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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’s claims unjustified – Rusedski

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 fined £13,156 for code violations

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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Serena crushes sister at US Open

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Serena Williams beat her sister Venus 6-2 6-1 to progress to the fourth round of the US Open.

Despite there was little to dispute as Serena won in just one hour and eleven minutes, equalling the most one-sided match in their long history, there will be further tests to come that will show whether Serena is totally back to her best.

Serena who will next play Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, shared an embrace with her sister at the net before a muted wave to the crowd.

Speaking after the match, Serena, 36, said It’s not easy seen her sister lose, because Venus is her best friend, she means the world to her and she has been supportive of her career.

I love her wholeheartedly, and she’s the reason I’m still out here, I feel like I lose every time I see her loses. I owe everything to her, Serena added.

Since returning to the tour in March, Serena rated this her best performance but Venus added that this is Serena’s best ever display against her.

Venus, 38 who has had a disappointing 2018 insist she didn’t believe she did a lot wrong. But rather Serena just did everything right in the match, said Venus.

While the loser had always won at least six games in their 15 previous Grand Slam meetings, the score placed Serena’s victory in Charleston five years ago.

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Serena has now won nine of their last meetings by leading the overall head-to-head 18-12.

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Umpire’s Pep Talk Influenced Kyrgios Win

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As Nick Kyrgios move into the third round of the US Open, his trials and tribulations of Nick Kyrgios took another turn after unusual intervention from the chair umpire.

Kyrgios beat France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6 7-6 6-3 6-0 after he battled back from a set and break down, to book a place in the last 32 showdown with Roger Federer, but when he was trailing 3-0 in the second set was the moment of the match.

The Aussie was seen making effort on the Herbert serve, and thus is not the first time he has been accused of this and his actions have consistently angered fans, umpires and opponents.

Mohamed Lahyani who was the chair umpire decided to intervene at the change of ends.

Layhani from Sweden got down from his chair and was heard saying to Kyrgios who was sitting, he knew this is not Kyrgios, the he wanted to help him.

Still trailing 5-2, Kyrgios also went on to see the trainer a couple of games after before eventually breaking back to turnaround the deficit and then took the lead in the third and fourth sets to win the contest.

When asked after the match the influence of Layhani, Kyrgios said the umpire was only concerned about how he was playing, when he asked him if he was OK.

He then replied he was just not feeling great, but everything was fine. But Kyrgios truly agreed that Layhani helped him back into the second set.

Kyrgios who was aware of how bad he was playing said he wasn’t feeling good, and he was not listening to Layhani, even though he it wasn’t a good look, but his influence didn’t help him win the game.

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Even though it was the umpire’s action on this occasion that attracted the tournament organisers attention as well as the officials who are inquiring into the matter, Kyrgios himself is no stranger to controversy.

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Serena to play sister at US Open

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After beating Carina Witthoeft of Germany in an emphatic fashion, Serena Williams will next meet her sister Venus in the third-round of the US Open.

Following her 6-2 6-2 win in the opening match of the night session on the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena and her sister will battle it out for the 30th time in their illustrious careers.

After missing last year’s edition of US Open to give birth to her first child, the six-time champion Serena, impressed against the world No 101 as she mixed 30 winners with 13 aces to progress in 67 minutes.

Serena was forced to save three break pint in the seventh game, after she had opened up a double break lead, and then wrapped up the opener on the Witthoeft serve.

The 36-year-old found an extra gear to win three games on the spin, following an even start to the second set together with two further breaks of serve which delight crowd from the New York, and set up much anticipated night session match-up with 16th seed sister Venus, on Friday.

Venus however, beat Camila Goirgi of Italy 6-4 7-5, who battled three sets with Serena at Wimbledon last month, to keep alive her third US Open singles title hope.

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Since their first professional meeting at the second round of the Australian Open in 1998, the Serena and her sister have not faced each other at such an early stage of a Grand Slam.

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Fight erupted after Murray crashed out US Open

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A row over illicit coaching erupted after Andy Murray accused opponent Fernando Verdasco of lying after their second-round clash at the US Open.

The organisers of the event introduced a new rule which allows a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets for men’s matches, because of the high temperatures and humidity in New York this week

Andy Murray claimed he saw Verdasco talking to his coach after finishing a cold shower, whereas players are not allowed to talk to their coaches.

Murray was angry with this and he alerted officials umpire Nico Helwerth to the incident when he returned to the court. He said he had to tell the officials because no-one knows the rules

Speaking after loosing 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-4 to Verdasco, Murray said he went and told the supervisor what they are doing, when there’s rules are clearly stipulated. He can’t understand why they are allowing such to take place.

But Verdasco denied the alleged rule breach saying he only talked to another player, Marcos Baghdatis and the Cypriot’s coach, while his own coach was in the locker room.

Verdasco said he don’t want to say Murray was lying but he didn’t spoke a single word with his coach or any member of his team. I don’t want to be the one breaking the rule, because I know what the rule says, added Verdasco.

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Meanwhile, with an hashtag #liarliarpantsonfire, Murray took to his Instagram account says he is off to get a health check because he has started imagining things.

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