• Tennis

    Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to face Dusan Lajovic and Laslo Djere in Davis Cup semi-final singles for France as Serbia trust inexperience to fill void left by Novak Djokovic and co

    Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will lead nine-time champions France in the opening singles against Serbia in the Davis Cup semi-finals.In the absence of Novak Djokovic, Pouille will take on 80th-ranked Dusan Lajovic on clay at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in the northern city of Lille.Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic are also missing for Serbia. Nine-time winners France face Serbia in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup this weekend in Lille Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will lead the French in their opening two singles rubbers Tsonga will then play against 22-year-old Davis Cup debutant Laslo Djere.Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut ...

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    Rafael Nadal hails 'unbelievable and very emotional' year after sealing US Open triumph to move to within three Grand Slam titles of Roger Federer

    Rafael Nadal pulled to within three Grand Slam titles of Roger Federer in their personal duel for all-time greatness last night when he cruised to a US Open triumph before an adoring crowd at Flushing Meadows.The 31 year-old Spaniard collected his 16th Major with an imperious display that overwhelmed South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in just under two-and-a-half hours.With Federer on 19, it meant that they split the sport's biggest titles between them eleven years after it first happened. And for both it came after a year when it seemed their best might be behind them. Rafael Nadal ...

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    US Open champion Sloane Stephens has the steel to tame old adversary Serena Williams as American great ponders January return

    As Serena Williams sits at home caring for her new-born child and pondering a return at January’s Australian Open, she will be appraising the calibre of the opposition.The three Grand Slams she has missed have thrown up three different winners aged 24 or under — Jelena Ostapenko, Garbine Muguruza and now Sloane Stephens, the new US Open champion. Stephens’ crushing of Madison Keys on Saturday night put her among the most unlikely winners of recent decades, and does nothing to discourage the thought that this is a most unpredictable chapter in women’s tennis.  Sloane Stephens holds the championship trophy in Central ...

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    US Open champion Sloane Stephens heaped with praise by her coach for triumphant display at Flushing Meadows after being sidelined for almost a year

    Kamau Murray had a message for Sloane Stephens when she called him five months ago - 'Let me know when you can walk.'Following surgery, Stephens was not allowed to put any weight on her foot for 16 weeks. She began hitting tennis balls sitting on a chair. Two months after her first tournament back, she won the US Open.The story, Stephens said on court following her 6-3 6-0 trouncing of fellow American Madison Keys in the final, was impossible. Sloane Stephens became American US Open champion since Serena Williams in 2014 Stephens defeated fellow American Madison Keys in straight sets ...

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    Coco Vandeweghe knocks Karolina Pliskova out of US Open and off of world No 1 spot to reach semi-finals

    Garbine Muguruza will become world No 1 on Monday after Coco Vandeweghe continued America's dominance of the women's US Open by beating Karolina Pliskova.Pliskova needed to at least match her achievement of last year by reaching the final to prevent Wimbledon champion Muguruza overtaking her.She had a set point in the opener against Vandeweghe but could not take it and the 20th seed completed a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory to reach her second grand slam semi-final of the season. Coco Vandeweghe celebrates after beating Karolina Pliskova to reach the US Open semi-final The American No 20 seed fell to the ...

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    Andy Murray admits he could be out until 2018 after deciding more rest is needed for his persistent hip issue

    Andy Murray has followed Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka in effectively calling time on his 2017 season.However, the now deposed world No 1 pledged that he will be back right at the start of the new year after an extended period of rest and rehabilitation. He will most likely return at the Brisbane Open at the start of January.In what was his first bulletin of any sort since withdrawing from the US Open, there was no mention of any surgery by the 30 year-old Scot to try to sort out the hip that has been such a problem since June. ...

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    Sloane Stephens holds her nerve in final-set tie-break to beat Anastasija Sevastova and reach her first semi-final at the US Open

    Sloane Stephens continued her remarkable comeback by defeating Anastasija Sevastova to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.The American only returned to the tour at Wimbledon after nearly a year out with a foot injury, which left her unable to even stand on a tennis court.It has taken her only a handful of tournaments to get into her stride and Stephens will play in her second grand semi-final after beating Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4). Sloane Stephens celebrates after defeating Anastasija Sevastova to reach the semi-finalsThe 24-year-old was hailed as the natural successor to the Williams sisters when she made ...

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  • Tennis

    Madison Keys beats Elina Svitolina to become fourth American woman in US Open quarter-finals

    Madison Keys ended Elina Svitolina's world No 1 hopes to make it four American women in the quarter-finals of the US Open.Fourth seed Svitolina needed to at least reach the semi-finals to be in with a chance of taking top spot but fell to a 7-6 (7/2) 1-6 6-4 defeat.The Ukrainian led 4-2 in the deciding set but Keys used her extra power to telling effect to win the final four games. Madison Keys celebrates after her US Open fourth round victory over Elina Svitolina  Keys became the fourth American woman to advance into the quarter-final draw Keys (left) shakes ...

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    Fabio Fognini hit with fines in excess of £18,000 for verbally abusing umpire during US Open first round defeat by Stefano Travaglia

    Fabio Fognini has been fined more than £18,000 after verbally abusing an umpire during his first-round match at the US Open.The volatile Italian lost his temper during his loss to countryman Stefano Travaglia and was heard using insulting language towards Swedish official Louise Engzell.Fognini was handed three separate fines totalling 24,000 US dollars (approximately £18,500) by tournament organisers. Fabio Fognini was fined for his verbal abuse of an umpire during the loss to Stefano Travaglia His punishment included one single sanction of £11,581, all for unsportsmanlike conduct.The maximum fine for any single offence is £15,442.Fognini issued an apology for his behaviour ...

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    Maria Sharapova fires back at Caroline Wozniacki after criticism: 'All that matters to me is I'm in the fourth round, I'm not sure where she is'

    Maria Sharapova fired back at Caroline Wozniacki over her criticism of the US Open's scheduling.Wozniacki, who has been one of Sharapova's most outspoken critics since her return from a 15-month doping ban, said it did not set a good example to give the Russian prime-time billing for every match.Sharapova played her third contest in a row on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night and defeated American teenager Sofia Kenin 7-5 6-2 to reach the third round. Maria Sharapova had a pointed response to Caroline Wozniacki's criticism at the US Open The Russian progressed to the fourth round of the competition ...

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    Venus Williams sails into US Open fourth round with straight-sets win over Maria Sakkari

    Venus Williams continued her U.S. Open campaign when the American beat Greek Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to advance to the fourth round.Roared on by the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, Williams, who won two titles at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, overcame serve problems to set up a meeting with gritty Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.She has now reached the last 16 in every Grand Slam this year, a feat she last achieved in 2010. Venus Williams waves to the Arthur Ashe crowd after sealing her place in the fourth roundThe 37-year-old managed the only break in the opening ...

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    Rafael Nadal into US Open third round after recovering from a set down to beat Taro Daniel at Flushing Meadows

    A semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the US Open continued to look a long way away as the Spaniard followed his rival in labouring into the third round.Federer has been taken to five sets in both his first two matches at Flushing Meadows, with the night session on Thursday delayed by his latest struggle against Mikhail Youzhny.Nadal did not begin his clash against Japan's Taro Daniel until after 9.30pm and it was nearly three hours later when he was finally able to celebrate a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory. Rafael Nadal is through to the US Open ...

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    Karolina Pliskova into US Open third round but world No 1 admits she is struggling with the pressure

    World No 1 Karolina Pliskova admitted she is struggling to cope with the pressure after surviving a major scare in the second round of the US Open.The Czech top seed lost the first set to American Nicole Gibbs but recovered to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.Pliskova has had a stellar 12 months, which began when she reached the final here, and she climbed to the top of the rankings after Wimbledon. Karolina Pliskova beat Nicole Gibbs to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the US Open second roundThe 25-year-old said: 'I think you cannot really see how I'm feeling inside. Even when ...

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    Kyle Edmund is last Brit standing at the US Open as he books third round spot with victory over Steve Johnson

    For what may not be the last time, Kyle Edmund emerged as the last British survivor in singles at a Grand Slam as he made the last 32 of the US Open this morning with an excellent win over Steve Johnson.The 22 year-old from Yorkshire flies the flag in Andy Murray's absence and defeated the powerful American for the second time in two weeks, sealing victory 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 in two hours and seventeen minutes.He now faces the brilliant 18 year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who has flown up the rankings to number 69 this year, and who was defaulted for ...

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    Boris Becker has denied bankruptcy hearings are to blame for visa problems that have stopped him commentating on the US Open

    Boris Becker denied that recent bankruptcy hearings were related to him missing the start of the US Open due to visa problems.The German tennis legend is due to be commentating at Flushing Meadows for Eurosport, but he has not been on site for the opening round after failing to sort out his documentation for entering America.Becker scotched suggestions that the delay might be due to financial problems widely reported earlier this summer, which led to him being declared bankrupt in June due to a long-standing debt. Boris Becker denied bankruptcy is to blame for visa issues preventing him getting to ...

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