Friday 15th December 2017,

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Game, Set, Match–Asians Come Up Big at US Open

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Kei NishikoriIt’s been a red letter few days at the US Open for Asian competitors.

Kei Nishikori of Japan became the first Asian man to advance to  the grand slam finals Saturday.

India’s Sania Mirza captured her third Grand Slam Mixed Doubles title on Friday.

Nishikori upset first seeded Novak Djokovik 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3.

Nishikori’s coach, former 1989 French Open champ and Chinese American Michael Chang, watched proudly from the stands. At 17, Chang is the youngest player ever to win a Grand Slam. The 24-year old Nishikori moved to Florida at the age of 14 to pursue his tennis dreams.

USA Today has a list of the 9 things you should know about Nishikori that’s worth checking out.

After the mixed doubles championship on Friday, Mirza declared she is still a “proud India, reported the Daily Times. “Sanie Mirza

Mirza broke down in tears when K. Laxman, a regional legislator belonging to the national ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), declared her unfit to be a representative of India because she is married to Shoaib Malik, a former cricket captain from Pakistan.

The Hindu Nationalist politician called Mirza “Pakistan’s daughter-in-law.”

Mirza and her Brazilian partner Bruno Soares defeated American Abigail Spears and Mexico’s Santiago Gonazalez 6-1, 2-6, 11-9. Mirza also won the mixed double titles at the 2009 Australian Open and 2012 French Open with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.

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