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IS NO. 371, CAPRA, GOING TO BE THE NEW OUDIN?

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NEW YORK – “…and so here I am…” Where is “here”? For the young American speaker, Beatrice Capra, the word had geographical and geneological meaning.  She was very unexpectedly taking up space in the third round of the year’s last major tennis championship, the US Open.  Wearing  a No. 371 ranking, she sent No. 20 …

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THE COMING AND GOING: HARRISON AND YOUNG

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NEW YORK — You are 11-years-old, and you’re trying to beat your old man on a tennis court.  He shellacs you.  No mercy.  But this is no casual backyard scuffle.  It’s for the men’s championship of Shreveport, Louisiana. “I wanted to win more than anything in the world at the time,” Ryan Harrison, now 18, …

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US OPEN SWEETHEART, MELANIE, KEEPS GOING

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NEW YORK – From the sea-breezed grassblades of Rhode Island’s Newport Casino in 1881 to the steaming blue asphalt slabs of Flushing Meadows, the planet’s longest-running tennis show has settled in again for a fortnight’s duels with gut-strung cudgels.  Oh, yes, I know that Wimbledon is four years older, but was dark nine years for …

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ANDY MURRAY LOSES MATCH AND #2 RANKING

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NEW YORK – The Great Bright Hope of Great Britain came, saw and was conquered, and will have to wait another year to maybe break the Curse of Fred Perry. No Brit has won the tennis championship of the United States (or Wimbledon) since the dashing Limey, Perry, took both those prized majors in 1936. …

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QUEEN OF QUEENS, MELANIE OUDIN REIGNS!

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NEW YORK – This little kid is still running around a meadow in Flushing making her elders look bad.  Isn’t anybody going to discipline Melanie Oudin, teach her some manners, spank her with a tennis racket? Hasn’t happened yet.  And maybe it won’t.  As the female field in the US Open slims to the last …

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ANOTHER GEORGIAN ON THE MOVE, ISNER WINS BIG

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NEW YORK – Joe College was up to his old campus pranks.  Sort of.  But instead of chug-a-lugging steins of beer John Isner was mugging his pal, Andy Roddick, at an outdoor party called the US Open. A gathering of 23,763 filled Arthur Ashe Stadium as John and Andy provided the floor show with an unexpected closing …

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SCARLET LETTER “A” FOR ATROCIOUS

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NEW YORK – If she were wearing a Scarlet Letter on the back of her singlet – say an A for Atrocious – would Dinara Safina feel a little better about herself? As it is, the sturdy Russian out of Moscow must be wondering why she’s still a resident of the US Open, despite her …

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MAMA IS BACK, LOOKING FOR MORE TITLES

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NEW YORK – A cool gray sky greeted 35-or-so thousand parishioners as another US Open arrived yesterday. But Jada Ellie Lynch’s old lady – a sunny-plus personality — was out there sweeping her favorite court and making people feel good in the gloom. Sweeping not with a broom, which she does as a housewife – but …

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HEADING INTO THE 2009 US OPEN

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NEW YORK – Two hands for beginners? Absolutely, says a Swiss gentleman named Roger Federer, who has dropped by Flushing Meadows intending to renew his long-term lease on the US tennis title. Both hands on the backhand?  No.  Roger is a slick purist whose thunderbolts  flow from either side with merely the right hand involved. …

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DON’T THROWN IN THE TOWEL; USE IT

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NEW YORK – Jelena “Jelly” Jankovic didn’t throw in the towel when she fell behind. But she knew how to use it to rattle her foe. Jelly, the tennis player from Belgrade – a superb Serb – is no dummy. She had begun university, and was despairingly planning to go back for a degree in …

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GOOFY SCHEDULING MARS THE OPEN

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NEW YORK – The Busher went home with $ 160,000, a surge in his world ranking and a newfound reputation as the De-luxembourger. Everybody at the U.S. Open was glad for the big man from the little country. Six-foot-6 Gilles Muller, on a left-winged serve and a prayer, had bombed his way through a string …

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A BRIT IN THE SEMIS – IS THAT RIGHT?

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NEW YORK – Waiting for Fred (or a reasonable facsimile). That’s been the turgid status of the British sporting crowd for — let’s see? – 72 years. Yearning for another Fred Perry. Such are in very short supply. Although the Brits invented tennis as we know it, they haven’t been able to play the game …

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THANK-YOU’S FROM HER COMPATRIOTS

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NEW YORK – People say, “Thank you!” Elena Dementieva doesn’t know them. They are strangers, but they know her: Olympic gold medalist in tennis. She encountered them during the one day she had at home, Moscow, on the way to Flushing Meadow from Beijing. “You know, when you win a tournament, or a big match, …

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