Pride & Joy

Thiem sees off Cilic | Serena survives Stephens scare | Azarenka storms via

NEW YORK, September 6

Victoria Azarenka gained two Grand Slams and ascended to the world’s No. 1 rating earlier in her profession however the Belarusian says she has by no means felt happier on courtroom than she does now. The 31-year-old, who beat Iga Swiatek 6-Four 6-2 yesterday, has not dropped a set this week en path to the fourth spherical at Flushing Meadows, the place she reached back-to-back finals in 2012 and 2013, shedding each to Serena Williams.

“I feel like I’ve been always passionate, but the joy of playing and kind of accepting the process, all of the good and bad in the process, I have never done that before in my career, even when I was No. 1, when I was winning Grand Slam,” she stated.

“I was never able to reach that level of happiness on the court, joy on the court, enjoyment of that.”

The two-time Australian Open winner returned to the Tour in 2018 after the start of her son Leo however had not lifted a title till profitable the Western & Southern Open, a warm-up occasion for the US Open. — Reuters

‘Serena’ goal

Winning a Grand Slam is tough. For Serena Williams, managing the overwhelming expectations that include a two-decade lengthy profession within the highlight appears even tougher. The third seed superior into the second week yesterday, surviving a third-round scare from fellow American Sloane Stephens earlier than profitable 2-6 6-2 6-2 in her hardest check at this 12 months’s event thus far. Asked how she compartmentalises the day-to-day problem of competitors with the eye 23 Grand Slam titles can carry, Williams merely stated: “Sometimes it’s harder than others. Every day having ‘Serena’ on your back is a massive target for the tour, for press, for stress. But as Billie Jean King said, pressure is a privilege. So I wouldn’t want it any other way. So I just try to think about how fortunate I am to have been in this position.” In all of sport there are few information fairly so cussed because the one belonging to King’s rival, Margaret Court: 24 Grand Slam titles. It is one which Williams has fought mightily to achieve. Reuters

Quick begin

Second seed Dominic Thiem staved off a spirited fightback from Marin Cilic to beat the previous champion 6-2 6-2 3-6 6-Three yesterday and attain the fourth spherical. Thiem had gained each his earlier conferences with the 31st-seeded Croat and rapidly stamped his authority on the night’s closing match on the Arthur Ashe Stadium courtroom. Reuters

Bopanna in quarters

India veteran Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian associate Denis Shapovalov surprised sixth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies to advance to the boys’s doubles quarterfinals. The unseeded pair gained 4-6 6-Four 6-Three in Round 2. Bopanna is the lone surviving Indian within the event after the exit of Sumit Nagal and Divij Sharan. pti

Mladenovic out

The top-seeded girls’s doubles crew was dropped from the US Open as a result of one of many gamers, Kristina Mladenovic of France, was issued a quarantine discover by public well being officers from the county the place her event lodge is. Mladenovic was one in every of seven gamers positioned beneath additional restrictions in the course of the event after contact tracing decided she doubtlessly may have been uncovered to Covid-19 by Benoit Paire, the one entrant to check optimistic. USTA eliminated Mladenovic and her associate, Timea Babos of Hungary, saying it was “obligated to adhere to government guidance.”

Keys retires with neck challenge

American Madison Keys, the 2017 runner-up, dropped the opening set of her third-round encounter towards Frenchwoman Alize Cornet earlier than retiring with a neck damage. Cornet was main 7-6(4) 3-2 when Keys determined she was unable to proceed.

Other outcomes

Men’s singles

Felix Auger-Aliassime bt Corentin Moutet 6-1 6-Zero 6-4; Matteo Berrettini bt Casper Ruud 6-Four 6-Four 6-2; Vasek Pospisil bt Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5 2-6 4-6 6-Three 6-2; Alex de Minaur bt Karen Khachanov 6-Four 0-6 4-6 6-Three 6-1; Daniil Medvedev bt JJ Wolf 6-Three 6-Three 6-2; Frances Tiafoe bt Marton Fucsovics 6-2 6-Three 6-2

Women’s singles

Sofia Kenin bt Ons Jabeur 7-6(4) 6-3; Tsvetana Pironkova bt Donna Vekic 6-Four 6-1; Maria Sakkari bt Amanda Anisimova 6-Three 6-1; Elise Mertens bt Caty McNally 7-5 6-1

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