Nightshift Sports: US Open, 2 September 2018

Day 7
Context and Background 
The U.S. Open, which started August 27th and runs through September 9th,  is the last tennis major of the year. There was a week of qualifying (the qualifying started on 21 August) and now the real heavy lifting begins with the last week of the tournament now in progress.
Men’s Singles:

  • Dominic Thiem defeats Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2, 7-6
  • Rafael Nadal defeats Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4
  • John Isner defeats  Milos Raonic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
  • Juan Martin del Potro vs. Borna Coric, 6-4, 6-3.6-1

Dominic Thiem, who has a very big (and promising game) took out Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson in straight sets. The match was close but Thiem was successfully able to play within his considerable abilities and take a big win.
John Isner continued his march through the tournament, winning in four sets against Raonic in a battle of tall, big-servers. Isner seems to play his very best in the majors. He’s due.
Women’s Singles:

  •  Karolina Pliskova defeats  Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4
  •  Serena Williams defeats Kaia Kanepi 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
  •  Anastasija Sevastova defeats  Elina Svitolina 6-3, 1-6, 6-0
  •  Sloane Stephens defeats  Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-3

Jarolina Pliskova pushed Ashleigh Barty aside to move into the next round. She could be trouble in her part of the draw.
Not unexpectedly, Serena Williams beat Kaia Kanepi–who knocked out the tournament’s number 1 seed in the first round. Serena cruised through her previous match with her sister and was extended to three sets by Kanepi.
Sloane Stephens maintained her winning pace by beating Mertens in two sets.
A series of links to stories and information about the tournament are listed below. Also, today, we are adding a group of equipment links–just in case you get inspired and go out to play tennis, there are links and information on what to buy and where to buy it.

Direct Link to U.S.Open Website
Direct Link to Men’s Draw
Direct Link to Women’s Draw
Direct Link to U.S. Open Draw ( all classes)
U.S.Open Schedule of Play
Players in the 2018 U.S. Open
How to Watch: International
How to Watch: USA
Favorites for 2018
U.S.Open history
The Kyrgios Drama
2018 Wimbledon Final Results
2018 French Open Results and Stories
2018 Australian Open Results
U.S. Open Draw/Results
Federer Vs. Krygios
A Day in the Life of Court 15
Marin Cilic Profile
The Shot
Equipment resources
Nike Tennis
Head Tennis Racquets
Babolot Tennis
Polo/Ralph Lauren
New Balance
Tennis Express (Online ordering)
Tennis Warehouse (Online ordering)
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