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Serena, Djokovic, Nadal start US Open title bids NEW YORK: Three-time defending champion Serena Williams begins her quest to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam while past winners Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal launch their campaigns Monday at the US Open.World number one Williams has already captured the Australian and French Open and Wimbledon crowns this season and could be the first person since Steffi Graf in 1988 to capture all four major women's singles tennis crowns in the same year by hoisting the trophy at the end of the Flushing Meadows fortnight.That would give Williams 22 career Grand Slam singles titles, matching Graf's Open Era-mark and move her two shy of Australian Margaret Court's all-time record."I don't feel that pressure," Williams said of the intensity of making more history. "If I make it far, maybe I'll start to feel pressure. But as of now I really don't feel any."Williams felt pressured at Wimbledon, where she won her fourth ...

Murray confident at Open even without Mauresmo NEW YORK: British third seed Andy Murray is confident as he prepares to launch his latest US Open campaign on Tuesday despite coach Amelie Mauresmo being absent on maternity leave.The 28-year-old Scotsman took his fourth title of the season earlier this month at Montreal, adding to a trophy haul that included the Bavarian Championship, Madrid Open and Queen's. He beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the Montreal final to break an eight-match losing streak to the ...
Sharapova withdraws from US Open with leg injury NEW YORK: Russian third seed Maria Sharapova withdrew from the US Open with a right leg injury, easing the path to a calendar-year Grand Slam for top-ranked Serena Williams.US Open tournament director David Brewer announced Sharapova's exit, which allowed qualifying lucky loser Daria Kasatkina of Russia into the draw in Sharapova's place.Sharapova had been the highest-seeded rival in Williams' half of the US Open draw, a status that now belongs to seventh-seeded Serbian Ana Ivanovic, ...
Serena chases calendar Slam, history at US Open NEW YORK: World number one Serena Williams feels the pressure of chasing history at the US Open, but she accepts the intensity as the price for dominating a generation of women's tennis.The 33-year-old American, who captured her first Grand Slam title at the 1999 US Open at age 17, is a huge favorite as she tries to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988 by winning her 22nd career major title ...
Van Gaal rues Man United's five-minute lapse    SWANSEA: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal blamed a five-minute lapse in concentration for his side's 2-1 defeat at Swansea City in the Premier League on Sunday.Protecting an unbeaten record, United took a 48th-minute lead through Juan Mata at the Liberty Stadium, only for goals in quick succession from Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis to give Swansea a third successive win over their opponents.Swansea's goals arrived shortly after Garry Monk had switched his formation to ...
Toulon troubles continue with Castres defeat PARIS: Castres heaped more misery on European champions Toulon with a bonus-point 24-9 victory in the French Top 14 on Sunday.The 2013 champions scored three tries to none as Bernard Laporte's Toulon continued their winless start to the fledgling season following last weekend's 27-22 defeat at home to Racing-Metro."With 20 players absent we're more handicapped than the others but we're not going to act like startled little girls discovering a new situation," said Toulon's forwards ...
Harman fires pair of aces at Barclays EDISON: Brian Harman fired not one but two holes-in-one on Sunday in the final round of the Barclays, just the third time in US PGA Tour history a player has aced two holes in one round.Harman, who started the day 11 shots off the overnight lead shared by Jason Day and Bae Sang-Moon, jump-started his morning round with a hole-in-one with a seven-iron from 183 yards at the par-three third hole at Plainfield Country Club.He ...


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