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Tennis: Halep, Kerber toppled, valiant Venus falls at US Open

Published on Aug 30, 2014 3:34 AM
Simona Halep of Romania serves to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia during their 2014 US Open women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre August 29, 2014 in New York. -- PHOTO: AFP 

NEW YORK (AFP) - The US Open women’s draw was blown open Friday as world number two Simona Halep, sixth seed Angelique Kerber and two-time champion Venus Williams tumbled out of the third round.

Two players at opposite ends of the tennis age spectrum authored the upsets of the day.

Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, a former phenom now a 32-year-old veteran who had to fight through qualifying, shocked second-seeded Halep, the French Open runner-up, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2.

And 17-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic toppled Germany’s Kerber 6-1, 7-5.

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