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Redemption...at last!

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The last Grand Slam of the year saw two beleaguered superstars grab their chance at redemption as Serena Williams (USA) and Roger Federer (Swi) capped an excellent couple of weeks at Flushing Meadows with straight-set wins in the ladies and men's singles finals of the US Open Championships respectively.  

Serena overcame some dogged defending from 2nd seed Jelena Jankovic to seal a 6-4, 7-5 victory in a match rescheduled for Sunday night due to the inclement New York weather. Jankovic to her credit made Williams work for almost every point and should have r

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Super Saturday

us_open_tom_mascardo_ss.jpgIt's Super Saturday at the US Open today as the most exciting day of action in the annual tennis calendar will feature the Women's Singles Final squeezed in between the two Men's Singles Semifinals.

Serena Williams played outstanding tennis to overcome Dinara Safina 6-2, 6-3 in front of a packed and partisan home crowd at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center late on Friday. Serena a two-time former Champion, will go into the final as the favourite against Jelena Jankovic who inspite of being seeded higher has never played a Grand Slam final before. The winner of the match will not just walk away with the US O

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Champions!

lee_black1.jpgLeander Paes (Ind) and Cara Black (Zim) played some scintillating tennis to win the Mixed Doubles US Open title beating the Brit-American pair of Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber in straight sets 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 at Flushing Meadows today.

The first set of the match was extremely close as Cara Black needed to even save a set-point on her serve during regulation play. With no breaks of serve in the set, it was left to a tie-break to decide the winner , Leander and Cara did just enough to win it 8-6 in a set that lasted just under an hour.

The second set also went on serve till the fifth game when Jamie Murray put himself under a bit of pressure double faulting at 30-15. The game went to deuce and wi

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Paes' Doubles Delight

paes1.jpgLeander Paes showed a welcome return to form by reaching the finals of both the Mixed Doubles and the Men's Doubles events at the US Open.

Partnering with Cara Black a six time grand slam champion in her own right, Paes turned back the clock a few years winning a fairly competitive semi-final encounter against Jonas Bjorkman & Nadia Petrova 6-4, 6-4. They will play Liezel Huber (Cara's women's doubles partner) and young Scot Jamie Murray in the final scheduled as the second match on day 11 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

In the Men's doubles semi-finals Paes playing alongside the Czech Republic's Lukas Dlouhy annihilated Juan Monaco & Maximo Gonzalez 6-2, 6-0. The young Argenitnes looked a shadow of their former selves having pla

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Five Set Drama

fedex.jpgA night of thrilling matches kept us completely compelled to our television sets as Roger Federer pulled off an excellent five set victory over the number 23 seed Igor Andreev and Novak Djokovic dug deep to beat Tommy Robredo also in five sets to stay on course for a dream semi-final against each other.

To get there however Novak will need to run through the American destroyer that is Andy Roddick, who continued to annihilate opponents through the draw. Federer next plays qualifier Gilles Muller who upset 5th seed Nikolai Davydenko in straight sets. The large Luxemburg left-hander has now won 7 matches in the US Open so far and has in the past beaten top 10 players including Rafa Nadal and Andy Roddick.

Match of the Day - A

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The Usual Suspects

usual_suspects_ver2.jpgWith Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy and Nikolai all making the last 16, there have been no major upsets in the US Men's draw as we head into week 2 of the last Grand Slam of the year.

Rafael Nadal seems to be enjoying his number 1 status and after a fairly tiring first round match against Bjorn Phau where he was appearing jaded, Nadal has rebounded well to demolish his opponents in rounds 2 and 3. He next faces 6ft 6 inches of American Sam Querrey who has beaten No.22 seed Tomas Berdych in Round 1 and 14th seed Ivo Karlovic in Round 3.

A victory for Nadal could setup an interesting clash against super fast retriever Gael Monfils in the quarters. Ofcourse Monfils will first need to find a way past another America

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Coin makes short change of Ana

188th ranked French qualifier Julie Coin created perhaps the greatest upset in the history of tennis beating World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at the US Open Championships today.

coin1.jpgCoin (pronounced Kwaa) a part-time pro who has been on-and-off the tennis circuit since 1999 (when Ana was only 11 years old) has never been ranked anywhere near the top 150 and has career prize money of under a $100,000 got her few hours of fame as she stormed out of the blocks early in the 1st set playing some absolutely immaculate tennis.

Ivanovic didn't help her own cause dropping her serve in the 7th game of the first set after two double faults. In fact, Ivanovic struggled with her serve throughout the match commiting 8 double faults in all. Coin

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