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    Formerly a defensive player, Watson has revolutionised her game under Argentinian coach Diego Veronelli and is confident she can comfortably surpass the career-high ranking of 39 she set last year. She is only six places adrift of that and has very few ranking points to defend having failed to win a tour-level match over the closing months of last season.

    8/26/2014 3:40:01 PM
    [break] WATSON 1-6 0-1* CIRSTEA: Watson, ranked 46, is feeling the pressure and is over-hitting her groundstrokes from the back of the court. She nets her backhand for an early break in the second set.
    8/26/2014 3:41:44 PM
    [stats] Cirstea won 55% of her first serves and hit 14 winners. Meanwhile, Watson made eight unforced errors and three double faults during that opening set.
    8/26/2014 3:43:22 PM
    [break] WATSON 1-6 *1-1 CIRSTEA: At 30-30, the net cord goes the way of Watson, who earns her first break point of the match. And she takes it after forcing Cirstea into an error on her backhand side. Game on!
    8/26/2014 3:46:06 PM
    [break] WATSON 1-6 1-2* CIRSTEA: Watson double faults for the fourth time in the match before thundering her return high and wide. She the nets her backhand to gift the Romanian a triple break point. Another costly double hands Cirstea the break. Oh dear!
    8/26/2014 3:49:30 PM
    WATSON 1-6 *1-3 CIRSTEA: Last year Watson arrived in New York low on confidence and still struggling to regain health and fitness after a bout of glandular fever. She lost to Daniela Hantuchova in the first major of the year in Australia, Simona Halep at the French Open and Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon - some big name players. The 22-year-old seems to be suffering with confidence on Court 13 as the Romanian holds to 15 to move clear now.
    8/26/2014 3:53:33 PM
    [break] WATSON 1-6 1-4* CIRSTEA: Watson recovers from a sixth double fault of the match to move 40-30 ahead on serve, but a wild forehand lands long. The British No 1 is broken again after netting a straightforward backhand. It'll take something special from Watson if she is to win this now!
    8/26/2014 3:59:23 PM
    WATSON 1-6 *1-5 CIRSTEA: Comfortable hold to 15 for the Romanian express train that is Sorana Cirstea on Court 13. She's just one game away from a place in the second-round.
    8/26/2014 4:02:41 PM
    [game-set-match] Tenth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan cruised to a 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory over 176th-ranked American Wayne Odesnik, showing no apparent effects from a toe injury that hampered his preparations. The 24-year-old Nishikori, who has never made it past the fourth round in five previous US Open appearances, suffered a severely infected right big toe in July, forcing him to miss tuneup events leading up Flushing Meadows.
    8/26/2014 6:00:14 PM

    KEI TO SUCCESS: Nishikori celebrates his win against Wayne Odesnik  


    8/26/2014 6:13:38 PM
    QUERREY COMES THROUGH
    [game-set-match] American Sam Querrey has edged past Maximo Gonzalez from Argentina in five sets, 6-2 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 . He will play Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez next.
    8/26/2014 6:26:57 PM
    Awful from Melzer. All I can do is say Wimbledon started with 2 losers & turned out well. The chase starts tomorrow.
    ISNER A SET AWAY
    [set] Big-serving American John Isner is closing in on a spot in the second round. He leads compatriot Marcos Giron 7-6(5) 6-2.
    8/26/2014 6:40:40 PM
    GENIE IN ACTION
    On Louis Armstrong, Canadian seventh seed and Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard is in action against Belarusian Olga Govortsova. They're on serve at *2-2 in the opening set.
    8/26/2014 6:45:01 PM

    FOG LIGHTS UP US OPEN: The unpredictable Italian Fabio Fognini comes through in straight-sets against Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan


    8/26/2014 6:48:28 PM

    Watson dumped out

    SkySportsHeather Watson says her week could not have got any worse having been dumped out of the US Open in the first round 6-1 6-1 by Sorana Cristea.
    8/26/2014 6:50:41 PM

    SWISS MISS: Belinda Bencic is already getting excited about her second round clash against Kurumi Nara from Japan


    8/26/2014 6:54:43 PM
    ISNER MAKES PROGRESS
    [game-set-match] American 13th seed John Isner defeats compatriot Marcos Giron 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 7-6 (7-2) to reach the second round and a date with either Mikhail Kukushkin or Jan-Lennard Struff.

    8/26/2014 7:23:55 PM
    IVANOVIC ON A HIGH
    Ana Ivanovic has arrived at the US Open back in the top 10 for the first time in more than five years. Seeded eighth, the Serb opened her campaign with a crisp 6-3 6-0 victory over young American Alison Riske. In the past, the bustling Big Apple and its rowdiest of grand slams offered just the kind of atmosphere to send Ivanovic into her shell. After her match she said ...

    That's why it's only since few years I started loving New York, because that's about that. It's about emotions, crowds, and embracing that moment."

    8/26/2014 8:46:13 PM

    PETRA POWER: Kvitova wasted little time in dispatching young French hope Kristina Mladenovic


    8/26/2014 8:51:24 PM

    GAS MAN ON FIRE: French 12th seed Richard Gasquet makes light work of Denis Istomin 7-5 7-6(5) 6-4 to set up a second round date with Italy's Paolo Lorenzi


    8/26/2014 8:57:28 PM
    VIKA BACK IN BUSINESS
    [game-set-match] Two-time US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka defeats Misaki Doi from Japan in a three set tussle - 6-7(3) 6-4 6-1.
    8/26/2014 9:53:13 PM

    A STAR IN THE MAKING: 15-year-old Catherine Cartan Bellis is given a standing ovation by the New York crowd after knocking out 12th seed and Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova 


    8/26/2014 9:57:29 PM
    FERRER THROUGH IN FOUR
    [game-set-match] Fourth-seeded David Ferrer beats Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 6-1 6-2 2-6 6-2. The two-time US Open semi-finalist will take on Australia's Bernard Tomic or Dustin Brown from Germany next.
    8/26/2014 10:06:17 PM
    [stats] 'CiCi' Bellis, the 15-year-old, becomes the youngest player since Anna Kournikova in 1996 to win a US Open match.
    8/26/2014 10:13:02 PM
    TEENAGE KICKS
    Borna Coricthe 17-year-old world No 204 who was junior champion in 2013, also made a stunning grand slam debut with a convincing 6-4 6-1 6-2 win over 29th-seeded Czech Lukas Rosol, the man who dumped Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon two years ago. The upset put Coric into a second-round clash with history-making Victor Estrella Burgos, the Dominican Republic's first grand slam participant, who is making his US Open debut at the age of 34.

    It's an amazing feeling," said qualifier Coric, who arrived in New York with the goal of making it into the main draw. "I said to myself, 'If I achieve that, that's going to be perfect'."

    8/27/2014 3:27:48 PM
    EARLY BREAKS
    [break] Sweden's Johanna Larsson has made a solid start to her match on Arthur Ashe against American 21st seed Sloane Stephens. She breaks to lead *2-1. Meanwhile, on Grandstand, Ivan Dodig leads Feliciano Lopez *5-1 in the opening set and Alize Cornet is *4-0 up against Daniela Hantuchova on Court 5. The Frenchwoman famously knocked out Serena Williams at Wimbledon earlier this year. On Court 17, tall South African Kevin Anderson leads Pablo Cuevas 4-1*. The 18th seed has made a solid start to his match against the Uruguayan.
    8/27/2014 3:37:59 PM
    WOZ LOST IN MANHATTAN
    The Great Dane takes on Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Grandstand later today, if she makes it on time ...


    8/27/2014 3:42:46 PM
    ROD TAKES NOTES
    Russian-born Australian Anastasia Rodionova is preparing for her match against Italian 13th seed Sara Errani on Court 5 later today by taking in some 'Hardcourt' revision!


    8/27/2014 3:48:17 PM
    BORIS MEETS RICKIE
    Novak Djokovic's coach Boris Becker bumped into golf superstar Rickie Fowler a few days ago ...


    8/27/2014 3:54:02 PM
    AGGIE IN TROUBLE
    [set] There might be an upset on the card because Shuai Peng from China has just won the opening set against fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 on Louis Armstrong. The Pole won her 14th WTA title in Montreal just a couple of weeks ago, so it would be a major surprise to see her tumble out so early here in New York. On Grandstand, Ivan Dodig wrapped up the opening set 6-1 against Spanish 19th seed Feliciano Lopez while on Court 5, Alize Cornet is a set up against Daniela Hantuchova, 6-3. On Court 13, Teymuraz Gabashvili from Russia leads Colombian 27th seed Santiago Giraldo 6-3. And big Kevin Anderson is a set to the good against Pablo Cuevas, 6-3.
    8/27/2014 4:02:27 PM
    SLOANE MAKES A COMEBACK
    [set] Sloane Stephens wins 10 of the last 11 points to overturn Johanna Larsson's 5-4 lead in the first set to take it 7-5. What a turnaround in that match on Arthur Ashe!
    8/27/2014 4:03:58 PM
    RETIREMENTS
    [game-set-match] Injury has forced Ivan Dodig and Marcos Baghdatis to retire from their games. Dodig was nicely poised in the deciding set against Spanish 19th seed Feliciano Lopez 1-6 7-5 2-6 6-4 1-1 when he called it a day, meanwhile, Baghdatis was down 6-3 3-1 against Croatain 14th seed Marin Cilic when he retired. It may be the heat or it could be something else. I'll let you know as soon as I hear more ...
    8/27/2014 6:24:28 PM
    MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENT FOR AGGIE
    Aggie Radwanska has been speaking about her defeat to China's Peng Shuai.
    The Pole has reached at least the quarter-finals at every other grand slam but has not made it past the fourth round here.

    It always is disappointing (to go out), especially in the first week of a grand slam. But I think here it's not really a new thing for me unfortunately. I really want to know the answer. Then maybe I will find a way to play better here and just try another way to be in the second week. There is just something here that I can't really pass those rounds. I have couple of years to try. Hopefully one day I will do it."

    8/27/2014 6:27:49 PM
    GABS MAKES A SPLASH
    [game-set-match] Teymuraz Gabashvili from Russia has upset Colombian 27th seed Santiago Giraldo 6-3 1-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3. He will next face one of his compatriots in the second-round because Alexander Kudryavtsev is currently taking on Evgeny Donskoy.
    8/27/2014 6:48:36 PM

    MURRAY IN PREPARATION: Andy Murray will play his second-round match against Matthias Bachinger in the night session on Thursday - at midnight!


    8/27/2014 6:50:58 PM
    Here's your man to follow: "@seancalvert1 : Pica Power +3.5 games makes it six from six on the daily bets today. Just Sousa left."

    SHARAPOVA ON COURT: Maria Sharapova is currently in action against Alexandra Dulgheru from Romania


    8/27/2014 9:02:11 PM
    MARIA STRUGGLING
    [break] Fifth seed Maria Sharapova is struggling to find her form against world No 95 Alexandra Dulgheru from Romania. The Russian has just been broken by Dulgheru, who won back-to-back titles in Warsaw back in 2009 and 2010, and she now leads *4-3 in the opening set.
    8/27/2014 9:15:40 PM
    SAFAROVA BATTLES THROUGH
    [game-set-match] Czech Lucie Safarova defeats Saisai Zheng from China, 6-3 4-6 6-2. The 14th seed will take on Alize Cornet from France in the round of 32.
    8/27/2014 9:22:35 PM
    DULGHERU MOVES AHEAD
    [set] A surprise could be on the cards at the US Open because Alexandra Dulgheru leads four-time grand slam winner Maria Sharapova by a set to love, 6-4 on Ashe in 53 minutes.
    8/27/2014 9:30:24 PM

    DANGEROUS DULGHERU: In her 12th appearance of a grand slam Alexandra Dulgheru is finally showing what she can do after winning the opening set against Maria Sharapova 


    8/27/2014 9:35:01 PM
    TOMAS SCISSORHANDS
    The sixth seed beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 6-4 6-3 ... 
    8/27/2014 9:38:51 PM
    PETKOVIC KNOCKS OUT PUIG
    [game-set-match] German 18th seed 
    Andrea Petkovic has squeezed past young talent Monica Puig from Puerto Rico, 3-6 6-3 7-6(5). Petkovic has a great July after winning her fourth WTA title in Bad Gastein, she went on to reach the semi-finals in Stanford where she went down to Serena Williams. The 26-year-old will take on the winner of the match between 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki or 
    Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The Dane is currently leading that one on Grandstand, 6-3 4-2* and looks well on course to reaching the third round.
    8/27/2014 9:49:38 PM
    BERDYCH FEELING GOOD
    Tomas Berdych knocked out 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt and afterwards he said ...

    I feel pretty good. It's a tough opponent, a big challenge. The conditions were extremely tough today. The heat, the wind, and facing Lleyton for the first round, it's nothing that what you really want to have. But when you are prepared and feel good, that's a perfect start."

    8/27/2014 9:52:07 PM
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