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Serena, Pliskova record contrasting wins to setup US Open semi-final showdown

World No.1 Serena Williams advanced to the semi-finals of the US Open, beating fifth seeded Romanian Simona Halep 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in an entertaining contest.

The number one seed, who is seeking her seventh US Open title, will face Czech Karolina Pliskova in the semifinal. Pliskova, seeded 10th, extended her unbeaten run to 10 matches, crushing Croatia's teenage sensation Ana Konjuh 6-2, 6-2.

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Freddie Freeman's cousin Carson Branstine making strides at US Open Junior Championships

Carson Branstine from the City of Orange rallied from a love-3 third-set deficit in shocking No. 2-seeded Olesya Pervushina of Russia in just over two hours, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, on Wednesday at the US Open Junior Championships.

Given a wild card into the tournament by the USTA, Branstine, 15, had to come back from being a set down and overcame 11 aces in the match to beat Pervushina, who is also the No. 2 world-ranked player in the International Tennis Federation junior rankings.

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Nishikori stuns Murray in US Open quarter-finals

Sixth-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan outlasted world No.2 Andy Murray in the US Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, prevailing in five lop sided sets in a shade under 4 hours, 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

"I had many up and downs, in the beginning I didn't start well. It was tough but in the end it was great tennis, so very happy," Nishikori was quoted saying.

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Ashley Lahey continues to impress at US Open Junior Championships

Ashley Lahey, a 16-year-old Hawthorne resident who is currently a freshman at Pepperdine University, continued her winning ways at the 2016 US Open Junior Championships taking place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Lahey won her fourth consecutive match in New York City as she defeated American wild card Natasha Subhash, 6-2, 6-3, in the second round on Tuesday.

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Kerber sets up Wozniacki showdown in US Open semi-finals

Germany's Angelique Kerber powered to a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Italy's Roberta Vinci, advancing to the US Open women's singles semi-finals where she will take on former world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki.

The 28-year-old German player took control over the proceedings on Tuesday in the second set, dominating Vinci with a strong baseline game and preventing the Italian from holding serve.

Vinci, the world bo.8, was unable to match her 2015 dream run at this year's US Open, having made the final last year, losing to compatriot Flavia Pennetta.

Last month, Kerber won the silver medal in singles at the Olympic tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Losing to Puerto Rico's Monica Puig in the women's gold medal match. The German is enjoying a dream year, winning the 2016 Australian Open title, whilst also making the final at Wimbledon.

The German is on the verge of overtaking Serena Williams for the world no.1 ranking, and will look to continue her march towards the title here at Flushing Meadows, New York when she takes on two-time former runner-up Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals.

Denmark's Wozniacki was in irrepressible form on Tuesday, routing Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 6-0, 6-2 in the quarter-finals. In fairness to Sevastova, she was hampered for the best part of the contest by an ankle injury she picked up early in the contest.

A delighted Wozniacki shared after her win, "I think I was just extra focused, because I saw her fall in that second game. She stood up, and I knew if she can still walk and still put weight on it and stuff then she's going to go obviously more for her shots and stuff like that. But I thought, cool. I kept serving well and made her run. I'm pleased with how I managed to keep composed."

Djokovic - Monfils to clash in US Open semi-finals

France's Gael Monfils defeated his compatriot Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to claim a spot in the US Open tennis semifinals on Tuesday night.

In the semis, Monfils will face Novak Djokovic who eased past Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-2 in their quarterfinals encounter with the Frenchman retiring hurt after two sets due to a knee injury. Djokovic has now reached the semi-finals or better at 10 straight US Opens, but his eye will undoubtedly be on the top prize up for grabs at the weekend.

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Sania exits US Open Women's Quarter-final as Indian challenge ends in New York

Seventh seeds Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova were beaten 6-7 (3), 1-6 by top seeds Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in the women's doubles quarter-finals of the US Open, thereby ending India's campaign in the final Grand Slam of the year.

Sania Mirza was India's last representative at the US Open after Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski lost in the mixed doubles quarters on Monday.

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