Sunday, September 06, 2009

US Open 2009 Day 7 Open Thread

Sorry for the lateness. I had no Internet connection for hours.

The second week begins for the women and the champion's half of the women's draw has held up. It's now two tournaments. A Slam and a Tier III.

Go figure.

Order of Play

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 Start Time

1. Women's Singles - 4th Round
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[22] v. Serena Williams (USA)[2]
Not Before:12:30
2. Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[32] v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[3]
3. Women's Singles - 4th Round
Kim Clijsters (BEL) v. Venus Williams (USA)[3]
Arthur Ashe Stadium 19:00 Start Time
1. Women's Singles - 4th Round
Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[7] v. Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[10]
2. Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Taylor Dent (USA) v. Andy Murray (GBR)[2]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 Start Time

1. Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)[24] v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[9]
2. Women's Singles - 4th Round
Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[26] v. Na Li (CHN)[18]
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[6] v. Daniel Koellerer (AUT)

Grandstand 11:00 Start Time

1. Women's Doubles - 3rd Round
Alexa Glatch (USA) v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[10]
Carly Gullickson (USA) Elena Vesnina (RUS)[10]
2. Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Tomas Berdych (CZE)[17] v. Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[11]
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[7] v. Julien Benneteau (FRA)
Not Before:18:00
4. Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Gael Monfils (FRA)[13] v. Jose Acasuso (ARG)

Court 4

2. Women's Doubles - 3rd Round
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)[9] Patty Schnyder (SUI)[9] v. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)[8] Nadia Petrova (RUS)[8]
3. Mixed Doubles - 2nd Round
Sania Mirza (IND) v. Carly Gullickson (USA)
Daniel Nestor (CAN) Travis Parrott (USA)
4. Mixed Doubles - 2nd Round
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) v. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)[8]
Stephen Huss (AUS) Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[8]

Court 11 11:00 Start Time

1. Men's Doubles - 3rd Round
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) v. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Pablo Cuevas (URU) Michael Llodra (FRA)
2. Women's Doubles - 3rd Round
Cara Black (ZIM)[1] v. Olga Govortsova (BLR)
Liezel Huber (USA)[1] Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Not Before:16:00
5. Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Marin Cilic (CRO)[16] v. Denis Istomin (UZB)

Court 13 11:00 Start Time

1. Women's Doubles - 3rd Round
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS)[13]/Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[13] v. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)[2]/Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)[2]
2. Men's Doubles - 3rd Round
Martin Damm (CZE)[11]/Robert Lindstedt (SWE)[11] v. Wesley Moodie (RSA)[7]/Dick Norman (BEL)[7]
3. Women's Doubles - 3rd Round
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[3] v. Gisela Dulko (ARG)
Rennae Stubbs (AUS)[3] Shahar Peer (ISR)
4. Mixed Doubles - 2nd Round
Zi Yan (CHN) v. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)[4]
Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) Mark Knowles (BAH)[4]
5. Mixed Doubles - 2nd Round
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)[5] v. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)
Kevin Ullyett (ZIM)[5] Andre Sa (BRA)

TBA 13:30 Start Time

Not Before:13:30
1. Men's Doubles - 3rd Round
Max Mirnyi (BLR)[5] v. Simone Bolelli (ITA)
Andy Ram (ISR)[5] Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Not Before:13:30
2. Women's Doubles - 3rd Round
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v. T.B.D.
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Not Before:15:30
3. Men's Doubles - 3rd Round
Bob Bryan (USA)[1] v. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Mike Bryan (USA)[1] Olivier Rochus (BEL)


Craig Hickman said...

Pardon my French, but that was fucking ridiculous.

Savannah said...

"Now it's a Slam and a Tier III"

Such a way with words Hickman.

b said...

Amazing that Venus and Serena have been slammed by the draw AT THEIR HOME SLAM for 2 years running now.... I still remember that the best match of last year's tournament was their quarter-final

Clearly the powers that be and certain players agents were hoping for a Ana/Sharapova/Demented/Safina in the final.... anyway this has happened before - especially in the ridiculous 2007 draw......

b said...

Wow Serena hammered hantuchova - anyone else catch that.... the parts I saw (except the first 2 games) played more like a warm up for her doubles match later tonight

kraa said...

Womens champion will almost certainly come from the bottom half of the draw, however I much more interested to see who will get to the final from the top half. Hopefully not Kuznetsova. Nothing against Sveta, but it would just be so boring....

Dapxin said...

I just returned in2 good ol london. and catching up on my 223 Inbox waiting mails...

So Safina's fried as expected?

And wtf is happening to Venus ?

Craig Hickman said...

kraa, I'm with you.

pompelmo said...

Clijters and Venus decided to play only a single set.

b said...

I just saw Venus lose a match she should have won - didn't turn off my TV in time to miss that last mess..... What were they doing the first 2 sets?

Kim is mentally fragile and emotional.... if Venus had managed to hold on to that second game, 3rd set then Kim might never have got back in the match.....

am heartbroken..... especially as I think Clijsters comeback is overrated.... hope Vee goes ahead and takes the doubles title.... she seemed to be in significant pain, even when giving a bagel so i hope it all works out for her

Karen said...

Oh man this loss by Venus just sucks. I was never a fan of Clijsters as I think she was an overhyped player. That being said, did you hear that crowd chanting her name. Those folks in NY are even worse than the crowd at the FO. They were cheering almost every single mistake that Venus made. It was good to see Venus walk off court with a smile on her face and waving to the crowd that just helped somebody beat her. Oh well. There is always doubles.

Savannah said...

I was there Friday night and got to see a crowd pull for Venus so today I'm a bit more sanguine about how they acted. Not that it didn't suck but I'm working on my emotional balance. I have a Libra moon so wish me luck. :)

Clijsters is over rated as a player and I really think, like I said somewhere today, that Venus knee was what would win or lose the match for her. It was much more heavily taped today and she had to be in pain, more than she was the other night.

Like I said I'm working on my balance...

kraa said...

If Clijsters is overrated when what do you say about Safina, Dementieva, Jankovic etc.???

Kim is a former champion and still in her twenties. If Serena can't for some reason then I pick her to win this title.

Savannah said...

Dementieva I've talked about a lot.
Safina and Jankovic speak for themselves.

I should state I have never cared for Kim as a player and that my opinion hasn't changed. Did Venus play a poor third set? Yes. Is she injured? Yes. Was the taping heavier today? Yes.

I hope Kim fans don't become like the Worshipful...

Karen said...

Kim Clijsters got lucky in 2005. She comes back in the latter part of the season when all the players are beaten up and praying for the off season and everyone thinks she is God's gift to women's tennis. Like Savannah I am working on my Whoo-Sah moment. I went to church today and my pastor prayed for me so I am feeling good. Guts me that Venus lost, but hey, she has 7 majors, has a Hall of Fame Career and she never quit when the going got tough. She has had serious injury, suffered through periods of doubt in her game. Went for long periods without getting past the first round of a tournament and became the butt of many commentators jokes. For me as a fan I just want to see her happy and playing well again. Heres hoping that she gets a doubles championship, which I think is what the WS are about at the Grand Slams, winning singles and doubles.

Savannah said...

Kim Clijsters got lucky in 2005. She comes back in the latter part of the season when all the players are beaten up and praying for the off season and everyone thinks she is God's gift to women's tennis...
Karen, say it again. And again. And again.

Matt said...

Hey Craig, is your youngster still alive!?

kraa said...

Kim got lucky in 2005? I say bullshit...

It's more like she was unlucky so many other years. Some posters are just unable to give proper credit (not backhanded) to players they don't like all that much. Thank god I don't have such a problem...

mznblue said...

Vera's in meltdown mode. Does all the hard work to get 6 mps, but becomes too passive expecting Flavia to hand her the match. Onto the 3rd set. Maybe Vera will regroup, and play the kind of tennis that won her the opening set.

Craig Hickman said...

Vera's in meltdown mode, and Flavia has no serve.

Still, I'm loving this match.

PeytonAllen said...

I had no real rooting interesting in this match today. I'm happy the Williams sisters have overcome personal tragedies and injuries, and disinterest, to return to the top of the WTA.

Personally, I don't get the shit their fans give the draw makers. I would think to begin with each sister would prefer to play someone else in the final. But, while their matches lately have showcased some great play I think they're entirely devoid of any sort of conflict or drama. It's an exhibition more than anything. Still, an incredibly interesting story though. That sisters can be this good, etc.

Kim overrated? Come on guys. She's got the game and has had since she was 16 and battling Serena to hang with the sisters from the baseline. Has Kim ever been a finisher? No. She's left 4 or 5 slam titles out there. It's more credible to say she's underachieved than is overrated, but everyone is entitled to their opinion, quite obviously.

Weird match today. Venus was shaky in the first and Kim solid as a rock. Second set, roles reversed and in the third it finally got competitive.

Did Venus play her best? Of course not, but she rarely has on hard courts since 2003. Since '03 she's been a grass court Queen and not much else. Some solid results here and there, but in calling Kim over hyped and overrated you've over looked the fact that Venus losing on anything but grass for the last six years is not really a big story.

As for her knee. No doubt she struggled, but it looked like to me she moved well. And if she's so hurt, why play? More to the point why get out there and play doubles an hour later?

Congrats to Kim. Serena by far has to be the favorite to win, but i think the Kim/Serena semi if it happens will be the match of the tournament. Serena has dominated the head to head, but most have been close.

Hopefully the women's field gets that marquee match up, because as Craig said it's a Tier III at this point.

Michael said...

Pennetta is a gift to tennis. What an amazing run!

Sorry to see Venus go down, and weird with them splitting bagels. But I don't find someone being overhyped as a reason not to like them. Maybe don't like the hyping pundits. I'm happy to see Clijsters back. And if her timing is so groovy, maybe others should think about sitting out a few more tournaments, consequences be damned.

PeytonAllen said...

Don't think she's overhyped. If anything, she's sorely needed. The WTA is lacking in big name power after the Williams Sisters. Think back 10 years ago. Even five. Look at all the big names that the women's game had, the personalities. Now, it's the WS and 100 Russians.

Kim coming back, and being a mother, it's a story. Deal with it.

oddman said...

I'm quite enjoying Kim's comeback and story. I think it's remarkable that she's able to be this competitive so quickly.

IMO, she looks alot happier out there now than she did before the baby and retirement.

The rest did her some good,no?

oddman said...

Ladies and gentlemen.... the MAIN EVENT! Let's get ready to rum-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-mble!!!!

Ach, the wiry Scot, vs the explosive American - who ya got?

PeytonAllen said...

Oddman, Murray. Not sure Dent can win, but I think he'll take a set. Given Murray's ability this year in slams not to finish off matches this could be an all-nighter.

So who's your mid-week favorite? Nadal's draw is brutal. But if he gets to the semis who knows.

oddman said...

Who's my mid-week favorite? You're totally right, Rafa's got a brutal draw (what is new, she whines.....), I said long ago if he gets to the quarters, I'll take it happily. Monfils will be a very tough test for him. And after today, with the abd strain and poor serving - who knows? (shrugs shoulders)

I just don't see Rafa at the end of this thing at all. Can DelPotro make it to the final? Yes.... Murray? Yes... Methinks Fed-Murray right now. Taylor may have something to say about that, but the wily wiry Scot will outlast him here tonight, partisan crowd be damned.

vw said...

Not Murray please, anyone but him.

Craig Hickman said...

I, for one, don't want to see another Raja-Murray final. Raja will be there, Murray will not.

With Rafa's ailments, I'm picking Tsonga or Gonzo to make the final.

Monfils can go jump in the East River.

Michael said...

Solid match from Murray. I still don't see why people dislike him so. He's got a very complete game. He's not as easy on the eyes as some, and isn't the most charismatic player in between points and after the match, but is that really the problem? Liking is a personal issue.

His game I like. He's patient, but has firepower. His serve is very good, when on, and sometimes it's not. His return is fantastic. If he makes the final against Federer (and his road is much harder), I think he will show up much more than last year, and will beat him. Del Potro, Gonzalez, Nadal, and Tsonga could certainly derail Murray, but I'd go with Murray, especially if Nadal is injured.

I don't see anyone in the top half challenging Federer. Is Djokovic the only one on that half that's beaten him that's still in it?

Matthew said...

I was at the night session tonight, and it was interesting - can't believe that Zvonereva lost after having six match points, but I was sure she'd fade in the last set. Did the announcers say what was going on with her knees?

Also, it was fun to Dent-Murray, but that's almost exactly how I thought that match would go. Just not a good match-up for Dent... the Murray passing shots are too good, and his return is too solid. It was fun to see a 145 mph fastball in person, though.

Mad Professah said...

Craig, who do you think is gonna beat Murray?

I call a Kuznetsova-Williams final.

And Raja-Murray.

PeytonAllen said...

I wonder if Del Po has the fitness to go five but his quarter against Murray will almost certainly be 5 set match. They've played good matches for the last year.

I think Rafa will be Monfils but he needs to do it in quick order. His quarter will test him big time. But hey, I'm sure Juan Martin or Andy can't be happy about playing the other in a quarter. Toughest quarter by far.

Beth said...

Savannah, why'd you change your picture? I loved the shot of you in your shades!

Beth said...

I agree that I think Rafa is not going to see much more court time here at the Open. I guess it is not really that much of a surprise to see him falter, suffer the ab strain, etc. He, self admittedly, was confined to sitting on a couch for 2 months. Granted he's only 22, but still, that has to affect your game/training/fitness, etc. He said he was told he could do nothing and had to really rest that knee. So is it any surprise he's out of sorts and now suffering a strain? We all know the way he plays: all out, balls to the wall. I am not at all surprised he pulled something. Sad that he did and hoping he will recovering quickly, but surprised? No. What we love about Rafa (his fight, his spirit, his never-say-die) is, unfortunately, what may also make his career shorter than we fans of his would like.

As for Kim, I always thought she was a fairly solid player but, as someone else commented, she could not close out matches. She has definitely left a good handful of them in the other players' trophy case that she should have won. I don't get the animosity towards her at all. I guess it's all a matter of personal opinion and the unique perspective and interpretation we each bring to the players and their games, the media and their comments about those players, etc.

Beth said...
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Beth said...

Also, regarding Murray....I think what lingers for some of us as tennis fans is his bratty attitude (of the past) and his tantrum like behavior on court screaming at Brad Gilbert (or whoever was coaching him at any given time) from the court during matches, etc. That did not sit well at all with me. It really turned me off to him from the get go. He seems, SEEMS, to have grown up and got a hold of himself a bit more. I do think he has the game to win this....possibly. Of course with Roger in the mix, Murray would not be the favorite but I would not at all be surprised to see him at the final.

Karen, I agree with you about several things you've said.....Rafa's smile. It is totally disarming isn't it? I used to think, despite his talent and despite loving his passion and spirit, that he looked like a caveman on court with his heavy brow, intense focus and serious face and that bandana tied around his head. Then I saw him smile after a match and it transformed and lit up his face. What a beautiful set of Chicklets he has and his smile is just a great feature of him....ahem, among other things. :-)

And, yes, I think Djokovic has wonderful eyes. I think he is a great looking guy, save for the Q-Tip head of hair. If he could someone get a decent cut going on that rug.....but he does have a nice face, and certainly his body in that fashion show pic from this blog a few weeks back was SWEET!

Okay, I'll try to get out of meat market mode now. ;-) Sometimes a girl's just gotta get these things out