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Tennis: US Open

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posted on Aug, 25 2003 @ 01:41 PM
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Chanda Rubin became the first big-name casualty to tumble out of the US Open on Monday after losing in straight sets to Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela.

The American eighth seed, quarter-finalist at the French Open earlier this year, lost the first round clash at Flushing Meadows 6-4 6-4.

Vento-Kabchi's best performance in a Grand Slam came at Wimbledon in 1997 when she reached the fourth round. She has reached the second round of the US Open three times before but has never progressed further.



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posted on Aug, 25 2003 @ 02:52 PM
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Sebastien Grosjean of France was knocked out of the first round of the US Open men's singles on Monday by Ramon Delgado of Paraguay.

Grosjean, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon earlier this year, lost the first set but hit back to take the next two and looked to be favourite to progress.

But Delgado battled back to take the final two sets to win a five-set thriller, 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-9) 6-4.


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posted on Aug, 25 2003 @ 02:53 PM
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Meanwhile French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain advanced to the second round with relative ease.

Ferrero beat 6ft 6in qualifier Jan Vacek of the Czech Republic 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2.

While most of his success has come on clay, the 23-year-old Ferrero has recorded personal bests at each of the three prior Grand Slams this season.


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posted on Aug, 25 2003 @ 02:53 PM
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Fifth seed Amelie Mauresmo dispatched Indonesia's Angelique Widjaja 6-0 6-2.

Mauresmo, who reached the semi-finals here last year, has had to battle numerous injuries and ailments this year.

Her preparations for the last major of the year were slowed by a right rib muscle injury that forced her to miss Wimbledon and make a late start to the summer hardcourt season.

She advanced to the semi-finals at New Haven last week but was forced to retire with food poisoning.


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posted on Aug, 25 2003 @ 02:54 PM
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Also, number 13 Vera Zvonareva of Russia cruised past Lubomira Kurhajcova of Slovakia 6-3 6-2, 14th seed Amanda Coetzer of South Africa trounced American qualifier Gabriela Lastra 6-0 6-2, and number 19 Nadia Petrova of Russia beat Catalina Castano of Colombia 6-4 6-0.


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posted on Aug, 25 2003 @ 06:23 PM
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Greg Rusedski crashed out of the US Open in the first round at the hands of unseeded Frenchman Gregory Carraz.

The British number two struggled to get his game going and paid the price going down 6-4 4-6 6-2 5-7 6-4 at Flushing Meadows.

Carraz, ranked 100 in the world, served and volleyed impressively to take the initiative.


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posted on Aug, 26 2003 @ 06:23 PM
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Michael Chang made an emotional exit from professional tennis at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.

Chang, a French Open winner way back in 1989, was competing in his final Grand Slam against 15th seed Fernando Gonzalez.

Despite showing flashes of brilliance throughout the match, Chang finally capitulated 6-3 7-5 5-7 6-4.


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posted on Aug, 26 2003 @ 06:24 PM
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Andre Agassi, two years older than Chang at 33, wasted little time as he breezed past Alex Corretja in straight sets in New York.

The Las Vegan was into his stride from the outset against the Spaniard and lost just one game as he pulled Corretja around the court in the opening set.

The 'Double A' did not rest on his laurels in the next set as he produced some scinitilating tennis against the claycourt specialist to take it 6-2.

Agassi repeated the feat in the next to eventually cruise through 6-1 6-2 6-2.


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posted on Aug, 26 2003 @ 06:25 PM
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11th seed Paradorn Srichaphan found it tough going early on but eventually proved too strong for Cyril Saulnier.

Srichaphan, perhaps showing the effects of his TD Waterhouse victory on Sunday, looked out of sorts in the opening set.

Frenchman played superbly to expolit the Thai star's sluggish start and took the set 6-2.

Yet Srichaphan eventually got going in sweltering conditions and closed out with a tie-break to win 2-6 6-2 6-3 7-6 (7-4).


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posted on Aug, 26 2003 @ 06:26 PM
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Magdalena Maleeva's US Open campaign lasted just one match as she was sent packing in the first round by Shinobu Asagoe of Japan.

The Bulgarian 10th seed reached the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows in only her third appearance here back in 1992 but she was found wanting on Tuesday, losing 4-6 3-6.


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posted on Aug, 27 2003 @ 06:48 PM
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Roger Federer laboured to an unconvincing victory over Jose Acasuso of Argentina at Flushing Meadows.


The 'Fed Express' started poorly and looked out of sorts in the opening exchanges.


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posted on Aug, 27 2003 @ 06:49 PM
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Younes El Aynaoui made it past US wild card entry Alex Kim, in straight sets, 7-5 7-6 (7/5) 6-3.


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posted on Aug, 27 2003 @ 06:50 PM
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Mark Philippoussis wasted liitle time against Janko Tipsarevic in New York on Wednesday.


Philippoussis, who fired 20 aces in the match, got his serve working from the outset and eventually cruised to the opening set 6-2.


Tipsarevic knuckled down in the next, even managing a few aces of his own before capilulating (7-4) in the tiebreak in 53 minutes.


The big-serving Philippoussis, who will be concerned that he made 39 unforced errors in the match, retained his composure in the third to eventually close out 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.


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posted on Aug, 27 2003 @ 06:50 PM
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Kim Clijsters needed just 49 minutes to dispose of Laura Granville in New York.


The Belgian was in utterly ruthless form, losing just two games in a match that she dominated throughout.

Clijsters, seeded one at Flushing Meadows, knew far too much for Granville, pulling the Amrican around the court at will.

Clijsters was power play personified at times as she raced home, converting four out of five breaks points in an emphatic victory.

Her display will no doubt send a clear message to her rivals this year.


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posted on Aug, 27 2003 @ 06:51 PM
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Amelie Mauresmo made quick work of Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday.


Mauresmo became the first female into the Third Round after an impressive 6-2 6-2 win.



posted on Aug, 28 2003 @ 12:49 AM
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World No. 1 Kim Clijsters easily eliminated American Laura Granville 6-1, 6-1 in a 49-minute second-round match Wednesday at the U.S. Open.

The top-seeded Clijsters is going for her first Grand Slam title and this is her first major since becoming No. 1 earlier this month. She hit 24 winners to five for Granville.

Clijsters will be joined in the third round by Lindsay Davenport, the only past champion in the women's field. She won in straight sets again despite a left foot injury for which she'll have surgery after the tournament.

Davenport beat Maria Elena Camerin, an Italian ranked 92nd in the world, 6-2, 6-4. It wasn't a perfect outing, but Davenport will take it. She put in just 46 percent of her first serves, and her unforced errors outnumbered winners 23-22.

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posted on Aug, 28 2003 @ 06:07 PM
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Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt needed four sets to dispose of Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee in their second round clash at the US Open on Thursday.

The match proved something of a rollercoaster ride for the feisty Australian before finally advancing 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-4.


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posted on Aug, 29 2003 @ 03:16 PM
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David Nalbandian battled bravely and eventually overcame Jarkko Nieminen in a fifth-set tie-break in New York on Friday.

13th seed Nalbandian had to call on all his guile and mental toughness against the Finn, and eventaully came through a marathon encounter that lasted well over three hours.

The Argentine, who has failed to deliver in Grand Slam events since reaching the final at Wimbledon 2002, lost the opening set and looked to be in trouble.

Yet he roared back to take the second 6-3 and stormed into the lead after losing just one game in the next.

Yet Nieminen refused to go quietly and gained the upper hand before taking the fourth 6-4.

The pair played some superb tennis in the decider, and the New York fans simply lapped it up.

The pair could not be separated during a final set that lasted nigh on an hour.

Yet Nalbandan raised his game once more in the tie-break, and the man from Cordoba eventually prevailed 5-7 6-3 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7-3)


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posted on Aug, 29 2003 @ 03:17 PM
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Lindsay Davenport moved through to the fourth round of the US Open on Friday with a crushing 6-0, 6-2 win over Hungary's Melinda Czink, achieved in just 42 minutes.

The California-born 27-year-old was champion at Flushing Meadows in 1998 and runner up to Venus Williams in 2000.

Davenport will now face Russian 19th seed Nadia Petrova in the next round.


Petrova proved too hot for South African Amanda Coetzer.


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posted on Aug, 29 2003 @ 03:18 PM
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Xavier Malisse stunned Argentine seed Agustin Calleri in five sets in New York on Friday.

The Belgian started superbly against the 19th seed, cantering to the opening set 6-2.

Calleri, who prefers the red dirt but is more than capable on hard, bounced back well to edge the next on a tie-break.

Malisse then upped his game to take the next 6-3 but was again pegged back when Calleri took the fourth by the same scoreline.

Calleri, who hit an unbelieveable 70 unforced errors in the match, lost his serve at a crucial point in the fifth and eventually capitulated 6-2 6-7 (7-3) 6-3 3-6 6-3.



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