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Photos from Flushing Meadows: Day 5

Saturday, August 31, 2013 /by
“In case you don’t recognize the signature, I used to be Martina Hingis.” (AP Photo)
“In case you don’t recognize the signature, I used to be Martina Hingis.” (AP Photo)

Each day during the U.S. Open, we'll publish a photo gallery of on-site images from Anita Aguilar. Steve Tignor will provide the captions, but he's also looking for your best work. Can you beat his caption of the above photo? Write yours in the comments below, or email Steve at, and he'll announce the winner in tomorrow's gallery.

NEW YORK—Friday was getaway day here, before the Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end of summer. Maybe because of that, it was a little quiet around the grounds—suddenly, after an overload of matches the first four days, there seemed to be a shortage of them by yesterday afternoon. Here’s what we were able to catch:

The view over the practice courts at sunset. Yes, those are two rockets in the distance, built as futuristic exhibits for the 1964 World’s Fair. 

Li Na took a big swipe in the direction of her opponent, Laura Robson, who had upset her here last year. Li avenged herself, and will now face Jelena Jankovic. 

Florian Mayer looks a little peeved at his opponent, Donald Young; maybe the German doesn’t appreciate cursing on the court. Mayer took his rage out with a three-set win. Next up is Andy Murray.

It’s probably better we can’t hear what DY is saying here. Another U.S. Open is over for him, but qualifying and making the second round counts as a positive result.

Sloane Stephens, and her nails, were in fine form against fellow American Jamie Hampton. Sloane advanced to the round of 16 for the first time at the U.S. Open. Can we officially call her a “big-stage player"?

Hampton admitted yesterday that she is still a smaller stager. She was frankly disgusted with her performance in Ashe Stadium.

The heat briefly got to Novak Djokovic and made him a little testy in the first set. But he recovered in time to win in routine fashion over Benjamin Becker. The draw has opened nicely for Nole; the highest seed left in his quarter is Tommy Haas.

Flushing Meadows, vast during the day, has a more intimate feel under the lights at night.

Once again, a wrist issue derailed Juan Martin del Potro’s momentum from earlier in the summer. After losing to Lleyton Hewitt, del Potro said he was “sad” to have to leave his favorite tournament so early.

Rusting gracefully: At 32, Hewitt says he feels healthier than he has in years.

How do you know Lleyton is feeling good? He starts pointing at things.

Don’t recognize this man? You’re not alone. It’s American Tim Smyczek, ranked No. 109. Yesterday he reached the third round of the Open. Writers everywhere are trying to keep those consonants in the right order.

Look at Milos Raonic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer: This sport is obviously all in the calves. This one, as well as the shadow on the court, is Smyczek’s.

Court 4 at night.

Martina Hingis had a bad day, losing in both the doubles (here, with Daniela Hantuchova) and mixed. Is Retirement Announcement III coming soon?

Juan Martin del Potro with an exemplary look of defeat. He’s down, but he’s not out.

Caption Contest:

“Hey, I can see he’s lining up right toward us!”



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