The Latest: 2010 French Open champion Schiavone retires
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):
Francesca Schiavone has retired from tennis after a career in which she won the French Open title and three Fed Cup championships with Italy.
Schiavone, 38, said she accomplished both her goals as a player, which were to win at Roland Garros and reach the top 10 in the world. She did both in the same year, with her 2010 French Open title helping propel her to No. 7 that year. She would peak at No. 4 — the highest ever for an Italian woman — in 2011.
She also played the longest Grand Slam match for a woman that year, overcoming six match points to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in 4 hours, 44 minutes in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
She is now coaching, and says her dream now is to bring a player to a Grand Slam tournament.
The draw has been set for the 11th wheelchair tennis competition at the U.S. Open.
Twenty athletes will compete in men’s and women’s singles and doubles as well as the quad competition, which involves players who have lost some function in at least one of their arms.
Wheelchair tennis has been around for more than four decades with 120 professional events in 80 countries, but only recently become a mainstay all four Grand Slams.
It was first played at the U.S. Open in 2005, but did not have a match in Arthur Ashe Stadium until last year. It will have two more played at the main stadium this week.
American David Wagner, the top-ranked quad player in the world, is attempting to win his fourth U.S. Open quad singles title and his ninth in doubles.
The competition runs from Thursday through Sunday with a total purse of $200,000.
Naomi Osaka dominated Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 at the U.S. Open to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal.
The No. 20 seed broke Tsurenko in the second game of the match, despite being on the sun-drenched side of the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium and cruised from there. She needed just 26 minutes to win the first set and finished the match in just under an hour.
Tsurenko, who had 31 unforced errors, went up 40-15 in the first game of the second set, but was broken again. She also had three break points in the sixth game of the set, but could not capitalize against the 20-year old.
The 29-year-old Tsurenko, who had struggled with the heat during her three-set win Monday over Marketa Vondrousova, grabbed her legs several times during the match, but did not ask for any medical help.
Osaka becomes the first Japanese woman in a Grand Slam semifinal since Kimiko Date at Wimbledon in 1996.
It’s another scorching hot day in New York and that means the extreme heat policy is back in effect for the third consecutive day at the U.S. Open.
The policy allows a 10-minute break between the second and third sets of women’s singles matches if either player requests one. For men’s singles matches, the break would come between the third and fourth sets.
The policy is a rule on the women’s tour, but not the men’s. U.S. Open officials began putting it in play last week, when temperatures first soared into the mid-90s.
It was already 85 degrees (29.4 Celsius) outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium about a half hour before the opening quarterfinal match between No. 20 seed Naomi Osaka of Japan and Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine.
Marin Cilic looks for history to repeat in a quarterfinal rematch of the 2014 U.S. Open final.
The No. 7 seed faces No. 21 Kei Nishikori on Wednesday, four years after beating the Japanese player for his first Grand Slam title. Nishikori has won eight of the 14 meetings.
The other men’s quarterfinal features No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic against John Millman. The unseeded Australian knocked out 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the fourth round to reach his first major quarterfinal.
Djokovic won his 13th Grand Slam at Wimbledon, just after beating Millman 6-2, 6-1 at Queen’s Club in their only previous meeting.
On the women’s side, American Madison Keys, last year’s runner-up, looks to return to the semifinals for the second straight year against Carla Suarez Navarro. No. 20 seed Naomi Osaka of Japan and Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine are both looking for their first semifinal appearance when they meet in the day’s first quarterfinal in Arthur Ashe stadium.
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