US Open 2021: Fernandez vs. Raducanu in battle of first-time teenage Slam finalists

Teenagers Fernandez, Raducanu gunning for first Grand Slam final

Another day, more history made at this year’s US Open. Two teenagers will contest Saturday’s Grand Slam Final, on their main draw debuts no less, when Canada’s Leylah Fernandez and British qualifier Emma Raducanu duel this weekend. The latter dropped just five games vs. Maria Sakkari (#17), after Fernandez outlasted Aryna Sabalenka (#2) in a three-set battle. Continue reading

US Open 2021: Raducanu-Sakkari, Djokovic-Zverev semifinals set on Day 10

Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom meets at the net after defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during her Women’s Singles quarterfinals match on...

Emma Raducanu’s remarkable run continues, as she recovered from 3-1 down to stifle Olympic champion Belinda Bencic. Maria Sakkari is next, following an impressive win over Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova later on. Speaking of the Olympics, Friday sees a rematch of the Tokyo semis as gold medallist Alexander Zverev looks to snap Novak Djokovic’s hopes of the Golden Slam. Judging by the way the Serb played vs. Matteo Berrettini, expect fireworks this weekend.
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US Open 2021: Three new semi-finalists confirmed but Day 9 sadly fizzles out

Leylah Fernandez of Canada waves to the crowd after defeating Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during her Women's Singles quarterfinals match on Day Nine...

Although an unspectacular semi-final and contrasting injuries saw the night session finish within a flash on Day 9, three new Grand Slam semi-finalists were sealed – two for the first time – as 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez’s dizzying tournament continued with a dramatic win over Elina Svitolina, before compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime fended off Carlos Alcaraz overnight.
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US Open 2021: Raducanu’s run continues, Djokovic downs spirited Brooksby on Day 8

Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom celebrates match point against Shelby Rogers of the United States during her Women’s Singles round of 16 match on...

Emma Raducanu is a US Open quarter-finalist after overcoming a nervy start to blitz past Shelby Rogers, while Novak Djokovic faces Matteo Berrettini next. The world no. 1 came from a set down – beating the last American man standing – 20yo wildcard Jenson Brooksby. Olympic champions Alexander Zverev and Belinda Bencic also earned big wins, among others on Day 8. Continue reading

US Open 2021: Djokovic, Raducanu record very different wins on Day 6 as Barty, Shapovalov fall

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts against Kei Nishikori of Japan during his Men's Singles third round match of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean...

On another action-packed day at Flushing Meadows, Kei Nishikori’s high-quality provided a stern test for Novak Djokovic but the world no. 1 recovered from a set down to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Elsewhere, Emma Raducanu dismantled Sara Sorribes Tormo to reach the second week at successive Slams, where she’ll face Ashleigh Barty’s conqueror Shelby Rogers on Monday.
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US Open 2021: Alcaraz stuns Tsitsipas in five-set classic as Day 5 excites

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates match point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during his Men's Singles third round match on Day Five at USTA...

Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz produced a masterful display, full of peaks and troughs, en route to a historic five-set win over Stefanos Tsitsipas (#3) – reaching his first fourth round at a Grand Slam, becoming the youngest to do so since 1992. Elsewhere, Naomi Osaka (#3) and Andrey Rublev (#5) were among the seeds to fall, on a day that certainly didn’t disappoint.
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Conor Benn vows to produce big display against Adrian Granados on Saturday

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Although their initial bout was postponed after Conor Benn’s positive COVID-19 test, the 24-year-old welterweight prospect recovered and Eddie Hearn moved this matchup onto the Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara II card in Leeds this weekend. Benn (18-0, 12 KOs) believes he’ll start getting the respect he deserves at 147lbs worldwide and Saturday is where he continues… Continue reading

US Open 2021: Raducanu, Zverev earn contrasting straight-set wins on Day 4

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain reacts against Shuai Zhang of China during her Women's Singles second round match on Day Four of the 2021 US Open at...

Emma Raducanu’s US Open campaign continued with a 6-2, 6-4 win over China’s Zhang Shuai but Britain’s teenage qualifier said it was much less one-sided than the scoreline suggested. By contrast, Olympic champion Alexander Zverev (#4) blasted past Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in 75 minutes while world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty, Belinda Bencic and Iga Swiatek all prevailed.
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Sure thing: Joseph Parker welcomes possible bout with title-chasing Joe Joyce

Joseph Parker survives knockdown, beats Dereck Chisora by split decision -  The Ring

With both men insistent on making big fights and an aim to eventually earn a heavyweight title shot, former WBO champion Joseph Parker is prepared to face Joe Joyce, per recent comments by his manager David Higgins. If they could agree terms, this would matchup #2 and #3 in the rankings for Anthony Joshua’s WBO belt, which he defends vs. Oleksandr Usyk later this month. Continue reading

US Open 2021: Rublev, Medvedev win but Ruud stunned in four sets on rainy Day 3

Russians ruled supreme on day three, as there were straight-sets victories for Daniil Medvedev (#2) and Daria Kasatkina (#25), while Andrey Rublev (#5) had a fiery response after relinquishing three set points to oust Spain’s Pablo Martínez in four. There were also comfortable wins for Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep while defending champ Naomi Osaka had a walkover. Continue reading