The Latest: No. 4 seed Tsitsipas beats Cressy at US Open


first_imgOsaka, the 2018 champion, defeated Camila Giorgi 6-1, 6-2 in the second round. Then came a congratulatory conversation by remote with her mother, who was shown on a courtside video screen.“Hi! What are you doing?” Osaka said. The audio connection wasn’t great, but Mom clapped.“Oh my gosh,” Osaka said.Her mom, who is Japanese, also held up a sheet of images, which Osaka later deciphered. Djokovic hit 16 aces and lost only 12 points on his first serve.___4:25 p.m.Alexander Zverev has won his second-round match at the U.S. Open, using a dominating serve to beat 19-year-old American wild card Brandon Nakashima 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-1.Zverev, a German who is seeded fifth, regrouped after losing the tiebreaker when he double-faulted with a 133 mph serve. He overcame 10 double-faults, hit 24 aces and won every service game. September 2, 2020 Pliskova failed to convert two set points in the second set and lost 6-1, 7-6 (2).It was the first time since 2008 that the top-seeded woman lost in the second round at the Open.Pliskova was a finalist at the Open in 2016 for the best Grand Slam result of her career.Garcia, ranked 50th, beat Pliskova for the fourth time in their seven meetings.___ Zverev advanced to his first career Grand Slam semifinal at this year’s Australian Open. His best showing at the U.S. Open came last year, when he reached the fourth round.___3:15 p.m.This is quite a comeback.No. 30 seed Kristina Mladenovic served for the victory while leading 6-1, 5-1 against Varvara Gracheva in the second round of the U.S. Open — and lost. “She’s saying, the first one is, ‘Good job,’ and then the second one is, ‘Don’t do Instagram and Twitter and instead go to sleep,’” Osaka said. “And then the third one is, ‘Drink green juice and get some rest,’ and then the fourth one is, ‘I love you.’”Osaka, who is seeded fourth, advanced while committing only 11 unforced errors.___6:40 p.m.Unseeded Americans Ann Li and Shelby Rogers have pulled off upset victories in the second round of the U.S. Open. 5:35 p.m. Novak Djokovic fell behind when he lost a tiebreaker for the first time this year but has rallied past Kyle Edmund in the second round of the U.S. Open.The top-seeded Djokovic won 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Seeking his fourth U.S. Open title, Djokovic lost a physical first set that took more than an hour. He had been 10-0 in tiebreakers previously this year.Djokovic dominated from there, and won for the 19th time in his past 20 Grand Slam matches. He is 25-0 this year, including his 17th major title at the Australian Open. Li beat No. 13-seeded Alison Riske in a matchup between Pennsylvanians, 6-0, 6-3. Li, who is 20 and ranked 128th, now has two career victories over players ranked in the top 75, and the wins have come in her two matches this week.Rogers beat No. 11-seeded Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-1. By advancing to the third round, Rogers matched her best showing at the U.S. Open. She’s ranked 93rd. ___6:05 p.m.Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova has been upset in the second round of the U.S. Open by Caroline Garcia of France. ___The second round of the U.S. Open is underway with a cloudy sky and a chance of rain at Flushing Meadows.Seventeenth-seeded Angelique Kerber is getting things started in the women’s bracket against Anna-Lena Friedsam, ranked No. 109 in the world. Former champion Naomi Osaka plays Wednesday night after a day off to rest a worrisome left hamstring.On the men’s side, top-seeded Novak Djokovic tries to remain unbeaten in 2020 when he plays Kyle Edmund. Djokovic is 24-0 this year, has won 18 of his last 19 matches in Grand Slam tournaments and is heavily favored to pick up his fourth U.S. Open title.The weather could play a factor, given the chance of rain, especially through early afternoon. Temperatures of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) are predicted. The No. 4-seeded Tsitsipas won 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-4 on a humid night in Arthur Ashe Stadium.“It’s always great breaking a sweat,” the 22-year-old from Greece joked.He was a semifinalist at the 2019 Australian Open and has reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and the French Open, but hadn’t been past the second round at Flushing Meadows.To do so, Tsitsipas needed to figure out Cressy, who went to the net a total of 92 times, winning 52 of those points. Tsitsipas only moved forward 20 times.Cressy played serve-and-volley tennis 73 times, 67 more than Tsitsipas.center_img “His game is very difficult to read,” Tsitsipas said. “You don’t get to play against players like this very often … and you have to adjust as soon as possible.”Tsitsipas now faces No. 27 seed Borna Coric.___9:00 p.m.Naomi Osaka’s play at the U.S. Open has her mother, Tamaki, virtually applauding. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):11:30 p.m.Stefanos Tsitsipas made it to the U.S. Open’s third round by withstanding the so-rare-these-days serve-and-volley style of his 168th-ranked American opponent, Maxime Cressy. Associated Press Mladenovic let that huge lead slip away, failing to convert four match points along the way, and eventually, Gracheva came all the way back to win 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0.Said Mladenovic: “She was brave and she went for it.”Gracheva is a Russian who is ranked 102nd and is a month past her 20th birthday. This is her first Grand Slam tournament.She will face No. 8 Petra Martic in the third round. ___2:05 p.m.Sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova needed only two sets to reach the the third round of the U.S. Open, the Grand Slam event that his been her most elusive.Kvitova beat Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-2 in an hour and 40 minutes Wednesday, overcoming her nervousness in the first set. This is her 14th U.S. Open. It’s the only Grand Slam tournament where she has failed to reach the semifinals. She reached the quarterfinals twice, in 2015 and 2017. She has two Wimbledon titles. ___1:05 p.m.Angelique Kerber is on her way to the third round of the U.S. Open, which she won in 2016.The No. 17 seed opened play Wednesday and beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-3, 7-6 (6) in an hour and 40 minutes. Kerber emerged on the WTA Tour by reaching the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2011. Last year, she got knocked out in the first round.The women’s bracket also had an upset Wednesday. No. 12 Marketa Vondrousova lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1, 6-2 in only 65 minutes. ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: No. 4 seed Tsitsipas beats Cressy at US Openlast_img read more

Gorelina’s return to the lineup helps Syracuse into the final 8 of the NIVC


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HAMILTON, N.Y. — After playing sparingly and almost exclusively back-row in the opening set Friday night against Towson, Anastasiya Gorelina was waiting for her opportunity to fully return from her right ankle injury.With a block to close out the first set, and four kills in the first 13 points of the second set, Gorelina emphatically announced her return. In that moment, Syracuse’s leading attacker was back. The Orange attack was back to full strength.Syracuse (22-13, 12-8 Atlantic Coast) advanced to the final eight of the National Invitational Women’s Volleyball Championship with a straight set win over Towson (27-6, 12-4 Colonial) on Friday night at Colgate University’s Cotterell Court. Now that Gorelina is back to full strength, she expects to be starting Monday night as Syracuse travels to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers Monday night in the final eight of the NIVC.“It was my first game back from injury so I’m excited to be able to play, and not just watch,” Gorelina said.She turned her right ankle in the fourth set of a match on Nov. 22 against Notre Dame. Gorelina did not play in the regular season finale loss vs. Louisville, nor did she play in the postseason opening win Thursday night against Albany.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite being a limited factor in the opening set, Gorelina was unleashed by Yelin in the second set. She did not register any kills or attack attempts in the first set, which SU won, 25-22. She totaled four kills in the second, and four more in the third and finished with eight. Gorelina found success in a variety of attacks, using both the fastball and changeup to beat the Towson backline.Gorelina received the set from Jalissa Trotter at the start of the second set. She used her textbook two-steps and a jump to kill the ball into the floor, giving SU its first point of the set. A few points later, Gorelina displayed her guile in tipping the ball over the Towson block. The ball floated aimlessly into the ground, just out of reach of outstretched Towson defenders, expanding the Orange lead to 7-3. After the Tigers had cut the deficit back to two, Gorelina went for power again, ending any run Towson had started and pushing the lead back to three points.Because she had just one error and 11 attack attempts, Gorelina’s .636 attack percentage was her second-best of the season. With an attack percentage of .211 for the season entering Friday, she was over three times more efficient than average. Yelin was careful not to rush his star attacker back before she was ready, and the move paid off.“It’s the first day she was able to play,” Yelin said. “When people are coming back from injury, it takes time to get in, you don’t want to rush.”Yelin said he wanted Gorelina to slowly work her way back into the lineup before letting her jump and land again on the ankle. At the conclusion of the first set, she told Yelin was ready.“He was worrying about my ankle and how I was feeling,” Gorelina said. “After the first set I told him I was ready to go to fight. He said go out and play, and I did.”Yelin said he made some changes to the usual rotation to work her into playing more points. With some confusion amongst the SU rotation, which led to two out of rotation faults, Yelin eventually decided to return to the lineup the Orange has played for most of the season.“We still wanted to keep her in the position to be on the outside and hit, after the first set and a half,” Yelin said. “We totally changed back to how we had been playing all season.” Comments Published on December 1, 2017 at 10:49 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]last_img read more

Eagles seek repeat in NFC East, surrounded by 3 new coaches


first_img Associated Press Television News First Published: 4th September, 2020 06:37 IST FOLLOW US Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img While the NFC East hasn’t had a repeat winner in 16 years, Philadelphia at least has a head start on the concept.The defending division champion is the only team with a repeat head coach in 2020 as Doug Pederson gets ready for his fifth season.Joe Judge is a first-time boss at 38 for the New York Giants, while Mike McCarthy takes over in Dallas after a year away from football following his firing in Green Bay. Ron Rivera didn’t wait to jump back in, taking over a troubled Washington franchise after Carolina dismissed the two-time Coach of the Year midseason in 2019.The Eagles were the most recent champs to repeat when they won a fourth straight NFC East title in 2004, the season they finally returned to the Super Bowl (losing to New England) after three straight conference championship game losses.Philadelphia’s fifth attempt at consecutive division titles since then is already facing a significant challenge because of injuries. Three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks (torn Achilles tendon) and left tackle Andre Dillard (torn biceps) are out for the season. Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters is reportedly unwilling to move back to his old position without a pay raise after re-signing to play right guard. Current left tackle Matt Pryor has one career start, last season in the playoffs at right guard.Carson Wentz enters his fifth season looking for his first playoff win, in part because an MVP-caliber 2017 season was cut short by a knee injury before Nick Foles led the franchise to its first Super Bowl title.Promising first-round draft pick Jalen Reagor is a likely upgrade for the receivers if he isn’t out too long because of a shoulder injury sustained in training camp. DeSean Jackson is the leader of that group alongside trusty tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.“Obviously now that he’s going into his fifth year with us and understanding our system, understanding our offense, things process even faster for him,” Pederson said of Wentz. “You see him being able to translate that information and have conversations with these players. Carson is mentally in a really good state right now.”Judge is the fifth coach in five seasons for the Giants following a 12-year run by Tom Coughlin that included two Super Bowl titles.McCarthy, who won a championship with the Packers 10 years ago at the home of the Cowboys, replaced Jason Garrett, whose contract wasn’t renewed after nine full seasons when Dallas flopped amid high expectations.Rivera spent nine seasons with the Panthers before he was fired with a 5-7 record four years after leading Carolina to the Super Bowl.All three new coaches faced the challenge of implementing new philosophies without any in-person time until late July because of the pandemic.“I think you’ve really got to trust your instincts, the awareness and your experience in this particular time as far as how we install and initiate the development and growth of our program,” McCarthy said. “Every team is going to have a pretty similar amount of time in this climate that we’re in.”WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAMBarring a surprisingly quick turnaround under Rivera, the NFL team with no nickname will make many more headlines off the field than on it.Widespread unrest over social injustice swept up Washington as well, leading to the removal of a nickname many considered racist and insensitive toward Native Americans.Then came reports of a toxic workplace environment that led to the NFL taking over the investigation when allegations of misconduct reached all the way to owner Daniel Snyder.It was almost an afterthought when Rivera named Dwayne Haskins his starting quarterback a little more than a week before the opener. And besides the turmoil, Washington has had losing records eight of the past 11 years.“Some of the guys right now, they’re struggling to get past what they’ve been through the last couple years and buy into what we’re trying to teach and preach now,” Rivera said.FAMILIAR FACESGarrett is staying in the division as Judge’s offensive coordinator. Troy Aikman’s former backup for Super Bowl-winning teams in Dallas served in that role with the Giants two decades ago.He inherits what New York hopes is a young franchise quarterback in Daniel Jones, and a potentially elite running back in Saquon Barkley — similar to what Garrett had in two-time rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott with the Cowboys.“We certainly have a system of football that has been in place for a long time, but it’s also a system that has evolved through the years,” Garrett said. “It’s evolved based on the people we have on our team. There have been times in the past we have thrown the ball a lot and times in the past we have run the ball a lot.”ADDING SOME TOOLSDallas quarterback Dak Prescott is coming off career passing bests in yards (4,902) and touchdowns (30). The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year now has a coach who won a Super Bowl with a star QB (Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers) while keeping his play caller and former position coach in Kellen Moore.The Cowboys also unexpectedly added a promising offensive threat in receiver CeeDee Lamb. They had him sixth on their draft board and got him at No. 17 in the first round. Lamb joins Amari Cooper, who just signed a $100 million contract, and Michael Gallup, looking to grow further after showing strong improvement his second year.Then there’s Elliott, who feels he has something to prove after playing a full season without winning a rushing title for the first time in his four seasons. He was among the players who tested positive for COVID-19 during the offseason.“From Amari to CeeDee to Gallup and then obviously Zeke, none of these guys have an ego,” Prescott said. “They all want to see the other guy have success, but obviously they want to have success and it’s just going to create this amazing, fun environment. And it already has.”PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISHEagles, Cowboys, Giants, Washington.Image credits: AP LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 06:38 IST Eagles Seek Repeat In NFC East, Surrounded By 3 New Coaches The defending division champion is the only team with a repeat head coach in 2020 as Doug Pederson gets ready for his fifth seasonlast_img read more