Stephens has no sympathy for vanquished Keys at US Open

By Rory Carroll NEW YORK, Sept 10 : US Open champion Sloane Stephens said she has no pity for Madison Keys after thrashing her 6-3 6-0 in Saturday’s final, given the huge runnersup check her friend will receive. Stephens was taken aback when asked if she felt bad for her fellow American after the one-sided […]

Ice-cool Stephens too good for Keys in U.S. Open final

By Julien Pretot NEW YORK, Sept 10 : Sloane Stephens stayed composed throughout the U.S. Open final, playing near-perfect tennis to win her maiden grand slam title with a 6-3 6-0 victory against Madison Keys as the future of American women’s tennis seemed assured on Saturday. The 24-year-old, back this summer from almost a year […]

Mats point: Williams choked, says Wilander

By Julien Pretot NEW YORK, Sept 8 : Expectations were so high for Venus Williams that the seven-time grand slam champion choked in her U.S. Open semi-final against fellow American Sloane Stephens on Thursday, according to former world number one Mats Wilander. The 37-year-old Williams reached two major finals this season but Stephens denied her […]

Resurgent Del Potro faces ultimate challenge in Nadal

By Julien Pretot NEW YORK, Sept 7 : Juan Martin Del Potro has been enjoying the sweetest renaissance at the U.S. Open, but the Argentine is well aware that Rafa Nadal, his semi-final opponent on Friday, is the ultimate challenge, especially for a player whose main weapon is the forehand. The 24th seed swept Roger […]

All American women’s semis kick off on sunny day

By Rory Carroll NEW YORK, Sept 7 : Four American women will play in the semi-finals at the U.S. Open for the first time since 1981, ensuring an American champion will be crowed in Flushing Meadows after Saturday’s final. Plentiful sunshine should return by Thursday afternoon, and the first match between veteran Venus Williams and […]