Friday, May 24, 2013

Roland Garros 2013 Men's Draw

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v David Goffin (BEL)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) v Guido Pella (ARG)
Alex Kuznetsov (USA) [WC] v Lucas Pouille (FRA) [WC]
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [26] v Alejandro Falla (COL)

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [22] v Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) v Victor Hanescu (ROU)
Simone Bolelli (ITA) v Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [16] v Qualifier

Tommy Haas (GER) [12] v Guillaume Rufin (FRA)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v Qualifier
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Ryan Harrison (USA)
John Isner (USA) [19] v Carlos Berlocq (ARG)

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [29] v Pablo Andujar (ESP)
Federico Delbonis (ARG) v Qualifier
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v Marc Gicquel (FRA) [WC]
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) [8] v Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [WC]

The top seed will advance here, but it won't be easy if the other players in this quarter deliver on their talent.

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Rafael Nadal (ESP) [3] v Daniel Brands (GER)
Martin Klizan (SVK) v Michael Russell (USA)
Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Qualifier
Fabio Fognini (ITA) [27] v Qualifier

Benoit Paire (FRA) [24] v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Qualifier
Grega Zemlja (SLO) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Kei Nishikori (JPN) [13] Jesse Levine (CAN)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [9] vThiemo De Bakker (NED)
Horacio Zeballos (ARG) v Qualifier
Kenny De Schepper (FRA) v Robin Haase (NED)
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [21] v Albert Ramos (ESP)

Florian Mayer (GER) [28] v Denis Istomin (UZB)
Florent Serra [WC] (FRA) v Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
Qualifier v Qualifier
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [7] v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

Rafa takes this without a whole lot of drama.

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Tomas Berdych (CZE) [5] v Gael Monfils (FRA) [WC]
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) v Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)
Igor Sijsling (NED) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Tommy Robredo (ESP) [32] v Jurgen Zopp (EST)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) [20] v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) v Qualifier
Martin Alund (ARG) v Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) [11] v Qualifier

Milos Raonic (CAN) [14] v Xavier Malisse (BEL)
Michael Llodra (FRA) v Qualifier
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v Qualifier
Kevin Anderson (RSA) [23] v Qualifier

Marcel Granollers (ESP) [31] v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Joao Sousa (POR) v Go Soeda (JPN)
Albert Montanes (ESP) v Qualifier
David Ferrer (ESP) [4] v Marinko Matosevic (AUS)

Berdych vs. Ferrer in the quarterfinal.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [6] v Aljaz Bedene (SLO)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) v Gilles Muller (LUX)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) [25] v Benjamin Becker (GER)

Juan Monaco (ARG) [17] v Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
Viktor Troicki (SRB) v James Blake (USA)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [WC]
Marin Cilic (CRO) [10] v Philipp Petzschner (GER)

Gilles Simon (FRA) [15] v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) [WC] v Pablo Cuevas (URU)
Jan Hajek (CZE) v Qualifier
Sam Querrey (USA) [18] v Lukas Lacko (SVK)

Julien Benneteau (FRA) [30] v Ricardas Berankis (LTU)
Tobias Kamke (GER) v Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
Qualifier v Qualifier
Roger Federer (SUI) [2] v Qualifier

The more things change, the more they remain the same. This sets up a repeat of the Rome final with the same lopsided result.

Roland Garros 2013 Women's Draw

Serena Williams [1] v Anna Tatishvili
Caroline Garcia [WC] v Qualifier
Monica Niculescu v Johanna Larsson
Sorana Cirstea [26] v Kiki Bertens

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [19] v Andrea Hlavackova
Petra Cetkovska v Olga Puchkova
Qualifier v Qualifier
Roberta Vinci [15] v Stephane Foretz Gacon [WC]

Caroline Wozniacki [10] v Laura Robson
Bojana Jovanovski v Qualifier
Pauline Parmentier v Magdalena Rybarikova
Ekaterina Makarova [22] v Svetlana Kuznetsova

Varvara Lepchenko [29] v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Romina Oprandi v Elina Svitolina
Jana Cepelova v Christina Mchale
Angelique Kerber [8] v Mona Barthel


A tricky quarter for the top seed. We'll have to see if she's been able to mentally recover from last year's first-round exit in Paris, the first time in her entire career to ever lose her first match at a major.

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Agnieszka Radwanska [4] v Shahar Peer
Mallory Burdette v Donna Vekic
Mandy Minella v Qualifier
Venus Williams [30] v Urszula Radwanska

Julia Goerges [24] v Qualifier
Virginie Razzano [WC] v Claire Feuerstein [WC]
Chanelle Scheepers v Mathilde Johansson
Ana Ivanovic [14] v Petra Martic

Nadia Petrova [11] v Monica Puig
Madison Keys v Misaki Doi
Irena Pavlovic [WC] v Shelby Rogers
Carla Suarez Navarro [20] v Simona Halep

Sabine Lisicki [32] v Sofia Arvidsson
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor v Qualifier
Ayumi Morita v Yulia Putintseva
Sara Errani [5] v Arantxa Rus


I'm unaware of the form of most of the seeded players in this quarter.  

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Na Li [6] v Anabel Medina Garrigues
Bethanie Mattek-Sands v Lourdes Dominguez Lino
Tatjana Maria Qualifier
Yaroslava Shvedova [27] v Coco Vandeweghe

Klara Zakopalova [23] v Kaia Kanepi
Stefanie Voegele v Heather Watson
Lucie Hradecka v Ashleigh Barty [WC]
Maria Kirilenko [12] v Nina Bratchikova

Marion Bartoli [13] v Olga Govortsova
Kristyna Pliskova v Qualifier
Francesca Schiavone v Melinda Czink
Kirsten Flipkens [21] v Flavia Pennetta

Alize Cornet [31] v Maria Joao Koehler
Irina Camelia Begu v Silvia Soler Espinosa
Annika Beck v Qualifier
Victoria Azarenka [3] v Elena Vesnina

This is one hell of a quarter. I suspect the Rome runner-up will get through, but any number of women here could surprise.

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Petra Kvitova [7] v Aravane Rezai [WC]
Shuai Peng v Camila Giorgi
Yanina Wickmayer v Qualifier
Lucie Safarova [25] v Jamie Hampton

Jelena Jankovic [18] v Daniela Hantuchova
Karolina Pliskova v Garbine Muguruza
Kristina Mladenovic v Lauren Davis
Samantha Stosur [9] v Kimiko Date-Krumm

Dominka Cibulkova [16] vLesia Tsurenko
Marina Erakovic v Elena Baltacha
Alexandra Cadantu v Qualifier
Sloane Stephens [17] v Karin Knapp

Tamira Paszek [28] v Melanie Oudin
Jie Zheng v Vesna Dolonc
Eugenie Bouchard v Tsvetana Pironkova
Maria Sharapova [2] v Su-Wei Hsieh

If Sharapova is healthy, she'll win here. If not, your guess is as good as mine. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

2013 Indian Wells Finals Open Thread

The shutters are up for the rest of the day. I can't imagine anyone is around. Still, I'll post comments when moved by the tennis produced between Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki in the women's final, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro in the men's.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Australian Open Preview


This is the first Grand Slam of the year. It's also the first Grand Slam in more than a decade that Andy Roddick will not contest. I found myself looking at the men's singles draw and, by habit, I scanned it quickly to see if the American was anywhere near Roger Federer. For that brief scanning, I had actually forgotten that my favorite male tennis player retired at last year's US Open.

One of these days, I'll write the post that has eluded me since then. For the record, I buried my dog two years and thirteen days ago and I still haven't touched a thing on the porch which doubled as his bedroom.

I'm awfully slow when it comes to certain things.

Surely, you've seen both draws by now and read the experts' previews and predictions. I got nothing.

It's been far too long since I've seen a match from beginning to end so I haven't a clue who's in form and who's not, who's injured or sick and who's not, who the oddsmaker's favorites are or which unheralded players have the best chance of storming through the draw and surprising us all with an appearance on Rod Laver Arena late in the second week.

It is Melbourne, after all.

I also haven't a clue how much of the proceedings I'll be able to consume, but I will consume some of it. It's Grand Slam tennis, doggone it, and, by hook or crook, I'm going to enjoy it.

Should I disappear for a week or more, a likely proposition given that the bills I will introduce in the 126th Maine Legislature are due next Friday, January 18th, please use this as your 2013 Australian Open open thread.

Happy New Year.


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Update

I have just been elected to the Maine House of Representatives.

I'm beside myself.

I'm not going to turn my back on this blog forever, but I've got a new job to begin in less than a month, and I have no idea how much I will be able to post here going forward.

I'll do my best.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Drive By

It's been one helluva harvest season. No end in sight.

I want to write about tennis, but I simply can't.

I will again, though. Sure as the sun rises.

Monday, September 10, 2012

2012 US OPEN: Men's Final Preview

Andy Murray GBR (3) vs  Novak Djokovic SRB (2)

Andy Murray of Great Britain will be playing in his 5th major final, having lost the first  four against Roger Federer (2007 US Open, 2010 Australian Open and 2012 Wimbledon) and one against Novak Djokovic (2011 Australian Open). Djokovic already has 5 majors and has won the last three hard courts majors played.

The two played what would have been the best match of the year in the 2012 Australian Open semifinal if it were not eclipsed by the insane 6-hour final played between Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Since then Murray has won the Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympics and I think that he really feels that he can win this match. He is playing someone he has known since he was 11 years old. The two are 1 week apart in age and are god friends off the court (who used to practice together, until Murray's coach Ivan Lendl prohibited such fraternization).

Murray has had an extra day to rest, which should serve him well. To me, the match will not be decided by tactics and strategy but by the mental toughness of the person who wants it the most. Head-to-head Djokovic has a slight 8-6 edge, but this Murray is a different player now.

MadProfessah's pick: Murray.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

2012 US OPEN: Women's Final Preview

Victoria Azarenka BLR (1) vs.  Serena Williams USA (4)

Here are my predictions for the women's final of the 2012 US Open. This year I have correctly predicted 3 of 4 women's quarterfinals3 of 4 of the men's quarterfinals2 of 2 women's semifinals and 2 of 2 men's semifinals.

How They Got Here: Women's Semifinals Review
Serena Williams USA (4) d. Sara Errani ITA (10) 6-1 6-2. 
Serena was never threatened by the diminutive Italian who has become her country's best player by dint of having one of the best seasons of any player this year. Errani has won all 6 of her WTA career singles titles this year, and reached the quarterfinals or better in  three majors, the first time she had ever progressed that far in any Grand Slam. Errani is a fighter but she has no shot that could trouble Serena, and the match was basically a mismatch, with the result never really in doubt.

Victoria Azarenka BLR (1) d. Maria Sharapova RUS (3) 3-6 6-2 6-4.
The other semifinal was completely different, one in which the result was hard to predict until the very last game, which was won by Azarenka. These two are establishing a significant rivalry, having played four times in 2012, with Vika winning three of these matches and now has a 6-4 lead in their career head-to-head.  The two have very similar playing styles with hard-hitting groundstrokes on both wins, with stronger backhands than forehands. Azarenka has significantly better movement, while Sharapova can have a significantly better serve when she gets in a groove. This match was a war of attrition, with Azarenka surviving Sharapova's firepower with her retrieving powers (the Russian ended with 44 winners and 42 unforced errors, while the Belarussian ended with 19 winners and 19 errors). Sharapova's mental toughness and competitive spirit has served her well in winning 4 majors but Azarenka is 2 years younger and could very well end her career with  an even larger numbers, depending on when Serena decides to retire.

The Women's Final: Prediction
Victoria Azarenka BLR (1) vs.  Serena Williams USA (4). Serena has an overwhelming 9-1 career head-to-head advantage against Azarenka and this really reflects the 90% probability that Serena will win this match. Despite this act, it should be a relatively close, hard-fought match, perhaps of the quality of their 3rd round match from 2011, which was won by Serena 6-1 7-6(5). This is pretty typical of their matches; Serena wins the first set relatively easily and when she gets up a break in the second she relaxes and gives Azarenka a chance to get back into the match and eventually has to gut out the second set in a close tiebreak. Serena does not feel any kind of animus towards Azarenka and will not try to blow her off the court as she did with Sharapova during her 6-0 6-1 drubbing to win the Gold Medal match at the London Olympics earlier this summer.

However, after having two bad experiences in New York in 2011 against Sam Stosur and in 2009 against Kim Clijsters, Serena has been on her best behavior this year. Serena was unable to play the 2010 tournament due to her year-long medically induced hiatus from the game, and she last won this title in 2008 (over Jelena Jankovic). It's amazing that  a few weeks before her 31st birthday Serena is the heavy favorite to win her 15th major title, pulling her within striking distance of the magic number of 18 that all-time greats Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert ended their storied careers with. If she were to get to the number then the question of Greatest of all Time would be another legitimate title to bestow upon her.

MadProfessah's Prediction: Serena.

Friday, September 07, 2012

2012 US OPEN: Women's Semifinals Preview



Last year I correctly predicted 2 of 4 women's quarterfinals and 3 of 4 men's quarterfinals. This year I correctly predicted 3 of 4 women's quarterfinals and 3 of 4 men's quarterfinals. Here are my predictions for the 2012 US Open women's semifinals.

Victoria Azarenka
 BLR (1) vs.  
Maria Sharapova RUS (3)Both players played some of the best tennis of the year against stubbon opponents in their quarterfinals to reach this point. Azarenka took out the defending champion Sam Stosur in the most exciting women's tennis match of the year 6-1 4-6 7-6(5). Sharapova had to come back from 0-4 down against the hard-hitting but peculiar Marion Bartoli, which she did by winning 3-6 6-3 6-4. This showdown is worthy of a grand slam final, and indeed these two played the Australian Open final earlier this year, which was won by Azarenka 6-3 6-0. Bizarrely, this was not the only time this year that Sharapova was blanked in an important final, losing the Wimbledon Gold medal match 6-0 6-1 to Serena Williams but she also had a high point by winning the French Open over surprise 2012 US Open semifinalist Sara Errani to completing the career slam. Azarenka and Sharapova have played 9 times, with the Belarussian possessing a slight 5-4 lead, including a 4-2 lead to Azarenka on hard courts. Azarenka has also won their only grand slam meeting (in the 2012 Australian Open final). Sharapova got revenge for that major final loss to Azarenka by winning the Stuttgart final but that was clay and this match will be during the day on a hard court in New York. The World's #1 player will likely prevail to reach her first US Open final. Mad Professah's Pick: Azarenka.

Sara Errani ITA (10) vs.  Serena Williams USA (4) For the first time in my memory Serena was placed in the much easier half of the draw. The other half of the draw contained almost all the former and current Grand Slam champions except for Serena's sister who lost in the second round to another one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament to Angelique Kerber. Kerber is the last person to beat Serena, but the lefty German was taken out by Errani, her Italian opponent in two tight sets 7-6(5) 6-3. Errani is a fighter and makes the most of her slight frame but she can easily be overpowered, as women's tennis most powerful player ever will demonstrate quite easily as she reacher her 6th US Open final, and 19th major final, of her career. Mad Professah's pick: Serena.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

2012 US OPEN: Women's Quarterfinals Preview

EDUARDO MUNOZ/Reuters

BY RON BUCKMIRE

Last year I predicted 2 of 4 women's quarterfinals correctly and 3 of 4 men's quarterfinals correctly. Below is my preview of the 2012 US Open women's quarterfinals.

Victoria Azarenka BLR (1) vs  Samantha Stosur AUS (7) The World #1 has been brutally efficient in reaching her first career quarterfinal in New York, dropping an impressive total of ten games to reach this stage. She will face the 2011 US Open defending champion whom she has never lost to despite playing 6 hard court matches against, including a final this year in Doha. Stosur has the game to match up well against anyone on the WTA tour but she sometimes does not have the mental strength to match her physical strength. After all, this is someone who has been on the tour for 13 years and has a mere 3 career singles titles, one of which is a major, despite playing in 14 finals. However, when she is playing without pressure, like in a match where almost no-one expects her to win, Stosur can often play her best tennis and this can make her very difficult to beat. Also, since Azarenka has only faced token opposition to this point in the tournament I suspect she may be surprised at the difference lowered expectations can make to her opponent and may find herself in too deep a hole to dig out of. Of course, tat 6-0 career head-to-head does make it more likely that it will become 7-0 instead, but nevertheless I'll go with the Australian who has played some of her best tennis in New York, unlike the Belarussian who never has. Mad Professah's Pick: Stosur.

Maria Sharapova RUS (3) vs Marion Bartoli FRA (11). Surprisingly, these are two players where the career head-to-head is also skewed heavily in one direction, with the Russian 4-time major champion having never lost to the unorthodox French player in four career meetings. Sharapova has been playing excellent tennis this summer, winning her 4th major title in Paris in June, despite being demolished by Serena Williams in the Gold Medal match at the Olympics in July and dealing with the dissolution of her engagement to hockey player Sasha Vujicic. That being said, Bartoli does have a very intense fighting spirit, as her comeback win against Petra Kvitova in the previous round is testament to. Theoretically, she also has the game to defeat Sharapova, but really everything Marion can do, Maria can do as well, and perhaps just a little bit better. Mad Professah's pick: Sharapova.

Ana Ivanovic SRB (12) vs  Serena Williams USA (4). Serena has won 20 of her last 21 matches, with her sole loss coming at the hands of Angelique Kerber in Cincinnati. Her opponent in the Round of 16 failed to win a single game while Serena was pummeling the ball with deadly and frightening power and accuracy. Ivanovic is in her first major quarterfinal since her disastrous slide down the rankings following her sole Grand Slam title at the 2008 French Open. It's good to see Ivanovic back in the mix again; she has a beautiful forehand and moves quite well but after falling so low can she ever really have the confidence to go toe-to-toe with another major champion deep in the decisive set? I think not. That being said, it is more likely that Ivanovic will prevent Serena from reaching her second consecutive major final of the year and second consecutive US Open final than either of the Italians in this part of the draw. After all, Serena has never lost to the Serbian, despite playing her 3 times, including last year in the Round of 16 here in New York. The only question is which Serena will play on Saturday evening, will it be the 2012 Wimbledon finalist (who defeated Agnieska Radwanska with brilliant serving and mental toughness) or will it be the 2011 US Open finalist (who won the fewest number of games she had ever won--5--in a still-puzzling defeat to Stosur). We'll know soon. Mad Professah's pick: Serena.

Angelique Kerber GER (6) Sara Errani ITA (10) vs  Agnieszka Radwanska POL (2) Roberta Vinci ITA (20) This is one of the most surprising major quarterfinals in recent memory. Errani is having the best year of her career, having reached her first major final in Paris just 10 weeks ago, broken into the Top 10 and won a half-dozen doubles titles this year with her best friend and countrywoman, Roberta Vinci, whom she will be playing to reach her second ever major semifinal (and whom she owns a slight 3-2 career  record against). This should be an almost unwatchable match, which often happens when the stakes are so high and the competitors are so close. Vinci actually leads 2-1 on hard courts and I suspect would desperately like to become the 3rd Italian woman to make a big splash at a major, following in the footsteps of Errani and Francesca Schiavone. In the end it doesn't really matter who wins this match, because in all likelihood they will be losing their semifinal match to Serena. But this is sports, and nothing is impossible. Mad Professah's pick: Errani.

Monday, September 03, 2012

US Open 2012 Labor Day Open Thread

Andy Roddick
Reuters

Andy Roddick thanks the crowd for cheering him through a four-set victory over Fabio Fognini in the third round. Next up: Juan Martin del Potro.

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Here in the United States, today is the day we celebrate the contributions of the great American worker to our nation's prosperity. In Flushing Meadows, the players on the singles schedule will have to work hard to secure a berth in the quarterfinals of the great American Slam.

On Ashe, former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic will open against Grand Slam giant killer Tsvetana Pironkova. I think the Bulgarian with the nasty forehand slice has another upset in her. Olympic Gold Medalist Serena Williams continues her campaign for a fourth US Open crown against Andrea Hlavackova. I haven't a clue how the Czech woman plays but if Serena is on point, she won't even drop her serve.

The men take the main stage next. American Mardy Fish faces Roger Federer and if Fish, who can disappear quicker than money, can win a set, I'll be shocked. In primetime, Olympic Gold Medalist Andy Murray will take on Milos Raonic. The Canadian Tower has been serving down aces like rain, but has struggled off the ground when his opponents dig in. Some are smelling an upset here. I'm not.

On the minor show court, I suspect on the high seeds will prevail. even if it takes a final set.

Who you got?

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Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 4th Round
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[12]
Not Before:1:00 PM
Women's Singles - 4th Round
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) vs. Serena Williams (USA)[4]
Not Before:2:30 PM
Men's Singles - 4th Round
Roger Federer (SUI)[1] vs. Mardy Fish (USA)[23]
Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM
Women's Doubles - 3rd Round
Serena Williams (USA) /Venus Williams(USA) vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[4] /Nadia Petrova(RUS)[4]
Men's Singles - 4th Round
Andy Murray (GBR)[3] vs. Milos Raonic (CAN)[15]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 4th Round
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[11] vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6]
Not Before:12:30 PM
Women's Singles - 4th Round
Angelique Kerber (GER)[6] vs. Sara Errani (ITA)[10]
Women's Singles - 4th Round
Roberta Vinci (ITA)[20] vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[2]
Men's Singles - 4th Round
Marin Cilic (CRO)[12] vs. Martin Klizan (SVK)

Grandstand 11:00 AM

Women's Doubles - 3rd Round
Vania King (USA)[5] /Yaroslava Shvedova(KAZ)[5] vs. Julia Goerges (GER)[11] /Kveta Peschke(CZE)[11]
Men's Doubles - 3rd Round
Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)[16] /Scott Lipsky(USA)[16] vs. Bob Bryan (USA)[2] /Mike Bryan(USA)[2]
Mixed Doubles - Quarterfinals
Kveta Peschke (CZE)[4] /Marcin Matkowski(POL)[4] vs. Sania Mirza (IND) /Colin Fleming(GBR)
Mixed Doubles - Quarterfinals
Lucie Hradecka (CZE)[7] /Frantisek Cermak(CZE)[7] vs. Elena Vesnina (RUS)[3] /Leander Paes(IND)[3]

Court 17 11:00 AM

Men's Doubles - 3rd Round
Frantisek Cermak (CZE) /Michal Mertinak(SVK) vs. Alexander Peya (AUT)[15] /Bruno Soares(BRA)[15]
Women's Doubles - 3rd Round
Sabine Lisicki (GER) /Shuai Peng(CHN) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[6] /Elena Vesnina(RUS)[6]
Men's Doubles - 3rd Round
Jamie Delgado (GBR) /Ken Skupski(GBR) vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP)[6] /Marc Lopez(ESP)[6]
Mixed Doubles - Quarterfinals
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) /Jean-Julien Rojer(NED) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) /Bruno Soares(BRA)



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Andy Roddick To Retire After US Open 2012



He's in a press conference discussing his decision and his career right now.

Not surprising, but a bit unexpected. I'm verklempt.

More later.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

US Open 2012 Day 2 Open Thread


Victoria Duval of the U.S. returns a backhand to Kim Clijsters of Belgium. during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York August 27, 2012.

Getty

Victoria Duval of the U.S. returns a backhand to Kim Clijsters of Belgium. during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York August 27, 2012.

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How nice to see a teenager play her first professional tennis match on Arthur Ashe Stadium against one of her idols. Was the highlight of an uneventful day of first-round tennis at the US Open.

Today, the less loaded side of the women's draw, which includes Serena and Venus Williams, takes to the court as well as defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Order of Play

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Nina Bratchikova (RUS) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[2]
Not Before:1:00 PM
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Andy Roddick (USA)[20] vs. Rhyne Williams (USA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs. Venus Williams (USA)
Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Serena Williams (USA)[4]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 1st Round
David Goffin (BEL) vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Sam Querrey (USA)[27] vs. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[22] vs. Sloane Stephens (USA)
Not Before:6:00 PM
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[8] vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)

Grandstand 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[12]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Karol Beck (SVK) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[5]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs. Juan Monaco (ARG)[10]
Not Before:3:30 PM This match may be moved to Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Christina McHale (USA)[21] vs. Kiki Bertens (NED)

Court 17 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[11] vs. Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Angelique Kerber (GER)[6] vs. Anne Keothavong (GBR)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Olga Puchkova (RUS) vs. Irina Falconi (USA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)[14] vs. Jesse Levine (USA)

Court 13 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) vs. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs. Philipp Petzschner (GER)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) vs. Sara Errani (ITA)[10]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) vs. Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Court 11 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Santiago Giraldo (COL) vs. Milos Raonic (CAN)[15]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Vania King (USA) vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Julien Benneteau (FRA)[31] vs. Olivier Rochus (BEL)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[14] vs. Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)

Court 4 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) vs. Pablo Andujar (ESP)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[30] vs. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Olga Govortsova (BLR) vs. Tamira Paszek (AUT)[29]
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Max Mirnyi (BLR)[1]/Daniel Nestor(CAN)[1] vs. Steve Johnson (USA) /Jack Sock(USA)

Court 6 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) vs. Klara Zakopalova (CZE)[24]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Ayumi Morita (JPN) vs. Monica Niculescu (ROU)[26]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Vera Dushevina (RUS) vs. Nastassja Burnett (ITA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Michael Llodra (FRA)[7]/Nenad Zimonjic(SRB)[7] vs. Nicholas Monroe (USA)/Donald Young(USA)

Court 7 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs. Jimmy Wang (TPE)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)[13] vs. Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs. Matthias Bachinger (GER)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Mirjana Lucic (CRO) vs. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)

Court 8 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Shuai Peng (CHN)[32] vs. Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) vs. Shahar Peer (ISR)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[18]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Agnes Szavay (HUN) vs. Greta Arn (HUN)

Court 10 11:00 AM

Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Martin Emmrich (GER) /Igor Sijsling(NED) vs. Brian Baker (USA) /Rajeev Ram(USA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Urszula Radwanska (POL) vs. Roberta Vinci (ITA)[20]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Dennis Novikov (USA) vs. Jerzy Janowicz (POL)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Mikhail Elgin (RUS) /Denis Istomin(UZB) vs. Jonathan Erlich (ISR) /Andy Ram(ISR)

Court 12 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) vs. Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Steve Darcis (BEL) vs. Malek Jaziri (TUN)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Julian Knowle (AUT) /Filip Polasek(SVK) vs. David Marrero (ESP)[13] /Fernando Verdasco(ESP)[13]

Court 14 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) vs. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) vs. Mona Barthel (GER)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs. Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) vs. Tatjana Malek (GER)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Colin Fleming (GBR)[14] /Ross Hutchins(GBR)[14] vs. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) /Jurgen Zopp(EST)

Court 15 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs. Arantxa Rus (NED)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Christian Harrison (USA) /Ryan Harrison(USA) vs. Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)[4] /Marcin Matkowski(POL)[4]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Johanna Konta (GBR) vs. Timea Babos (HUN)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) vs. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)

Court 16 11:00 AM

Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Lukasz Kubot (POL) /Mikhail Youzhny(RUS) vs. Benjamin Becker (GER) /Jarkko Nieminen(FIN)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Eric Butorac (USA) /Paul Hanley(AUS) vs. Jan Hajek (CZE) /Lukas Lacko(SVK)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)[16] /Scott Lipsky(USA)[16] vs. Robin Haase (NED) /Andreas Seppi(ITA)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) /Martin Klizan(SVK) vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP)[6] /Marc Lopez(ESP)[6]
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) /Raven Klaasen(RSA) vs. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) /Go Soeda(JPN)

Monday, August 27, 2012

US Open 2012 Day 1 Open Thread

Cooks on a break have their meal out on the steps of Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open in Flushing, New York August 26, 2012. The final grand slam of the tennis season begins here on Monday.
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Cooks on a break have their meal out on the steps of Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open in Flushing, New York August 26, 2012. The final grand slam of the tennis season begins here on Monday.

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The last Slam of the year is upon us. I haven't watched much tennis since the Olympics but do hope to catch most of the US Open this time around.

Order of Play

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Petra Martic (CRO) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[7]
Not Before:1:00 PM
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Andy Murray (GBR)[3] vs. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[3] vs. Melinda Czink (HUN)

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Victoria Duval (USA) vs. Kim Clijsters (BEL)[23]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Roger Federer (SUI)[1] vs. Donald Young (USA)

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs. James Blake (USA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Melanie Oudin (USA) vs. Lucie Safarova (CZE)[15]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Mardy Fish (USA)[23] vs. Go Soeda (JPN)

Not Before:3:00 PM This match may be moved to Ashe Stadium.

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[1] vs. Alexandra Panova (RUS)

Grandstand 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Marion Bartoli (FRA)[11] vs. Jamie Hampton (USA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Jack Sock (USA) vs. Florian Mayer (GER)[22]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Polona Hercog (SLO) vs. Petra Kvitova (CZE)[5]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Michael Russell (USA) vs. Gilles Simon (FRA)[16]

Court 17 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Na Li (CHN)[9] vs. Heather Watson (GBR)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Varvara Lepchenko (USA)[31] vs. Mathilde Johansson (FRA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Rui Machado (POR) vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[25]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Marin Cilic (CRO)[12] vs. Marinko Matosevic (AUS)

Court 13 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) vs. Sabine Lisicki (GER)[16]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs. Igor Andreev (RUS)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[17]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs. Somdev Devvarman (IND)

Court 11 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Guido Andreozzi (ARG) vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN)[17]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Romina Oprandi (SUI) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Jeremy Chardy (FRA)[32] vs. Filippo Volandri (ITA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Virginie Razzano (FRA) vs. Jie Zheng (CHN)[28]

Court 4 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Julia Goerges (GER)[18] vs. Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Albert Ramos (ESP) vs. Robby Ginepri (USA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Samantha Crawford (USA) vs. Laura Robson (GBR)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Robin Haase (NED) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[30]

Court 6 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Tim Smyczek (USA) vs. Bobby Reynolds (USA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) vs. Mallory Burdette (USA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Nicole Gibbs (USA) vs. Alize Cornet (FRA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs. Michaella Krajicek (NED)

Court 7 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Nadia Petrova (RUS)[19] vs. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs. Guido Pella (ARG)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)[25] vs. Julia Glushko (ISR)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

Court 8 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)[27]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) vs. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) vs. Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Maxime Authom (BEL) vs. Bjorn Phau (GER)

Court 10 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Marcel Granollers (ESP)[24] vs. Denis Kudla (USA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) vs. Stefanie Voegele (SUI)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) vs. Julia Cohen (USA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs. Jurgen Zopp (EST)

Court 12 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) vs.Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Simona Halep (ROU) vs. Iveta Benesova (CZE)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Daniel Brands (GER) vs. Adrian Ungur (ROU)

Court 14 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Stephanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) vs. Anna Tatishvili (GEO)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Hiroki Moriya (JPN) vs. Ivan Dodig (CRO)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Tatsuma Ito (JPN) vs. Matthew Ebden (AUS)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) vs. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

Court 15 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Mandy Minella (LUX) vs. Olivia Rogowska (AUS)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs. Flavio Cipolla (ITA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs. Marina Erakovic (NZL)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Martin Klizan (SVK) vs. Alejandro Falla (COL)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

US Open 2012 Men's Singles Draw

Roger Federer SUI (1) v Donald Young USA
Qualifier v. Bjorn Phau GER
Albert Ramos ESP v Robby Ginepri USA
Rui Machado POR v Fernando Verdasco ESP (25)

Mardy Fish USA (23)
v Go Soeda JPN
Nikolay Davydenko RUS v Qualifier
Ivo Karlovic CRO v Qualifier
Michael Russell USA v Gilles Simon FRA (16)

Nicolas Almagro ESP (11)
v Radek Stepanek CZE
Nicolas Mahut FRA v Philipp Petzschner GER
Blaz Kavcic SLO v Flavio Cipolla ITA
Jack Sock USA v Florian Mayer GER (22)

Sam Querrey USA (27)
v Yen-Hsun Lu TPE
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo ESP v Somdev Devvarman IND
Denis Istomin UZB v Jurgen Zopp EST
David Goffin BEL v Tomas Berdych CZE (6)

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Andy Murray GBR (3)
v Alex Bogomolov Jr. RUS
Qualifier v Ivan Dodig CRO
Thomaz Bellucci BRA v Pablo Andujar ESP
Robin Haase NED v Feliciano Lopez ESP (30)

Marcel Granollers ESP (24)
v Denis Kudla USA
Lukas Lacko SVK v James Blake USA
Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA v Igor Andreev RUS
Santiago Giraldo COL v Milos Raonic CAN (15)

Marin Cilic CRO (12)
v Marinko Matosevic AUS
Qualifier v Adrian Ungur ROU
Qualifier v Qualifier
Qualifier v Kei Nishikori JPN (17)

Jeremy Chardy FRA (32)
v Filippo Volandri ITA
Tatsuma Ito JPN v Matthew Ebden AUS
Martin Klizan SVK v Alejandro Falla COL
Qualifier v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA (5)

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Janko Tipsarevic SRB (8) v Guillaume Rufin FRA
Brian Baker USA v Jan Hajek CZE
Qualifier v Qualifier
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe GER v Viktor Troicki SRB (29)

Philipp Kohlschreiber GER (19)
v Michael Llodra FRA
Grigor Dimitrov BUL v Benoit Paire FRA
Mikhail Kukushkin KAZ v Jarkko Nieminen FIN
Xavier Malisse BEL v John Isner USA (9)

Richard Gasquet FRA (13)
v Albert Montanes ESP
Jurgen Melzer AUT v Qualifier
Steve Johnson USA v Rajeev Ram USA
Ernests Gulbis LAT v Tommy Haas GER (21)

Mikhail Youzhny RUS (28)
v Gilles Muller LUX
Tobias Kamke GER v Lleyton Hewitt AUS
Qualifier v Daniel Gimeno-Traver ESP
Kevin Anderson RSA v David Ferrer ESP (4)

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Juan Martin Del Potro ARG (7)
v David Nalbandian ARG
Benjamin Becker GER v Ryan Harrison USA
Lukasz Kubot POL v Leonardo Mayer ARG
Tommy Robredo ESP v Andreas Seppi ITA (26)

Andy Roddick USA (20)
v Qualifier
Carlos Berlocq ARG v Bernard Tomic AUS
Edouard Roger-Vasselin FRA v Fabio Fognini ITA
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP v Juan Monaco ARG (10)

Alexandr Dolgopolov UKR (14)
v Jesse Levine USA
Marcos Baghdatis CYP v Qualifier
Steve Darcis BEL v Malek Jaziri TUN
Sergiy Stakhovsky UKR v Stanislas Wawrinka SUI (18)

Julien Benneteau FRA (31)
v Olivier Rochus BEL
Dennis Novikov USA v Jerzy Janowicz POL
Rogerio Dutra Silva BRA v Qualifier
Paolo Lorenzi ITA v Novak Djokovic SRB (2)