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  • Cilic tops Nishikori at U.S. Open Sep 8, 2014 6:14 PM
    Marin Cilic of Croatia won his first Grand Slam title by beating Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday in the U.S. Open final, a year after missing the tournament because of a doping suspension. The 14th-seeded Cilic prevented Nishikori from becoming the first man from Asia to win a major singles championship. There hadn’t been a matchup between two players making their Grand Slam final debuts at Flushing Meadows since 1997, and this hardly qualified as a classic. It lasted less than two hours, with Cilic hitting 17 aces and relying on the same powerful groundstrokes that helped him eliminate Roger Federer in the semifinals. A year ago, Cilic missed the U.S. Open while serving a four-month ban after testing positive for a stimulant.

     
  • Girls tennis: Monday’s results Sep 9, 2014 12:27 AM
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Monday, Sept. 8.

     
  • Serena Williams wins 3rd U.S. Open in row Sep 7, 2014 5:32 PM
    Serena Williams ended a difficult-for-her Grand Slam season in the best way possible, winning her third consecutive U.S. Open title by beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday. Williams equaled Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 major singles titles, the fourth-most in history. Williams also matched Evert’s total of six championships at the U.S. Open and became the first woman to win three in a row since Evert’s four-title run from 1975-78. Williams earned $4 million, a record in tennis — $3 million for the title, plus a $1 million bonus for having had the best results during the North American summer hard-court circuit. It was a dominant performance to cap a dominant two weeks in Flushing Meadows. Not only did Williams, ranked and seeded No. 1, win all 14 sets she played in the tournament, she never even dropped more than three games in any of them. Until the U.S. Open, though, Williams had not been at her best on her sport’s biggest stages in 2014. She lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open, the second round at the French Open, and the third round at Wimbledon, where a disoriented Williams also struggled through an odd appearance in doubles that was attributed to a viral illness. Back at the top of her game, Williams broke Wozniacki’s serve five times and compiled a hard-to-believe 29-4 edge in winners. Remarkably, until a cross-court backhand on the run in the final game that even Williams applauded, the only winners registered by the 10th-seeded Wozniacki came on a trio of aces, one in the first set, two in the second. That was, in part, a result of the Dane’s iffy play in only her second Grand Slam final — she lost to Kim Clijsters at the 2009 U.S. Open — but more due to Williams’ relentless pursuit of every ball. A few weeks shy of her 33rd birthday, making the American the oldest major champion since Navratilova was 33 at Wimbledon in 1990, Williams simply would not allow a shot to get past her. Wozniacki is the one training for the New York City Marathon, but Williams tired her out by the end. Wozniacki was not exactly an extra in this Williams highlight reel, but pretty close to it. The points were being directed by Williams, whether via serves that reached 120 mph (194 kph), forceful returns that backed Wozniacki into a corner when not producing outright winners, unreachable groundstrokes from all angles or even the occasional volley. Yes, this, as might have been expected, was really all about Williams. At times, it felt as if Wozniacki were there because, well, someone needed to be on the opposite side of the net to act as Williams’ opponent. They’ve been good pals for years, and they hung out together in Miami — heading to the beach, watching an NBA playoff game — right after both lost early at the French Open in May. Wozniacki says Williams helped her get over the end of her engagement to golf star Rory McIlroy. That friendship between Williams and Wozniacki did not matter one bit, of course, while they played Sunday with so much at stake as early evening shadows moved across the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium. As Williams put it beforehand, referring to her older sister, “If I can play Venus, I can play anybody.” Sure looked that way Sunday.

     
  • Girls tennis: Saturday’s results Sep 7, 2014 12:44 AM
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Saturday, Sept. 6.

     
  • Federer, Djokovic both lose in U.S. Open semifinals Sep 6, 2014 6:33 PM
    Roger Federer could not pull off another big escape at the U.S. Open, losing 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals Saturday against Croatia’s Marin Cilic. It was the second significant surprise of the day, coming after Novak Djokovic was beaten 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 by Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who became the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam singles final. Instead of the No. 1-seeded Djokovic against the No. 2-seeded Federer — who have combined to win 24 major championships — in Monday’s final, it will be No. 10 Nishikori against No. 14 Cilic, neither of whom has ever appeared in a Grand Slam title match.

     
  • Pals Williams, Wozniacki to meet in US Open final Sep 5, 2014 7:01 PM
    Serena Williams overwhelmed 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals Friday to extend her U.S. Open winning streak to 20 matches. If Williams can make that 21 in a row by beating Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday’s final, the 32-year-old American will become the first woman since Chris Evert in the 1970s to win three consecutive titles at the tournament.

     
  • Scouting DuPage County girls tennis Sep 4, 2014 11:04 AM
    An overview of DuPage County girls tennis this season.

     
  • Girls tennis: Scouting the Fox Valley Sep 4, 2014 11:08 AM
    Scouting the 2014 girls tennis season in the Fox Valley.

     
  • Scouting Tri-Cities girls tennis Sep 4, 2014 11:06 AM
    Scouting the 2014 Tri-Cities area girls tennis season.

     
  • Girls tennis / Scouting Lake County Sep 4, 2014 11:10 AM
    Here's what to expect from the high school girls tennis team of Lake County this fall.

     
  • Girls tennis / Scouting Northwest Sep 4, 2014 7:31 PM
    Here's what to expect from the girls tennis team in the Mid-Suburban League and nearby schools this fall.

     
  • Federer saves 2 match points, reaches U.S. Open semis Sep 4, 2014 11:22 PM
    Clearly frustrated by his play and opponent, Roger Federer whacked his racket on the top of the net after a missed volley. Moments later, he barked at the chair umpire: “What’s wrong with you, man?” Not long after that, Federer found himself in the precarious position of twice being one point from defeat. Steady as ever, even at 33, Federer held on. Coming all the way back from a two-set deficit, and saving two match points along the way, Federer edged 20th-seeded Gael Monfils of France 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time since 2011.

     
  • Cilic upsets Berdych in 3 sets in U.S. Open quarters Sep 4, 2014 5:12 PM
    Marin Cilic reached his first Grand Slam semifinal in more than four years, upsetting sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych in straight sets at the U.S. Open. The 14th-seeded Croat won 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday. Cilic missed last year’s U.S. Open because of a doping suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant. He said he ingested it unintentionally from a glucose tablet bought at a pharmacy.

     
  • Girls tennis: Thursday’s results Sep 5, 2014 12:31 AM
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Thursday, Sept. 4.

     
  • Girls tennis: Wednesday’s results Sep 3, 2014 11:52 PM
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Wednesday, Sept. 3.

     
  • Take my sweat, please: Tennis’ gross ritual Sep 2, 2014 10:53 AM
    In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness: the passing of the sweat-soaked towel. Players call for a towel in the middle of a game, and they quickly wipe the sweat from their faces, necks, arms and legs. And then they casually toss the sweaty rag back to the barehanded ballkid. Take my sweat, please. Longtime observers of the sport say it’s enough to put the eeeewwww in U.S. Open.

     
  • Monfils beats Dimitrov, into quarters of U.S. Open Sep 2, 2014 6:06 PM
    Gael Monfils, a flashy Frenchman known more for his shot-making than results, beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010. The 20th-seeded Monfils pounded his chest and extended his arms after the seventh-seeded Dimitrov double-faulted on match point.

     
  • Girls tennis: Tuesday’s results Sep 3, 2014 12:33 AM
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Tuesday, Sept. 21.

     
  • Roger Federer back into US Open quartefinals Sep 2, 2014 9:08 PM
    Pushing forward whenever possible, Roger Federer got back to the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the 10th time in 11 years with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on Tuesday night. The one exception in that run of Flushing Meadows quarterfinals came in 2013, when Federer lost to Tommy Robredo in the fourth round. That was part of a stretch in which the 17-time Grand Slam title winner was bounced before the quarters three times in the span of four majors. But things are different these days for the 33-year-old Federer. He’s no longer bothered by a bad back. And he’s no longer fiddling with trying to find the right racket, having settled on a new model with a larger head that he seems to be enjoying. At Wimbledon in July, he got to his first Grand Slam final in two years, and even though he lost that match to Novak Djokovic, it signaled a real resurgence. On a windy evening against Bautista Agut, Federer moved well and won the point on 35 of 52 trips to the net. “I’m happy I’m able to come forward now because ... coming to net requires a lot of agility and explosivity and all that stuff — and I have it back,” said Federer, a five-time champion at Flushing Meadows. “I’m happy I’m feeling good at net, too, because you’ve got to anticipate some and read some and it’s working really well. So I hope I can keep it up.” Federer was broken only once, part of a three-game run for Bautista Agut that took the score from 5-1 to 5-4 in the first set. But Federer had no trouble the second time he tried to serve out that set, which he ended with a pair of aces. In all, the second-seeded Federer needed less than two hours to improve to 25-1 in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium. This was Bautista Agut’s first such occasion in the imposing, 23,771-capacity arena. “Night session is very, very special here in New York,” Federer said in an on-court interview. Federer is 71-9 overall at the U.S. Open, tying Pete Sampras and Bill Tilden for the fifth-most match wins in tournament history behind Jimmy Connors’ 98. Federer’s .888 winning percentage is second behind the .910 of Tilden, who went 71-7 and won seven championships in the 1920s. In Thursday’s quarterfinals, Federer will play 20th-seeded Gael Monfils of France. Federer has won seven of their nine past meetings, including at a hard-court tuneup tournament in Mason, Ohio, last month. “He’s one of the most exciting and entertaining players out there,” Federer said, “so I think we can get ready for some good points — some good retrieving by him, some attacking by me.”

     
  • Jehovah’s Witness’ family of ill UK boy accuse officials of cruelty Sep 13, 2014 12:28 AM
    The grandmother of a British boy with a severe brain tumor has accused UK authorities of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a British hospital against medical advice.

     
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