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Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina Ranked 1st in Doubles Rankings

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Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina have become the world’s top-ranked doubles pair for the first time, per rankings released on Monday.

Makarova and Vesnina become only the second and third Russian women to top the rankings, and the first since Anna Kournikova in 1999.

“Ekaterina and I have shared great success as a team, and this moment is what we’ve always dreamed of,” Vesnina said. “We hope to continue our strong form, especially now as the top doubles players.”

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Rafael Nadal Wins 19th Grand Slam Trophy

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Rafael Nadal edged out Daniil Ledvedev to win his 19th Grand Slam trophy in the US Open final.

Nadal narrowly defeated Ledvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory in 4 hours, 50 minutes, an exciting match filled with plenty of drama and impressive, highlight reel play from both men.

“An amazing final. Seems that I had, more or less, the match under control,” Nadal said, according to ESPN. “One of the most emotional nights of my tennis career.”

“The nerves were so high,” Nadal said. “A crazy match.”

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Nick Kyrgios Slams ATP as “Corrupt” Following Fines

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Nick Kyrgios is not too happy about the ATP fining him more than $100,000 this month for his behavior during a second-round loss at the Western & Southern Open this month.

Kyrgios said that the fine didn’t effect him as he prepared for the US Open, saying that; “Not at all. ATP’s pretty corrupt, anyway, so I’m not fussed about it at all.”

Kyrgios insulted a chair umpire and left the court to smash two rackets during the incident, which resulted in eight fines that ranged from $3,000 to $20,000 each, for violations such as unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal abuse and audible obscenity.

“Why are we talking about something that happened three weeks ago, when I just chopped up someone [in the] first round of US Open?”

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Naomi Osaka Overcomes Nerves to Win 3-Set Match

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Naomi Osaka overcame nerves to survive a tense 3-set match against 84th ranked Anna Blinkova as she starts the defense of her US Open championship.

Osaka, 21, defeated Serena Williams last year to win the title, but opened this year’s tournament struggling with Blinkova en route to a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 victory.

“I felt nervous; for me, it’s definitely a new feeling,” Osaka said (h/t ESPN).

“It was consistent throughout the entire match, which was very strange for me. … It never really went away.”

“You kind of want to do well after you did well last year,” Osaka said, when asked why she felt so many jitters while trailing 3-0 and 4-1 at the outset. “I just definitely didn’t want to lose in the first round.”

“I really didn’t expect myself to play amazing today.”

Only two US Open women’s champions have lost in the first round the following year during the professional era, and Osaka avoided becoming the third by inching out the first round victory.

“It helps me a lot, because I learn from the tougher matches,” Osaka said. “It helps me be prepared and try to learn and adjust my game plan.”

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