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Tennis Action At The U.S. Open Continues To Thrill Crowds

Sep 3, 2019
Originally published on September 3, 2019 5:49 am
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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

OK. Now let's check in on the U.S. Open in New York. ESPN analyst and six-time Grand Slam champion Rennae Stubbs has been sitting courtside. She knows a good tournament when she sees one.

RENNAE STUBBS: Oh, it's been incredible. I think that the women have really been quite the story here at the U.S. Open obviously and Serena Williams still in the tournament.

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STUBBS: Serena Williams is back in a U.S. Open quarter final.

MARTIN: So Serena Williams is still in. Coco Gauff, though, the other U.S. star, is out. Her run at the U.S. Open ended yesterday. But Rennae Stubbs says it's only the beginning for the athlete.

STUBBS: She's 15 years of age. So when you think about that and you think that Serena's at the tender age of - what is she? - 37 now, we're going to see - hopefully see Coco Guaff around for a very long time.

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UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: (Chanting) Coco, Coco, Coco.

MARTIN: And then there is the player fans root against. Russia's Daniil Medvedev has become the so-called villain of the tournament. His over-the-top showmanship has drawn plenty of boos.

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UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #1: Basking in the boos.

DANIIL MEDVEDEV: You guys being against me, you gave me so much energy to win. Thank you.

STUBBS: You know, he's actually a really funny guy, and he's a tremendous player. But I think he kind of thrives on this, loves the drama, and I think he's a great character.

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UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #2: What a performer this guy is.

STUBBS: It's been a fantastic U.S. Open for everybody.

MARTIN: ESPN analyst and six-time Grand Slam champion Rennae Stubbs. The U.S. Open runs through next Sunday.

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