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2017 US Open Diary – Tennis News – Live From New York

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NewsWhistle was live at the 2017 US Open tennis tournament, where it was fourteen days of fun and forehands in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

This year’s competition ran from August 28th until September 10th.

To read our event preview, click here.

To revisit our daily updates, please visit the scroll below.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, DAY FOURTEEN

THE SLAMMIN’ MEN’S FINAL SUMMARY

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It’s was a fantastic run for 28-seed Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, but he was no match for 1-seed Rafael Nadal, of Spain.

Nadal played tenaciously in the Men’s Final, beating Anderson in three straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

Nadal has now won three US Opens, and with this victory, he’s notched his sixteenth Grand Slam title!

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CELEBS SCHEDULED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE – actress Candice Bergen (below), tennis great Stefan Edberg, actress Debra Messing (below), singer Tony Bennett, TV host Charlie Rose, actress Hilary Swank, TV host Savannah Guthrie, actor Ben Affleck, TV correspondent Jenna Bush Hagler, tennis great Manolo Santana, comedian Jerry Seinfeld with philanthropist wife Jessica Seinfeld (below), tech titan Bill Gates, actress Mariska Hargitay, golfer Tiger Woods, tennis great Virginia Wade, designer Tommy Hilfiger, actor John Turturro, designer Ralph Lauren, singer Jon Baptiste, actor Sydney James Harcourt, actor Peter Sarsgaard, actor Corey Hawkins, actor Robert De Niro, model Christie Brinkley, model Nina Agdal, actor Matt Dillon, designer Vera Wang, actor Jason Biggs, TV host Pamela Silva Conde, media executive Cesar Conde, and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH, DAY THIRTEEN

THE SLAMMIN’ WOMEN’S FINAL SUMMARY

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Congratulations to Sloane Stephens, the winner of the 2017 US Open Women’s Final.

The new champion defeated 15-seed Madison Keys in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.

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A PANEL DISCUSSION

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Tennis icon Billie Jean King, cast members and directors of the upcoming film ‘Battles of the Sexes’ were scheduled to talk about the film before today’s big match.

Scheduled to appear: Emma Stone, Elisabeth Shue, Alan Cumming, Austin Stowell, and co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

The critically-acclaimed indie film which chronicles a sliver of Billie Jean King’s life — from the rise of the Women’s Tennis Association, to her off-court relationships to her famous “Battle of the Sexes” match — opens in selected cities on September 22 and nationally on September 29.

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CELEBS SCHEDULED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE – Billie Jean King, actress Emma Stone, actor Michael J. Fox, tennis great Stefan Edberg, actress Hilary Sawnk, TV personality Dr. Oz, actor James Spader, actor Sydney James Harcourt, actor Norm Lewis, actor Robert Redford, tennis great Manolo Santana, tech titan Bill Gates, tennis great Virginia Wade, swimmer Joseph Isaac Schooling, actor Michael Kelly, soccer player Carli Lloyd, golfer Michelle Wie, actress Uzo Aduba, designer Vera Wang, actor Alan Cumming, director Jonathan Dayton, director Valerie Faris, actor Austin Stowell, actress Faye Dunaway, and actress Elisabeth Shue.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH, DAY TWELVE

THE SLAMMIN’ MEN’S SEMI-FINAL SUMMARY
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The men’s semi-finals kicked off with 12-seed Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, facing 28-seed Kevin Anderson, of South Africa. Anderson got the better of Carreno Busta, beating him 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Anderson will face 1-seed Rafael Nadal (ESP) in Sunday’s final. Nadal bested 24-seed Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) in four sets, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.

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CELEBS SCHEDULED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE – actor Robert Redford (below), Princess Beatrice of York, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, newsman Tom Brokaw, TV personality Katie Couric, comic Aziz Ansari, actor Sean Connery, actress Julianna Marguiles, former hockey player Rod Gilbert, actress Judith Light, actress Jane Krakowski, actor Justin Bartha, singer-actress Dawnn Lewis, tennis great Stefan Edberg, rapper Fabolous, golfers Tiger Woods, Charl Schwartzel, and Louis Oosthuizen, and editrix Anna Wintour.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH, DAY ELEVEN

THE SLAMMIN’ WOMEN’S SEMI-FINAL SUMMARY

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In the first match, Sloane Stephens stood firm in a back-and-forth third set and defeated  Venus Williams. The final score: 6-1, 0-6, 7-5.

Said Stephens of her “incredible” match against Williams: “Hopefully we’ll make SportsCenter … Hint, hint.”

Stephens’ rival in Saturday’s final will be Madison Keys, who outplayed Coco Vanderweghe, 6-1, 6-2.

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CELEBS SCHEDULED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE – actress Elisabeth Shue (below), actress Katie Holmes, director Valerie Faris, model Hilary Rhoda, tennis great Monica Seles, hockey player Sean Avery, TV host Savannah Guthrie, director Jonathan Dayton, actress-singer Dawnn Lewis, actress Bridget Moynahan, TV host Lara Spencer, tennis great Kim Clijsters, and Lady Kitty Spencer.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, DAY TEN

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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USA! USA! USA! USA!

Tomorrow’s semi-finals matches will be an All-American affair as Coco Vanderweghe upset 1-seed Karolina Plizkova (CZE), 7-6, 6-3, and Madison Keys bested Kaia Kanepi, 6-3, 6-3.

Sloane Stephens will face Venus Williams in the first match; Vanderweghe will then square off against Keys (pictured below). The All-American action starts at 7 pm!

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On the men’s side, there will be no Roger FedererRafael Nadal dream match-up in the semi-finals. While Rafael Nadal (below) trounced opponent Andrey Rublev, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, Federer fell to Juan Martin del Potro in four sets. Nadal plays del Potro in the semis on Friday.

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CELEBS EXPECTED TO ATTEND – actress Uma Thurman; actress-singer Grace Hightower; TV personalities Katie Couric (pictured below, with husband John Molner), Charissa Thompson and Lo Bosworth; tennis greats Virginia Wade, Mats Wilander and Stan Smith; actor Shea Whigham; actress Cynthia Nixon; hockey players Connor McDavid, Mark Scheifele, PK Subban, Ryan McDonagh and Patrick Kane; actor James Franco; photographer Curtis Kulig; basketball player Draymond Green; and basketball coach Steve Kerr.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, DAY NINE

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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It’s been a good week for American tennis as five US players — Venus Williams, Madison Keys, Coco Vanderweghe, Sloane Stephens (above) and Sam Querrey — have made it to the US Open quarterfinals.

Here’s a list of today’s Elite Eight matches, which feature Williams, Stephens and Querrey:

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– Sloane Stephens (USA) fought a nail-biter against Anastajia Sevastova (LAT) [16]. The match ended in a three set tie-break, with Stephens victorious – 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.

– Venus Williams (USA) [9] had a tense match of her own, staring down Petra Kvitova (CZE) [13] for three sets. And like Stephens, Williams squeaked through to the semi-finals with a tiebreak win, and even matched Stephens’ final score of 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.

Williams will face Stephens in the semi-finals on Thursday. One thing’s for sure – an American will be in the Women’s Final on Saturday!

On the men’s side, Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP, above) [12], is heading to the semi-finals after defeating Diego Schwartzman (ARG)[29], 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. He will face Kevin Anderson (RSA) [28] (who defeated Sam Querrey) in the semi-finals.

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CELEBS EXPECTED TO ATTEND – hockey great Mike Richter, TV personality Daymond John, actress Anna Chlumsky (below), actor James Franco, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, acting couple Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, former US Secretary of State John Kerry, actor Liev Schrieber, and NFL player Landon Collins.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, DAY EIGHT

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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In what had to have been the most entertaining match of the day – if not the entire tournament –Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) [24] crawled back from two sets down to challenge Dominic Thiem (AUS) [6] for the rest of the match.

It was an incredible comeback for del Potro, who won the crowd, the next three sets, and the right to play Roger Federer (SUI) [3] in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [1] had an easier day than del Potro, sending off Jennifer Brady (USA) with the score of 6-1, 6-0. Pliskova will go on to face Madison Keys (USA) [15] in an Elite Eight match-up

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Right after Pliskova’s easy goings, Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1] bounded onto centre court and upended Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) by the swift score of 6-2, 6-4, 6-1.

Across the tennis centre, there was an upset in the making, David Goffin (BEL) [9] fell in three sets to Nadal’s next opponent — 19-year-old Andrey Rublev (RUS).

Finally, fans saw 20-seed Coco Vanderweghe (USA) advance after beating Lucie Safarova (CZE) in relatively breezy fashion, 6-4, 7-6. Vanderweghe will next take on Kaia Kanepi (EST), who brushed away Daria Kasatkina (RUS) in straight sets.

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CELEBS IN ATTENDANCE: model-singer Vanessa Williams, musician Justin Timberlake, hockey goalie Henrik Lundqvist, editrix Anna Wintour and tennis great Boris Becker.

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QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS (TO BE PLAYED WEDNESDAY)

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– Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [1] vs. Madison Keys (USA) [15];

– Coco Vanderweghe (USA) [20] vs. Kaia Kanepi (EST);

– Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1] vs. Andrey Rublev (RUS);

– Roger Federer (SUI) [3] vs. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) [24].

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD, DAY SEVEN

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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Overhead clouds and a dash of rain postponed some matches around the tennis centre, but the first Round of 16 match went off without a hitch – under the roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

There, on centre court, Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [12] beat young Canadian phenom Denis Shapovalov (pictured above) in straight tie-breaker sets, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6.

His next opponent in the quarterfinals? 29-seed Diego Schwartzman, of Argentina, who upset Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16] in four sets.

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In other matches…

– Wildcard Maria Sharapova (RUS, above) lost to Anastajia Sevastova (LAT) [16] by the score of 7-5, 4-6, 2-6. And unseeded Sloane Stephens (USA) defeated Julia Georges (GER) [30] in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Stephens will now face Sevastova in their quarterfinals clash on Tuesday.

– 9-seed Venus Williams (USA) is also part of the Elite Eight, besting Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) in three sets. She will face Petra Kvitova (CZE) [13], who cruised to victory over Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP, pictured below) [3].

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Sam Querrey (USA) [17] quickly dispatched Mischa Zverev (GER) [23] in the last match of the day. He will face Kevin Anderson (RSA) [28] in the quarterfinals.

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QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS (TO BE PLAYED TUESDAY)

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– Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Anastajia Sevastova (LAT) [16];

– Venus Williams (USA, pictured above) [9] vs. Petra Kvitova (CZE) [13];

– Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [12] vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)[29]; and

– Sam Querrey (USA) [17] vs. Kevin Anderson (RSA) [28].

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND, DAY SIX

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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1. It’s been a great two days for American tennis as five players on the women’s side are moving into the Round of 16: Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, CoCo Vanderweghe (pictured above), Jennifer Brady, and Madison Keys.

FYI – The last U.S. player left in the men’s singles tournament is Sam Querrey, who plays Germany’s Mischa Zverev on centre court tomorrow night.

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This year’s Open run is over for Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the 19-year-old lost in three sets to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

2. The following players all won their Round 3 matches today. Below is who they will face in Monday’s Round of 16.

Women’s Singles (Round of 16 Match-Ups, To Be Played Monday)

– Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [1] vs. Jennifer Brady (USA);

– Elina Svitolina (UKR) [4] vs. Madison Keys (USA) [15];

– Coco Vanderweghe (USA, pictured above) [20] vs. Lucie Safarova (CZE); and

– Kaia Kanepi (EST) vs. Daria Kasatkina (RUS)

Men’s Singles (Round of 16 Match-Ups, To Be Played Monday)

– Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1] vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR);

– David Goffin (BEL) [9] vs. Andrey Rublev (RUS);

– Roger Federer (SUI) [3] vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [33];

– Dominic Thiem (AUT) [6] vs. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) [24].

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Victory in Round 3: Rafael Nadal wins in four sets against Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer – 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.

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3. Already in the Round of 16, with matches to be played tomorrow.

Women’s

Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs. Venus Williams (USA) [9]; Petra Kvitova (CZE) [13] vs.Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [3]; Julia Goerges (GER) [30] vs. Sloane Stephens (USA); Anastajia Sevastova (LAT) [16] vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS).

Men’s

Sam Querrey (USA) [17] vs. Mischa Zverev (GER) [23]; Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs. Kevin Anderson (RSA) [28]; Denis Shapovalov (CAN) vs. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [12]; Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16] vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) [29].

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4. In other news, Italy’s Fabio Fognini was forced to withdraw from his doubles match after the Grand Slam Board provisionally suspended him from play. The board is looking at whether Fognoni committed a “major offense” when he reportedly lobbed curses at an umpire during his first round singles match. He’s already been fined for $24,000 for his on-court outburst and has since apologized for his behavior, according to reports.

TODAY’S ROUND 3 RESULTS

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Winners To Watch – Kaia Kanepi (EST), Lucie Safarova (CZE),  Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR), Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [1], Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1], Roger Federer (SUI) [3], Dominic Thiem (AUT) [6], Madison Keys (USA) [15], Coco Vanderweghe (USA) [20], Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) [24], Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [33].

Seeded & Defeated – Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [11] (lost to J. M. del Potro), Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [12] (lost to D. Kasatkina), Elena Vesnina (RUS) [17] (lost to M. Keys), Shaui Zhang (CHN) [27] (abovelost to K. Pliskova), Gael Monfils (FRA) [18] (lost to D. Goffin), Adrian Mannarino (FRA) [30] (lost to D. Thiem).

CELEB SPOTTING – In the stands today: comic Wanda Sykes (below), composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and performer Justin Timberlake with actress wife Jessica Biel.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST, DAY FIVE

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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Well, the lower half of the Men’s Single bracket just became even more interesting.

5-seed Marin Cilic, a former US Open champ, lost to 29-seed Diego Schwartzman in four sets. With no more clear favorites in the bottom part of the draw, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be staying around next week.

RESULTS

Winners To Watch – Paolo Lorenzi (ITA), Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP), Maria Sharapova (RUS), Denis Shapovalov (CAN), Sloane Stephens (USA), Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [3], Venus Williams (USA) [9], Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [12], Petra Kvitova (CZE) [13], Anastajia Sevastova (LAT) [16], Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16], Sam Querrey (USA) [17], Mischa Zverev (GER) [23], Kevin Anderson (RSA) [28], Diego Schwartzman (ARG) [29], Julia Goerges (GER) [30].

Seeded & Defeated – Marin Cilic (CRO) [5] (lost to D. Schwartzman), John Isner (USA) [10], Caroline Garcia (FRA) [18] (lost to P. Kvitova), Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) [31] (lost to G. Muguruza).

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 31ST, DAY FOUR 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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Another sunny day, another sell-out crowd, and lots of Round Two tennis, especially for players Shelby Rogers (USA) and Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [25], who  faced-off in the longest Women’s Single’s match ever at the US Open. The match — which lasted three hours and 33 minutes — went in Roger’s favor, with the American winning 7-6, 4-6, 7-6.

Also on time’s side was Roger Federer. The 36-year-old 3-seed nearly didn’t escape his match against Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia. Youzhny had Federer up against the ropes, up two sets to one, but Youzhny appeared to injure his hip and Federer held firm, winning his second straight five -set match, 6-1, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 5-2.

About his two long matches, Federer joked: “I feel quite warmed-up by now.”

Other players smiling into Round Three include Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [1] and Elina Svitolina (UKR, below) [4].

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Suffering tough defeats: Grigor Dmitrov (BUL) [7], Tomas Berdych (CZE, below) [15] and Barbora Strycova (CZE)[23].

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RESULTS

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Winners To Watch – Naomi Osaka (JPN), Shelby Rogers (USA), Karolina Pliskova (CZE, above) [1], Roger Federer (SUI) [3], Elina Svitolina [4], Dominic Thiem (AUT) [6], David Goffin (BEL) [9], Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [10], Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [11], Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [12], Madison Keys (USA) [15], Elena Vesnina (RUS) [17], Gael Monfils (FRA) [18], CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) [20], Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) [24], Shuai Zhang (CHN) [27], Adrian Mannarino (FRA) [30], Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [31], Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [33].

Surprise Losses – Grigor Dmitrov (BUL) [7], Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [8], Tomas Berdych (CZE) [15], Barbora Strycova (CZE) [23], Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [25].

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30TH, DAY THREE 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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Tennis fans soaked up the sun and lots of good tennis after most of Tuesday’s matches were rained out.

And while there were a few major losses over the past two days — including Simona Halep, Johanna Konta and Angelique Kerber — many of the seeded stars took to sun-splashed courts and cruised to victory during their early matches.

There were several notable losses, however, including Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5]; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [8]; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [14]; Kristina Mladenovic [14]; Fabio Fognini (ITA) [22]; and Richard Gasquet (FRA) [26].

Most surprising, though, was 4-seed Alexander Zverev falling in four sets to Croatia’s Borna Coric (pictured above). Zverev had been tapped to go far in the tournament — with some even thinking he could win the whole Open. But the six-foot-six German just couldn’t pull off two tiebreakers against a determined Coric, who’s been dubbed “The Young Djokovic.” The final score: 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6.

Up next for Coric? 28-seed Kevin Anderson, of South Africa.

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A little lift isn’t enough for Kayla Day who lost a close match to fellow American Shelby Rogers, 2-6, 6-4, 4-6.

RESULTS

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Winners To Watch – Sloane Stephens (USA), Maria Sharapova (RUS) (WC), Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [3], Elina Svitolina (UKR) [4],  Marin Cilic (CRO) [5], Dominic Thiem (AUT) [6], Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [7], Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [8], David Goffin (BEL) [9], Venus Williams (USA) [9], Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [10], John Isner (USA) [10], Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [11], Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [12], Petra Kvitova (CZE) [13], Tomas Berdych (CZE) [15], Anastajia Sevastova (LAT) [16], Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16], Elena Vesnina (RUS) [17], Sam Querrey (USA) [17], Gael Monfils (FRA) [18], CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) [20], Mischa Zverev (GER) [23], Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) [24], Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [25], Shuai Zhang (CHN) [27], Kevin Anderson (RSA) [28],  Diego Schwartzman (ARG) [29], Adrian Mannarino (FRA) [30], Julia Goerges (GER) [30], Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) [31],  Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [31], Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [33].

Surprise Losses – Alexander Zverev (GER) [4],Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5], Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [8], Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [11], Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [14], Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [14], Anastasia Pavluchenkova (RUS) [19], Gilles Muller (LUX) [19],  Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) [20], Shuai Peng (CHN) [22], Fabio Fognini (ITA) [22], Anett Kontavelt (EST) [26], Richard Gasquet (FRA) [26], Pablo Cuevas (URU) [27], Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) [29].

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

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After a new shoulder injury led to an unexpected loss, Nick Kyrgios said he was “not good enough” for his coach.

Said a dispirited Kyrgios: “There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters. I’m not that guy.”

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 29TH, DAY TWO 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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Wet weather canceled many day-time matches, but Arthur Ashe’s roof permitted the action to continue on the main court.

1-seed Karolina Pliskova (CZE) easily advanced in two sets. But the next match was a sure-fire stunner as Angelique Kerber — last year’s US Open champ — was bested by Japan’s 19-year-old Naomi Osaka, of Japan. The final score: 3-6, 1-6.

Said Kerber, of her first-round loss: “It was not my day, completely not my day today.”

It was nearly a dream day for another 19-year-old, Frances Tiafoe, of America. The young phenom nearly beat 3-seed Roger Federer in five sets, but eventually lost the close match by the score of 6-4, 2-6, 1-6, 6-1, 4-6.

RESULTS

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Winners To Watch – Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [1], Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1], Roger Federer (SUI) [3], Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [12], Madison Keys (USA) [15], Barbora Strycova (CZE) [23].

Surprise Losses – Angelique Kerber (GER) [6], Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) [28].

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

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19-year-old Naomi Osaka, on controlling her nerves before her big-time match against Angelique Kerber:

“I tried to tell myself that the last Grand Slam I played, I played Venus, and, like, I have really huge respect for Venus and Serena, and I tried to tell myself I’m probably not going to get as nervous against Kerber as I did against Venus.

“So that wasn’t the most reassuring thing I have ever said, but, I mean, it helped me through, but when I stepped on the court and I heard all the people and I saw how big the stadium was, I got a little bit freaked out, but I tried to hold it in.”

CELEBRITIES 

Celebrities in attendance included actor Sean Connery, singer/fashion designer Victoria Beckham, actor Jesse Eisenberg,  editrix Anna Wintour, and tennis great Lindsay Davenport (the coach of Madison Keys).

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MONDAY, AUGUST 28TH, DAY ONE 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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The biggest surprise of the day? For us, it was the first-round, first-day defeat of UK’s Johanna Konta, the Open’s 7-seed who was a semi-finalist at this year’s Wimbledon.

Konta lost in three sets to unseeded Aleksandra Krunic, of Serbia. The score – 6-4, 3-6, 4-6.

Konta was expected to go far this year – and is another shock for British fans who learned over the weekend that Andy Murray was withdrawing from the competition due to injury.

Another intriguing match-up pitted Maria Sharapova versus 2-seed Simona Halep. Sharapova, a wild card entry, outlasted Halep in three sets, dashing Halep’s dream of turning around her rather disappointing season.

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RESULTS

Winners To Watch – Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [3]; Alexander Zverev (GER) [5]; Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5]; Marin Cilic (CRO) [5]; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [8]; Venus Williams (USA) [9]; John Isner (USA) [10]; Dominika Cilbukova (SLO) [11]; Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [12]; Petra Kvitova (CZE) [13]; Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [16]; Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16]; Sam Querrey (USA) [17]; Caroline Garcia (FRA) [18]; Gilles Muller (LUX) [19]; Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) [20]; Shuai Peng (CHN) [22]; Mischa Zverev (GER) [23]; Karen Khachanov (RUS) [25]; Kevin Anderson (RSA) [28]; Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) [29]; Diego Schwartzman (ARG) [29]; Julia Goerges (GER) [30]; Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) [31].

Surprise Losses – Simona Halep (ROM) [2]; Johanna Konta (GBR) [7]; Jack Sock (USA) [13]; Ana Konjuh (CRO) [21]; David Ferrer (ESP) [21]; Kiki Bertens (NED) [24]; Lauren Davis (USA) [32]; Robin Haase (NED) [32].

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

Johanna Konta, on losing:

“At the end of the day, its is a tennis match. It’s a sport. I think to have a healthy perspective on that, in general, goes a long way.

“But otherwise, I’m looking forward to going home and spending time with my parents. I haven’t gotten to do that much, so I think being home is always good for the soul.”

CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities expected to attend the opening ceremony, included: Actor Alec Baldwin, tennis champ Martina Navratilova, singer Shania Twain, golf great Greg Norman (with wife Kristen Norman, pictured above); editrix Anna Wintour, designer Vera Wang, journalist Katie Couric, journalist Megyn Kelly, co-anchor Gayle King, actress Mariska Hargitay, TV personality Martha Stewart, boxing champ Mike Tyson, hockey goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, tennis star James Blake, sports analyst Bill Macatee, celebrity fitness trainer Shaun T.

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