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September 3, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Li Na, the women's fifth seed, became the first U.S. Open women's semifinalist with her 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 win over 24th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia. Li would play Serena Williams in the semifinals if top-seeded Williams beats 18th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain tonight.   This will be Li's first U.S. Open semifinal appearance. She said she will watch Williams' match tonight while "lying down on the bed with some chips. " Li, 31, is also the first China-born woman to make it to the U.S. Open semifinals.
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September 3, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Serena Williams, the No. 1-ranked player in the world and the top seed and defending champion at the U.S. Open needed only 52 minutes to win a quarterfinal match, 6-0, 6-0, over her 18th-seeded Spanish opponent, Carla Suarez Navarro. It was Suarez Navarro's 25th birthday, and Williams made sure she would be able to have an early dinner and birthday cake. Next up for Williams will be fifth-seeded Li Na of China. "I expect a great match," Williams said of that semifinal matchup.
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August 31, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - John Isner had played long and late Thursday to pull out a physically taxing four-set win over flashy Frenchman Gael Monfils, 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4) at the U.S. Open. The New York crowd had firmly planted itself on the side of the Frenchman, chanting Monfils' name and standing when he would take a tumble, get up and hit a winner. On Saturday, Isner got another chance against 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, a more subdued German who had upset Isner in the third round here last year.
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August 31, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - They're professionals and have been playing tennis since they were very young. They know how to hit forehands and backhands, serves and maybe even volleys. They're at the top of their game and playing in a grand slam tournament. So what's left to learn? It's a fact that the best tennis players in the world still need coaching. Technique can be adjusted, attitude can be sharpened. And gaining even the slightest competitive advantage can make a meaningful difference.
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August 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK---Sloane Stephens, who upset Serena Williams at the Australian Open earlier this year, seems headed for a rematch. Stephens, seeded 15th at the U.S. Open, dominated fellow American Jamie Hampton and won 6-1, 6-3 over the 23rd-seeded Hampton. Williams had been hampered by a sprained ankle when she lost to Stephens in the Australian Open quarterfinals 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Stephens ended a 20-match Williams winning streak with that victory and the two haven't been chummy since then.
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August 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Sloane Stephens did her part. She took all the space away from fellow American Jamie Hampton, commanded the court with her ferocious forehand and never let down for a moment. Stephens needed only 63 minutes to beat the 23rd-seeded Hampton, 6-1, 6-3, on Friday and reach the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time. Serena Williams' chance to do her part didn't arrive until much later Friday night and into Saturday morning. She didn't get on court to start warming up until 11:35 p.m. EDT, after 2001 U.S. Open champ Lleyton Hewitt took 4 hours 3 minutes to upset sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (2)
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August 29, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK---Top seed and defending champion Serena Williams took a hard fall in her second-round match but had no other troubles in beating Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 6-0 at the U.S. Open. Fourth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy wasn't so lucky. Errani lost to fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-0, and afterward seemed distraught and in tears, speaking about the pressure of being so highly seeded and expected to reach the semifinals. "The worst for me is to find the way, because sometimes there are difficult things because you never have been at this place.
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