The Latest: Johnson knocks off 16th-seeded Isner at US Open

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):10:50 p.m.Steve Johnson knocked off 16th-seeded John Isner 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (3) to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open in a match that stretched 3 hours, 50 minutes. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic breezed past Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 at the U.S. Open.Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth men’s championship and he cruised in his first-round matchup at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic pounded his chest and raised his racket in the air, keeping his celebratory routine intact even without fans in the stadium.Djokovic is 24-0 in 2020 and has won 18 of his last 19 matches overall in Grand Slam tournaments. ___6:30 p.m. 12:50 p.m.Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is sticking around longer at Flushing Meadows than she did a year ago.Kerber eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in a nearly empty Louis Armstrong Stadium.Kerber won the 2016 U.S. Open but lost in the first round a year ago. She used to be ranked No. 1 and is seeded 17th in New York.___ Grand Slam tennis is back in action for the first time in nearly seven full months as the U.S. Open gets started without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion at Flushing Meadows, is facing Ajla Tomljanovic in the first match in Louis Armstrong Stadium.There are about 15 people, including reporters, scattered in the stands of an arena that holds about 14,000.The No. 1-seeded woman, Karolina Pliskova, will face Anhelina Kalinina later Monday in the first match in Arthur Ashe Stadium.Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are scheduled to play at night. Seventh-seeded David Goffin held on to beat Reilly Opelka 7-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and 19th-seeded Taylor Fritz topped Dominik Koepfer 6-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.The 6-foot-11 Opelka is tied as the tallest Top-50 player in ATP rankings history. Fritz, the second highest-ranked American, was the 2015 U.S. Open boys’ singles champion.Just 15 years old, Robin Montgomery lost on Day 1. The youngest player in the field, she lost as a wild-card entry. The 23rd-seeded Yulia Putintseva beat Montgomery 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes.___9:55 p.m. Naomi Osaka wore a black mask with the name of Breonna Taylor emblazoned across the front before the start of her U.S. Open match.Osaka tweeted during the Western & Southern Open that she was exhausted and “sick” over the many Black people killed by police. She had decided to withdraw from the tournament as a statement in support of racial justice, joining athletes in other sports. Other tennis players expressed support and the tournament was halted for one day,Osaka, the 2018 U.S. Open champion, wore the mask for Taylor, a Black woman killed by police this spring.___9:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m.Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova has advanced in straight sets at the U.S. Open.Pliskova surged ahead of Anhelina Kalinina 4-1 in the opening set, lost three games in a row, then took the last eight for a 6-4, 6-0 victory. She had a 26-7 edge in winners.Pliskova is ranked third in the world but has the top seed in New York.___center_img 12:15 p.m.Marketa Vondrousova is the first winner of a match at the 2020 U.S. Open — and of any Grand Slam match since early February.The 2019 French Open runner-up, who is seeded 12th in New York, beat Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-4.___11:20 a.m. Coco Gauff is out of the U.S. Open on Day 1.Anastasija Sevastova knocked off the 16-year-old Gauff in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.It was Gauff’s earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in four appearances. A year ago, Gauff made it to the third round at Flushing Meadows before losing to 2018 champion Naomi Osaka in a match that ended in tears for the teen and a hug from the winner.Sevastova had been just 1-8 in singles in 2020 and got the breakthrough win she needed again in New York. Sevastova was a semifinalist at the U.S. Open two years ago.Gauff had 13 double-faults. August 31, 2020 ___3:45 p.m.No. 9 seed Diego Schwartzman blew a two-set lead and was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the first round.He led 2-0 but appeared to have problems with cramps as he lost to Cameron Norrie 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in a match that took nearly 4 hours. ___ The professional tennis tours were on hiatus from March until August because of the COVID-19 outbreak.The last Grand Slam matches were at the Australian Open, which ended in early February. The French Open was postponed from May to late September, and Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Johnson knocks off 16th-seeded Isner at US Openlast_img read more

Syracuse’s seniors instrumental in program’s 1st-ever NCAA tournament win

first_img Comments Published on November 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edu STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — As “The Twist” by Chubby Checker blasted through the Rec Hall at Penn State between Friday’s second and third set, Syracuse players couldn’t help but dance along and smile. SU head coach Leonid Yelin didn’t seem to have anything to tell them. At that point, the Orange were already up two sets in the match, on their way to their first ever NCAA tournament win in their first ever attempt, powering past Yale (19-5, 13-1 Ivy League) in straight sets, 3-0. It was clear the moment on Friday night was not too big for the Orange (19-8, 4-4 Atlantic Coast). And SU’s seniors were a big reason why.Seniors Santita Ebangwese and Amber Witherspoon each had a team-leading seven kills after the second set. Ebangwese finished with 10 kills and five blocks while Witherspoon came away with nine and six, respectively. Senior Jalissa Trotter accounted for assists on 36 of the team’s 41 kills.“They brought experience,” Yelin said. “That’s what seniors have to do. You don’t have to explain to them it’s the last opportunity. Just have fun and just play.”The Orange got rolling early in the first set on a 7-2 run to take a 10-5 lead. Yale would then never trail by more than four but was never able to tie it. A return error on a Polina Shemanova hit ended the set 25-22 in favor of Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe second set is where Ebangwese believed the Orange really started clicking. When Yale went up 18-14, the Orange responded with an Ebangwese slide hit after a long rally. Then, one more. The next play resulted in yet another Ebangwese kill. Syracuse went on an 8-0 run to take a 22-14 lead. The Orange won the set, 25-21.“I could hear [Ebangwese] with blocking through the net and she knew the scouting report really well,” Yale junior Frances Arnautou said. “She made some great plays also defensively blocking.”Santita Ebangwese (left) and Christina Oyawale go up for a block against Yale. Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics | Matthew SniegowskiIn the third set, not much changed. Syracuse never trailed and won the set handily by a score of 25-16. Yale head coach Erin Appleman believed “a mismatch” upfront with Syracuse’s seniors was part of the Bulldogs’ undoing. “I think [Ebangwese] is one of the hardest workers I’ve seen,” Appleman said. “All the film I’ve watched on her, she even defensively gets after it… And then [Witherspoon] is just so enormous and has such a high reach. There were definitely some mis-connections between them, and she was still able to come down and hit the ball and get a kill.”The mismatch showed in the boxscore. Syracuse out-blocked Yale, 12-3. Going into the match, the Orange ranked second in the nation in blocks per set with 3.08, only behind No. 1 Stanford.“We talk to each other on the block,” Ebangwese said. “We work on timing. We work on positioning. Maybe one person makes a mistake, but the other person corrects it so we can stay on top of our blocking game.”The Orange will remain in State College, Pennsylvania, to next face the winner of Howard and Penn State on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Penn State is the second best seed in SU’s region and the No. 8 overall seed in the tournament.Yelin did not believe the 3-0 fashion in which SU won will have an impact on Saturday’s game and said that his attitude is “one game at a time.”Despite the anxious anticipation and excitement some Syracuse players have felt all week leading up to the program’s first ever tournament game, the feeling ultimately disappeared once on the court.“It’s another game,” Ebangwese said of how she felt before the game started. “We have to get that dub. We have to do what we’re supposed to do, what we talked about for game plan. I didn’t think of it as, ‘Oh my god it’s our first NCAA debut game.’ No. I think of it as another game, another opponent that we can take. So we have to give it all we got.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more