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Hewitt extends final bow at site of first Slam win NEW YORK: Australia's Lleyton Hewitt has at least one more match to play on the US Open hardcourts where he became a Grand Slam champion.The 34-year-old wildcard, who will retire after January's Australian Open, advanced to the second round Tuesday at Flushing Meadows with a 6-0, 7-6 (7/2), 1-0 victory when Kazakh rival Aleksandr Nedovyesov retired after receiving right shoulder treatment.That puts Hewitt up against 24th-seeded countryman Bernard Tomic on Thursday in what could be the final match of his penultimate Grand Slam event."Just awkward. That's the only thing to summarize that," Hewitt said. "I get along great with Bernie. Helped him out a lot. Hit with him this week. Yeah, just awkward."I don't like playing any of the Aussies. For me, in the position that I'm in now, trying to help these guys especially with Davis Cup and the rest of it, it's tough."Hewitt, who has fallen to 355th ...


Top seed Serena resumes US Open history chase NEW YORK: World number one and three-time defending champion Serena Williams resumes her pursuit of the first calendar Grand Slam in 27 years plus more tennis history Wednesday at the US Open.The 33-year-old American, who faces Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens in a second-round afternoon match at Arthur Ashe Stadium, has already won four major titles in a row and could match Steffi Graf's all-time Open Era record of 22 Slam singles titles by hoisting her ...

Federer, Murray win as US Open quit list hits record 10 NEW YORK: Five-time champion Roger Federer and 2012 winner Andy Murray reached the US Open second round Tuesday as the crushing heat took the number of first-round retirements to a record 10.Second-seeded Federer had little trouble in seeing off Argentina's world number 34 Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in just 77 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.The 34-year-old Swiss, bidding to become the oldest champion in New York in 45 years, fired 12 aces, 29 winners ...

Kyrgios goes down swinging... and missing NEW YORK: Nick Kyrgios went down swinging at the US Open, losing for the fourth time to Andy Murray before jousting with the media over his 'bad boy' reputation which he lambasted as "ridiculous."The 20-year-old Australian arrived in New York under the cloud of a possible suspension following his infamous sex slur at Stan Wawrinka in Montreal which brought widespread condemnation.On court Tuesday, Kyrgios was fuming at fans moving between points as early as the ...

Tokyo Olympics logo designer endured 'unbearable' harassment TOKYO: The designer of a logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has said he asked organisers to yank the scandal-hit emblem due to unbearable harassment he faced in the wake of plagiarism allegations.Kenjiro Sano said online taunts and what he claimed were inaccurate media reports had pushed him to "the limit of what humans can bear".His comments late Tuesday came as Tokyo's Olympics organisers scrapped the event's logo in the latest mishap for the Games, ...

Safarova joins US Open seeds casualty list NEW YORK: Lucie Safarova joined the US Open seeds casualty list on Tuesday when the Czech left-hander became the fourth top-10 player to lose in the first round.Sixth-seeded Safarova slipped to a 6-4, 6-1 defeat to Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko, the woman she beat in the semi-finals in New Haven just last week."I talked with my coach about what to change. I changed the serve a little bit, made it a more active movement," said the ...

Laporte launches campaign to become federation president GAILLAC: Former France coach Bernard Laporte launched his bid to become president of the rugby federation (FFR) on Tuesday by delivering a stinging attack on his former employers.The 51-year-old Toulon manager, who guided France to two successive World Cup semi-finals (2003 and 2007), said he would return the federation to its former status of being open to all and end the elitist image it had developed under present incumbent Pierre Camou."The Federation is with you ...


 



 
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