Osaka Versus Pavlyuchenkova

[4] Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs. [41] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) They met once before, about two years ago, in Hong Kong and Pavlyuchenkova won in straight sets; yet, that was before Osaka was ranked number one. Pavlyuchenkova’s Injury Plagued Career Pavlyuchenkova has battled injury and inconsistency for most of her career, but now seems fit and…

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Medvedev Hopes To Stop Nadal

US OPEN, New York (Queens) [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) will get another chance to win another major title (19) and close the gap between himself and [3] Roger Federer (SUI), who has twenty major titles. Yet, it is not a foregone conclusion that he will win as his final opponent, [5] Daniil Medvedev (RUS), has…

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Will Serena Get By Bianca Andreescu?

US OPEN, New York (USA) [8] Serena Williams (USA) defeated [5] Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals. Svitolina had six break point opportunities in the first set and did not capitalize. Williams tightened up her focus and protected her serve perfectly in the second set and Svitolina had no opportunities to break her…

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US Open Men’s Semifinalists

US OPEN, New York (Queens) The men’s semifinalists are set for Friday; few would have predicted this cast of players. Yet, we have been talking about the changing of the guards for a while now as the dominant three are getting up in age, so probably this cast should not come as a surprise. [1]…

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