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Double delight for Hingis and Mirza as they clinch US Open crown

The world no.1 pairing of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza followed up their triumph at Wimbledon earlier this year by also capturing the US Open Women's Doubles title, crushing the Australian - Kazazh pairing of Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslav Shvedova 6-3, 6-3 in the final today.

Playing in front of a near empty Arthur Ashe stadium a four hours before the Men's Singles Final gets underway, Mirza and Hingis started the match brightly and quickly confirmed their status as the favourites by clinching an early break of serve. Even when the duo dropped serve on the odd occasion in either set, they were always well in control of the contest, and barring some late nerves wrapped up the match in rather comfortable fashion.


Pennetta tops Vinci to claim US Open Women's crown

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Flavia Pennetta conquered her great friend and compatriot Roberta Vinci to take an emotional US Open title. It was a maiden slam for the 33 year old as she became the oldest ever first time winner of a slam in the Open era. In a facile victory, Pennetta overcame her nerves and her opponent in a tight first set before romping home to win 7-6(4), 6-2 in 93 minutes. Pennetta who became the first ever Italian US Open champion, will now rise to her highest ever ranking of number eight in the world following the triumph.

In the oldest ever slam final between two 30+ Italians, Roberta Vinci put up a great fight initially but struggled to reprise her heroics from yesterday. She was a more than gracious finalist and won the fans hearts with her pleasing personality. Pennetta for her part was also excellent after the match, saying she was thrilled to win her first ever slam fulfilling her childhood dream to do so. What was exceptionally pleasing was to see the camaraderie between the childhood friends during the presentation ceremony. As if the surprises weren’t enough, Pennetta chose that moment to also drop the bombshell that she now would be retiring from tennis. As goodbyes go, this one is undoubtedly among the most remarkable!


Brandon Holt and Riley Smith Advance to US Open Junior Doubles Final

Brandon Holt and Riley Smith are making people forget who their tennis noteworthy parents are, and making names for themselves at this year’s U.S. Open.

The Southern California USTA wild-card team won their third straight super-tiebreaker on Friday in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Junior Championships, advancing to Sunday’s final where they will face the Canadian team of Felix Auger Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov. They came back to beat the team of South African Lloyd George Harris and Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki in the semifinals, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8, at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center.


Paes - Hingis win thrilling Mixed Doubles Final at the US Open

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The fourth seeded Indo-Swiss pairing of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis overcame the challenge of the All-American duo of Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a match truly worthy of a final 10-7 in a Championship tiebreaker to win the US Open Mixed Doubles title of 2015.

Paes and Hingis had already won the Australian Open and Wimbledon Mixed Doubles crown this year, while on the other side of the net they squared off against another very good doubles player in Mattek-Sands, the reigning French Open Mixed Doubles. Sam Querrey was the least experienced amongst the four and was playing in his first ever Grand Slam final.


Viva Italiano as Vinci stuns Serena to setup all Italian US Open Final

Serena Williams' pursuit of Steffi Graf's 1998 accomplishment - a Calendar Grand Slam - and her Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam titles has been put on hold as the world no.1 crashed out in incredible fashion to unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci in the semi-finals of the US Open on Friday afternoon.

In what was truly an incredible match, Vinci's desire to run down every ball and her all court game stunted the legendary American's prowess when it appeared for all money that recreating history was in Serena's grasp.

In the first of the women's semi-finals on Friday, 26th seed Flavia Pennetta had already set hearts aflutter when she stunned world no.2 Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3 in what was largely a one-sided contest. Halep, who had put in so much in her quarter-final victory over Victoria Azarenka, appeared to be running on empty and made uncharacteristic errors to hand Pennetta an easy win.

Flavia raced through the opening set and apart from a momentary blip when she lost three games in a row to surrender a 3-1 lead in the second, appeared in complete control of the contest. Flavia, rattled off the last 5 games of the match, including 19 of the last 21 points to romp into her first Grand Slam Final.

The defeat of Halep would have given Serena Williams a further boost heading into her semi-final match, knowing that she had two Italians, who had never beaten her standing in her way and history.

The first set went comfortably Serena's way as she raced through it 6-2 in 31 minutes, and it seemed like only a matter of time before she would take her record against Roberta Vinci to 5-0.

However, Vinci developed some self belief in the second set and made Serena work harder for every point, giving virtually nothing away. Roberta also started venturing further forward, looking to take advantage of her exceptional volleying skills to stretch the contest.

Suddenly out of nowhere she picked up a break of serve against the run of play and made the most of the opportunity to nick the set 6-4 and force the match into a decider.

Usually when she finds her back to the wall, Serena finds another level, that second set though had taken a lot out of her physically, and Vinci just wasn't giving her any free points. As her frustration grew, so did her unforced error count, and Serena made 19 in the third set alone, almost as many as she had in the first two sets combined.

The duo traded breaks early in the set before Vinci broke Serena in the 7th game to take what proved to be the decisive break. A nervy hold extended her advantage to 5-3, but Serena wasn't going to give up without a fight and she held on to her own serve to make Vinci have to serve for a play in the decider.

First serves continued to elude Vinci, who landed only 11 of 30 in the entire final set, yet she held serve amazingly to love to wrap up a thrilling 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win and book her place in her maiden Grand Slam final.

Women's Semi-final

[26] F Pennetta d. [2] S Halep 6-1 6-3

R. Vinci d. [1] S Williams 2-6 6-4 6-4

Swiss superstars set for US Open semi-final showdown

Swiss Davis Cup teammates Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will clash against each other in the semi-finals of the US Open after both men produced outstanding performances on a wet Wednesday at Flushing Meadows, New York.

Federer was in quarter-final action against Frenchman Richard Gasquet out on Arthur Ashe Stadium, while the inclement weather meant that Wawrinka's match against the big serving South African Kevin Anderson had to be moved out onto Louis Armstrong Stadium.


Leander and Martina advance to US Open Final

Wimbledon champions Leander Paes and Martina Hingis will look to add another trophy to their already bursting cabinets later this week when they take on the American duo of Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the Mixed Doubles Final at the US Open.

Paes and Hingis beat the 2nd seeded duo of Rohan Bopanna and Yung-Jan Chan 6-2, 7-5 in a little over an hour to advance to the Final. Hingis has incidentally already booked her place in the Women's Doubles Final as well, partnering another Indian star Sania Mirza.


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