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Tennis — US open

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Delbonis loses to Simon in second round

Federico Delbonis returns the ball to Simon.

Mayer, the only Argentine remaining

Federico Delbonis lost to Gilles Simon yesterday and was eliminated from the US Open, leaving Leonardo Mayer as the only Argentine remaining in the last Grand Slam of the season.

NEW YORK — Argentine Federico Delbonis was eliminated from the US Open yesterday after losing against Gilles Simon of France in the second round.

The 66th-ranked Delbonis was beaten by Simon (seeded 26) 4-6 6-3 5-7 1-6 in a match that lasted two hours and 51 minutes.

With the elimination of Delbonis, Leonardo Mayer is the only Argentine remaining in the last Grand Slam of the season.

Mayer, ranked 26 in the ATP, will face Kei Nishikori of Japan (11th) today for a place in the last 16 round. They faced each other only once in Wimbledon 2013, where Nishikori won 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and 6-2.

This season, Mayer clinched its first ATP title after beating David Ferrer in the Hamburg final. Nishikori, meanwhile, won in Barcelona and Memphis.

The winner of today’s match will face fifth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada and Víctor Estrella Burgos of Dominican Republic.

Sara Errani wagged her finger and cupped her hand to her ear for the US Open fans who tried to will Venus Williams to victory.

“I think I will remember forever that moment,” Errani said.

Two points from defeat, the diminutive Italian rallied to force a third-set tiebreaker and outlasted Williams in a match that was both lopsided and tight.

Errani won 6-0 0-6 7-6 (7-5) in the third round after Williams had a chance to serve out the match in the final set.

Williams twice came back from down a break in the third but was done in by too many unforced errors — she made 52 in all. Trying to close out the match at 5-3, the 19th-seeded Williams had one of her eight double-faults.

The 13th-seeded Errani next faces qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who stunned second-ranked Simona Halep 7-6 (8-6) 6-2. The 32-year-old Lucic-Baroni hadn’t made a Grand Slam round of 16 since 1999, waylaid by injuries and financial struggles.

“I feel like a little kid, like this is the first time ever happening,” Lucic-Baroni said.

Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber also was upset, losing 6-1 7-5 to Swiss teen Belinda Bencic. Bencic, 17, is coached by Martina Hingis’ mother, Melanie Molitor, and was coming off a third-round showing at Wimbledon.

In the men’s draw, eleventh-seeded Ernests Gulbis became the first man in the top 20 to lose when he blew a two-set lead to Dominic Thiem. The 20-year-old Thiem won 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-3 6-3 to reach his first Grand Slam third round.

Fourth-seeded Ferrer advanced when Bernard Tomic withdrew because of a left hip injury. Seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov and 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet both moved on in straight sets.

Herald staff with agencies

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