WOZNIACKI BACK IN WINNER'S CIRCLE
This Week In Tennis
- More from the Davis Cup: Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro played a five-set, five-hour marathon to open the Great Britain/Argentina semifinal tie.
- A Russian hack of WADA revealed medical information of several top tennis stars, including the Theraputic Use Exemptions (TUEs) granted to Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal, Petra Kvitova, and others.
- The hack prompted swift responses from the ATP, WTA, Venus Williams, and Rafael Nadal.
- CiCi Bellis forgoes her Stanford scholarship and opts to turn pro instead.
- U.S. Open ratings are in and the numbers represent a decline for both the men and women's finals over 2015.
- Current Wimbledon Junior champ, Denis Shapovalov, won his first ever Davis Cup match in straight sets.
- The Battle of the Sexes happened 43 years ago.
- The ITF confirms Varvara Lepchenko failed a doping test (meldonium), but will face no sanctions.
This Week In Tennis
#ThisWeekInTennis returns after a two week hiatus to recap all you may have missed during the fortnight of tennis at the U.S. Open. Below you will get a rundown of what happened with some of tennis' biggest stars through tweets, press interviews, articles, podcasts, and rankings.
- Angelique Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova in three sets to capture her second major title of the year, days after securing the WTA #1 ranking.
- Wawrinka won his first U.S. Open and third major of his career. Wawrinka is now 3-0 in Grand Slam finals and 11-0 in his past 11 ATP Tour finals.
- Karolina Pliskova followed up her Cincinnati title with a run to the U.S. Open final. Over the course of those two events, she scored five top 10 wins: Kuznetsova, Muguruza, and Kerber in Cincinnati, and the Williams sisters in back-to-back matches at the U.S. Open.
- Novak Djokovic came up short in his quest for a 13th major title, losing in four sets to Stan Wawrinka. His path to the final was one of the more unusual ones you'll ever see.
- Monfils continued his consistent 2016 campaign by reaching his first semifinal at the U.S. Open. The match, a four-set loss to Novak Djokovic, was the cause of much consternation due to unusual tactics used by the Frenchman.
- Serena Williams lost her #1 ranking to Angelique Kerber when Karolina Pliskova beat her in the semifinals. Williams' streak of consecutive weeks at #1 ended at 186 weeks, tied with Steffi Graf for the most all-time.
- Caroline Wozniacki turned in her best major performance in exactly two years by reaching the U.S. Open semifinals. After falling to #74 prior to the tournament, Wozniacki re-enters the top 30 (#29) after winning five matches in Queens.
- Lucas Pouille scored the biggest win of his career when he beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. The Frenchman also obtains a new career high ranking at #18, cracking the ATP top 20 for the first time in his career.
- Andy Murray, fresh off a Wimbledon win, Olympic gold, and a runner-up finish in Cincinnati, entered the U.S. Open as the man most likely to challenge Novak Djokovic for the title. However, Murray was unable to get past Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals, losing in five sets.
- Anastasija Sevastova retired from tennis in 2013 due to a series of injuries. After mounting a comeback in 2015, Sevastova reached the first Slam quarterfinal of her career before suffering an injury in a lopsided loss to Wozniacki.
- Juan Martin del Potro followed his silver medal at the Rio Olympics with a quarterfinal run at the U.S. Open. Moments before he lost that match against Stan Wawrinka, the New York crowd created one of the most emotional moments of the event.
- Venus Williams held and saved match points against Karolina Pliskova in the fourth round before losing to the eventual finalist in a third set tiebreak.
- Kei Nishikori reached the second Slam semifinal of his career (2014 U.S. Open final) before falling to eventual champion, Stan Wawrinka, in four sets.
- Women's Doubles : Safarova/Mattek-Sands; Men's Doubles: Murray/Soares; Mixed Doubles: Siegemund/Pavic
- Felix Auger-Aliassime and Kayla Day are your Boys and Girls Junior singles champions.