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2018 US Open Diary – Tennis News – Live From New York

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NewsWhistle was live at the 2018 US Open tennis tournament, where players and fans experienced fourteen days of fun and forehands in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

This year’s competition ran from August 27th until September 9th.

To re-visit our daily updates, please visit the scroll below.

Until next year…

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, DAY FOURTEEN

THE SLAMMIN’ MEN’S FINAL SUMMARY

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The US Open men’s finals featured an intense, back-and-forth battle between six-seed Novak Djokovic and the crowd favorite, third-seed Juan Martin Del Potro.

After winning the first set, Djokovic outlasted del Potro in an incredibly long second set, featuring a game lasting over 20 minutes and eventually culminating in a tiebreaker.

Silencing the “Del Po” chants in the third set, Djokovic defeated the “Gentle Giant.” The final score: 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

This win was Djokovic’s third US Open championship, his 14th major title, and his 15th victory over del Potro.

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For del Potro, this loss puts him at a record 22 attempts at winning a Grand Slam title. Del Potro has failed to win a Grand Slam since his first win at the 2009 US Open.

QUOTES FROM THE FINALISTS

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Novak Djokovic on what this win means to him and his career:

“Winning a slam, any slam, gives you huge confidence that you carry with you for a certain period of time.

“I try to keep … both my feet on the ground. I love this sport. As long as there is that flair in me, I really will keep on going. I still feel it. I have a lot of passion. I think its more than passion, it’s just the will to work and be dedicated every day.

Novak Djokovic on the crowd:

“They created a great, great atmosphere. I thought it was electrifying in some stages of the match, especially in the second set when we went toe-to-toe. I had my fans. The full stadium got involved, got engaged, especially in those stages of the match.”

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Juan Martin Del Potro on his feelings after the game:

“To be honest, I was crying till now. I’m very sad for being a loser today. But Novak deserved to take the trophy. He played a great match, [a] very smart game.”

Juan Martin Del Potro on the crowd:

“What I say on the stage, you can lose or win a trophy, but the love from the crowd, it could be even bigger than the tournament. That’s what I got from them. It will be in [my] heart for the rest of [my] life.”

CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities in attendance today included singer Sarah Bareilles, actor Ansel Elgort, actor Jay Ellis, actress Nina Senicar, singer Dierks Bentley and wife Cassidy Black, executive producer and actor Michael Gelman, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, actress Meryl Streep, fashion designer Vera Wang, journalist and news personality Jenna Bush Hager, broadcaster Savannah Gutherie, television personality Martha Stewart, actor Brandon Victor Dixon, actor Judd Hirsh, television and radio personality Ryan Seacrest, actor Gerard Butler, model Christie Brinkley, model Shanina Shaik, model Josephine Skriver (pictured above), actor Peter Sarsgaard, hockey player Wayne Gretzky, Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, hockey player P.K. Subban, and editrix Anna Wintour.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH, DAY THIRTEEN

THE SLAMMIN’ WOMEN’S FINAL SUMMARY

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In a tense and drama-filled US Open Women’s finals, Naomi Osaka [20] upset favorite Serena Williams [17] in two short sets, the final score 6-2, 6-4. With this win, Osaka became the very first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam final.

Osaka’s win, however, was darkened by controversial interactions between Williams and Carlos Ramos – the chair umpire of the match.

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After receiving a coaching violation early on in the match, Williams began to periodically argue with the umpire, insisting she didn’t receive any instruction from her coach. During the second set, she received a racket misuse violation for smashing her racket after losing a game. The second violation resulted in Williams losing a point. Williams received a third violation — causing a game to be given to Osaka — after demanding an apology from the umpire and calling him a thief for taking the original point away from her. Williams also accused the umpire of sexism – claiming that if she was a man, she would not have been penalized for her behavior.

At the end of the match, Williams did not appear to shake the umpire’s hand, and instead, once again, demanded an apology.

QUOTES FROM THE FINALISTS

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Naomi Osaka on winning the US Open finals:

“I know that everyone was cheering for her and I’m sorry that it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”

“It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals, and I’m really glad I was able to do that.”

Naomi Osaka to Serena Williams during the awards ceremony:

“I am really grateful that I was able to play with you. Thank you.”

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Serena Williams on receiving a coaching violation:

“I’d rather lose than cheat to win.

“I don’t need to cheat to win. I’ve done enough already.”

Serena Williams on possible sexism and what her outburst has helped to achieve:

“I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things. I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and all kinds of stuff. For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief.’

“For me it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal … like [Alize] Cornet should be able to take off her shirt without getting a fine. This is outrageous.

“I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and that want to express themselves, and want to be a strong woman. They’re going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe if it didn’t work out for me, but it’s going to work out for the next person.”

CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities in attendance today included American soccer player Alex Morgan, American snowboarder Shaun White, actress Taraji Henson, television personality Gayle King, broadcaster Hoda Kotb, television personality Dr. OZ, broadcaster Robin Roberts, singer Deborah Cox, hockey player Wayne Gretzky, singer Vanessa Williams, actor Pierce Brosnan, singer Alicia Keys, American figure skater Adam Rippon, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, model Alessandra Ambrosio, rapper 2Chainz, television personality Lala Anthony, singer Kelly Rowland, radio host Andy Cohen, actress Danai Gurira, model Josephine Skriver, actress Cara Santana, hockey player P.K. Subban, American alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, actress Camilla Belle, actor Adrian Brody (pictured above), vocalist Nona Hendryx, Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King, singer Sarah Bareilles, journalist Christiane Amanpour, fashion designer Vera Wang, journalist Anna Wintour, actress Uzo Aduba, and actor Jerry Ferrara.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH, DAY TWELVE

THE SLAMMIN’ MEN’S SEMI-FINAL SUMMARY

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What was looking to be a close match soon turned into an uphill battle for one-seed Rafael Nadal. After losing a tiebreaker in the first set to three-seed Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal played with an injured right knee during the second set. Struggling, Nadal completed the set and then retired.

Del Potro now moves on to US Open finals and will face Novak Djokovic [6] on Sunday.

Here are del Potro’s thoughts on facing Djokovic in the finals:

“Well, it will be a difficult match because we are close friends. For sure we both want to win. But Novak has won… Wimbledon already. He’s playing so good. He will be the favorite on Sunday.

“But I don’t know. When I played Roger nine years ago, he was the favorite to win. I will try to… surprise again.”

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Djokovic advanced to the finals by beating Kei Nishikori in three straight sets. The final score: 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities in attendance today included actress Judith Light, singer Vanessa Williams, journalist Tom Brokaw, actor and comedian Alec Baldwin (pictured above) with wife Hilaria Baldwin, actor Chevy Chase, actress Nicole Kidman, Canadian ice hockey player Rod Gilbert, television journalist Chuck Scarborough, hockey player Henrik Lundqvist, actor Jason Biggs, actress Jenny Mollen, actor Michael Shannon, singer Lilly Collins, actress Kate Walsh, and actress Julianna Marguiles.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH, DAY ELEVEN

THE SLAMMIN’ WOMEN’S SEMI-FINAL SUMMARY

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In the first match, Serena Williams [17, above] beat Latvian Anastasija Sevastova [19] in two quick sets. The final score: 6-2, 6-0. With this win, Williams has secured her ninth consecutive final appearance and has made it to her 31st grand slam final. Williams has kept a near-perfect record all tournament, only dropping a single set to Kaia Kanepi.

Here are Williams’ thoughts on playing in the championship match this Saturday:

“I have an advantage of I have nothing to lose,” she said. “I’m going to go out there and do what I can.”

Willams’ opponent in the finals will be 20-year-old Naomi Osaka (JPN) [20, below].

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Osaka advanced to the finals by beating Madison Keys [14] in two straight sets, with a score of 6-2, 6-4.

The win secured Osaka’s very first finals appearance.

CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities in attendance today included model Karlie Kloss, NBA player Victor Oladipo, director and producer Spike Lee, actor Zachary Levi, actress Regina King, actress Uzo Aduba, American soccer star Carli Loyd (pictured above), retired NBA player Rick Fox, broadcaster Robin Roberts, and Disney CEO Bob Iger.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, DAY TEN

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

Today concluded the quarterfinals of the US Open. Here’s a quick summary of those matches:

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For the women:

Naomi Osaka [20] beat Ukranian Lesla Tsurenko in two quick sets – the final score: 6-1, 6-1. This is the first time Osaka has made it to the semifinals in a grand slam tournament.

American Madison Keys [14] beat Carla Suarez Navaro [30] in two straight sets. The final score being 6-4, 6-3. With this win, the remaining two American women are playing in separate semi-finals and have a chance to meet in the finals.

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For the men:

Three-seed Martin Cilic lost to Kai Nishikori [22] in 5 intense sets of tennis, lasting for over four hours. The final score was 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.

Serbian Novak Djokovic [6] defeated Australian John Millman in three sets of tennis today. Millman upset Roger Federer two days ago and was looking to be the first Australian semi-finalist in the US Open since 2005. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get past Djokovic. The final score was 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

RESULTS

Winners to watch – Madison Keys (USA) [14] vs. Naomi Osaka (JPN) [20]; and Novak Djokovic (SRB) [6] vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [22].

Out of contention – Lesla Tsurenko (UKR) (defeated by Naomi Osaka); Martin Cilic (CRO) [3] (defeated by Kei Nishikori); Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [30] (defeated by Madison Keys); and John Millman (AUS) (defeated by Novak Djokovic).

SEMI-FINAL MATCHUPS

With the quarterfinals finished, here’s a quick reminder of who’s playing who in the semi-finals:

For the women: Serena Williams [17] faces off against Anastasija Sevastova [19] and Madison Keys [14] matches up against Naomi Osaka.

For the men: Rafael Nadal [1] faces off against Juan Martin Del Potro [3], and Novak Djokovic (SRB) [6] matches up against Kei Nishikori [22].

A BIG TIME QUOTE

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With both Osaka and Nishikori winning today, this is the first time in history that a Japanese man and woman have made the semi-finals in the same tournament.

Here are Kei Nishikori’s thoughts on his and Osaka’s wins:

“She’s doing well, because she has… won a Masters. I think she can… win a title now, even though [it’s a] Grand Slam….  [It’s a] big chance for her.

“[I’m] also happy for myself, too, you know, being injured last year. I couldn’t play this tournament last year. [I’m] happy to [be] coming back… [I] always play well here. So I hope I can keep going.”

CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities in attendance today included celebrity chef Geoffery Zakarian (pictured above), Olympic medalist Maia Shibutani, Olympic medalist Alex Shibutani, Olympic medalist Katie Ledecky, tennis legend Andre Agassi, and American musician Jimmy Buffett 

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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH, DAY NINE

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

Today marked the start of the US Open quarterfinals, featuring four matches of great tennis. Here’s a quick summary:

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For the women:

Latvian Anastasija Sevastova [19, above] defeated reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens [3] in two sets. The final score was 6-2, 6-3. Sevastova is the first Latvian women to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.

Serena Williams [17] clinched her 12th US Open semi-finals appearance with a win over Karolina Pliskova [8]. This match was Williams’ 100th match in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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For the men:

Juan Martin Del Potro [3, above] beat John Isner [11] in four sets, featuring two close tiebreakers. The score: 6-7, 6-3. 7-6, 6-2 in favor of Del Potro.

Isner may have lost his quarterfinals match, but he won the men’s US Open sportsmanship award today. The award is meant to highlight a player who exhibited a high degree of sportsmanship and an attitude of fair play and respect.

Rafael Nadal [1] outlasted Dominic Thiem [9], pulling off a five-set tiebreaker win at 2:04 am. The score: 0-6; 6-4; 7-5; 6-7 (4-7); 7-6 (7-5).

The winners of today’s matches are set to face each other in the semi-finals later this week.

RESULTS

Confirmed semifinalists – Serena Williams (USA) [17] vs. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [19]; and Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1] vs. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [3].

Eliminated in the quarterfinals – Sloane Stephens (USA) [3] (defeated by Anastasija Sevastova); John Isner (USA) [11] (defeated by Juan Martin Del Potro); Karolina Pliskova [8] (defeated by Serena Williams); and Dominic Thiem [9] (defeated by Rafael Nadal).

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

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John Isner, on winning the sportsmanship award:

“It’s a huge honor. I’m very appreciative of that. I didn’t expect it. I didn’t expect to receive a trophy after losing in the quarterfinals, but I got that.

“It’s a one-on-one sport. You’re on an island out there, a lot of people watching you. I guess to keep your cool and be a good sport is very important. It’s what, you know, the young kids look up to.”

CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities in attendance today included director and producer Spike Lee (pictured above), model Gigi Hadid, model Bella Hadid, actor Michael Keaton, personality Lala Anthony, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, actor Ben Stiller, and New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale.

Others bold-faced names heard to be attending today’s matches: actress Emily Mortimer, singer Joe Jonas, actress Priyanka Chopra, singer Nick Jonas, actress Sophie Turner, producer Danny Bennet, actor Zachary Levi, and retired NBA player Jason Collins.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD, DAY EIGHT 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

DSC_1010 Veterans Sy Bosworth (left) and Luke Gasparre (right) wave to the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The US Open hosted their seventh annual Military Appreciation Day today. The Labor Day ceremony honored the country’s veterans, including Arthur Ashe’s brother, U.S. Marine Veteran Johnnie Ashe. A little piece of trivia: Arthur Ashe, a three-time grand slam champion and veteran himself, once served as an assistant tennis coach at the US Military Academy at West Point in the late 60s.

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As for tennis, the fourth round of the tournament concluded today, with the remaining players advancing to the quarterfinals.

For the men, it’s Rafael Nadal [1] vs. Dominic Thiem [9]; Juan Martin Del Potro [3] vs. John Isner [11]; Martin Cilic [7] vs. Kei Nishikori [21]; and Novak Djokovic [6] vs. John Millman.

For the women, it’s Karolina Pliskova [8] vs. Serena Williams [17]; Sloane Stephens [3] vs. Anastasija Sevastova [19], Madison Keys [14] vs.Carla Suarez Navarro [30]; and  Naomi Osaka [20] vs. Lesia Tsurenko.

Out of contention: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [29] (defeated by Madison Keys); Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) (defeated by Kei Nishikori); Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) [26] (defeated by Naomi Osaka); Joao Sousa (POR) (defeated by Novak Djokovic); David Goffin (BEL) [10] (defeated by Martin Cilic); Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) (defeated by Lesia Tsurenko); Maria Sharapova (RUS) [22] (defeated by Carla Suarez Navarro); and Roger Federer [2] (defeated by John Millman).

Out of the players eliminated, the most surprising was two-seed and multiple grand slam winner Rodger Federer. Federer lost in four sets to 55th-ranked Australian John Milman. The final score 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6.

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

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Novak Djokovic, on his rivalry with Roger Federer:

“Well, next to Nadal, my biggest rival I’ve had throughout my professional career. The matches I’ve played against him have shaped me into the player that I am today.”

“Matches against Nadal and Federer, and Murray as well, have made me the player I am today because those were the guys that I always wanted to win against because those were the guys I had to beat  in order to be the No. 1, to win slams, and have the career that I had behind me.”

Federer lost in a massive upset against Australian John Milman and has been eliminated from the tournament. Djokovic will play Milman on Wednesday.

CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities in attendance included former US President Bill Clinton, musician Kevin Jonas, singer Joe Jonas, actress Sophie Turner, actor and comedian Aziz Ansari, actress Anna Chlumsky, basketball coach Steve Kerr, actor J.R. Ramirez, and CEO Michael Bloomberg (pictured above with partner Diana Taylor).

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND, DAY SEVEN 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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In her first three-set match of the tournament, 16-seed Serena Williambeat Estonian Kaia Kanepi. The final score: 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to Williams.

Both players swept through the previous rounds of the tournament, not dropping a single set. Today’s match was the first match that either player had lost a set the entire tournament.

“I made one or two crucial errors and that cost me the second set, or at least cost me the first game,” Williams said regarding her first lost set. “Then she [Kanepi] was holding pretty well at that point. So it wasn’t like my level went down tremendously. It was one or two points that made a huge difference in that second set.”

With both Williams and Sloane Stephens [3] winning their matches today, two of the three American women left may face each other in the semifinals – provided they both win their next matches.

RESULTS

Winners to watch – Dominic Thiem (AUT) [9]; Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [8]; Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1]; Serena Williams (USA) [17]; Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [19]; John Isner (USA) [11]; Sloane Stephens (USA) [3]; and Juan Martin del Porto (ARG) [3].

Out of contention – Kevin Anderson (RSA) [5] (defeated by Dominic Thiem); Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [18] (defeated by Karolina Pliskova); Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) (defeated by Rafael Nadal); Kaia Kanepi (EST) (defeated by Serena Williams); Elina Svitolina (UKR) [7] (defeated by Anastasija Sevastova); Milos Raonic (CAN) [25] (defeated by John Isner); Elise Mertens (BEL) [15] (defeated by Sloane Stephens); and Borna Coric (CRO) [20] (defeated by Juan Martin del Potro).

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

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Rafael Nadal, on facing Dominic Thiem in the next round:

“Yeah, in some ways he deserves to be where he is. Gonna be a tough one. He’s a very powerful player, and, yeah he knows how to play these kind of matches.”

“I need to play my best match of the tournament if I want to keep having chances to stay in the tournament.”

CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities taking in the Open today included comic and actress Rebel Wilson (pictured above). Also heard to be in attendance: musician Jimmy Buffett, actress Frieda Pinto, professional golfer Michelle Wie, basketball sportscaster Dick Vitale, and British actor Harry Hadden Patton.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST, DAY SIX 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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It was an exciting day for women’s tennis.

Four-seed Angelique Kerber and six-seed Caroline Garcia were eliminated from the tournament.

Garcia lost to 30-seed Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets. The final score: 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 to Navarro.

Kerber lost to Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova [29]. This was Cibulkova’s first top-10 win of the season, and sixth time she beat Kerber.

With Kerber, Garcia, Petra Kvitova [5], and Jelena Ostapenko [10] losing today, only three out of the top-10 seeded women are going onto the next round.

RESULTS

Winners to watch – Madison Keys (USA) [14]; Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [30]; Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [29]; Roger Federer (SUI) [2]; Naomi Osaka (JPN) [20], Marin Cilic (CRO) [7]; Kei Nishikori (JPN) [21]; Maria Sharapova (RUS) [22]; Aryna Sabalenka (BEL) [26]; and Novak Djokovic (SRB) [6]

Out of contention –  Alexander Zverev (GER) [4] (defeated by Philipp Kohlschreiber) ; Kiki Bertens (NED) [13] (defeated by Marketa Vondrousova); Caroline Garcia (FRA) [6] (defeated by Carla Suarez Navarro); Angelique Kerber (GER) [4] (defeated by Dominika Cibulkova); Diego Schwartzman (ARG) [13] (defeated by Kei Nishikori); Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [30] (defeated by Rodger Federer); Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [10]; and Petra Kvitova (CZE) [5] (defeated by Aryna Sabalenka).

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

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Roger Federer, on what players should learn from his attitude:

“I think to play fair and play tough, you know.

“I hope they look to me or parents look to me and think that they will be happy that maybe their son would behave like this on a tennis court or tried as hard as I did.”

CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities in attendance today included Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King (pictured above), comedian Aziz Ansari, and tennis legend Stan Smith.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 31ST, DAY FIVE 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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In an impressive display of tennis, Serena Williams beat her sister Venus Williams in two sets. Serena dropped a total of three games during the entire match, with the final score being 6-1, 6-2.

This was the 18th time Serena has beat Venus, leaving their head-to-head record at 18-12.

“She played so well I never got to really even touch any balls,” Venus said. “She played untouchable tennis.”

Serena is scheduled to play Kaia Kanepi next. Kanepi upset one-seed Simona Halep in the first round of the US Open.

RESULTS

Winners to watch – Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [19]; Elise Mertens (BEL) [15]; Sloane Stephens (USA) [3]; Elina Svitolina (UKR) [7]; Dominic Thiem (AUT) [9]; Kevin Anderson (RSA) [5]; Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1]; Serena Williams (USA) [17]; Borna Coric (CRO) [20]; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [18]; Milos Raonic (CAN) [25];John Isner (USA) [11]; Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) [3]; Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [19]; and Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [8].

Out of contention – Stan Wawrinka (SUI) (defeated by Milos Raonic); Dennis Shapovalov (CAN) [28] (defeated by Kevin Anderson); Fernando Verdasco (ESP) [31] (defeated by Juan Martin del Potro); Barbora Strycova (CZE) [23) (defeated by Elise Mertens); Venus Williams (USA) [16] (defeated by Serena Williams); Karen Khachanov (RUS) [27] (defeated by Rafael Nadal); Victoria Azarenka (BLR) (defeated by Sloane Stephens).

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

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Taylor Fritz on what the 50th anniversary of the US Open means to him.

“I think it’s awesome that we’re 50 years into the US Open being the US Open. It hasn’t always been here. It’s growing every year. Getting better every year I come here,” said Fritz, who lost today to 9-seed Dominic Thiem.

“I’m excited to see this event grow as my career goes on. And yeah, it feels like home here as an American.”

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CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities in attendance today included actress Jill Zaren, singer Sandra Bernard, actor Sydney Harcourt (pictured above), singer Joe Jonas, actor Sophie Turner, comedian Pheobe Robinson, football player Colin Kaepernick, and basketball player D’Angelo Russell.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 30TH, DAY FOUR 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

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Boasting an impressive 70 percent quarterfinals appearance rate this season, 6-seed Caroline Garcia matched up against Puerto Rican Monica Puig. Until today, Puig has held a 3-0 head-to-head record on Garica.

Garcia won the first set, lost the second, then after a tight third set, featuring a game with 11 deuces, managed to clinch the win. The final score: 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.

RESULTS

Results

Other winners to watch – Naomi Osaka (JPN) [20]; Petra Kvitova (CZE) [5, pictured above]; Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [29]; Angelique Kerber (GER) [4]; Alexander Zverev (GER) [4]; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [30]; Kiki Bertens (NED) [13]; Diego Schwartzman (ARG) [13]; Madison Keys (USA) [14]; Roger Federer (SUI) [2]; Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [10]; David Goffin (BEL) [10]; Lucas Pouille (FRA) [17]; Marin Cilic (CRO) [7]; Kei Nishikori (JPN) [21]; Novak Djokovic (SRB) [6]; and Maria Sharapova (RUS) [22].

Surprise losses – Daria Kasatkina (RUS) [11] (defeated by Aliaksandra Sasnovich); Hyeon Chung (KOR) [23] (defeated by Mikhail Kukushkin); Fabio Fognini (ITA) [14] (defeated by John Millman]; Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [2]; (defeated by Lesia Tsurenko); and Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [12] (defeated by João Sousa).

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

Nick Kyrgios, on being booed by the crowd:

“I love it. I love it. You know when I was up 40-Love at the end, I put my ear to the crowd, just want to hear them boo again. I loved it.”

Krygos is scheduled to play Federer in the third round. This is the first time that the players would match up in a best of five.

CELEBRITIES

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Celebrities in attendance today included actor Ralph Macchio (pictured above) and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29TH, DAY THREE 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

DSC_0762@2x Verdasco launches tennis balls into the crowd after defeating Murray in four sets

Back to back intense matches were played in Arthur Ashe Stadium during the morning session today.

The first featured three-seed and 2017 US Open champion, Sloane Stephens, against Ukraniane up-and-comer Anhelina Kalinina. After losing the first set, Stephens managed to squeeze out a tiebreaker win for the second, then cleanly win the third. The final score 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Following that, 2012 US Open Champion, Andy Murray, matched up against 31-seed Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco won the tiebreaker for the first set, lost the second, then went on to win the third and fourth set. The final score 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6.

This was the first time since 2009 that Verdasco beat Murray.

RESULTS

DSC_0720@2x Del Porto returns a serve from Kudla. Del Potro beat Kudla 6-3, 6-1, 7-6

Other winners to watch – Barbora Strycova (CZE) [23]; Elina Svitolina (UKR) [7]; Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [19]; Borna Coric (CRO) [20]; Milos Raonic (CAN) [25]; Sloane Stephens (USA) [3]; Venus Williams (USA) [16]; Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [8]; Dominic Thiem (AUT) [9]; Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [3]; Fernando Verdasco (ESP) [31]; Kevin Anderson (RSA) [5]; Karen Khachanov (RUS) [27]; John Isner (USA) [11]; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [18]; Denis Shapovalov (CAN) [28]; Serena Williams (USA) [17]

Surprise losses – Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [15] (Defeated by Daniil Medvedev)

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

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Three-seed and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens, on the upcoming Williams versus Williams matchup:

“I think it will be a great match. They will probably play first night match on Ashe, and I think everyone will be looking forward to it if they do play.”

“They are great competitors and they always play really hard against each other. Obviously, it’s tough to play your sibling, so that’s an added element.”

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 28TH, DAY TWO 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

Hot weather ravaged the US Open today, forcing the USTA to set a new policy allowing for men to take a 10-minute break after the third set of their match.

Hungarian Marton Fucsovics played an intense 3-hour match against 6-seed, and former US Open champion, Novak Djokovic. Djokovic, however, convincingly pulled ahead in the fourth set, defeating Fucsovics 6-0. The final score: 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.

“4-3 in the third when he was serving, I managed to play a good game. I saw that he’s starting to slow down a bit. He started to experience some physical issues,” Djokovic said, pinpointing the turning point of the game. “After that, I haven’t lost a game till the end of the match.”

Feature Photo Djokovic (right) and Fucsovics (left) shake hands after a match in harsh conditions.  

RESULTS

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Other winners to watch – Petra Kvitova (CZE) [5]; Naomi Osaka (JPN) [20]; Richard Gasquet (FRA) [26]; Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [10]; Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [2]; Hyeon Chung (KOR) [23]; Kiki Bertans (NED) [13]; Marin Cilic (CRO) [7]; Pablo Barreno Busta (ESP) [12]; Angelique Kerber (GER) [4]; Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [29]; Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) [26]; Caroline Garcia (FRA) [6]; Diego Schwartzman (ARG) [13]; Novak Djokovic (SRB) [6]; Alexander Zverev (GER) [4]; Lucas Pouille (FRA) [17]; Fabio Fognini (ITA) [14]; David Goffin (BEL) [10]; Daria Kasatkina (RUS) [11]; Madison Keys (USA) [14]; Roger Federer (SUI) [2]; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [30]; Maria Sharapova (RUS) [22].

Surprise losses – Coco Vandeweghe (USA) [24] (defeated by Kirsten Flipkens); Marco Cecchinato (ITA) [22] (defeated by Julien Benneteau); Filip Krajinovic (SRB) [32] (defeated by Matthew Ebden); and Adrian Mannarino (FRA) [29] (defeated by Frances Tiafoe).

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

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Two-seed Caroline Wozniacki (above), on her mentality for the rest of the tournament:

“Honestly, I’m just thinking about myself. I’m more focused on just trying to play well. And I never look at the draw.

“I’m just here to try and focus on myself, and whatever happens happens.

“I’m definitely going to give it all and my best. you know, just one match at a time.”

CELEBRITIES

Celebrities in attendance included tennis great John McEnroe and actor Hugh Jackman.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 27TH, DAY ONE 

THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY

Kaia Kanepi Win Day 1

Number one and done!

In a shocking start to the 2018 US Open, women’s 1-seed Simona Halep falls to Estonian Kaia Kanepi. The final score  6-2, 6-4.

“There are not many players who are, like, leading the game,” Kanepi said in reference to her upset. “I mean everybody can beat everybody on a good day.”

With the women’s 1-seed eliminated in the first round, a wild tournament where anyone has a chance of going far is becoming increasingly likely.

RESULTS

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Winners To Watch – Elina Svitolina (UKR) [7]; Milos Raonic (CAN) [25]; Elise Mertens (BEL) [15]; Jack Sock (USA) [18]; Karen Khachanov (RUS) [27]; Elina Svitolina (UKR) [7]; John Isner (USA) [11]; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [18]; Fernando Verdasco (ESP) [31]; Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [8]; Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [19]; Borna Coric (CRO) [20]; Sloane Stephens (USA) [3]; Barbora Strycova (CZE) [23]; Venus Williams (USA) [16]; Maria Sakkari (GRE) [32]; Serena Williams (USA) [17]; Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1]; Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [3]; Kevin Anderson (RSA) [5]; Dominic Thiem (AUT) [9]; Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [15]; Julia Goerges (GER) [9]; Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [25]; Denis Shapovalov (CAN) [28]; Maria Sakkari (GRE) [32].

Surprise Losses – Simona Halep (ROM) [1] (defeated by Kaia Kanepi);  Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) [31] (defeated by Qiang Wang);  Kyle Edmund (GBR) [16] (defeated by Paolo Lorenzi); Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [8] (defeated by Stan Wawrinka); Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [19] (defeated by Jason Kubler)Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [27] (defeated by Rebecca Peterson); Damir Dzumhur (BIH) [24] (defeated by Dusan Lajovic).

A BIG-TIME QUOTE

Simona Halep, on her first round elimination:

“Today just was not my day… I couldn’t feel myself strong on the court to win this match.”

“It’s just a day, and it’s a bad day for me. But also, she [Kanepi] deserved to win because she was playing better than me today.”

CELEBRITIES

Vera Wang Day 1

Celebrities expected to attend tonight’s opening ceremony, included 39-time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, fashion designer Vera Wang (pictured above), singer Kelly Clarkson, TV personality Gayle King, singer Maxwell, and singer Gladys Knight.

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PHOTO CREDITS

All images courtesy of NewsWhistle (unless otherwise noted).

Lead-In (“New US Open Logo) Courtesy of the USTA.