Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.
The 14th-seeded Cilic prevented Nishikori from becoming the first man from Asia to win a major singles championship.
Williams equaled Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 major singles titles, the fourth-most in history. Williams also matched Evert’s total of six championships at the U.S. Open.
Serena Williams was in the middle of settling down for an interview when she was interrupted by a message: “Anna is here.”
It’s the Bryan brothers’ 16th Grand Slam title, extending their record. But it’s their first since 2013 Wimbledon. They were in danger of finishing a year without a major championship for the first time since 2004.
Instead of the No. 1-seeded Djokovic against the No. 2-seeded Federer — who have combined to win 24 major championships — in Monday’s final, it will be No. 10 Kei Nishikori against No. 14 Marin Cilic, neither of whom has ever appeared in a Grand Slam title match.
Back in May, in the aftermath of early losses for both at the French Open, good friends Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki - who also was about a week removed from the end of her engagement to golf’s Rory McIlroy - flew from Paris to Miami and hung out.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final, stunning top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in stifling heat Saturday at the U.S. Open.
“It was really hard to watch,” said the 10th-seeded Wozniacki of her opponent’s difficulty in the heat. “To see her struggling out there — I just wanted to make sure she was OK.”
Roger Federer saved two match points while coming all the way back from a two-set deficit to beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 Thursday night and reach the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time since 2011.
Hingis, who turns 34 on Sept. 30, ended her latest retirement to play doubles last year. She has won nine Grand Slam titles in doubles and five in singles.
Cilic missed last year’s U.S. Open because of a doping suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant. He said he ingested it unintentionally from a glucose tablet bought at a pharmacy.