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  • 05 Jun
    导出博客文章NEW YORK -- The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):11:05 p.m.Juan Martin
    del Potro, the 2009 U.S. champ, is into the third round at Flushing Meadows for
    the first time since 2012.Del Potro swept 19th-seeded American Steve Johnson 7-6
    (5), 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday. The Argentine may be ranked 142nd after three left
    wrist surgeries, but hes been playing like the major champion he is the last
    couple of months. Since the start of Wimbledon, hes posted victories over Novak
    Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka and won an Olympic silver medal.In a
    match that featured a behind-the-back shot by Johnson and a between-the-legs
    shot by del Potro, the Argentines serve -- not his big forehand -- was the
    difference. He had 15 aces and won 85 percent of the points on his first
    serve.Johnson has never been past the round of 16 at a major. He had noted last
    week that if del Potro received a wild card into the U.S. Open, it was possible
    the Argentine could eliminate an American in the first round. As it turned out,
    del Potro knocked Johnson out in the second round -- while getting lots of
    support from a crowd that appreciates the Argentines past championship and his
    injury comeback.---10:35 p.m.American qualifier Jared Donaldson has picked up
    the first two Grand Slam match wins of his career to advance to the third round
    of the U.S. Open.The 19-year-old Donaldson, who is currently ranked No. 122,
    defeated Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday, following up on his 4-6, 7-5,
    6-4, 6-0 upset of 12th-seeded David Goffin in the first round.Donaldson lost in
    the first round of the U.S. Open in 2014 and 2015 and failed to qualify for any
    other major. He says hes not satisfied with his success so far, reminding
    reporters, Im still 120 in the world. I want to be top 10, top five, No. 1.---10
    p.m.When Serena Williams speaks, Nike listens.Asked at a news conference at
    Wimbledon about how she feels to considered one of the greatest female athletes
    of all time, she replied she would rather be thought of as one of the greatest
    athletes of all time.Now Nike, who sponsors Williams, has introduced a new ad
    timed to coincide with the U.S. Open that declares the 22-time Grand Slam winner
    the greatest athlete ever, after dropping the word female from its own onscreen
    copy.Asked about that honor following her 6-3, 6-3 victory over Vania King,
    Williams said she feels almost vindicated that a company so big as Nike can
    recognize just athletes and not put a sex behind it.She says a young girl
    growing up just wants to be the greatest. She doesnt want to be only labeled as
    a female athlete.---8:35 p.m.Serena Williams tied Martina Navratilovas
    professional-era womens record with her 306th career victory in a Grand Slam
    match, beating Vania King 6-3, 6-3 to reach the U.S. Opens third round.Hitting
    13 aces Thursday night with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Williams
    improved to 306-42 in matches at major tournaments, a winning percentage of
    .879.Music power couple Beyonce and Jay Z sat behind Williams coach Patrick
    Mouratoglou in the players guest box.Only Roger Federer, with 307, has won more
    Grand Slam matches than Williams in the Open era, which dates to 1968.Williams
    can match Federers total by beating 47th-ranked Johanna Larsson of Sweden on
    Saturday.---6:35 p.m.It took 3 hours, 2 minutes, equaling the fifth-longest U.S.
    Open womens singles match on record, for 17th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of
    Russia to get past Kristina Mladenovic of France and reach the third
    round.Pavlyuchenkova, a quarterfinalist in New York in 2011, came out on top
    6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Wednesday.Heres how tight the match was: Pavlyuchenkova won
    125 points, Mladenovic 124.Mladenovic was one of three players provisionally
    suspended by the French tennis federation on Sunday for damaging its image at
    the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The time of Pavlyuchenkovas victory was the same as
    for a loss by Venus Williams loss at Flushing Meadows in 2013, and also for a
    win by Caroline Wozniacki in 2011.The longest U.S. Open womens match went 3:16,
    when Sam Stosur beat Nadia Petrova in three sets in the third round in
    2011.---5:50 p.m.Kei Nishikori seized the momentum after a long rain delay and
    won his second straight four-set match at the U.S. Open.The sixth-seeded
    Nishikori beat 20-year-old qualifier Karen Khachanov 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on
    Thursday to reach the third round. When rain halted action, the players had
    split the first two sets and were knotted at 4-4 in the third.Returning to the
    court after more than 2+ hours, Nishikori promptly won the next two games to
    clinch the set. The 2014 U.S. Open runner-up was down a break in the fourth but
    won the last five games to close out the victory. He had seven
    double-faults.Khachanov, who was making his Grand Slam debut, beat another
    qualifier in the first round. He broke into the top 100 this summer and is
    currently ranked 95th. This was his first career meeting with a top-10
    player.---5:45 p.m.Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has been fined $10,000
    by the U.S. Open for a vulgar comment directed at a spectator during his
    first-round loss.Among various other fines announced by the tournament Thursday
    were $3,000 apiece for Fabio Fognini of Italy and Steve Johnson of the U.S.Tomic
    said after his loss Tuesday that he apologized to the fan afterward for the
    first-set exchange.Tomic also said: He definitely baited me the whole set for me
    to say that. But I do apologize if there were people around that heard.He and
    Fognini were both cited for unsportsmanlike conduct. Johnson was fined under the
    category of abuse of rackets and equipment.Fognini was given a point penalty for
    removing a line judges sunglasses during a match he wound up winning
    Tuesday.Fognini, the husband of 2015 U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta, said
    afterward in Italian to reporters: They have their rules. You know, the
    Americans are different in every way. Of the four Slams, this, as far as Im
    concerned, is the worst -- for a number of reasons.---5:30 p.m.Venus Williams
    breezed through her second-round match at the U.S. Open.The seven-time major
    champ had spent 2 hours, 42 minutes on court in a tense three-set victory over
    93rd-ranked Kateryna Kozlova on Tuesday. But against German veteran Julia
    Goerges on Thursday, Williams won 6-2, 6-3 in 78 minutes.She had just 17
    unforced errors -- in complete contrast to the whopping 63 in her first-round
    win.The oldest player in the draw at age 36, the sixth-seeded Williams is coming
    off a semifinal appearance at Wimbledon, her deepest run at a major since
    2010.---4:50 p.m.Play has resumed on the outer courts at the U.S. Open after a
    rain delay of more than 2+ hours.Sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori and No. 8 Dominic
    Thiem were among the players who had their matches halted Thursday. Nishikori
    split the first two sets against qualifier Karen Khachanov.With the new roof
    closed over Arthur Ashe Stadium, No. 2 Andy Murray was able to play his match
    with no delays.Eleven doubles matches were canceled Thursday because of the
    rain.---3:40 p.m.Wimbledon champ Andy Murray advanced to the third round at the
    U.S. Open with another straight-set victory.The second-seeded Murray beat Marcel
    Granollers 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium with
    play suspended on the outer courts. The heavy rain outside made quite a clatter
    on the new roof, and Murray said in his on-court interview that it was tough at
    first because it was hard to hear the ball.Murray jumped to a quick 5-2 lead in
    the first set, then it took about 23 minutes to get through the last two games
    as Granollers saved six set points and got back on serve. But Murray earned
    another break to finally clinch the set after 67 minutes, then cruised through
    the final two in 75 minutes combined.---2:15 p.m.Play has been suspended on the
    outer courts at the U.S. Open because of rain.Matches started an hour late
    Thursday after morning showers. Players were on court for just over two hours
    before the skies opened up again.The new roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium remained
    closed the whole time with matches taking place as scheduled.---1
    p.m.Fifth-seeded Simona Halep beat 2015 French Open runner-up Lucie Safarova in
    straight sets to move on to the third round of the U.S. Open.Halep won 6-3, 6-4
    under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday. On a rainy morning, the new
    roof was closed at the start of a match for the first time after it made its
    debut in the middle of Rafael Nadals win Wednesday night.Halep said in her
    on-court interview that she liked the calm conditions of playing indoors but she
    was a little bit cold. She added later that it was nice to not need to wait out
    a rain delay.---12:35 p.m.Play has started on the outer courts at the U.S. Open
    after a delay of just over an hour.Rain pushed back the start of every match
    Thursday other than the one at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which now has a roof.The
    $150 million retractable roof made its competition debut Wednesday night during
    Rafael Nadals win over Andreas Seppi, then was closed for the beginning of
    Thursdays day session to allow fifth-seeded Simona Haleps match against Lucie
    Safarova to start on time.---12:30 p.m.The U.S. Tennis Association announced a
    multi-year partnership with Adidas on Thursday to make the German sportswear
    giant the official sponsor of USTA player development.Financial terms were not
    disclosed for the deal, which gives Adidas a presence throughout the USTA
    National Campus in Orlando, Fla. -- the headquarters of the organizations player
    development efforts -- and branding of the USTAs top-flight junior tournament
    series and league tennis.USTA Player Development general manager Martin Blackman
    says the partnership also makes Adidas the official outfitter of player
    development coaches to reflect the look and professionalism that exemplifies
    Team USA.Adidas is the sponsor of such stars as Ana Ivanovic and Angelique
    Kerber. The companys U.S. senior director of tennis David Malinkowski noted that
    the partnership could also help forge relationships with up-and-coming American
    tennis stars.---11 a.m.Venus and Serena Williams are set to play back-to-back,
    second-round matches Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which may need its new
    retractable roof for much of the day because light rain is falling and more is
    expected.No. 6-seeded Venus Williams will take on Julia Goerges of Germany in
    the afternoon, followed by No. 1 Serena Williams against Vania King in an
    all-American matchup to start the night session.Another key match comes in the
    nightcap on Ashe, when 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro takes on 19th-seeded
    American Steve Johnson. Del Potro, whose ranking dropped to No. 142 because of
    wrist injuries over the past 2 + years, has returned to Grand Slam play this
    year and made a strong run to the silver medal at the Olympics.The Wimbledon
    champ and Olympic gold medalist, No. 2-seeded Andy Murray, is also in action on
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    game in the fourth quarter before running out of gas.I think well be fine,
    Darren Collison told the Sacramento Bee. Weve just got to figure out how to
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    minutes, Cousins told the Bee. Youre going to find out who has the most heart in
    those last situations, and (Sunday) it was them. I dont think theres any one
    thing you can do or talk it over. Its who wants it the most in those last couple
    minutes.Dallas has failed to qualify for the playoffs only once since 2001.
    Unless something dramatic happens with this injury-ravaged club, this season
    will be about ping-pong ball positioning.The Mavericks are without Dirk
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    109-101 loss to Charlotte. Seth Curry (kneee) is making progress, but is
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    much of the second half before faltering down the stretch. The Hornets outscored
    the Mavs 34-23 in the fourth quarter to pull away.Two days after their best
    performance of the season in a 107-82 rout of Chicago, the Mavs fell flat with
    the game on the line. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle pinned the collapse on a lack
    of effort late.Why we fell into that, Im not sure, he said. Maybe we were
    resting on the laurels of our one-game winning streak.Charlotte outrebounded the
    Mavericks 55-35. Losing Bogut in the first quarter didnt help, but Carlisle
    didnt use losing his starting center as an excuse.The thing thats most
    disappointing is the rebounding numbers, he said. After really going toe-to-toe
    with Chicago and playing even on the boards, we got wiped out (Monday) by 20,
    which shouldnt happen. That points to effort.Dallas won two of its previous four
    games before Monday, and was competitive in the other two. That qualified as
    progress in a campaign thats off to the worst start since Mark Cuban bought the
    team in 2000.Losing their edge in the fourth quarter against Charlotte -- the
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