Sloane Stephens reached the fourth round at the US Open for the first time, and a matchup against defending champion Serena Williams could be next.
The fifth-seeded Li avenged her third-round upset loss to the young Brit at last year’s US Open, winning in straight sets Friday at the same stage at Flushing Meadows.
Serena Williams will be back on court Friday, facing Yaroslava Shvedova in the nightcap at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Former champs Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also have matches, while two other US Open winners, Juan Martin del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt, play each other.
Duval hopped up and down with arms overhead after pulling off her big surprise at Flushing Meadows, a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the 11th-seeded Stosur.
The US Open got off to a frustrating start Monday as beefed-up security had some waiting up to two hours just to enter the grounds earlier Monday.
Nadal’s knees have had recurring problems over the years, particularly the left one, which kept him out from late 2012 until early 2013.
The five-time U.S. Open champion is seeded seventh, the biggest number next to his name at a Grand Slam tournament since 2003.
Andy Murray will be the defending champion at a Grand Slam tournament and he suspects he’ll be more nervous than usual.
Sharapova, the 2006 champion at Flushing Meadows, has played only one match on tour since her second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.
All singles players at the U.S. Open are getting a big raise this year, from the record $2.6 million each champion will take home, to the $32,000 for everyone losing in the first round.
The City Council voted 47 to 1 to allow the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park to tear down two old stadiums that were built for the 1964 World’s Fair and build two new stadiums in their place.
New York’s Grand Slam tournament will increase its annual prize money to $50 million by 2017 — roughly double what it was last year — and permanently schedule the men’s semifinals on Friday and men’s final on Sunday starting in 2015.
If you’d like to test your fitness and especially your endurance, you might want to take part in the Men’s Health Urbanathlon coming up this Saturday, October 27, in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
Andy Murray knew it wasn’t going to be easy to win his first major. But I’m not sure anyone could have expected so many hurdles all thrown into one epic match.
Born only a week apart and brought up as tennis prodigies who later turned into stars, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have been crisscrossing the globe together. Their next run-in comes Monday, with nothing less than the US Open title at stake.