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jordan_spieth21 year old American Jordan Spieth followed his Masters triumph earlier in the year by winning the US Open at Chambers Bay, Washington yesterday in dramatic fashion. Spieth and fellow American Dustin Johnson were level walking up to the par 5 18th hole, but while the youngster held his nerve to birdie, the senior pro needed three putts to hold par and dropped into a share of second place with South African Louis Oosthuizen.

Spieth, who started the day in a four-way tie for the lead, almost lost it himself as he double bogeyed the par 3 17th, while Johnson birdied it in a 3-stroke swing that went in fair of the latter to bring the duo back level at 4-under par. However, Spieth quickly regained his poise and even had a shot at eagle on the 18th, but sank his second putt to secure a memorable win.

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jordan_spiethA round of 67 from Masters Champion Jordan Spieth ensured that the 21-year old American was in a share of the lead with Patrick Reed, who followed up his opening day 66 with a topsy turvy 69 on a day in which he fired 5 bogeys, but still managed to finish 1-under par. The American duo are just a solitary stroke ahead of South African Branden Grace, who matched Spieth's effort with a 67 on day 2.

Grace is tied for third with first round co-leader Dustin Johnson, whose 65 on the opening day was followed by a disappointing 1-over 71 yesterday. Johnson had started the day well with three early birdies, but finished poorly with a couple of bogeys on his last two holes. Dutchman Joost Luiten is one of four people a couple of strokes back at 137 for the tournament so far.

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henrik_stensonHenrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson might be tied for the lead after Round 1 of the US Open in Chambers Bay, but it was Tiger Woods who was the centre of attraction after the 14-time Major winner carded an incredible opening round of 80 to find himself an unbelievable 15 shots off the pace in Washington.

World no.6, Stenson, had a mixed start to the day, but did brilliantly on the back 9, producing four birdies in his last 5 holes to end the day at 5-under. American, Johnson, hoping to become just the fifth home grown winner of the tournament in the last 15 years, was in sole possession of the lead after an excellent start to the day, but a bogey on his final hole, left him in a share of the lead with Stenson.

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Reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic has announced his withdrawal from the 2015 Australian Open due to a shoulder injury.

The 26 year old, who hasn't played any tennis since featuring in the inaugural edition of the International Premier Tennis League, announced his decision through his personal website.

Cilic is quoted as having said, "I am really disappointed to announce that I had to withdraw from the Australian Open. Right shoulder injury, that hampers me for some time now and forced me to withdraw from the ATP event in Brisbane, is improving day by day, but I still don't feel fit enough to be able to compete at the highest level."

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6 foot 6 inch Croatian giant Marin Cilic fulfilled his amazing potential on Monday night by clinching his maiden Grand Slam title by beating Japanese sensation Kei Nishikori in a rather one-sided US Open final 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. With his win, the no.14 seed became only the second Croatian in the history of tennis to win a Grand Slam, following in the footsteps of his coach Goran Ivanisevic. He also became the highest seeded player to win at Flushing Meadows, New York since a 31 year old Pete Sampras won his last Grand Slam title in 2002.

14th seed Marin Cilic came into the final against Nishikori with a 2-5 record against the Japanese star, who appeared to have his number at least as far as their head to head record suggested. But Cilic, a significantly improved player this season, evidenced by his 46-16 record so far this year, knew that if he played to his potential there was no way that Nishikori would be able to stay with him in this contest.

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World no.1 Serena Williams produced a dominant performance in the Arthur Ashe stadium at Flushing Meadows, New York on Sunday to cement her place as the best female tennis player of generation and quite possible one of the greatest of all time.

The 32 year old American brushed aside the challenge of young Dane Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-3 in a little over an hour to claim her 18th Grand Slam title, joining American legends Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert in third place on the all-time winners list, leaving her 4 shy of Steffi Graf and 6 short of the record held by Aussie superstar Margaret Court.

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Sixteen-year-old Francis Tiafoe’s junior career may have ended on Saturday following a heartbreaking third-set tiebreaker loss after losing two match points in the semifinals of the US Open Junior Tournament.

Although he hasn’t made a decision to turn pro yet, the No. 6-seeded College Park, Md., resident said after his 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (6) loss to No. 5 Quentin Halys of France that he will focus strictly on pro events and will not defend the Orange Bowl title he won last December, which vaulted him to the front of the pack of top American junior players.

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