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Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Women’s draw open after loss of top seed

The US Open women's draw was already a labyrinth before the tournament started last week - no one knew which way it would turn. The last three winners at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center are not competing this year: last year's victor Justine Henin and the 2005 winner Kim Clijsters have retired and Maria Sharapova, tops in 2006, is sitting out due to injury. Comment

Unseeded Fish advances to quarters

It's been an emotional few days for Mardy Fish. On Saturday night, he eliminated close friend James Blake in the third round of the US Open. As thrilled as he was to be in his first fourth round at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center after playing for the first time during the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium, it was somewhat painful knocking out a guy who will be a groomsman at Fish's wedding later this month. Comment

Sisters will match up in quarters at Open

There will be no upset of a former US Open champion for Agnieszka Radwanska this year. The Polish teen, who shocked Flushing Meadows last year with her ouster of defending champ Maria Sharapova in the third round last year, fell to Venus Williams, 6-1, 6-3, on Monday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Comment

Cheering section comes under fire

The night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium has become so famous, so highly sought after by players and fans in part because of local guy James Blake's memorable matches and the boisterousness of his own personal cheering section, dubbed the J-Block. Comment

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