marchenko beat Marco Chiudinelli 7-6(3) 4-6 7-6(13) 7-6(4)

R1: Alexander Kudryavtsev beat Evgeny Donskoy 2-6 7-6(6) 3-6 6-3 6-4

R1: Tatsuma Ito beat Steve Johnson 6-2 3-6 5-7 4-1 ret.

R1:  Dominic Thiem Lukas Lacko 6-3 6-2 6-2

R1:  Dudi Sela beat Carlos Berlocq 1-6 6-3 6-2 7-5

R1: Martin Klizan beat Steve Darcis 3-6 2-6 7-6(5) 7-5 6-4             

R1: Jerzy Janowicz beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3 7-5 5-7 7-5                      

U.S. Open Women’s Singles Second Round Wednesday Aug 27

2-Simona Halep beat Jana Cepelova 6-2 6-1

Shuai Peng beat 4-Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 6-4

5-Maria Sharapova beat Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-3 6-2

6-Angelique Kerber beat Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2 6-4

9-Jelena Jankovic beat Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5 6-4

10-Caroline Wozniacki beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3 6-4

13-Sara Errani beat Anastasia Rodionova 6-4 7-6(2)

14-Lucie Safarova beat Saisai Zheng 6-3 4-6 6-2

18-Andrea Petkovic beat Monica Puig 3-6 6-3 7-6(5)

19-Venus Williams beat Timea Bacsinszky 6-1 6-4

Johanna Larsson beat 21-Sloane Stephens 5-7 6-4 6-2

22-Alize Cornet beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-3

26-Sabine Lisicki vs. Madison Brengle 6-4 6-1

28-Roberta Vinci beat Irina-Camelia Begu 2-6 6-4 6-1

Belinda Bencic veat 31-Kurumi Nara 6-4 4-6 6-1

Mirjana Lucic beat Shahar Peer 6-7(6) 6-3 6-2

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