Monday, September 07, 2009

US Open 2009 Day 8 Open Thread

Actor Jason Bateman kisses his wife Amanda Anka while watching Vera Zvonareva of Russia and Flavia Pennetta of Italy during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 6, 2009.

Actor Jason Bateman kisses his wife Amanda Anka while watching Vera Zvonareva of Russia and Flavia Pennetta of Italy during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 6, 2009.


Finally. We're in Week 2 across the board. I won't get to watch any of the tennis because the Jerry Lewis telethon is on both CBS affiliates in my market and I don't have time to drive to a friend's house and watch it on Direct TV. Of course, the Internet streams are blacked out.

Order Of Play

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 Start Time

1. Women's Singles - 4th Round
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v. Gisela Dulko (ARG)
2. Women's Singles - 4th Round
Melanie Oudin (USA) v. Nadia Petrova (RUS)[13]
Not Before:14:30
3. Men's Singles - 4th Round
Roger Federer (SUI)[1] v. Tommy Robredo (ESP)[14]
Arthur Ashe Stadium 19:00 Start Time
1. Women's Singles - 4th Round
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[9] v. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[6]
2. Men's Singles - 4th Round
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[4] v. Radek Stepanek (CZE)[15]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 Start Time

1. Men's Singles - 4th Round
Robin Soderling (SWE)[12] v. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[8]
2. Women's Singles - 4th Round
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
Not Before:15:00
3. Men's Singles - 4th Round
Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[10] v. John Isner (USA)


Savannah said...

Wonder if that was before or after his "dirty Russian" comment?

Karen said...

Are you excuse my language, fucking kidding me. I heard Matt Cronin talking about that on the US radio as a lot of folks have been writing in and complaining about that. Why do these networks grab these premier sporting events and are not able to exert any influence over their affiliate stations. It just boggles my mind. And then you cannot watch it online or anything. Bizarro. What I also hate is the fact that for folks who are at work and cannot watch it, today's matches will not be aired on TC later this evening. I will not get to watch my guy today as the streams that I am currently watching keep blacking out. Have you tried or They seem to have pretty good streams. Also, you could try popping over to as they usually have streams from other sources like Eurosport. Unfortunately I cannot access from my work computer anymore. The links to the right just do not work anymore.

Helen W said...

I'm lost here. Who made this comment, and about whom?

Savannah said...

I didn't hear it personally. A couple of the message boards I hang out on lit up like Christmas trees when he made the statement. I thought it was a joke too Karen.

Apparently Bepa was doing the towel over the head thing and he made some comment about "dirty Russians" that he claimed was a joke.

oddman said...

Whoo hooo, go Melanie! Serve it out now. What a little fighter.

Can't believe I'm watching women's tennis.

oddman said...

Wow - the little fighting Viking warrior from Georgia wins. Amazing. Sorry about Petrova, but Melanie Oudin's story is compelling. Good for her! It only gets harder from here.

Craig Hickman said...

Raja looks completely bored out there.

PeytonAllen said...

We used to be blacked out here in Greensboro by the telethon. I remember missing most of the Connors/Kreikstein (sp) match in '91 because of it. A couple years later I actually called and complained and like the year after it was on another network and hasn't been back since. Sorry Jerry!

But, from what i'm reading here the streams were blacked out? If so, why? Why is CBS blacking out the US Open website? Any news from there? Don't understand that.

Fed routine win, though I didn't watch. Was at the movies then walking my dog on a nature hike. I did try and tape Oudin's match, but there was a news break, so my DVR thought the coverage ended. I still haven't seen the girl play.

The net streams being blacked out would make me furious.

PeytonAllen said...

If i'm reading the open website correctly, CBS sports blacks out's coverage?


So much for the net being the future of broadcast. I don't get the black out. I don't know how much viewers they'd lose with continuous coverage to the net. It'd have to be minuscule. But don't worry us open live returns on the net when espn picks up coverage! lol

I think the 'net black out will and should cause a blacklash. Instead CBS why not just force open live to load up their commercial breaks with CBS promos? Or some how run the coverage on CBS's website. You know think outside of the box, capitalize on it, instead of killing it and delaying the future.

Q said...

G-d and I used to like Jerry Lewis. I was at 7-11 today, and bought something leaving a penny change, which prompted the cashier to ask if I wanted to donate it to his MDA organization. I was tempted to say no. On Labor Day there's nothing better than US Open Tennis, and nothing worse then having to put on a DVD of Home Improvement because they preempted it.

oddman said...

Vamos, Nando! Nice win over Isner. Started to look like the AO-On-Fire Verdasco there at the end...

do we need the faux hawk back?

(pleez no...)

Tennis Vagabond said...

Fed is starting to get in his groove. Robredo is a tough player and Fed was all over him. That backhand they're showing in the highlights, the cross-courter to set up an easy volley, was SICK.
I hope we get the Novak/Rog semi- Novak is playing great again, and the ATP is a better place with him as a threat. I didn't like him much as a person but he's growing on me, and his game is really exciting when he's playing well, love the way he can move the ball side to side.
Rafa looks good, and is moving GREAT now, compared with Montreal and Cincy, but that ab strain could be a killer. If the ab muscle doesn't slow him down, we should see a Rafa/Murray sem, and maybe a Fedal final again. I don't see Monfils as a real threat if Nadal's body holds up.
I'm VERY happy to see Oudin recreate and surpass her Wimbledon success. That she can do this with still some serious holes in her game shows just how great she could be within a couple years. What a breath of fresh air that would be for the WTA.

T. Vag

Tennis Vagabond said...

One other thing: the fact that Oudin is making such a sensation as a 17 year old makes me wonder, what happened to the 14, 15, 16 year olds that used to burst on the scene fully formed? We had Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Capriatti, and Venus... since Venus, have there been any really young stars to come along?
If not, what's changed? Is it the Big Babe style that is harder on young players?

T. Vag

Craig Hickman said...

Robredo is a tough player and Fed was all over him.


Is this supposed to be humor?

Robredo is not a tough player. He's a steady player with no weapons and a headcase. Raja was patently bored out there today.

Tennis Vagabond said...

Yes, it was a joke of course Craig, what else could an opinion differing from yours be? And we all had a mighty laugh about that.

Thanks for once again giving the definitive answer on what's in others heads.

BTW, remember that list of tough and serious threats you propped up in Murray's draw? Right. But Tommy, no, no, not Tommy.

Craig Hickman said...

You're welcome.

Tommy Robredo does not excel on fast courts.

Tennisfan said...

Kuzzie, such a headcase. Sigh

Tennis Vagabond said...

Dammit Craig, why are we talking about Tommy Robredo when I could be devoting critical mental energy to imagining different scenarios which could play out between Oudin and Wozniacki?!

HoiHa said...

But after watching those last 2 sets between Kuzzy and Wozniaki - I suspect Oudin's wonderful run is over ... but sure hope it's a good match.

FYI - Robredo has won 9 titles in his career - 8 of them on clay ...
so I am afraid I agree with Craig that Robredo was a piece of cake in Fed's cakewalk draw ...