By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It was only fitting that it was decided by a third set tiebreaker. So little separated the players during the match, played before a near sellout crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The undisputed darling of this US Open, Leylah Fernandez of Canada upset 5th-seeded Elina Svitolina of […]Read more "Moving On: Fernandez upsets No. 5 Svitolina, advances to U.S. Open semifinals"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It was a heavyweight fight in the first round of the US Open. In a match that was contested in sweltering heat in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Sloane Stephens defeated her good friend and fellow American Madison Keys, 6-3,1-6, 7-6. The pair have been known to be practice […]Read more "Friendly Fire In Flushing: Stephens outlasts Keys in Opening Round"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Naomi Osaka, the defending U.S. Open and 2021 Australian Open champion, is the No. 3 seed at Flushing Meadows and will defend her title in a night match on Monday’s opening day of the tourney. Osaka also won the Open in 2018, but has had a difficult […]Read more "Osaka reflects on media frenzy, prepares for U.S. Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It has been 24 years since a US Open was played without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Serena Williams. Well, the injury bug has struck all of them, and they will each miss the Open, which starts on Monday at Flushing Meadows. Just hours after her younger […]Read more "An Unfamiliar Open for 2021"
By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter The last two weekends the last major in tennis was played in New York City with many of the stars of the game taking a pass due to the Covid-19 scare. Men’s defending champion Rafael Nadal and Women’s defending champion Simona Helep. The long list included Stan Wawrinka, Ashleigh […]Read more "BLACK ANGER, WHITE ANGER AT THE U.S. OPEN"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Guess what? Neither Roger Federer, nor Rafael Nadal, nor Novak Djokovic won the US Open on Sunday. That could be a story in and of itself. After all, they had won the last 13 Grand Slams. That’s a bunch of years. Instead, Dominic Thiem defeated his buddy Alexander […]Read more "An historic finish at The Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — The cream usually rises to the top. And it did Saturday at Flushing Meadows. Naomi Osaka overcame a blistering start by Victoria Azarenka to defeat the 2-time Grand Slam champion 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Not since 1995 had a US Open Champion come back from an opening set deficit. It was […]Read more "Another title for Osaka"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Both players played great. One of the players came up bigger on the biggest points. That was No. 3 seed Serena Williams, as she defeated No. 15 Maria Sakkari of Greece, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 to book a spot in the US Open quarterfinals. It will […]Read more "100 & counting: Serena beats Sakkari, advances to Open quarterfinals"
The two keys for Williams throughout were both her serve and perhaps more importantly her calm, despite building a big first set deficit. Williams hit 12 aces and ripped a 122 mph serve.Read more "Serena outlasts Sloane to advance at The U.S. Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Many have circled Saturday’s match since the draw was announced more than a week ago. It seemed inevitable, but it is really happening. It’s Coco Gauff vs. Naomi Osaka Saturday at 7 pm on ESPN2 at The US Open. Tickets are going for $600 and up for […]Read more "Coco Gauff vs. Naomi Osaka: A Moment In Time"