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Sharapova knocked out of US Open

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Maria Sharapova was shocked at the US Open after she was beaten 6-3 6-4 by Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday.

Prior to her first Grand Slam meeting with Suarez Navarro, Sharapova who won the 2006 edition of the competition had never lost a night session match in New York.

38 unforced errors cost the Five-times Grand Slam champion, the price of which she paid and committed eight double faults while winning less than half of her first serve points.

Speaking with reporters after the match, the Russian said she didn’t take care of the chances that she had.

She added that she was reluctant to love forward to take care of balls that were a little bit shorter.

And for balls where she moved forward especially on the inside-out forehand, she admitted that she made unforced errors.

Under the floodlights at the Arthur Ashe, the Russian succumbed in one hour and 31 minutes, as her most potent weapon not failing her, and allowed the 30th seed Suarez Navarro to race to her record second career victory over the Russian in six attempts.

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Suarez Navarro said her opponent is a good player and one of the best in the world, and she is delighted to beat one of the best.

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Umpire suspended after Kyrgios pep talk at the US Open

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Umpire Mohamed Lahyani has been suspended from his next two scheduled tournaments after he was found trying to encourage Nick Kyrgios during a match at the US Open.

Lahyani climbed down from his chair in an unusual way and had a lengthy chat with the Kyrgios during his match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second-round of the tournament.

Kyrgios was trailing by a set and 3-0 down and showing little effort, and the umpire was heard telling him he wanted to help him. I know this is not you, because you are great for tennis, said Lahyani.

Kyrgios later turned the match around and won the contest, and an annoyed Herbert claimed the umpire had overstepped the mark, sentiments which were condemned by the likes of Roger Federer.

US Open officials decided that, Lahyani could continue in the chair for the remainder of the tournament, even though he was found to have violated the rules, while stressing he should abide by proper protocols

However, governing body ATP has now confirmed Ina statement that Lahyani, one of the tour’s seven full-time umpire’s has been suspended and would not take part in the next two scheduled events in China Open to hold in Beijing and the Rolex Shanghai Masters, after it conducted its own internal review.

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Serena’s claims unjustified – Rusedski

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Serena Williams’ claim that she was a victim of sexism when she was defeated in the US Open final by Naomi Osaka are unjustified according to to Greg Rusedski.

Carlos Ramos was at the center of a storm in the sexism accusation over the way the experienced Portuguese official treated Williams at Flushing Meadows on Saturday’s defeat to Naomi Osaka.

In the important second set of the match, Williams was docked a game for calling the umpire Ramos a thief following the receipt of two code violations by her, and in the post match conference, she called her penalty sexist.

The WTA Tours chief executive Steve Simon and US great Billie Jean King, both questioned the initial code violation given to William for on-court coaching, in their support for the American superstar.

But Former British No 1 Rusedski has clear the air about his feelings on the incident. Speaking with Sky Sports, Rusedski said, Williams was going throughout the match, she therefore instead the umpire did the right thing, and due to what happened with Nick Kyrgios earlier in the tournament, she believed the referee was going to be very strong.

She added that all players were upset when umpire Mohamed Lahyani came down from his chair and gave Kyrgios a pep talk, so there going to be a strict officiating for the rest of the tournament, and that’s exactly what Ramos did throughout the match, according to Rusedski.

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Serena fined £13,156 for code violations

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Serena Williams has been handed fine totalling £13,156 for three code violations during Saturday’s US Open final.

She was docked £7,739 by the tournament referee’s office for verbal abuse of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, £2,321 for breaking her racket and £3,095 for being warned for coaching.

The money was deducted from her prize money of £1.43m as she emerged the tournament’s runner-up. Williams was defeated by Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final.

Initially, Williams received a code violation for coaching, was also penalized for calling umpire Ramos a thief, and handed a penalty point for racket abuse.

Williams, 36, insisted she didn’t received coaching, and saying right on court that she would rather lose than cheat, and in her post-match conference, she accusing Ramos of sexism.

Under Article III, Section P, Williams was found guilty and according to the section a player is subject to a fine up to £15,478.

Coaching comes in different categories in tennis. It’s any kind of communications, audible or visible, between a coach and a player may be regarded as coaching, and she was also charged for abuse of rackets or equipment.

Defeat dents Willaims’ hope to equal to 24 all-time Grand Slam titles of Margaret Court, but instead turn around to be Osaka becomes Japan’s first Grand Slam champion.

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Serena Williams through to US Open final emphatically after win over Anastasija Sevastova

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Serena Williams beat Anastasija Sevastova in just an hour and 6 minutes in US Open semi-final, and set to have another shot at winning her first Grand Slam title the birth of her child.

The American superstar who lost to Angelique Kerber Williams in the Wimbledon final in July, beat the 19th seed Latvian Sevastova 6-3 6-0.

Williams, 36, will face Naomi Osaka of Japan in Saturday’s final following the 20th seed Japanese defeated Madison Keys.

Victory for Williams in Saturday’s final will equal 24 Grand Slam singles titles record by Margaret Court.

Speaking after the match, Williams recalled last year she was literally fighting for her life at the hospital following the delivery of her baby, and said it’s really incredible to be in the final this year.

Age also said she’s grateful to have the opportunity to play tennis every day she step out of the court. So no matter what happens after a particular match, the feeling of a winning is what I always feels, said Williams.

After the match, the mother of one said the only time she move closer to the net is to shake hands. Even though she’s is a good doubles player, but her domination from the back of the tennis court is great when she plays as a single player.

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US Open Defending champ Sloane Stephens loses in quarterfinals

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US Open defending champion Sloane Stephens loses in straight set to bow out of the competition.

Anastasija Sevastova who is seeded 19 reached her first semifinal in Flushing Meadows after a dominated display of action over Stephens to win 6-2, 6-3 following her quarterfinals reach in the last two years.

Defending champ defeated Stephens last year on her way to the title, but find it too hard to contained against the Latvian on Tuesday encounter.

Sevastova started the match after broken Stephens serve to make a tournament-leading 23 times. In the opening set, the Latvian broke her opponent’s serve twice, while grabbing at love in the final game.

Also in the second set she broke again to move up 2-0 before the defending champion, broke back to level up the set at 2-2 after she had herself to fight back.

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However, as Stephens return goes into the net on the final point of the match, Sevastova broke once more, then put her her racket on the floor and held her hands to her face in joy of celebrating a victory over her opponent.

Stephens joined an other women like top-ranked Simona Help and No 2 Caroline Wozniacki who have exited the competition in the first two rounds.

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Federer too strong for Kyrgios 

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Roger Federer remained on target for a first US Open title in a number of year after a show of great performance to ease past Nick Kyrgios in straight set at Flushing Meadows.

The five-time of US Open and now world No 2, was on course of his perfect progress through as he defeated Kyrgios 6-4 6-1 7-5 victory in one hour and 44 minutes.

Federer went into the match with a head-to-head record of 2-1 against Kyrgios and after an even opening demonstrated his array of shot-making to set up a place in the fourth-round of the competition with Australian John Millman who is also an Australian.

Speaking after the match, the Swiss said he is always happy to win, even if the encounter had reach five sets, but he was excited it was three.

He noted that the early stage of the game was quite hard to get any rhythm but in the long run, he thought he played very well. The first set was very important, even though my opponent created more chances in the match, added Federer.

Nick always comes up with different types of shot making, and that’s why enjoy playing against him, because those shots are always entertaining and they keeps you on the edge.

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30 seeded Kyrgios, started the match in an encouraging way racing through his opening few service games, having went into the match with controversy over the involvement of umpire Mohamed Lahyani during his four-set win against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

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