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    Another day, another set of betting tips from Sky Sports pundit Barry Cowan. Here's today's accumulators on offer. Get on his tips here.
    8/26/2014 2:53:00 PM
  • [tennis] Monday was a day of drama as Andy Murray was left baffled and concerned by debilitating cramp that came close to ending his US Open campaign at the first hurdle. British women's No 2 Johanna Konta lost her first-round match 6-2 6-3 to Shahar Peer while it was also the end of the road for Irish qualifier James McGee. Heather Watson begins her campaign next and she's due on court any minute ...
    8/26/2014 2:59:48 PM
  • [sunny] It's sunny and very hot at Flushing Meadows in New York again as Heather Watson receives serve from Sorana Cirstea on Court 13.
    8/26/2014 3:10:46 PM
  • WATSON *0-1 CIRSTEA: Watson is ranked 46 in the world, while her opponent is down at  No 80 after suffering 12 first-round losses this season. The Romanian opens up with a hold to 15.
    8/26/2014 3:12:21 PM
  • WATSON 1-1* CIRSTEA: Watson announced herself as a potential star by winning the US Open junior title in 2009, but has not won a match at Flushing Meadows since. She opens with with a commanding love service game, taking the ball early on this surface.

    8/26/2014 3:15:55 PM
  • WATSON *1-2 CIRSTEA: Cirstea has slipped from a high of 21 in the rankings to 81, while Watson has won all their previous matches, so she heads into this one confident of keeping up that winning record. However, the Romanian is looking sharp on serve and a couple of aces hands her the game.

    8/26/2014 3:17:29 PM
  • [break] WATSON 1-3* CIRSTEA: Court 13 is pretty full for this clash with quite a bit of British support for the girl from Guernsey. A couple of errors hands Cirstea a chance to break and Watson double faults at a crucial time. She'll be massively disappointed with that service game!
    8/26/2014 3:22:32 PM
  • WATSON *1-4 CIRSTEA: The pin-up girl from Bucharest Sorana Cirstea is serving superbly at the moment and Watson has no answer to the firepower of the 24-year-old. Another comfortable hold! 
    8/26/2014 3:25:35 PM
  • [break] WATSON 1-5* CIRSTEA: British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray is in the stands to watch Watson in action which will encourage the Brit. She is currently being taken to the cleaners by Cirstea, although she lands a delicious whipped double-handed crosscourt backhand for a winner at 15-15. Watson saves two break-point chances, but can't save a third as the Romanian closes in on the opening set.
    8/26/2014 3:34:23 PM
  • Watson has never beaten a top-10 opponent, but has secured her first two wins over top-20 players in the last two months, beating Flavia Pennetta at Eastbourne and Dominika Cibulkova in Montreal. She'll need to show that kind of form if she is to reach the second round here in New York as Sorana Cirstea serves for the first set.
    8/26/2014 3:35:24 PM
  • [set] WATSON 1-6 *0-0 CIRSTEA: A fifth ace of the match hands Sorana Cirstea the first set, which she completely dominated.
    8/26/2014 3:37:00 PM
  • 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
  • WATSON 1-6 1-6 CIRSTEAWatson double faults twice to hand Sorana Cirstea a double match point. And the Romanian wins it in just 54 minutes with a scorching winner.
    8/26/2014 4:05:34 PM
  • [game-set-match] CIRSTEA BEAT WATSON 6-1 6-1
    8/26/2014 4:06:07 PM

  • FLATTENED: Heather Watson loses in under an hour to Sorana Cirstea  

    8/26/2014 4:10:43 PM

  • TOO HOT: Cirstea dispatched Watson with ease 

    8/26/2014 4:11:49 PM
    Heather Watson suffered a fourth successive first-round exit in New York and after her match she told Sky Sports 3 ...

    Sorana played very well from the beginning and all the way through and I just wasn't unable to find my game because she didn't give me much time. It's another week, so I'll just look forward to the doubles."

    8/26/2014 4:19:52 PM
  • [stats] Watson's statistics made miserable reading, with eight double faults, six winners and 23 unforced errors adding up to a very bad day at the office. The 22-year-old still has not won a match at Flushing Meadows since winning the junior title in 2009.
    8/26/2014 4:22:35 PM
    Watson's defeat leaves Andy Murray once again as the only British singles player left in the tournament.

    8/26/2014 4:24:18 PM

  • ANA ROLLS ON: Ana Ivanovic steamrollers her way past American Alison Riske for the loss of just three games in 65 minutes.

    8/26/2014 4:36:35 PM
  • [game-set-match] The 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur has reached the second round with victory over American Lauren Davis 6-1 6-4. The Australian 24th seed will play the winner of the match between Estonia's Kaia Kanepi or Pauline Parmentier from France next. And just to add that Ana Ivanovic will play Karolina Pliskova next after the Czech beat Yvonne Meusburger 6-2 6-2.
    8/26/2014 4:41:33 PM
    [set] Just a quick look around Flushing Meadows and on Louis Armstrong home favourite Sam Querrey has moved into a two sets to one lead against Maximo Gonzalez from Argentina - 6-2 4-6 6-4. Meanwhile, on Court 4, 25th seeded Ivo Karlovic is leading Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-4 3-6. Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez leads Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4 6-2 *4-1 and is closing in on the next round.
    8/26/2014 4:59:02 PM
    [set ]Japanese 10th seed Kei Nishikori, who has has been bothered by a cyst on his toe for much of the summer, is looking very comfortable against American Wayne Odesnik 6-4 6-2 2-0*.
    8/26/2014 5:01:44 PM

  • SCORCHING STOSUR: Samantha Stosur proved too strong for Ohio girl Lauren Davis

    8/26/2014 5:09:56 PM
  • 8/26/2014 5:13:27 PM
    [game-set-match] Spanish 28th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez has eased past Lu Yen-Hsun from Taiwan 6-4 6-2 6-2. He will play the winner of the match between American Sam Querrey or Maximo Gonzalez from Argentina. Gonzalez has restored parity in that match at two sets apiece - 2-6 6-4 4-6 6-4, so they're heading into a decider.
    8/26/2014 5:21:46 PM
  • Murray enjoying variety

    SkySportsAndy Murray says coach Amelie Mauresmo is helping him introduce a new variety of shots into his game.
    8/26/2014 5:22:59 PM

  • TIME OUT: Jelena Jankovic signs some autographs after taking time out from practice ahead of her second round clash against Tsvetana Pironkova

    8/26/2014 5:28:05 PM
    [game-set-match] The 2004 US Open champion and 30th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova has lost her first-round match to Marina Erakovic. The Kiwi comes through 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-3).
    8/26/2014 5:34:23 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
    [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.
    [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
    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
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