Wednesday, August 31, 2011

US Open 2011 Day 3 Open Thread

Young tennis fans look on during the first round of the U.S. Open  tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011.
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Young tennis fans look on during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011.

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Well, I guess the answer to my question about Li Na and Petra Kvitova was answered a whole lot sooner than anyone would have imagined. Two reigning champions losing in the first round of a major has to be unprecedented. I feel an essay about these two coming on, but not today.

We'll stick with today's action. I was a bit surprised that the US Open's own website's headline doesn't even mention Andy Roddick in today's action. Vera Zvonareva, Venus Williams and the other Andy, but not Roddick. I know he's fallen from grace of late, but he's still the last American man to win a major and it just so happened to be this one 8 years ago. When you consider that a Frenchman and a Brit haven't won majors in at least a generation, you have to wonder why Roddick seems to get so little love stateside. I'd love to know the true nature of Roddick's relationship with the USTA. It just has to be more than meets the eye.

But I digress.

Order of Play for Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00

Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Kateryna Bondarenko(UKR) vs. Vera Zvonareva(RUS)[2]
Not Before:13:00
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Somdev Devvarman(IND) vs. Andy Murray(GBR)[4]
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Venus Williams(USA) vs. Sabine Lisicki(GER)[22]

All three of these matches could be tight with potential upsets in the making.

Arthur Ashe Stadium 19:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Andy Roddick(USA)[21] vs. Michael Russell(USA)
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Anastasiya Yakimova(BLR) vs. Maria Sharapova(RUS)[3]

An All-American first-rounder under the lights. Given Roddick's form, it could be a barn burner. Russell is a tough competitor.

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00

Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Madison Keys(USA) vs. Lucie Safarova(CZE)[27]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Juan Martin Del Potro(ARG)[18] vs. Filippo Volandri(ITA)
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Coco Vandeweghe(USA) vs. Samantha Stosur(AUS)[9]
Not Before:17:00
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Marcos Baghdatis(CYP) vs. John Isner(USA)[28]

Can't wait to see if Keys can challenge to Safarova. And what is Miss Coco bringing to the table today? Isner vs. Baghdatis could be special.

Grandstand 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Robin Soderling(SWE)[6] vs. Louk Sorensen(IRL)
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Marion Bartoli(FRA)[8] vs. Christina McHale(USA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Robby Ginepri(USA) vs. Joao Souza(BRA)
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Angelique Kerber(GER) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska(POL)[12]

Not a lot to see here. Oh, wait. Former semifinalist Ginepri is playing tennis again? Welcome back.

As for the rest of the schedule, unless your favorite player is among these ....

Court 17 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Julien Benneteau(FRA) vs. Nicolas Almagro(ESP)[10]
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Laura Pous-Tio(ESP) vs. Julia Goerges(GER)[19]
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Bob Bryan(USA)[1]/Mike Bryan(USA)[1] vs. Ivo Karlovic(CRO)/Frank Moser(GER)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Jack Sock(USA) vs. Marc Gicquel(FRA)

Court 13 11:00

Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Anabel Medina Garrigues(ESP)[30] vs. Laura Robson(GBR)
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Shuai Peng(CHN)[13] vs. Tsvetana Pironkova(BUL)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Ricardo Mello(BRA) vs. Gilles Simon(FRA)[12]
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Yanina Wickmayer(BEL)[20] vs. Alla Kudryavtseva(RUS)

Court 11 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Feliciano Lopez(ESP)[25] vs. Tatsuma Ito(JPN)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Alex Bogomolov Jr.(USA) vs. Steve Johnson(USA)
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Dominika Cibulkova(SVK)[14] vs. Irina Falconi(USA)
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Flavia Pennetta(ITA)[26] vs. Romina Oprandi(ITA)

Court 4 11:00

Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Jessica Pegula(USA)/Taylor Townsend(USA) vs. Klaudia Jans-Ignacik(POL)/Alicja Rosolska(POL)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Rui Machado(POR) vs. Robin Haase(NED)
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Nadia Petrova(RUS)[24] vs. Polona Hercog(SLO)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Raquel Kops-Jones(USA)/Abigail Spears(USA) vs. Liezel Huber(USA)[4]/Lisa Raymond(USA)[4]

Court 6 11:00

Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Alexandra Dulgheru(ROU) vs. Monica Niculescu(ROU)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Diego Junqueira(ARG) vs. Karol Beck(SVK)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Monica Niculescu(ROU)/Shahar Peer(ISR) vs. Iveta Benesova(CZE)[9]/Barbora Zahlavova Strycova(CZE)[9]
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Grigor Dimitrov(BUL)/Dmitry Tursunov(RUS) vs. Eric Butorac(USA)[8]/Jean-Julien Rojer(AHO)[8]

Court 7 11:00

Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Vera Dushevina(RUS) vs. Maria Kirilenko(RUS)[25]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Denis Istomin(UZB) vs. Ryan Sweeting(USA)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Sorana Cirstea(ROU)/Ayumi Morita(JPN) vs. Casey Dellacqua(AUS)/Rennae Stubbs(AUS)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Ivan Dodig(CRO)/Bernard Tomic(AUS) vs. Pablo Andujar(ESP)/Daniel Gimeno-Traver(ESP)

Court 8 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez(ESP) vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver(ESP)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Jarmila Gajdosova(AUS)[16]/Bethanie Mattek-Sands(USA)[16] vs. Jelena Dokic(AUS)/Virginie Razzano(FRA)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Santiago Giraldo(COL)/Pere Riba(ESP) vs. Max Mirnyi(BLR)[2]/Daniel Nestor(CAN)[2]
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Arnaud Clement(FRA)/Lukas Dlouhy(CZE) vs. David Marrero(ESP)/Andreas Seppi(ITA)

Court 9 11:00

Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Olivier Rochus(BEL)/Andre Sa(BRA) vs. Julian Knowle(AUT)/Horacio Zeballos(ARG)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Eva Birnerova(CZE)/Klara Zakopalova(CZE) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu(ROU)/Simona Halep(ROU)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Petra Martic(CRO)/Ksenia Pervak(RUS) vs. Vitalia Diatchenko(RUS)/Olga Savchuk(UKR)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Bojana Jovanovski(SRB)/Varvara Lepchenko(USA) vs. Andrea Hlavackova(CZE)[8]/Lucie Hradecka(CZE)[8]
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Marcel Granollers(ESP)[13]/Marc Lopez(ESP)[13] vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez(ESP)/Albert Montanes(ESP)

Court 10 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Vasek Pospisil(CAN) vs. Lukas Rosol(CZE)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Martin Damm(CZE)/Radek Stepanek(CZE) vs. Colin Fleming(GBR)/Ross Hutchins(GBR)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Sania Mirza(IND)[6]/Elena Vesnina(RUS)[6] vs. Samantha Crawford(USA)/Madison Keys(USA)

Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Carlos Berlocq(ARG)/Lukas Rosol(CZE) vs. Simone Bolelli(ITA)/Fabio Fognini(ITA)
Mixed Doubles - 1st Round
Nadia Petrova(RUS)/Jamie Murray(GBR) vs. Elena Vesnina(RUS)[7]/Leander Paes(IND)[7]

Court 14 11:00

Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Matthias Bachinger(GER)/Philipp Kohlschreiber(GER) vs. Jamie Delgado(GBR)/Jonathan Marray(GBR)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Jurgen Melzer(AUT)[9]/Philipp Petzschner(GER)[9] vs. Santiago Gonzalez(MEX)/Jamie Murray(GBR)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Vania King(USA)[3]/Yaroslava Shvedova(KAZ)[3] vs. Petra Cetkovska(CZE)/Renata Voracova(CZE)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Tsvetana Pironkova(BUL)/Chanelle Scheepers(RSA) vs. Nuria Llagostera Vives(ESP)[14]/Arantxa Parra Santonja(ESP)[14]
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Denis Istomin(UZB)/Mikhail Kukushkin(KAZ) vs. Johan Brunstrom(SWE)/Jarkko Nieminen(FIN)

Court 15 11:00

Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Liga Dekmeijere(LAT)/Jelena Jankovic(SRB) vs. Chia-Jung Chuang(TPE)[13]/Olga Govortsova(BLR)[13]
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Jonathan Erlich(ISR)/Andy Ram(ISR) vs. Lucas Arnold Ker(ARG)/Juan Monaco(ARG)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Shu-Ying Hsieh(TPE)/Galina Voskoboeva(KAZ) vs. Greta Arn(HUN)/Arantxa Rus(NED)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova(RUS)/Vera Zvonareva(RUS) vs. Mirjana Lucic(CRO)/Tamira Paszek(AUT)

Mixed Doubles - 1st Round
Jarmila Gajdosova(AUS)/Bruno Soares(BRA) vs. Kveta Peschke(CZE)[4]/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi(PAK)[4]

Court 16 11:00

Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Michael Kohlmann(GER)/Alexander Waske(GER) vs. Scott Lipsky(USA)[16]/Rajeev Ram(USA)[16]
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Frantisek Cermak(CZE)[11]/Filip Polasek(SVK)[11] vs. Daniele Bracciali(ITA)/Potito Starace(ITA)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Yung-Jan Chan(TPE)[10]/Anastasia Rodionova(AUS)[10] vs. Andreja Klepac(SLO)/Anna Tatishvili(GEO)
Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez(ESP)[12]/Anabel Medina Garrigues(ESP)[12] vs. Mathilde Johansson(FRA)/Pauline Parmentier(FRA)
Mixed Doubles - 1st Round
Yung-Jan Chan(TPE)/Mariusz Fyrstenberg(POL) vs. Ana Ivanovic(SRB)/Nenad Zimonjic(SRB)


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

US Open 2011 Day 2 Open Thread

Tennis fans walk the grounds at the Billie Jean King National  Tennis Center during matches at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New  York, August 29, 2011.
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Tennis fans walk the grounds at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during matches at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 29, 2011.

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Yesterday, Petra Kvitova was the first Wimbledon champion to lose in the first round of the US Open in the Open Era. Or so I thought I heard one of the commentators say. If it was Chris Evert, then you might want to fact check this stat for the things that fall from her lips are often so wrong as to be flatout ludicrous. But the young Czech hasn't won but a few matches since taking the crown jewel back in July and it seems she's still on the lawns of Wimbledon dealing with such an overwhelming accomplishment. I don't expect her to rebound till the indoor season begins.

16-year-old American Madison Keys won her first Slam match, taking out veteran wild card Jill Craybas in straight sets. The youngster has weapons. Christina McHale also rallied to victory, while Bethanie Mattek-Sands continues to disappoint, barely winning games in her straight-set loss. And what on earth has happened to Melanie Oudin? I didn't expect her to become a world beater after her run to the quarterfinals two years ago, but she's now eating bagels baked by journeywomen with no weapons.

Today, I don't foresee any big upsets, but with late arrivals to New York and interrupted rituals due to Irene, who knows? Look out for Igor Andreev.

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Order of Play for Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Victoria Azarenka(BLR)[4] vs. Johanna Larsson(SWE)
Not Before:13:00
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Caroline Wozniacki(DEN)[1] vs. Nuria Llagostera Vives(ESP)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Novak Djokovic(SRB)[1] vs. Conor Niland(IRL)

Arthur Ashe Stadium 19:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Andrey Golubev(KAZ) vs. Rafael Nadal(ESP)[2]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Bojana Jovanovski(SRB) vs. Serena Williams(USA)[28]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
David Ferrer(ESP)[5] vs. Igor Andreev(RUS)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Galina Voskoboeva(KAZ) vs. Francesca Schiavone(ITA)[7]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Simona Halep(ROU) vs. Na Li(CHN)[6]

Not Before:17:00
Men's Singles - 1st Round
James Blake(USA) vs. Jesse Huta Galung(NED)

Grandstand 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(FRA)[11] vs. Yen-Hsun Lu(TPE)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Jelena Jankovic(SRB)[11] vs. Alison Riske(USA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Jarkko Nieminen(FIN) vs. Fernando Verdasco(ESP)[19]
This match may be moved to Ashe Stadium

Not Before:15:00
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Ksenia Pervak(RUS) vs. Ana Ivanovic(SRB)[16]

Court 17 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Alona Bondarenko(UKR) vs. Sabine Lisicki(GER)[22]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Donald Young(USA) vs. Lukas Lacko(SVK)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Shahar Peer(ISR)[23] vs. Sania Mirza(IND)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Bobby Reynolds(USA) vs. David Nalbandian(ARG)

Court 13 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Kimiko Date-Krumm(JPN) vs. Silvia Soler-Espinosa(ESP)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Andrea Petkovic(GER)[10] vs. Ekaterina Bychkova(RUS)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Marinko Matosevic(AUS) vs. Juan Ignacio Chela(ARG)[24]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Iveta Benesova(CZE) vs. Jarmila Gajdosova(AUS)[29]

Court 11 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Flavia Pennetta(ITA)[26] vs. Aravane Rezai(FRA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Mikhail Youzhny(RUS)[16] vs. Ernests Gulbis(LAT)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Adrian Mannarino(FRA) vs. Florian Mayer(GER)[26]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Reka-Luca Jani(HUN) vs. Sloane Stephens(USA)

Court 4 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Lauren Davis(USA) vs. Angelique Kerber(GER)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Nikolay Davydenko(RUS) vs. Ivan Dodig(CRO)[32]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Sara Errani(ITA) vs.Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)[15]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Vania King(USA) vs. Greta Arn(HUN)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Alexandr Dolgopolov(UKR)/Albert Ramos(ESP) vs. Mahesh Bhupathi(IND)[4]/Leander Paes(IND)[4]

Court 6 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Coco Vandeweghe(USA) vs. Alberta Brianti(ITA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Marsel Ilhan(TUR) vs. Frank Dancevic(CAN)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Irina-Camelia Begu(ROU) vs. Roberta Vinci(ITA)[18]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Nicolas Mahut(FRA) vs. Robert Farah(COL)

Court 7 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Yanina Wickmayer(BEL)[20] vs. Sorana Cirstea(ROU)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Eric Prodon(FRA) vs. Jurgen Melzer(AUT)[17]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Jamie Hampton(USA) vs. Elena Baltacha(GBR)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Ivan Ljubicic(CRO)[30] vs. Blaz Kavcic(SLO)

Court 8 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Kaia Kanepi(EST)[31] vs. Tamarine Tanasugarn(THA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Stanislas Wawrinka(SUI)[14] vs. Maximo Gonzalez(ARG)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Arantxa Rus(NED) vs. Elena Vesnina(RUS)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez(ESP)[32] vs. Mona Barthel(GER)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Anna Tatishvili(GEO) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova(RUS)[17]

Court 9 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Mirjana Lucic(CRO) vs. Marina Erakovic(NZL)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Edouard Roger-Vasselin(FRA) vs. Gilles Muller(LUX)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Mathilde Johansson(FRA) vs. Carla Suarez Navarro(ESP)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Evgeniya Rodina(RUS) vs. Petra Cetkovska(CZE)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Petra Martic(CRO) vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova(CZE)

Court 10 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Andreas Haider-Maurer(AUT) vs. Sergei Bubka(UKR)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Dmitry Tursunov(RUS) vs. Steve Darcis(BEL)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)[21] vs. Pauline Parmentier(FRA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Michaella Krajicek(NED) vs. Eleni Daniilidou(GRE)

Court 14 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Potito Starace(ITA) vs. Michael Berrer(GER)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Jelena Dokic(AUS) vs. Olga Govortsova(BLR)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Rohan Bopanna(IND)[5]/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi(PAK)[5] vs. Robby Ginepri(USA)/Rhyne Williams(USA)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Mariusz Fyrstenberg(POL)[6]/Marcin Matkowski(POL)[6] vs. Michael Shabaz(USA)/Ryan Sweeting(USA)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Jack Sock(USA)/Jack Withrow(USA) vs. Mark Knowles(BAH)[15]/Xavier Malisse(BEL)[15]

Court 15 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Rebecca Marino(CAN) vs. Gisela Dulko(ARG)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Akgul Amanmuradova(UZB) vs. Tamira Paszek(AUT)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Olivier Rochus(BEL) vs. Jean-Rene Lisnard(MON)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Casey Dellacqua(AUS) vs. Alize Cornet(FRA)
Men's Doubles - 1st Round
Bradley Klahn(USA)/David Martin(USA) vs. Robert Lindstedt(SWE)[7]/Horia Tecau(ROU)[7]

Court 16 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Matthias Bachinger(GER) vs. Igor Kunitsyn(RUS)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Vitalia Diatchenko(RUS) vs. Jie Zheng(CHN)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Pere Riba(ESP) vs. Carlos Berlocq(ARG)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Chanelle Scheepers(RSA) vs. Anne Keothavong(GBR)

Monday, August 29, 2011

US 2011 Day 1 Open Thread

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29:  Serena Williams of the United States  poses with the Olympus US Open Series Trophy at a press conference  during Day One of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National  Tennis Center on August 29, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the  Queens borough of New York City.
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Serena Williams of the United States poses with the Olympus US Open Series Trophy at a press conference during Day One of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

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Here we go, people. Here we go.

Which first-day, first-round matches are on your radar?

Order of Play for Monday, August 29

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Tobias Kamke(GER) vs. Mardy Fish(USA)[8]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Heather Watson(GBR) vs. Maria Sharapova(RUS)[3]
Bold
Arthur Ashe Stadium 19:00
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Vesna Dolonts(RUS) vs. Venus Williams(USA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Roger Federer(SUI)[3] vs. Santiago Giraldo(COL)

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Ryan Harrison(USA) vs. Marin Cilic(CRO)[27]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Petra Kvitova(CZE)[5] vs. Alexandra Dulgheru(ROU)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Stephanie Foretz Gacon(FRA) vs. Vera Zvonareva(RUS)[2]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Marion Bartoli(FRA)[8] vs. Alexandra Panova(RUS)

Not Before:17:00
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Grigor Dimitrov(BUL) vs. Gael Monfils(FRA)[7]

Grandstand 12:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Tomas Berdych(CZE)[9] vs. Romain Jouan(FRA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Jill Craybas(USA) vs. Madison Keys(USA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Alejandro Falla(COL) vs. Viktor Troicki(SRB)[15]
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Bethanie Mattek-Sands(USA) vs. Polona Hercog(SLO)

Court 17 13:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Sergiy Stakhovsky(UKR) vs. Richard Gasquet(FRA)[13]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Tommy Haas(GER) vs. Jonathan Dasnieres De Veigy(FRA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Christina McHale(USA) vs. Aleksandra Wozniak(CAN)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Sofia Arvidsson(SWE) vs. Samantha Stosur(AUS)[9]

Court 13 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Kei Nishikori(JPN) vs. Flavio Cipolla(ITA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Laura Robson(GBR) vs. Ayumi Morita(JPN)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Shuai Peng(CHN)[13] vs. Varvara Lepchenko(USA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Dudi Sela(ISR) vs. Thomaz Bellucci(BRA)

Court 11 12:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Kristina Barrois(GER) vs. Julia Goerges(GER)[19]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Michael Yani(USA) vs. Bernard Tomic(AUS)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Radek Stepanek(CZE)[23] vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber(GER)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Urszula Radwanska(POL) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska(POL)[12]

Court 4 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Augustin Gensse(FRA) vs. Janko Tipsarevic(SRB)[20]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Michael Llodra(FRA)[29] vs. Victor Hanescu(ROU)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Dominika Cibulkova(SVK)[14] vs. Shuai Zhang(CHN)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Melanie Oudin(USA) vs. Romina Oprandi(ITA)

Court 6 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Misaki Doi(JPN) vs. Laura Pous-Tio(ESP)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Ivo Karlovic(CRO) vs. Fernando Gonzalez(CHI)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Virginie Razzano(FRA) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova(BUL)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Nadia Petrova(RUS)[24] vs. Yung-Jan Chan(TPE)

Court 7 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Marcel Granollers(ESP)[31] vs. Xavier Malisse(BEL)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Juan Monaco(ARG) vs. Andreas Seppi(ITA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Ekaterina Makarova(RUS) vs. Maria Kirilenko(RUS)[25]

Court 8 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Fabio Fognini(ITA) vs. Horacio Zeballos(ARG)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Kevin Anderson(RSA) vs. Go Soeda(JPN)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Klara Zakopalova(CZE) vs. Irina Falconi(USA)

Court 9 11:00

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Patricia Mayr-Achleitner(AUT) vs. Monica Niculescu(ROU)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Mikhail Kukushkin(KAZ) vs. Albert Montanes(ESP)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Lucie Hradecka(CZE) vs. Kateryna Bondarenko(UKR)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Anastasiya Yakimova(BLR) vs. Noppawan Lertcheewakarn(THA)

Court 10 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Philipp Petzschner(GER) vs. Albert Ramos(ESP)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Anabel Medina Garrigues(ESP)[30] vs. Karin Knapp(ITA)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Pablo Andujar(ESP) vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero(ESP)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Alla Kudryavtseva(RUS) vs. Anastasia Rodionova(AUS)

Court 14 11:00

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Alexandr Dolgopolov(UKR)[22] vs. Frederico Gil(POR)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Magdalena Rybarikova(SVK) vs. Lucie Safarova(CZE)[27]
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Malek Jaziri(TUN) vs. Thiemo de Bakker(NED)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Vera Dushevina(RUS) vs. Anastasija Sevastova(LAT)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

US Open 2011 Preview

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27:  Heavy rain falls on a tennis ball as  Hurricane Irene heads up the east coast during previews at USTA Billie  Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2011 in New York City.
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Heavy rain falls on a tennis ball as Hurricane Irene heads up the east coast during previews at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2011 in New York City.

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The draws are out, the wind and rain will subside, and tomorrow, in the concrete jungle known as New York, the last Slam of the year will begin.

I tend to find men's tennis more compelling than women's, but for at least the fourth Slam in a row, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are in the same half of the draw, while Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer reside in the other half. And while I haven't checked about, I bet the fanged Scot is most pundits pick to win the title.

Yawn.

Two-time defending champion Kim Clijsters is nursing an injury, so most will probably tell you that Serena Williams is the favorite in New York. No big surprise, but I agree. Unless there's a major upset, she'll face Victoria Azarenka in the third round. I'm sure that match will be hyped to the hilt, but I sincerely doubt it will live up to it. From what little tennis I've seen this summer, Serena is on a mission. I don't see anyone in the draw stopping her from claiming her fourth US Open crown and 14th major title. I'm not suggesting it's going to be a run to winner's circle without the loss of a set, but who would be shocked if it were?

As for a few of the rest: Will Juan Martín del Potro find his best form at his favorite tournament? How recovered is Robin Söderling? Are there any Americans other than Serena ready to thrill the home crowd with an appearance on the final weekend? Will the reigning Roland Garros and Wimbledon champions on the women's side get their groove on in Flushing Meadows, or will Li Na and Petra Kvitova have to be satisfied with a lone Slam title this season? Who's going to defeat the top-ranked player on the women's side? Which youngster on either tour has the best chance to steal the show?

I'm ready to find out. Are you?


Friday, August 26, 2011

US Open 2011 Men's Draw

Novak Djokovic SRB (1) v Unknown
Pere Riba ESP v Carlos Berlocq ARG
Potito Starace ITA v Michael Berrer GER
Nikolay Davydenko RUS v Ivan Dodig CRO (32)

Alexandr Dolgopolov UKR (22) v Frederico Gil POR
Kei Nishikori JPN v Flavio Cipolla ITA
Ivo Karlovic CRO v Fernando Gonzalez CHI
Sergiy Stakhovsky UKR v Richard Gasquet FRA (13)

Tomas Berdych CZE (9) v Unknown
Fabio Fognini ITA v Horacio Zeballos ARG
Philipp Petzschner GER v Albert Ramos ESP
Unknown v Janko Tipsarevic SRB (20)

Marcel Granollers ESP (31) v Xavier Malisse BEL
Mikhail Kukushkin KAZ v Albert Montanes ESP
Pablo Andujar ESP v Juan Carlos Ferrero ESP
Grigor Dimitrov BUL v Gael Monfils FRA (7)

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Roger Federer SUI (3) v Santiago Giraldo COL
Dudi Sela ISR v Thomaz Bellucci BRA
Unknown v Bernard Tomic AUS
Ryan Harrison USA v Marin Cilic CRO (27)

Radek Stepanek CZE (23) v Philipp Kohlschreiber GER
Juan Monaco ARG v Andreas Seppi ITA
Tommy Haas GER v Unknown
Alejandro Falla COL v Viktor Troicki SRB (15)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA (11) v Yen-Hsun Lu TPE
Andreas Haider-Maurer AUT v Unknown
Unknown v Unknown
Jarkko Nieminen FIN v Fernando Verdasco ESP (19)

Michael Llodra FRA (29) v Victor Hanescu ROU
Kevin Anderson RSA v Unknown
Unknown v Thiemo de Bakker NED
Tobias Kamke GER v Mardy Fish USA (8)

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Robin Soderling SWE (6) v Unknown
Alex Bogomolov Jr. USA v Steve Johnson USA
Robby Ginepri USA v Unknown
Marcos Baghdatis CYP v John Isner USA (28)

Juan Martin Del Potro ARG (18) v Filippo Volandri ITA
Diego Junqueira ARG v Karol Beck SVK
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP v Daniel Gimeno-Traver ESP
Ricardo Mello BRA v Gilles Simon FRA (12)

Stanislas Wawrinka SUI (14) v Maximo Gonzalez ARG
Donald Young USA v Unknown
Dmitry Tursunov RUS v Steve Darcis BEL
Marinko Matosevic AUS v Juan Ignacio Chela ARG (24)

Feliciano Lopez ESP (25) v Tatsuma Ito JPN
Unknown v Lukas Rosol CZE
Rui Machado POR v Robin Haase NED
Somdev Devvarman IND v Andy Murray GBR (4)

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David Ferrer ESP (5) v Igor Andreev RUS
James Blake USA v Unknown
Olivier Rochus BEL v Unknown
Adrian Mannarino FRA v Florian Mayer GER (26)

Andy Roddick USA (21) v Michael Russell USA
Jack Sock USA v Marc Gicquel FRA
Denis Istomin UZB v Ryan Sweeting USA
Julien Benneteau FRA v Nicolas Almagro ESP (10)

Mikhail Youzhny RUS (16) v Ernests Gulbis LAT
Edouard Roger-Vasselin FRA v Gilles Muller LUX
Matthias Bachinger GER v Igor Kunitsyn RUS
Eric Prodon FRA v Jurgen Melzer AUT (17)

Ivan Ljubicic CRO (30) v Blaz Kavcic SLO
Bobby Reynolds USA v David Nalbandian ARG
Nicolas Mahut FRA v Unknown
Andrey Golubev KAZ v Rafael Nadal ESP (2)

US Open 2011 Women's Draw

Caroline Wozniacki DEN (1) v Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP
Arantxa Rus NED v Elena Vesnina RUS
Vania King USA v Greta Arn HUN
Iveta Benesova CZE v Jarmila Gajdosova AUS (29)

Daniela Hantuchova SVK (21) v Pauline Parmentier FRA
Akgul Amanmuradova UZB v Tamira Paszek AUT
Jamie Hampton USA v Elena Baltacha GBR
Sara Errani ITA v Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS (15)

Andrea Petkovic GER (10) v Unknown
Unknown v Jie Zheng CHN
Casey Dellacqua AUS v Alize Cornet FRA
Irina-Camelia Begu ROU v Roberta Vinci ITA (18)

Kaia Kanepi EST (31) v Tamarine Tanasugarn THA
Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN v Unknown
Mathilde Johansson FRA v Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
Simona Halep ROU v Na Li CHN (6)

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Victoria Azarenka BLR (4) v Johanna Larsson SWE
Rebecca Marino CAN v Gisela Dulko ARG
Qualifer v Eleni Daniilidou GRE
Bojana Jovanovski SRB v Serena Williams USA (28)

Shahar Peer ISR (23) v Sania Mirza IND
Qualifer v Sloane Stephens USA
Evgeniya Rodina RUS v Petra Cetkovska CZE
Ksenia Pervak RUS v Ana Ivanovic SRB (16)

Jelena Jankovic SRB (11) v Alison Riske USA
Jelena Dokic AUS v Olga Govortsova BLR
Petra Martic CRO v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE
Anna Tatishvili GEO v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS (17)

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP (32) v Mona Barthel GER
Chanelle Scheepers RSA v Anne Keothavong GBR
Mirjana Lucic CRO v Qualifer
Qualifer v Francesca Schiavone ITA (7)

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Petra Kvitova CZE (5) v Alexandra Dulgheru ROU
Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT v Monica Niculescu ROU
Jill Craybas USA v Madison Keys USA
Magdalena Rybarikova SVK v Lucie Safarova CZE (27)

Yanina Wickmayer BEL (20) v Sorana Cirstea ROU
Alla Kudryavtseva RUS v Anastasia Rodionova AUS
Lauren Davis USA v Angelique Kerber GER
Qualifer v Agnieszka Radwanska POL (12)

Shuai Peng CHN (13) v Varvara Lepchenko USA
Virginie Razzano FRA v Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
Misaki Doi JPN v Laura Pous-Tio ESP
Kristina Barrois GER v Julia Goerges GER (19)

Flavia Pennetta ITA (26) v Aravane Rezai FRA
Melanie Oudin USA v Qualifer
Anastasiya Yakimova BLR v Qualifer
Heather Watson GBR v Maria Sharapova RUS (3)

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Marion Bartoli FRA (8) v Qualifer
Christina McHale USA v Qualifer
Vera Dushevina RUS v Anastasija Sevastova LAT
Ekaterina Makarova RUS v Maria Kirilenko RUS (25)

Nadia Petrova RUS (24) v Qualifer
Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA v Polona Hercog SLO
Coco Vandeweghe USA v Alberta Brianti ITA
Sofia Arvidsson SWE v Samantha Stosur AUS (9)

Dominika Cibulkova SVK (14) v Shuai Zhang CHN
Klara Zakopalova CZE v Irina Falconi USA
Vesna Dolonts RUS v Venus Williams USA
Alona Bondarenko UKR v Sabine Lisicki GER (22)

Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP (30) v Qualifer
Qualifer v Ayumi Morita JPN
Lucie Hradecka CZE v Kateryna Bondarenko UKR
Qualifer v Vera Zvonareva RUS (2)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Serena's Return

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 14:  Serena Williams celebrates match  point to win the tournament against Samantha Stosur of Australia on Day 7  in the final of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at the Rexall  Centre on August 14, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Serena Williams celebrates match point against Samantha Stosur to win her first big title since Wimbledon 2010.

It was her return of serve that broke the match wide open. Particularly, that one forehand that flew by Samantha so fast she could barely see it late in the first set.

I've said all that can be said about the greatness of Serena Williams. But the way she's gone about her business in this particular comeback deserves nothing but respect from lovers and critics alike. Sport has never seen anything like it.

So glad I can bear witness.