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2006-08-22 22:36:39

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Defending men's champion Roger Federer and women's world number one Amelie Mauresmo have been named as the top seeds for the U.S. Open, which begins at Flushing Meadows on Monday. World number one Federer is looking to become only the third man in the Open era, after John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl, to win the title three years in succession. Rafael Nadal, the world number two and French Open champion, is seeded second, while Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia and Argentine...

2006-08-22 20:09:46

By Simon Cambers NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova survived another three-set battle to beat Tatiana Golovin 6-0 2-6 6-4 and reach the New Haven quarter-finals on Tuesday. Lindsay Davenport earned her first win since returning from a back injury but there was a first-round defeat for eighth seed Anastasia Myskina, who could now be doubtful for next week's U.S. Open because of a niggling foot problem. Having dropped a set to American...

2006-08-20 20:18:21

By Patrick Vignal PARIS (Reuters) - Amelie Mauresmo silenced those who doubted her ability to cope with pressure by capturing two grand slam titles this year but a question mark hangs over the world number one's form as she heads into the U.S. Open. The athletic Frenchwoman, who claimed her maiden major at the Australian Open in January, has not played any competitive tennis since her Wimbledon triumph in July. A groin injury forced her out of a Fed Cup playoff against the Czech...

2006-08-19 16:28:10

By Simon Cambers CINCINNATI (Reuters) - World number one Amelie Mauresmo and French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne will be hoping to fine tune their games ahead of the U.S. Open when they headline a strong field at the New Haven Open in Connecticut. While home-town favorite James Blake aims to defend his title at the traditional warm-up tournament for the U.S. Open, most of the attention will be on the women as six of the top 10 are scheduled to play next week. Lindsay...

2006-08-06 21:00:54

By Matthew Cronin SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Reuters) - Maria Sharapova shocked top seed Kim Clijsters 7-5 7-5 to win the Acura Classic on Sunday. In grabbing her first title on North American summer hard courts, Sharapova took down reigning U.S. Open champion Clijsters for the first time in five meetings. "I hung in there during some amazing points in the second set," said the second-seeded Russian. "I had lost to her four times in a row, so I thought this might be my lucky day. It's...

2006-08-05 02:32:29

By Matthew Cronin SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Top seed Kim Clijsters overpowered Martina Hingis 7-5 6-2 to reach the Acura Classic semi-finals on Friday in San Diego. Second seed Maria Sharapova crushed defending champion Mary Pierce 6-2 6-3, setting up a last four clash with Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, who beat number four Elena Dementieva 6-4 6-3. Belgian Clijsters will face seventh seed Nicole Vaidisova of Czech Republic after she beat Russian Anna Chakvetadze 3-6 6-4 6-3. Hingis...

2006-07-31 15:46:33

LONDON (Reuters) - The Fed Cup final between Belgium and Italy will take place in Charleroi, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Monday. The September 16-17 tie will be held at the 6,200-capacity Spiroudome arena. World number two Kim Clijsters and French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne are expected to team up for hosts Belgium, who are aiming to win their second Fed Cup title following their success in 2001. Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta will spearhead...

2006-07-30 16:58:46

By Matthew Cronin STANFORD (Reuters) - Top seed Kim Clijsters won her fourth Bank of the West Classic title with a 6-4 6-2 victory over second seed Patty Schnyder in Sunday's final. "I feel so familiar every time I come back here," Clijsters said after picking up her second trophy of the year. "It feels comfortable. It's been like that from the first time I played here. Everything just comes together. When you feel good, you start to play better." Rarely threatened during the...

2006-07-25 21:37:10

STANFORD (Reuters) - French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne is to rest for five weeks and will play just one preparation tournament before the U.S. Open, said coach Carlos Rodriguez. The 24-year-old Belgian has pulled out of next week's Acura Classic in San Diego and has pencilled in the Rogers Cup event in Montreal starting August 14 as her only event before the final Grand Slam event of the year at Flushing Meadow. "Justine will now have five weeks off with no tournaments,"...

2006-07-25 00:11:58

By Matthew Cronin STANFORD, California (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters is looking to repeat last year's success on hard courts when she begins the defense of her Bank of the West Classic title this week. The world number two lost only one match on hard courts en route to her first grand slam title at Flushing Meadow last season, but this year she has one title to her credit and has lost in the semi-finals of three consecutive grand slams. "This is the part of the year I...


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