Madison Keys Moves Closer to Potential Showdown With Serena

KeysMadison Keys has already been heralded by Serena Williams as the future No. 1 player in the world.

For now, Serena is the undisputed holder of that title as she pursues the Grand Slam here at the US Open.

But the 20-year-old Keys took one step closer to another showdown with Serena when she knocked off Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-2, in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday to advance to the third round.

“It was amazing,” Keys said. “I don’t know if it’s because of the roof now, but it didn’t seem as big as I thought it was going to feel. It was amazing to play out there.

“I thought I played pretty well, so hopefully I can have many more matches on Ashe.”

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Derek Jeter Sat in Caroline Wozniacki’s Player’s Box at the US Open

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and Baseball player Derek Jeter attend the Player's Tribune party to celebrate women in sports and the 2015 U.S. Open on August 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The Players' Tribune)

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NEW YORK — Derek Jeter isn’t trying to lead the Yankees to the postseason this September, so he spent part of Tuesday afternoon watching tennis instead.

The Captain sat in Caroline Wozniacki’s player’s box for the first set of her 6-2, 6-0 blowout of Jamie Loeb, the Ossining, N.Y., native and reigning NCAA champion from North Carolina. Jeter then moved to a suite for the second set (presumably to get some air conditioning.)

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Johnny Mac On Nick Kyrgios: ‘You Don’t Want to Be Remembered As a Clown’

Mac Kyrgios image-a-21_1440842749307NEW YORK — John McEnroe, branded the “Superbrat” by the British press during his heyday, has some words of wisdom for the modern-day tennis brat: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.

“I hope he learns from these bonehead moves. He should be a seed already, at least 20,” McEnroe said of Kyrgios during the Australian’s 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 loss to No. 3 Andy Murray in the opening round of the US Open Tuesday night on ESPN.

“You don’t want to be remembered as a clown. You want to be remembered as a player…He’s like a Vaudeville entertainer, the schtick is getting old.” To read more of this story, click here


Federer Not a Fan of ESPN’s In-Match Interviews

NEW YORK — Roger Federer is not a fan of ESPN’s in-match interviews at the US Open.

To be fair, ESPN has only done one so far, when Pam Shriver interviewed Coco Vandeweghe for a 35-second Q&A in between sets of her first-round match against Sloane Stephens on Monday.

A player must agree to the interview before the match and can wave off the interviewer if they choose.

“I understand the idea, but what’s too much? What’s enough?” Federer said Tuesday after crushing Leonardo Mayer, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the second round of the Open. “All these things. I understand pushing the boundaries and being more accessible. To read more of this story, click here


Genie Bouchard Hoping Jimmy Connors Can Revive Her Career

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 1Genie Bouchard knew just where to turn with her season on the brink.

The promising young Canadian tennis star put in a call to the legendary Jimmy Connors with the hopes that the five-time US Open champion could help revive her stalled career.

“I’ve known Jimmy for a couple of years actually,” Bouchard said ahead of her second-round match with Polona Hercog at the US Open. “He’s been a friend. He was here this week. We just decided to work together for a couple days, even though we knew he was leaving. He left [Sunday] night.”

Tennis fans and reporters were abuzz on the Internet last week when pictures surfaced of the 62-year-old Connnors working with the 21-year-old Bouchard at both the West Side Tennis Club and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

“We’re just friends,” Connors told The New York Times.

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Serena Takes First Step Toward Grand Slam With Rout of Injured Russian

Aug 31, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the United States serves to Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia on day one of the 2015 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Serena Williams took the first step toward the Grand Slam on Monday night. Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK — One down, six to go.

Serena Williams needed only half an hour Monday night to take the first step toward winning the Grand Slam when Russian Vitalia Diatchenko retired down 6-2, 2-0, in front of a packed crowd inside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open.

Diatchenko was bothered by an foot injury and seemed overwhelmed from the start. She trailed 5-0 after 12 minutes and after calling for the trainer a second time, she threw in the towel and shook Serena’s hand.

Total points won: Serena 32, Diatchenko 5.

“I told her I was proud of her for even coming out and making this effort for being injured even before she got out here,” Serena said on court. “It was a great effort and hopefully we’ll be able to play again soon.” To read more of this story, click here


Confident Roger Federer looking for 18th major at US Open

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2Roger Federer is a 34-year-old father of not one, but two sets of twins, and hasn’t been to the finals of the US Open since 2009.

The Swiss Maestro captured the last of his 17 Grand Slam singles titles back at Wimbledon in 2012.

Yet when Federer takes the court on Tuesday in Flushing Meadows for his first-round match against Leonardo Mayer, the No. 2 seed should be brimming with confidence about the chances of capturing his 18th major title during this fortnight.

Federer, who won five straight titles in Queen from 2004-08, is coming off winning the title on hardcourts at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, where he served brilliantly and attacked the net fearlessly en route to beating Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in back-to-back matches in the semifinals and final. Overall he is 21-2 (.913) with three titles on hardcourts in 2015.

“He played a fantastic week there [in Cincinnati],” Djokovic, the No. 1 seed at the Open, said of Federer. “I still see him as one of the best players in the world, undoubtedly. He’s proven that, he’s No. 2 in the world. He’s played the Wimbledon final. He’s winning big events. He’s still challenging everybody he’s facing on the court. I always see him as one of the favorites everywhere he goes.”

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