Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

What to Watch at US Open: Williams-Halep, Konjuh-Pliskova

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France left greets Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the net after Tzonga was forced to retire due to injury in their U.S. Open men's quarter-final match in New York on Tuesday. Djokovic reached his 10th straight semifinal at the U No Williams-Williams rematch at Open: Venus out in 4th round
Spencer Simpson | 09 September, 2016, 02:58

In the men's draw, Andy Murray suffered a five-set loss to Kei Nishikori in what was one of the best matches so far at the 2016 U.S. open.

"I definitely do feel like I have an advantage here-I sleep at home in my own bed, have home-cooked food and have my friends and family here", Wozniacki told Marc Berman of the New York Post. The winners of Thursday's women's singles semifinals will play in the women's singles final on Saturday, with the men's final on Sunday.

It was a great start for the world number one who started her match with a hold and a break to quickly lead 2-0. The Romanian was able to get on the scoreboard after holding, but the dominance of Williams was still notorious.

But, while that conversation is true, what it too often implies is that she hasn't been routinely tested. She hadn't been past the third round at a major before this tournament and upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday for her first win over a top-10 opponent.

It was handy practice as the pair swapped break points and set points in nearly equal measure, as Halep levelled the match on her fourth set point, fending off a further five break points in the process! "But for her, it's better to focus on her game plan, to focus on her tennis, it's much better than to focus on everything else outside". Pouille never had won a U.S. Open match or any match that lasted five sets until last week; his 4-hour-plus victory against Nadal on Sunday was his third five-setter in a row.

For Wozniacki, this is a resurgent spell reminiscent of her 2014 US Open run, where she seemingly met with Williams in the final stages of the US hard court swing every week.

Ana Konjuh starts the second set by winning the first game on her way to taking two of the first three games for a 2-1 lead. "As far as a mentor, she had that in her mom and dad and her older sister Venus".

When her groundstrokes came up empty Williams flummoxed Halep with variety, mixing in drop shots with an uncommonly high rate of approaches to the net, where she won 26 of 32 points. "She has a lot of power when she hits, so I have just to recover my body, to be 100% next round, and to give everything I have".

When Halep sent a forehand past the baseline on match point after 2hr 15min, the six-times US Open champion pumped her fist amid roars from the crowd of 23,771. "She needs those two things to win".

The 48th-ranked Sevastova twisted her right ankle on the opening point of the second game and clearly was hampered by that. She expects that she would be facing No. 5's best at the quarterfinals. Eventually, after saving all 12 break points she faced in that set, Halep grabbed it 6-4 on her fifth set point. Consequently, the nimble Romanian was broken while serving at 1-2 and Serena never let off the gas after that.

The Scot dominated the first set and was leading two-sets-to-one when an untimely incident inside Arthur Ashe Stadium in the third game of the fourth set halted Murray's concentration just as he was about to break for a 2-1 lead.

The pressure was on Simona Halep's shoulders, being pushed in her first service game and knowing Serena has the big serve to help her when she's in trouble.

Williams knows she can be better, though. "I lost my rhythm in the second set".

Serena Williams reacts after a point against Yaroslava Shvedova, of Kazakhstan, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, in NY.

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