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Iga Swiatek winning easily, but knows who’s No. 1 at the U.S. Open Roger Federer’s goodbye will be in doubles, maybe with Nadal Top seeds Badosa and Garcia ousted at Pan Pacific Open

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NEW YORK. Iga Swiatek wins easily and quietly.

In this US Open, even the No. 1 player in the world is nowhere near No. 2 as long as Serena Williams is still around.

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“Yes, now is her time,” said Svyatek. “I just, you know, play and focus on it, and that’s the most important thing for me.”

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The two-time French Open champion easily beat 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stevens 6-3, 6-2 in the second round to win her 50th win this season, leading the WTA Tour.

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A day after Williams eliminated No. 2 seed Anette Kontaveit and No. 3 seed Maria Sakkari lost earlier, Swiatek is arguably looming as an even bigger threat to win a seventh title this year, something no one has done since. the Williams era in 2014. Past US Open champions Naomi Osaka and Emma Radukanou were also eliminated, along with 2021 runner-up Leyla Fernandez.

Swiatek came to the US Open 4-4 after ending her 37-match winning streak earlier this year but lost just eight games in two rounds. It took her just 1 hour and 14 minutes to beat Stevens and had no problems with her first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“Honestly, I was just trying to have the same motivation or attitude as any other court, because that’s the best way for me to work well,” Swiatek said.

Williams is resuming what could be her last singles tournament. First, she had to return to Ash to start the night session alongside big sister Venus for their women’s doubles match against Czech duo Lucy Hradecka and Linda Noskova.

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal followed them against Fabio Fognini.

Other winners included Jessica Pegula at number 8, Belinda Bencic at number 13 and Victoria Azarenka at number 26, who did not receive a handshake from Marta Kostyuk after beating the Ukrainian.

Azarenka from Belarus, who helped Russia launch its invasion of Ukraine.

“I just don’t think it’s the right thing to do in the circumstances I’m in right now,” Kostyuk said of the handshake, instead offering only a slap at the end.

No. 11 Yannick Sinner and No. 15 Marin Cilic, 2015 US Open champion, moved forward, but No. 25 Borna Coric lost to American Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 7-6 (10), 6-1. Last year, Brooksby reached the fourth round of the Flushing Meadows at the age of 20, winning a set against Novak Djokovic.

Pegula was later scheduled to return to the court to join Coco Gauff in their first round doubles match. The No. 2 seed were to play Fernandez and Daria Saville.

The 18-year-old Gauff is also still alive in singles, but Pegula didn’t think they would consider dropping doubles to conserve their energy.

“No, I think we just want to win the tournament,” she said. “I think we both do. She, she never gets tired. Anyway, she’s so young.”

LONDON. Roger Federer is known for his elegant style of play, his longevity, 20 Grand Slam titles and the occasional tear in the most emotional moments after a match, whether after a win or a loss.

There was no such sadness, only smiles and laughter at his own jokes, when Federer appeared at a press conference to discuss his retirement from professional tennis at the age of 41 after a series of knee surgeries. He will end his career with a doubles match at the Laver Cup, possibly alongside longtime rival Rafael Nadal.

Federer said he’s now resigned to the decision to leave, which came weeks after Serena Williams played her last match at the US Open, and he wants this farewell to be a celebration.

“I really don’t want this to be a funeral,” Federer said. “I want it to be really happy, powerful and in party mode.”

Wearing a blue blazer with sleeves rolled up to the elbows and a white polo shirt, Federer answered questions for about half an hour in the arena, which will host a team competition founded by his management company.

“I’m nervous because I haven’t played in so long,” he said. “Hopefully I can be a little competitive.”

Federer, who announced via social media last week that he was retiring after the Laver Cup, said it took him some time to get used to the idea of ​​retiring from competition.

But that was what he realized he needed to do after he faced setbacks during his rehab in July for his third right knee surgery in about a year and a half.

“You’re trying to get to the next level in training and I feel like it’s getting harder. … Then, I think, I also got more tired, because it takes more effort to kind of believe that he is going to turn around. You start getting too pessimistic. Then I also got a scan, which was not what I wanted,” Federer explained. “At some point, you sit down and say: “Okay, we are here at the crossroads, at the crossroads, and you need to turn. In what direction? I didn’t want to go in the direction, “Let’s risk it all.” I’m not ready for this. I’ve always said that was never my goal.”

And the most difficult thing came when he realized that he needed to stop.

“You’re sad,” Federer said, “at the very moment you realize, ‘OK, this is the end.’

The last procedure on his knee came shortly after a quarter-final loss to Hubert Hurkacs at Wimbledon in July 2021, which will go down in the book as the last singles match of a superb career that began in the 1990s and included 103 tournament titles, the Davis Cup. Swiss championship, Olympic medals and hundreds of weeks in first place in the ATP rankings.

In his online farewell address last week, Federer called retirement a “bittersweet decision.”

He was asked which aspect was the most bitter and which was the sweetest.

“Bitterness: You always want to play forever,” he said. “I like being on the court. I love playing against guys. I like to travel. … Everything was perfect. I love my career in every way.”

And then he added: “The best part is that I know that everyone has to do this at some point; everyone should quit the game. It was a big, big trip. For this I am very grateful.”

He will play in doubles for the European team against the world team on the first day of the tournament, before losing his place to Wimbledon 2021 runner-up Matteo Berrettini in singles over the weekend. According to Federer, the plan was led by the ATP and both team captains, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.

As for his doubles partner on the last cheer? Federer wouldn’t say definitively – he said it’s up to Borg – but the not-so-hidden secret is that it’s expected to be Nadal, who holds the men’s record in 22 major championships.

Back in February, when it was revealed that Federer would be in London this week, he said Nadal texted him last year asking him to play doubles together again. They teamed up to win the doubles match during the first Laver Cup in 2017.

“If we can share the doubles court again,” Nadal said in February, “it will be a really special experience for both of us at this point in our careers.”

While other Federer contemporaries and sports stars are part of the European squad, such as 21-time Slam champion Novak Djokovic and three-time major tournament winner Andy Murray, the Federer-Nadal match will go down in history as one of the greatest clashes in history. tennis or any other sport.

In total, they played each other 40 times (Nadal won 26), playing in 14 Grand Slam matches (Nadal won 10). Nadal came out on top in their 2008 Wimbledon Classic Final, considered by some to be the greatest match ever; Federer won their last fight in the 2019 All England semi-finals.

“It could be quite, I don’t know, a unique situation if that were to happen,” Federer said of the doubles draw. “For us to also go through the careers that we both had and come out on the other side and be able to have good relationships, I think that can be a great message not only for tennis players. but sports and maybe even more.”

As for his future?

The father of two sets of twins – 13 girls, 8 boys – wouldn’t say exactly what he had planned other than a vacation, but he said he would remain connected to tennis in some way.

Recalling how Borg stayed away from the sport for years after retiring, Federer tried to reassure his fans by saying, “I won’t be a ghost.”

TOKYO. Paula Badosa, who placed first, Caroline Garcia, who placed second, and Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, were eliminated from the Pan Pacific Open tournament.

Badosa was stunned by Qinwen Zheng, a 19-year-old fast-improving player from China, 6-3, 6-2. Qinwen has won 10 of the last 12 games, playing fearlessly on Badosa’s serve and beating her four times.

“It’s not surprising, I always knew that I had a level, I just had to reach it,” Qinwen said after her first top 10 victory.

In the third quarter-final this year, Qinwen will face Claire Liu, who beat Elisa Mertens 6-4, 6-1.

Garcia was beaten by another Chinese in the second round, Zhang Shuai, who won 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in 2 1/2 hours.

Garcia broke Zhang in the first game and won the set with her 10th ace. But despite throwing 27 aces to break Qinwen’s mark of 21 in this year’s Tour of the Year match, Garcia failed to keep her form and Zhang used her speed and accuracy to win the second set.

Zhang said her years of playing and training in Japan have paid off.

“I tried to remain calm. In difficult moments, I told myself that I never lose on this court, so today I will win, ”she said. “This is my home tournament, so it gave me a lot of motivation. Everything is positive here, so I played very well.”

Rybakina was losing in the three-set final in Slovenia last weekend but struggled to find any rhythm against the fit Ludmila Samsanova, who won her first tournament 6-2, 6-4.

Samsonova won two tournaments in August and reached the fourth round of the US Open,…


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