Tennis-Wawrinka and Zverev to meet in St. Petersburg Open final
MOSCOW, Sept 24 World number three Stan Wawrinka beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(8) 6-2 on Saturday and will play Alexander Zverev in the St. Petersburg Open final.
NEW YORK, Sept 6 Second seed Angelique Kerber was first through to the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday bringing Roberta Vinci's Flushing Meadows dream run to an end with a clinical 7-5 6-0 win.
The match had looked an intriguing one between Kerber, who is eyeing Serena Williams's world number one ranking, and the 33-year-old Italian Vinci, who discovered a fountain of youth at Flushing Meadows last year where she reached the finals.
But a foot fault on set point in the opening set appeared to trip up Vinci and sent her tumbling out of the year's final grand slam.
Three times Vinci would break Kerber in the opening set and three times she would allow the German to immediately break back, including once while serving at 5-4 for the set.
But it would be Kerber claiming the decisive break to win the set when Vinci was called for a foot fault on her second serve before sarcastically applauding the line judge as she walked off the court.
The Italian never recovered and Kerber blasted through the second set in 24 minutes to clinch her semi-final spot where she will face the winner between Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki and Latvian Anastasija Sevastova. (Editing by Frank Pingue)
Sept 24 (Gracenote) - Results from the St Petersburg Open Men's Singles Semifinal matches on Saturday 1-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat 4-Roberto Bautista (Spain) 7-6(8) 6-2 5-Alexander Zverev (Germany) beat 3-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-4
PARIS, Sept 24 The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has extended Benoit Paire's suspension until the end of February 2017 for "damaging" the organisation's image by his behaviour at the Rio Olympics.