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Thursday 9 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# US Open

Last year
# Claim
'Competing against clean athletes was important to her' - Former coach defends Halep
Darren Cahill has issued a strong statement in the tennis star’s defence.
Simona Halep provisionally suspended after failed drug test
The Romanian tested positive for the anti-anaemia drug Roxadustat at the US Open but has vowed to clear her name.
# Arthur Ashe Stadium
Swiatek defeats Jabeur to clinch US Open crown
The World number one secured her second Grand Slam title of the year with a straight sets victory.
# On the double
Salisbury and Rajeev Ram defend US Open doubles title with hard-fought win
Salisbury and Ram defeated Neal Skupski and Dutchman Wesley Koolhof 7-6 (4) 7-5.
# game set match bed
Alcaraz wins epic quarter-final battle in latest ever US Open finish
A thrilling five-hour-and-15-minute duel with Jannik Sinner finished at 2.50am local time and saw the Spaniard survive match point in the fourth set.
# Pole Position
Swiatek eyes second grand slam title this season after battling past American Pegula
The world number one and French Open champion is the only player remaining with a slam to her name.
# Flushing Meadows
Francis Tiafoe beats Andrey Rublev to reach US Open semi-finals
Earlier, Aryna Sabalenka reached the semi-finals for a second successive year with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) win over Karolina Pliskova.
# Breaking New Ground
Caroline Garcia powers past Coco Gauff to first grand slam semi-final
The Frenchwoman triumphed 6-3 6-3 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
# Temper
Nick Kyrgios smashes rackets as US Open run ended by Khachanov in quarter-finals
Kyrgios showed his frustration after losing by destroying two rackets and then walking swiftly off court.
# Flushing Meadows
Nadal stunned by Tiafoe at US Open as Alcaraz survives epic
Nadal, bidding for a 23rd Grand Slam title, lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the last-16 to 26th-ranked Tiafoe.
# Tennis
Britain's Norrie crashes out of US Open after fourth-round defeat to Rublev
Rublev prevailed after a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.
# Flushing Meadows
Perfect Nadal, battling Swiatek into US Open fourth round
Four-time champion Nadal took his record over Richard Gasquet to a perfect 18-0
# Goodbye
'It’s been a fun ride' - Serena Williams bids emotional farewell after US Open exit
Williams bowed out after a third-round defeat to Ajla Tomljanovic.
# US Open
Nadal overcomes self-inflicted injury, Williams sisters lose in doubles
A round-up of the overnight action at Flushing Meadows.
# Flushing Meadows
Brilliant Serena Williams powers into US Open third round
In the men’s draw, defending champion and top seed Daniil Medvedev defeated France’s Arthur Rinderknech.
# Building Momentum
Andy Murray reaches US Open last 32 for first time in six years
Earlier, China’s Wang Xiyu stunned third seed Maria Sakkari to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
# Flushing Meadows
Wimbledon champion Rybakina crashes out of US Open
Burel, ranked 131st in the world, punished a lacklustre performance.
# Flushing Meadows
Serena Williams readies farewell as US Open begins
In Monday’s sold-out night session Williams will face Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic.
# Tennis
Serena to face Kovinic in US Open start as retirement looms
Williams is one title shy of the all-time record 24 Slam crowns won by Margaret Court.
# Disappointment
Djokovic says he will not play US Open because of lack of Covid vaccination
The 21-time grand slam champion had hoped in vain for the rules to be relaxed.
# ostracised
Belarus star Azarenka axed from US Open Ukraine benefit
The former world number one was to have joined the likes of Rafael Nadal, Coco Gauff, John McEnroe, Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek at the event.
# holding out hope
Djokovic says he is 'preparing' to play US Open despite vaccination ban
More than 43,000 people have signed a petition to allow Djokovic to compete at the year’s final Grand Slam.
# novax
Djokovic doubts US Open participation but 'hope springs eternal'
The recently-crowned Wimbledon champion continues to refuse to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
# gone girl
US Open champion Emma Raducanu crashes out of Wimbledon
The 10th seed lost her second-round match against Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3.
# Golf
Power and McIlroy climb in the world rankings after US Open as Fitzpatrick into top ten
Seamus Power is up to career high 36th in the world.
# done and dusted
Matt Fitzpatrick wins first major title after US Open triumph
Rory McIlroy earned a top-five finish while Séamus Power ended his tournament in a tie for 12th.
# Irish Eye
Seamus Power shoots up US Open leaderboard as McIlroy scrambles to stay in the hunt
Waterford-man Power was in a tie for 11th after shooting 70 with McIlroy in a tie for seventh after some heroic work on the back nine
# emotive golfer
McIlroy says he's better at managing 'waves of momentum' after recovery from third hole
‘Came back well today after a tough start and right in the mix,’ said the four-time major winner, who’s a shot adrift at Brookline. ‘Couldn’t be any happier.’
# Brookline
Rory McIlroy makes strong start to take early share of the lead at US Open
McIlroy was installed as favourite to win his first major title since 2014 after successfully defending his Canadian Open title on Sunday.
# US Open
'I have the game and mentality to succeed on difficult golf courses' - Rory McIlroy
Third-ranked McIlroy won his 21st US PGA title on Sunday at the Canadian Open ahead of this week’s US Open.
# Door Is Open
Players from Russia and Belarus allowed to play at US Open under neutral flag
The move comes after the Grand Slams condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
# rift
'If you don't love or enjoy what you're actually doing, you're still going to be miserable'
Justin Thomas has described the LIV-PGA fracture as ‘sad’ for US Open and golf.
# Sorry
Mickelson expresses sympathy to families of 9/11 victims after LIV criticism, as US Open looms
Meanwhile, the pairings for the tournament have been announced with Mickelson in a group alongside Shane Lowry.
# Good vibes
McIlroy admits to 'weird' US Open record but feeling confident in bid for second title
The Ulster man is currently in action at the Canadian Open where he is the joint leader.
# on the charge
Maguire's 68 leaves her knocking on the door of a top five finish at US Open
Cavan woman found form with her putter around the turn to move up to tenth place.
# pine needles
Maguire six off the lead following opening round at US Open
American Mina Harigae fired a stunning seven-under-par 64 to lead the way in North Carolina.
# Changes
US Open champion Raducanu splits from coach after less than six months
Raducanu hired Torben Beltz at the end of last season but it was a short-lived relationship.
All time
# Mixed Fortunes
DeChambeau seizes World Challenge lead as McIlroy falls back
Second-ranked Collin Morikawa, 13th-ranked Tony Finau and world number 16 Brooks Koepka shared second.
# next chapter
Teen sensation Raducanu splits from coach who steered her to shock US Open triumph
The 18-year-old is in pursuit of a high-level, experienced mentor.
# US Open
Daniil Medvedev stuns Novak Djokovic to take US Open title
The Russian is the first of his generation to beat one of the Djokovic-Federer-Nadal triumvirate in a major final.