26 August - 8 September 2019

US Open

Flushing Meadows, USA

US Open: Daily updates from Flushing Meadows

  • 09/09/2019

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Day 14 

Andy Lapthorne and Alfie Hewett led unprecedented success for Britain’s wheelchair tennis players at the US Open on Sunday as Lapthorne claimed his second quad singles title and Hewett retained the men’s singles title at the final Grand Slam of the year in New York.

It’s the first time that players on the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme have won four titles at the same Grand Slam. Lapthorne went on to partner Dylan Alcott to win the quad doubles title to add to their Wimbledon title, and Hewett partnered fellow Brit Gordon Reid to complete a hat-trick of US Open men’s doubles titles.

Lapthorne went into this third quad singles title in New York having won two of this three round-robin matches and narrowly missed out on making it a third after having had two match points against Alcott in the second set.

However, the 28-year-old world No.3 produced a stunning performance in the final, dropping just four points on his own serve in the opening set. He ultimately wrapped up a 6-1, 6-0 victory in just 55 minutes, ending Alcott’s unbeaten sequence of match wins for 2019 and the Australian’s bid to complete a calendar Grand Slam.

After earning his second career Grand Slam singles title five years after winning his first in Flushing Meadows, Lapthorne said: “I’m a bit speechless, to be honest. It’s unbelievable to come out and play against one of the best players there’s ever been in our division and to play like that. It’s amazing as I’ve got so much respect for Dylan. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve lost a lot of big finals, so this is extra sweet as I’ve had to wait a very long time for this moment.”

Later in the day Wimbledon champions Lapthorne and Alcott joined forces to make it back-to-back Grand Slam doubles titles together as they recovered from a slow start to beat USA duo Bryan Barten and David Wagner 6-7(5), 6-1, [10-6] after a deciding match tie-break.

Victory completed a hat-trick of US Open quad doubles titles for Lapthorne, who won the 2017 and 2018 titles partnering Wagner. 

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Defending champion Hewett went into his third successive US Open men’s singles final seeking to avenge his loss to Frenchman Stephane Houdet in the 2017 final. He came out on top of a two-set thriller, prevailing 7-6(5), 7-6(9).

Three hours later Hewett extended his personal tally of career Grand Slam titles to nine and Reid upped his to 12. The Brits made a slow start against reigning French Open champions Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda on Louis Armstrong Stadium, but came back to defeat the Argentinian-Japanese partnership 1-6, 6-4, [11-9] after another a deciding match tie-break.

Hewett said: “I’m incredibly proud to win double back-to-back titles. It was tough out there in singles with both sets going to two tie-breaks. To quickly have to bounce back and perform from a set down in the doubles shows grit and determination, not just from me but as a team, To come away as champion both times makes it all the hard work worth it.”

Hewett and Reid are now six-time Grand Slam doubles champions together, having achieved hat-tricks at both Wimbledon and the US Open. 

Day 13

Jamie Murray made history on Saturday by becoming the first man in the Open Era to win three consecutive mixed doubles titles at the US Open. 

Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands sailed past top seeds Chan Hao-ching and Michael Venus 6-2, 6-3 to lift the trophy for a second consecutive year - and by doing so, they became the first team to successfully defend the US Open mixed doubles title in 37 years. 

Murray has now captured a title at the US Open for the last four years - the men's doubles in 2016 with Bruno Soares, the mixed doubles with Martina Hingis in 2017, and the same again in 2018 and 2019 with Mattek-Sands. 

The achievement marks the Brit's seventh Grand Slam title - he won his first at Wimbledon in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic. 

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Brits will compete in four wheelchair finals on Sunday after Alfie Hewett and Andy Lapthorne completed impressive victories in three singles matches on the penultimate day of play.

It will now be the second time in three years that players on the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme have contested four finals at the last Grand Slam of the year, with Hewett and Lapthorne also involved in both the men’s and quad doubles title deciders.

After rain hit Friday’s schedule in New York, defending champion Hewett captured a 6-3, 7-6(2) victory over Shingo Kunieda of Japan in his men’s quarter-final, before the 21-year-old world No. 5 defeated Nicolas Peifer of France 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 14 minutes to make it three back-to-back finals at Flushing Meadows.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Hewett plays world No.3 Stephane Houdet of France in a rematch of their 2017 US Open final before partnering fellow Brit Gordon Reid in a bid to complete a hat-trick of men’s doubles titles in New York. Hewett and Reid will face Gustavo Fernandez and Kunieda in the men’s doubles final.

In the quad singles, Lapthorne booked his place in his third US Open final since winning his only Grand Slam singles title to date in New York in 2014, beating American Bryan Barten 6-1, 6-3 in his must-win third and last round-robin match.

World No.3 Lapthorne, who completed his round-robin matches with two wins in three contests, will now play world No.1 Dylan Alcott of Australia in Sunday’s final. The pair also met in July’s inaugural Wimbledon quad singles final and paired up to win the first-ever Wimbledon quad doubles title.

Lapthorne will also be attempting to make it a hat-trick of US Open quad doubles titles. He has won the last two doubles titles partnering American David Wagner. However, after their historic victory at Wimbledon, Lapthorne and Alcott will aim to make it back-to-back Grand Slam titles together when they take on Barten and Wagner in New York. 

Day 12

Andy Lapthorne maintains his hopes of reaching a third US Open quad singles final despite a narrow loss in the second of his three round-robin matches against world No.1 Dylan Alcott of Australia. Meanwhile, Alfie Hewett also maintains hopes of progressing in the men’s singles after rain hit the schedule on the second day of wheelchair tennis action.

Lapthorne made a brilliant start to his match against Alcott, racing through the opening set before having two match points at 5-4 up in the second set. However, the 2014 US Open champion was unable to take his chances on Louis Armstrong Stadium and Alcott ultimately came back to prevail 0-6, 7-6(3), 6-3.

Lapthorne plays the USA’s Bryan Barten in his third and last round-robin match on Saturday. The top two players at the end of the round-robin will go through to Sunday’s quad singles final.

With heavy rain interrupting the schedule, Gordon Reid led Frenchman Stephane Houdet 3-1 in the opening set of their men’s singles quarter-final before play was suspended. Reid and Houdet later resumed under the roof on Louis Armstrong and Reid went on to take the opening set. However, Houdet came back to reach the semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win.

In a rematch of last year’s men’s singles final, defending champion Alfie Hewett made another fine start against world No.2 Shingo Kunieda of Japan. Hewett resumes their quarter-final on Saturday leading 4-1 in the first set.

Day 11

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupsi took on top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the Louis Armstrong Stadium, the British pair battled hard for over two hours but narrowly missed out in a place in the final with a 7-6(5), 7-6(8) loss.

Murray's US Open run hasn't come to and end, tomorrow he will look to defend his mixed doubles title alongside Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The duo will take on first seeds Hao-Ching Chan and Michael Venus who have yet to drop a set throughout the fortnight in Flushing Meadows. 

Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne secured double Brit success on the first day of wheelchair tennis action, with Hewett and Reid reaching their third successive men’s doubles final at the last Grand Slam of the year.

The two-time champions sped to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer. The will now play French Open champions Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Shingo Kunieda of Japan in the final.

Hewett and Reid begin their singles campaigns on Friday, Hewett opening his US Open title defence with a rematch of last year’s final against Kunieda, while Reid faces Houdet.

The first of three days of round-robin matches in the quad singles saw world No.3 Lapthorne secure back-to-back wins in Grand Slam competition over world No. 2 David Wagner of the USA.

After beating Wagner to reach the inaugural Wimbledon quad singles final in July, 2014 US Open champion Lapthorne put up a brilliant performance as he raced to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over the American for his most comprehensive victory over Wagner in 62 career matches and 17 match wins.

Lapthorne now faces his doubles partner, world No.1 Dylan Alcott of Australia, in his second round-robin match on Louis Armstrong Stadium on Friday. The top two players after three days of round-robin competition will advance to Sunday’s quad singles final.

Day 10 

Jamie Murray was on a roll on Wednesday, winning his men's doubles quarter-final with Neal Skupski and his mixed doubles semi-final with Bethanie Mattek-Sands to reach the final for a third consecutive year. 

Six-time Grand Slam doubles champion Murray teamed up with fellow Brit Skupski back in June and they have now reached three semi-finals on the hard court swing - the Cincinnati Masters, Winston-Salem Open and now the US Open. 

The 15th seeds faced American duo Jackson Withrow and Jack Sock in the quarter-finals and secured their semi-final spot by battling back from a set down to triumph 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4). They will face Colombian top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal for a place in the final. 

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In the mixed, defending champions Murray and Mattek-Sands sailed past third seeds Rajeev Ram and Sam Stosur 6-3, 6-1 to set up a final on Saturday with top seeds Chan Hao-ching and Michael Venus. Murray has won three of his six Grand Slam titles in the US Open and has lifted one each year since 2016 - the men's doubles in 2016 with Bruno Soares, and the mixed doubles with Martina Hingis in 2017 and Mattek-Sands in 2018. 

Luke Bambridge was also in doubles action for his quarter-final with Ben McLachlan, but despite putting up a strong fight against top seeds Farah and Cabal, they fell 6-4, 6-4. 

Finally, the wheelchair tennis was drawn ahead of the action kicking off on Thursday in New York. Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid are in separate halves of the men’s wheelchair singles draw, with defending champion Hewett set to start his title defence with a rematch of last year’s final against Shingo Kunieda of Japan. Reid will play Frenchman Stephane Houdet for a place in the semi-finals.

Hewett and Reid begin their singles campaigns on Friday, while Thursday’s opening day of play sees the duo begin their bid for a hat-trick of men’s doubles titles as they take on the all-French partnership of Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

Wimbledon finalist Andy Lapthorne also begins his bid for a second US Open quad singles title on Thursday when he plays David Wagner of the USA in the first of three round-robin matches. In doubles Lapthorne will team up with Alcott in Flushing Meadows after winning the last two US Open quad doubles titles partnering American David Wagner.

Day 9 

Johanna Konta's epic US Open was brought to an end on Tuesday as she fell to an in-form Elina Svitolina on Arthur Ashe Stadium. 

The British No.1, who was playing in her first quarter-final at Flushing Meadows, missed out on making the semi-finals after suffering a tight 6-4, 6-4 loss against the Ukrainian fifth seed. 

Although Konta's time in New York has come to an end, she has plenty of positives to take with her - the GB Fed Cup star has now reached the final-eight stage of the last three Grand Slams in a row and is likely to rise to world No.11 when the new WTA rankings are released on Monday. 

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In the boys' singles Arthur Fery lost his second-round clash against Canadian sixth seed Liam Draxl 7-6(5), 6-1 and fell in the opening round of the boys' doubles with Hungary's Peter Makk - the pair were defeated 6-1, 6-1 by fourth seeds Brandon Nakashima and Valentin Royer. Fery's compatriot Harry Wendelken also fell in the doubles with Japan's Shunsuke Mitsui, losing 6-2, 6-2 to fifth seeds Liam Draxl and Govind Nanda. 

Day 8 

Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands edged one step closer to successfully defending their title by overcoming second seeds Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski in the quarter-finals. After losing the first set, Murray and Mattek-Sands dug deep to prevail 2-6, 7-5, [10-4] and will go on to play sixth seeds Demi Schuurs and Henri Kontinen or third seeds Rajeev Ram, with a spot in the final up for grabs. 

Day 7

Johanna Konta's sensational season continued on Sunday as she brilliantly battled past third seed Karolina Pliskova to reach the quarter-finals in Flushing Meadows for the first time in her career. 

Despite finding herself 7-6(1), 3-1 down, she dug deep to turn the match around and captured a a nail-biting 6-7(1), 6-3, 7-5 victory.

The three-set thriller was enjoyed by fans worldwide, including British Hollywood star Tom Hiddleston, who experienced the rollercoaster firsthand...

The British No.1 has now reached the final-eight stage of the last three Grand Slams and by beating the Czech world No.3, she has become the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1983 to secure a quarter-final spot in New York. She has also now reached the quarter-finals of each of the four Grand Slams (Australian Open in 2016 and 2017, French Open in 2019, Wimbledon in 2017 and 2019, and the US Open in 2019). 

Konta's semi-final opponent Elina Svitolina awaits, and whilst the Ukrainian world No.5 holds a 3/0 win/loss record, the British 16th seed has come out on top in all four of her recent Grand Slam matches against top 10 players. 

In doubles, Luke Bambridge and Ben McLachlan's impressive run continued and the pair booked their place into the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-6(4) win over French duo Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin.

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Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski followed suit by sailing past Denis Shapovalov and Rohan Bopanna 6-3, 6-4 and Murray made it two wins in a day by overcoming fifth seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the mixed doubles. The defending champions will take on second seeds Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrwoski for a place in the semis. 

There were tough three-set losses for Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram, and Jonny O'Mara and Marcelo Arevalo. Tenth seeds Salisbury and Ram suffered a tight 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(2) defeat to eighth seeds Marcel Granollers and Heracio Zeballos, whilst O'Mara and Arevalo lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to German 12th seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies. 

Finally, Arthur Fery advanced to the second round of the boys' singles by battling past America's  Dali Blanch 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. 

Day 6 

Saturday at the US Open saw doubles delight for Jamie Murray, Neal Skupski, Jonny O'Mara, Joe Salisbury and Luke Bambridge

Murray and Skupski sailed past Juan Ignacio Londero and Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, treating fans to some sensational shotmaking along the way...

They will go on to play Denis Shapovalov and Rohan Bopanna in the third round. 

Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands' mixed doubles title defence also got off to a winning start - the pair resisted a second set comeback from John Peers and Zhang Shuai to prevail 6-4, 6-7(2), [10-7]. They will take on Murray's former partner Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar for a place in the third round. 

O'Mara and Marcelo Arevalo caused an upset by defeating sixth seeds Soares and Mate Pavic 7-6(5), 6-4 to advance to the third round where they will meet German 12th seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, and Bambridge and Ben McLachlan knocked out Croatian ninth seeds Franko Skugor and Nikola Mektic 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 to set up a third round contest with Frenchmen Fabrice Martin and Jeremy Chardy. 

Salisbury also progressed to the third round with Rajeev Ram - the tenth seeds captured a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Matt Reid and Alex de Minaur and will play eighth seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos next. Salisbury was also in mixed doubles action with Desirae Krawczyk but the pair fell 6-4, 6-3 to top seeds Michael Venus and Chan Hao-ching. 

Cam Norrie and Dan Evans' run came to an end after falling to Colombian top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. The Brits made a strong start by taking the opening set, but Cabal and Farah fought back to clinch a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. 

Day 5

It was a mixed day of results for the Brits in action on Friday, headlined by Johanna Konta booking her place into the fourth round. 

The British No.1 defeated Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3 to set up a final-16 clash with Karolina Pliskova. By beating the Chinese 33rd seed, Konta has now reached the fourth round of the past three Grand Slams (French Open 2019, Wimbledon 2019 and the US Open 2019) and has equalled her best US Open result - she also reached the same stage in 2015 and 2016. 

Konta and third seed Pliskova have met seven times before and the Czech has come out on top on six of those occasions, but the GB Fed Cup star will be looking to turn the tables as she bids to reach the quarter-finals in Flushing Meadows for the first time in her career.

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Dan Evans' singles run came to an end as he fell to an in-form Roger Federer. The 20-time Grand Slam champion proved too strong and seized a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win, but despite exiting the singles, Evans was triumphant in his opening round doubles clash with fellow Brit Cam Norrie. The pair resisted a second set comeback from German duo Tim Putz and Jan-Lennard Struff to seal a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 victory. They will face Colombian top seeds Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah for a place in the third round. 

Jonny O'Mara and Marcelo Arevalo were also successful in their first round contest and battled back from a set down to beat Mischa Zverev and Benoit Paire 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. They will go on to play sixth seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares in the second round. Ken Skupski and Marcus Daniell narrowly missed out on making the second round as they fell 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(1) to Nick Kyrgios and Marius Copil. 

In the mixed doubles, Joe Salisbury and Desirae Krawczyk stormed past American duo Hailey Baptiste and Jenson Brooksby to set up a second round encounter with top seeds Michael Venus and Chan Hao-ching, whilst Neal Skupski and María José Martínez Sánchez lost 6-4, 6-3 to fourth seeds Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig. 

Day 4

Thursday at the US Open saw seven Brits in action acrosss ladies' and men's singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles. 

Johanna Konta and Dan Evans both advanced to the third round of the singles by defeating Margarita Gasparyan and Lucas Pouille respectively. 

Konta lost just one game against the Russian world No.61, capturing a 6-1, 6-0 victory in just 54 minutes. The 16th seed will go on to play Zhang Shuai of China for a place in the fourth round.

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Konta and 33rd seed Zhang have met five times before, with the British No.1 winning four of those clashes. The pair's first meeting came at the same stage of the US Open back in 2012 which saw Konta prevail in three sets. 

Evans set up a third round clash with Roger Federer by defeating Frenchman Pouille in four sets. The world No.58 started strong by taking the first two sets and was up 5-2 in the third before Pouille - ranked 27th in the world - fought back to force a tie-break and then a fourth set. Despite the setback, Evans kept his head in the game to capture a gutsy 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 win over the 2019 Australian Open semi-finalist. 

The British No.2 and Swiss superstar have met twice before - at Wimbledon in 2016 and at the 2019 Australian Open. Whilst Federer holds the 2/0 win/loss record, Evans dug deep in their recent meeting in Melbourne. Despite falling 7-6(5). 7-6(3), 6-3, Federer was full of praise for his British opponent, saying it was like 'playing in the mirror a little bit'. 

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In doubles, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski started strong by sailing past American duo Nathaniel Lammons and Robert Galloway 6-3, 6-2. Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram also faced an all-American pairing in the form of Sam Querrey and Ryan Harrison and cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 win. Luke Bambridge was the third Brit to book a place in the second round of the men's doubles, teamed up with Japan's Ben McLachlan. Facing another American duo, the pair battled back from a set down to defeat Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Noah Rubin 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4). 

Dom Inglot and Marcelo Demoliner fell short against Germany's Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz with a tight 6-4, 7-5 loss, and Ken Skupski and Andreja Klepac's missed out on making the second round of the mixed after suffering a tough 7-6(4), 7-6(5) loss to top seeds Michael Venus and Chan Hao-ching. 

Day 3

A rain-delayed day on Wednesday meant that Dan Evans and Johanna Konta's second round clashes were postponed until Thursday. 

Day 2

British No.1 Kyle Edmund was the only player flying the British flag in New York on the second day of main draw action. He faced Pablo Andujar for a place in the second round but fell in a tantalisingly close five-set battle.

Despite winning the opening set, an inspired Andujar - ranked as the world No.70 - went on to win the next two sets, but Edmund fought back to take the fourth. In the decider, Andujar put pressure on Edmund once again to eventually prevail 3-6, 7-6(1),7-5,5-7,6-2 in a match that lasted four hours and 21 minutes.

Day 1 

The opening day of main draw action at the US Open saw two out of four Brits progress to the second round. Johanna Konta and Dan Evans both prevailed in their first round clashes, whilst Harriet Dart and Cam Norrie's singles runs came to an end. 

Konta got off to a flying start against former top 10 player Daria Kasatkina, winning the first set in just 24 minutes. The British No.1 did not drop a point on her first serve in the opening set, but the Russian fought back well in the second, evenutally taking the match to a third set decider. Konta found her rhythm again and got the key breakthrough to go 4-1 up before eventually claiming victory 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. She will face Russia's Margarita Gasparyan in the second round. 

Harriet Dart's first appearance in the main draw ended with a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to Romanian Ana Bogdan, leaving Konta as the only remaining British woman left in the singles. 

Dan Evans started his match in similar fasion to Konta, claiming the first two sets with relative ease against French world No. 57 Mannarino. However, the Frenchman fought back in the third set breaking twice to win the set. Evans kept his composure and eventually progressed into the second round with a  6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win. He will face the No.25 seed Lucas Pouille next. 

Norrie produced a battling performance against world No.109 Barrere, however eventually fell short losing the match 7-6(4), 6-4, 4-6, 6(5)-7, 7-6(2). Norrie trailed by two sets but then produced a fighting comeback, saving two match points in the fourth set to take the match to a deciding fifth set. Despite Norrie serving for the match twice, Barrere held his nerve in the fifth set tie-break winning 7-2. 

Kyle Edmund will be the only Brit in action on Tuesday taking on Pablo Andujar.

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