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Connecticut Open: Petra Kvitova wins second straight New Haven final

  Second-seeded Petra Kvitova won her second straight Connecticut Open title Saturday, beating fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2 in the all-Czech Republic final. It's the third time Kvitova has won the tournament, putting her one behind Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki for the tournament record. Kvitova won in 2012 and lost to Simona Halep in the 2013 final. After...
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Petra Kvitova wins 2nd straight New Haven final

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Second-seeded Petra Kvitova won her second straight Connecticut Open title Saturday, beating fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2 in the all-Czech Republic final. It's the third time Kvitova has won the tournament, putting her one behind Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki for the tournament record. Kvitova won in 2012 and lost to Simona Halep in...
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US Open: Even No. 2-ranked Simona Halep is rooting for Serena to win

  Second-ranked Simona Halep says she meant it when she told Serena Williams after their match last weekend that she hopes the American completes the Grand Slam. Halep's comment during the trophy ceremony at Cincinnati raised some eyebrows because of the implications: If Williams wins the U.S. Open, that means Halep doesn't. The Romanian said Saturday that of course if the two meet...
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Even No. 2 Halep rooting for Serena to win US Open

NEW YORK (AP) Second-ranked Simona Halep says she meant it when she told Serena Williams after their match last weekend that she hopes the American completes the Grand Slam. Halep's comment during the trophy ceremony at Cincinnati raised some eyebrows because of the implications: If Williams wins the U.S. Open, that means Halep doesn't. The Romanian said Saturday that of course...
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U.S. Open: Andy Murray has a lot to prove in New York

If Novak Djokovic fails to win the 2015 U.S. Open, he still has two majors in the bag this year; more Masters 1000 titles than anyone else; and the year-end No. 1 ranking. He successfully defended a major title outside Australia for the first time in his career. He is, by any measure, the best player in the present tense on the ATP Tour, and will carry that label into the 2016 Australian...
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U.S. Open: Andy Murray has a lot to prove in New York

If Novak Djokovic fails to win the 2015 U.S. Open, he still has two majors in the bag this year; more Masters 1000 titles than anyone else; and the year-end No. 1 ranking. He successfully defended a major title outside Australia for the first time in his career. He is, by any measure, the best player in the present tense on the ATP Tour, and will carry that label into the 2016 Australian...
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After restful summer, Federer in the swing heading into Open

CINCINNATI (AP) Roger Federer isn't in such a rush anymore. He's doing things his way and taking time to savor each moment. After losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, he took a month off from tournament play to be with his family and visit Africa as part of his charity work. The break seemed to work for the 34-year-old Swiss star. Federer returned to the court in Cincinnati...
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Lucie Safarova advances to Connecticut Open final

  Fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic held off lucky-loser Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) on Friday in the Connecticut Open semifinals. Second-seeded defending champion Petra Kvitova, also from the Czech Republic, faced third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the second semifinal. ''It's going to be a tough finals match, which it should be,'' Safarova...
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US Open fans get break from sun, but not yet rain, in Ashe

NEW YORK (AP) U.S. Open spectators must wait out rain delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium for one more year. In the meantime, they're getting a break from Mother Nature in a very different way: shade from the blazing sun. A framework of more than 6,500 tons of steel now sits atop center court for the Grand Slam tournament. In 2016, it will support a retractable roof, the culmination of...
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Serena Williams has classy response to Maria Sharapova's endorsements edge

Serena Williams, the current world No. 1 and winningest active player on the WTA tour, faces a huge disparity in earnings between her and world No. 2 Maria Sharapova. According to a report from Forbes, Williams made $24.6 million from June 2014 to June 2015 while Sharapova made $29.7 million. For normal people, that income differential is negligible since both are multimillionaires...
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With Serena on verge of Grand Slam, US Open women's final sells out before men's

NEW YORK -- With Serena Williams on the verge of making history, the U.S. Open women's final has sold out before the men's title match. Tournament officials don't have complete records but believe this is the first time that has happened. If Williams makes the final Sept. 12, she will be one win from completing the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988. The top-ranked American...
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US Open women's final sells out before men's final

NEW YORK (AP) With Serena Williams on the verge of making history, the U.S. Open women's final has sold out before the men's title match. Tournament officials don't have complete records but believe this is the first time that has happened. If Williams makes the final Sept. 12, she will be one win from completing the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988. The top-ranked American...
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Serena Williams Salutes The Little Mermaid

The seaweed’s always greener in somebody else’s lake…Unless you’re Serena Williams. I’m sure she’s fine with her seaweed. I’m certain she’s pleased with ALL the green in her life. At her recent Delta sponsored karaoke event, the tennis grand mistress belted out the signature song ‘Under the Sea’ from the Disney classic “The Little Mermaid” and she didn’t...
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A look at Serena Williams' possible path to true Grand Slam

Shortly after the draw for the U.S. Open set up Serena Williams' path to completing a Grand Slam, she offered her own analysis. ''It's not anything simple or easy to go through,'' Williams said. Actually, judging by her head-to-head records against many possible opponents, it might be. Still, there are sure to be tests for Williams if she is going to win seven matches over two weeks...
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US OPEN 2015: Capsules on top women's players

Women to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday: SERENA WILLIAMS Seeded: 1 Age: 33 Country: United States 2015 Match Record: 48-2 2015 Singles Titles: 5 Career Singles Titles: 69 Major Titles: 21 - U.S. Open ('99, `02, `08, `12, `13, `14), Wimbledon ('02, `03, `09, `10, `12, `15), Australian Open ('03, `05, `07, `09, `10, `15), French Open ('02, `13, `15) Last 5 U.S. Opens:...
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US OPEN 2015: What to watch aside from Williams in New York

There is no question that the most talked-about topic heading into the U.S. Open is Serena Williams' Grand Slam bid. Even if she does dominate the conversation, a certain ''Big Four'' of men's tennis will provide plenty to discuss, too, as usual. No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic, for example, has been nearly as dominant as Williams in 2015. He won the Australian Open, was the runner-up...
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US OPEN 2015: Capsules on top men's players

Men to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday: NOVAK DJOKOVIC Seeded: 1 Age: 28 Country: Serbia 2015 Match Record: 56-5 2015 Singles Titles: 6 Career Singles Titles: 54 Major Titles: 9 - U.S. Open ('11), Wimbledon ('11, `14, `15), Australian Open ('08, `11, `12, `13, `15) Last 5 U.S. Opens: `14-Lost in Semifinals, `13-F, `12-F, `11-Won Championship, `10-F Topspin: Reached the...
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Struggling Bouchard gets help from Connors ahead of US Open

NEW YORK (AP) Eugenie Bouchard is getting a little help from Jimmy Connors ahead of the U.S. Open. A statement issued by Bouchard's management company Thursday said the Canadian and Connors have ''no long-term plans at this time'' for a coaching arrangement. The statement said Bouchard, the 2014 runner-up at Wimbledon, and Connors, an eight-time major champion, ''have been friends...
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Connecticut Open: Lucky-loser entry Tsurenko advances in New Haven

  Lucky-loser entry Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday in the Connecticut Open quarterfinals. Tsurenko lost in qualifying, but got into the field when top-seeded Simona Halep withdrew because of an injury. Tsurenko has yet to lose a set in the tournament. ''I don't feel any pressure because I'm playing players...
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Lucky-loser entry Tsurenko advances in Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Lucky-loser entry Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday in the Connecticut Open quarterfinals. Tsurenko lost in qualifying, but got into the field when top-seeded Simona Halep withdrew because of an injury. Tsurenko has yet to lose a set in the tournament. ''I don't feel any pressure because...
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Serena’s grand slam bid prompts sell out of women’s US Open final

For the first time in history, the women’s final at the U.S. Open has sold out before the men’s final. The reason is simple and clear: People are clamoring to see Serena Williams go for the elusive grand slam, as the winner of all four major tournaments in a single calendar year. Per Darren Rovell of ESPN.com: “USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said ticket records, as with...
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US OPEN 2015: Tournament at a glance

A look at the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament: Surface: Hard courts. Site: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Schedule: The 14-day tournament begins Monday. The women's singles final is Saturday, Sept. 12; the men's singles final is Sunday, Sept. 13. The tournament returns to a planned Sunday finish; in 2013 and 2014, play was scheduled...
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US OPEN 2015: Women who beat Williams say belief important

So here's the question 127 of the 128 women in the U.S. Open's main draw will ask themselves: How do you beat Serena Williams? A solid return helps, of course. As can the occasional free point off a big serve. And an ability to hang in there at the baseline on extended groundstroke exchanges. Still, women who have managed to pick up rare victories over Williams pointed not to any...
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US OPEN 2015: Serena Williams eyes 1st Grand Slam since 1988

Ask Serena Williams what could prevent her from completing tennis' first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century at the U.S. Open, and the response will not include the name of a single possible opponent. ''Well,'' she began when that question was posed, ''I'm always one of my biggest competitors. I can always stop myself. So that's why I kind of just try to stay positive...
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