TENNIS: U.S. players win “six medals” at U.S. Open

Much has been made of the resurgence of American women and the continued dearth of talent among American men in elite tennis, but overall, U.S. players scored six medals at the recently-completed U.S. Open in New York.

Beyond the silver won by Serena Williams in women’s Singles, American players won the men’s Doubles (Mike Bryan and Jack Sock), won a “bronze medal” in the women’s Singles via Madison Keys, had CoCo Vandeweghe on the winning pair in women’s Doubles and had a gold medalist (Bethanie Mattek-Sands) and a “bronze medal”-winning pair in Christina McHale and Christian Harrison in Mixed Doubles. Not bad at all.

Also worth noting with Tokyo 2020 coming on was the women’s title for Naomi Osaka and a “bronze medal” for Kei Nishikori in men’s Singles for Japan. They are right on schedule to be contenders at the Games in front of the home fans. Summaries:

U.S. Open
Queens, New York (USA) ~ 27 August-9 September 2018
(Full results here)

Men’s Singles: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB); 2. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG); 3. Rafael Nadal (ESP) and Kei Nishikori (JPN). Semis: Djokovic d. Nishikori, 3-0; del Potro d. Nadal, 2-0, retired. Final: Djokovic d. del Potro, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Men’s Doubles: 1. Mike Bryan/Jack Sock (USA); 2. Lukasz Kubot (POL)/Marcelo Melo (BRA); 3. Radu Albot (MDA)/Malek Jaziri (TUN) and Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL). Semis: Bryan/Sock d. Albot/Jaziri, 2-1; Kubot/Melo d. Cabal/Farah, 2-1. Final: Bryan/Sock d. Kubot/Melo, 6-3, 6-1.

Women’s Singles: 1. Naomi Osaka (JPN); 2. Serena Williams (USA); 3. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) and Madison Keys (USA). Semis: Osaka d. Keys, 2-0; Williams d. Sevastova, 2-0. Final: Osaka d. Williams, 6-2, 6-4.

Women’s Doubles: 1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)/CoCo Vandewghe (USA); 2. Timea Babos (HUN)/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA); 3. Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova (CZE) and Samantha Stosur (AUS)/Shuai Zhang (CHN). Semis: Barty/Vandeweghe d. Krejcikova/Siniakova, 2-0; Babos/Mladenovic d. Stosur/Zhang, 2-0. Final: Barty/Vandewghe d. Babos/Mladenovic, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (8-6).

Mixed Doubles: 1. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)/Jamie Murray (GBR); 2. Alicja Rosolska (POL)/Nikola Mektic (CRO); 3. Christina McHale/Christian Harrison (USA) and Shuai Zhang (CHN)/John Peers (AUS). Semis: Mattek-Sands/Murray d. McHale/Harrison, 2-1; Rosolska/Mektic d. Zhang/Peers, 2-1. Final: Mattek-Sands/Murray d. Rosolska/Mektic, 2-6, 6-3, 11-9.