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Just in: Serena Williams moves close to breaking US open record

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Serena Williams moved into the third round of the US Open and a step closer to the magic 24.

The 38-year-old American battled past Russian world number 117 Margarita Gasparyan 6-2 6-4 on Arthur Ashe.

Williams requires one more grand slam to equal Margaret Court’s singles record, but has been stuck on 23 titles since winning the 2017 Australian Open.

But with the field decimated by withdrawals coupled with the shock defeat suffered by top seed Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday, Williams has an increasingly clear run to a seventh Flushing Meadows crown.

Williams will meet fellow American and former champion Sloane Stephens, who beat Olga Govortsova 6-2 6-2, in round three.

“I’m just happy to get through and try to focus on the next round,” said Williams.

“Sloane is such a good player, she plays so smooth. She looks like she is not taking a lot of energy and then suddenly bam! Five winners.”

Murray knocked out of US Open in straight sets by Auger-Aliassime
Tsvetana Pironkova stunned Garbine Muguruza to reach the third round of her first tournament for more than three years.

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The Bulgarian, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, retired following the Championships in 2017 and gave birth to her first child, son Alexander, but decided to give the tour another shot earlier this year.

The suspension of professional sport delayed her comeback but she has certainly made up for lost time.


Having beaten Liudmila Samsonova in the first round, Pironkova showed her prowess on fast courts has not diminished by knocking out 10th seed Muguruza 7-5 6-3.

The 32-year-old said: “I guess I was mentally prepared. It’s not something super new. At the same time, I was feeling well, I was moving well, I was hitting the ball well. Why not win?”

Muguruza made a late decision to come to New York and knew her lack of preparation could cost her.


That did not stop her showing her frustration with a spectacular smash of her racket after losing the first set, snapping the head clean off.

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Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin continued her winning streak at grand slams with a 6-4 6-3 victory over 17-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez.

There was an all-teenage battle on Louis Armstrong Stadium, where 19-year-old Amanda Anisimova defeated 16-year-old Katrina Scott 4-6 6-4 6-1.

Anisimova reached the semi-finals of the French Open last summer but pulled out of the US Open following the sudden death of her father and coach Konstantin.

She blew a kiss to the sky after completing the comeback and said she was inspired by memories of her father.

“I was just thinking about him the whole time and it was giving me a lot of energy to pump me up and get myself going,” she said.

Victoria Azarenka won the all-Belarusian clash with fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka, 6-1 6-3.

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‘I’m not damn scared of Novak Djokovic’ – Kyle Edmund

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Kyle Edmund insists he has nothing to lose in his quest to halt Novak Djokovic’s unbeaten 2020.

World No1 Djokovic eased to his 24th straight win of the year for the loss of just six games in the first round of the US Open against Damir Dzumhur.

Edmund, in contrast, was taken to four sets by Alexander Bublik, winning 2-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-0 to set up a seventh career meeting against Djokovic, and the unseeded Briton is looking for a second victory over the Serbian.

“It’s a match for me [where] I’ve got nothing to lose,” said Edmund, whose sole victory over Djokovic came at the Madrid Open in 2018. “I have the experience of beating him, but he has beaten me a bunch of times. He’s a top player and the type of player who is tough to break down.”

Edmund has a difficult task in his bid to reach a Grand Slam third round for the first time since Wimbledon in 2018, but the world No44 is buoyed by having bounced back against Bublik.

“It was a nice win in terms of the mentality,” he said. “I play well when I’m expressing myself. When I start matches not in the right way I have to force that out of me. It was a good match to win. I could have fallen off and gone down two sets to love or two sets to one.”


Djokovic remains the overwhelming favourite to win at Flushing Meadows and extend his career Grand Slam wins to 18 in the absence of an injured Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, who opted not to play in New York.

Of his 100 per cent record this year, Djokovic said: “Do I want to keep the streak going? Of course I do. But am I thinking about it as a priority every single day? No. But it’s there, it’s an additional motivation for me, and it fuels me to play even stronger and even better and play to the right intensity in every match.”

Earlier on day one of the US Open, Edmund’s compatriot Cameron Norrie recovered from a two-set deficit for a marathon 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 win over ninth seed Diego Schwartzmann.


Andy Murray will hope to join his countrymen in the second round when he takes on Yoshihito Nishioka this evening, while there is an all-British encounter in the women’s draw between Jo Konta and Heather Watson.

Also in the women’s draw, 16-year-old Coco Gauff’s hopes were ended by 31st seed Anastasija Sevastova, while Naomi Osaka bounced back from an injury worry in a tight 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Misaki Doi.

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Osaka arrived on court wearing a face mask with Breonna Taylor’s name on it, a nod to a black woman shot dead by police back in March.


Of the tribute, the world No4 said “I have seven. It is quite sad, seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names. Hopefully, I’ll get to the final and you will see them all. I just want to spread awareness.”

Meanwhile, officials were hoping to contain any potential spread of Covid-19 after Benoit Paire’s positive test.

Players who had been in close contact with the Frenchman — believed to be 11 in all — were put in “a bubble within a bubble”, as Kristina Mladenovic put it.

Mladenovic had played cards with compatriot Paire but was cleared to compete. The 30th seed said: “Since then, for me, it was kind of a nightmare. I’m just very grateful I can be on the court today and safe, to get the win is amazing and I didn’t expect that.”

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