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2019 US Open – Tennis News – Day 7 – First Day – Round Of 16


NewsWhistle was live at the 2019 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 26th until September 8th.

Our update for Sunday, September 1, the first day of the Round of 16, is below.




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In an exciting 3-set match, British sixteenth-seed Johanna Konta defeats Czech three-seed Karolina Pliskova. In doing so, Konta became the first British woman since 1983 to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open.

Konta’s thoughts on the matter:

“I mean, yeah, I’m really pleased. I think for me more on a personal level to be able to have made it to the quarters for my third slam in a row, I think that’s a really, really big achievement for me. So I’m really pleased with that.”

2018 US Open champion and one-seed Novak Djokovic retired from his game this Sunday, due to shoulder issues. His opponent,  Swiss twenty-three seed Stan Wawrinka automatically advances to the quarterfinals, where he will face Russian five-seed, Daniil Medvedev.


Winners To Watch – Roger Federer (SUI) [3]; Serena Williams (USA) [8]; Johanna Konta (GBR) [16];  Wang Qiang [CHN] (18); Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [23]; and Elina Svitolina (UKR)[5].

Surprise Losses – David Goffin (BEL) [15] (Defeated by Roger Federer); Petra Martic (COA) [22] (Defeated by Serena Williams); Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [3] (Defeated by Johanna Konta); Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [2] (Defeated by Wang Qiang); Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] (Defeated by Stan Wawrinka); and  Madison Keys (USA) [10] (Defeated by Elina Svitolina).


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Swiss three-seed Roger Federer  on facing unseeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Tuesday in the quarter-finals:

“He’s a good friend of mine. It was fun having him also at the Laver Cup last time around. I spent a week there with him. I’m happy that things are going better for him after he won Cincinnati a couple of years ago now, last year, a couple of years ago I guess it is now. Also the World Tour Finals. He had a bit of a slump.”

“This is the big quarters for him, obviously with an opportunity against me. I’m aware of the fact it’s a big match for him.”


Celebrities in attendance today include journalist Anna Wintour and daughter Bee Shaffer, sportscaster Dick Vitale, Singer Neil Sedaka, basketball player JJ Reddick, actress Uzo Aduba, actor Tom Hiddleston, comedian Chris Rock, actor Christopher McDonald, sibling actors Emily Osment and Haley Joel Osment, and actresses Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow.


Three of the top 5 players in the ATP men’s rankings play today. Of the three, Russian five-seed Daniil Medvedev is making his first round-four appearance at the US Open.


All copyrighted images by photographer Neil Bainton, unless stated otherwise.


For all of our 2019 US Open coverage, click here.