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.

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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)

US Open 2012 Women's Singles Draw

Victoria Azarenka BLR (1) v Alexandra Panova RUS
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE v Qualifier
Su-Wei Hsieh TPE v Qualifier
Virginie Razzano FRA v Jie Zheng CHN (28)

Julia Goerges GER (18)
v Qualifier
Mandy Minella LUX v Olivia Rogowska AUS
Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA v Anna Tatishvili GEO
Sorana Cirstea ROU v Sabine Lisicki GER (16)

Na Li CHN (9)
v Heather Watson GBR
Qualifier v Casey Dellacqua AUS
Qualifier v Laura Robson GBR
Victoria Duval USA v Kim Clijsters BEL (23)

Varvara Lepchenko USA (31)
v Mathilde Johansson FRA
Qualifier v Julia Cohen USA
Qualifier v Qualifier
Petra Martic CRO v Samantha Stosur AUS (7)

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Maria Sharapova RUS (3)
v Melinda Czink HUN
Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP v Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ
Timea Bacsinszky SUI v Mallory Burdette USA
Lucie Hradecka CZE v Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP (27)

Nadia Petrova RUS (19)
v Jarmila Gajdosova AUS
Simona Halep ROU v Iveta Benesova CZE
Alexandra Cadantu ROU v Aleksandra Wozniak CAN
Melanie Oudin USA v Lucie Safarova CZE (15)

Marion Bartoli FRA (11)
v Jamie Hampton USA
Romina Oprandi SUI v Andrea Petkovic GER
Kristina Mladenovic FRA v Marina Erakovic NZL
Daniela Hantuchova SVK v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS (17)

Yanina Wickmayer BEL (25)
v Qualifier
Pauline Parmentier FRA v Michaella Krajicek NED
Nicole Gibbs USA v Alize Cornet FRA
Polona Hercog SLO v Petra Kvitova CZE (5)

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Caroline Wozniacki DEN (8) v Irina-Camelia Begu ROU
Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP v Qualifier
Tsvetana Pironkova BUL v Camila Giorgi ITA
Ayumi Morita JPN v Monica Niculescu ROU (26)

Francesca Schiavone ITA (22)
v Sloane Stephens USA
Akgul Amanmuradova UZB v Qualifier
Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN v Sofia Arvidsson SWE
Qualifier v Ana Ivanovic SRB (12)

Maria Kirilenko RUS (14)
v Chanelle Scheepers RSA
Agnes Szavay HUN v Greta Arn HUN
Galina Voskoboeva KAZ v Arantxa Rus NED
Andrea Hlavackova CZE v Klara Zakopalova CZE (24)

Shuai Peng CHN (32)
v Elena Vesnina RUS
Ekaterina Makarova RUS v Qualifier
Mirjana Lucic CRO v Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP
Coco Vandeweghe USA v Serena Williams USA (4)

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Angelique Kerber GER (6)
v Anne Keothavong GBR
Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA v Venus Williams USA
Qualifier v Timea Babos HUN
Olga Govortsova BLR v Tamira Paszek AUT (29)

Christina McHale USA (21)
v Kiki Bertens NED
Qualifier v Irina Falconi USA
Vera Dushevina RUS v Qualifier
Garbine Muguruza ESP v Sara Errani ITA (10)

Dominika Cibulkova SVK (13)
v Johanna Larsson SWE
Bojana Jovanovski SRB v Mona Barthel GER
Vania King USA v Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ
Urszula Radwanska POL v Roberta Vinci ITA (20)

Jelena Jankovic SRB (30)
v Kateryna Bondarenko UKR
Qualifier v Shahar Peer ISR
Ksenia Pervak KAZ v Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
Nina Bratchikova RUS v Agnieszka Radwanska POL (2)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

2012 US OPEN: Nadal Withdraws Due To Injury




Rafael Nadal, the world's #3 player, who played in the 2011 US Open final and won the 2010 US Open finalwill not play the 2012 US Open, due to an ongoing issue with tendinitis in his knees, it was announced today. The 11-time major champion has not played a tour match since he was stunned in the 2nd round of Wimbledon by Lukas Rosol, having missed the London Olympics, the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the Cincinnati Masters. In fact, today's statement, which was announced via Twitter, does not say when he will return to the ATP Tour..

nadal's withdrawal raises the importance of this year's US Open draw, because World #1 Roger Federer and World #2 Novak Djokovic are almost certainly not going to be in the same half of the draw, so the question is in whose half will Olympic gold medalist (and potential #3 seed) Andy Murray fall? Murray routed Federer in the best-of-five-sets Gold medal match on grass, and the Scotsman best surface is hard court, so he would have a decent chance of breaking through against the 17-time major champion in a high-stakes semifinal. Murray lost his best Grand Slam match of his career against Djokovic in the 2012 Australian Open semifinals.

It's unfortunate that Nadal will not be able to play this year's Open, because it will almost certainly lead him to fall out of the Top 3 rankings. But I'm sure there will be several other interesting stories to cover, especially whether Federer can go for his mind-boggling 18th major, or will someone else win their first?

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Surprise Of The Day

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Bronze medalist Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina poses during the medal ceremony for the Men's Singles Tennis match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. Murray defeated Federer in the gold medal match in straight sets 2-6, 1-6, 4-6.

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Bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina poses during the medal ceremony for Men's Singles Tennis on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. He defeated Serbia's Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 to take the Bronze medal match.

Team Of The Day

US Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams celebrate on the podium after receiving their gold medal for winning the London 2012 Olympic Games women's doubles tennis tournament, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 5, 2012.

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Americans Serena Williams and Venus Williams celebrate on the podium after receiving their gold medal for winning the London 2012 Olympic Games women's doubles tennis tournament, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 5, 2012.

Face Of The Day

Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after winning the men's singles gold medal match of the London 2012 Olympic Games by defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 5, 2012.

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Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after winning the men's singles gold medal match of the London 2012 Olympic Games by defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 5, 2012.

2012 Olympic Tennis Gold Medal Matches Open Thread

Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova in a rematch of the 2004 Wimbledon final. Whoever wins will win a career Gold Slam. This is Serena's last chance to win an Olympic Gold in singles while Sharapova is trying to achieve that feat in her first Olympic appearance. May the best ball basher take the Gold.

Roger Federer vs. Andy Murray in a rematch of the this year's Wimbledon final. Like Serena, this is Raja's last chance to wan an Olympic Gold in singles while Murray gets to try for his first in front of a home crowd. It's best-of-three, so Murray's chances are better than they were in the Wimbledon final, but I still can't see Federer denied.


Saturday, August 04, 2012

Team Of The Day

US Mike Bryan (R) and Bob Bryan pose with their gold medals at the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games men's doubles tennis tournament, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 4, 2012.
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Face Of The Day

US Serena Williams poses on the podium with her gold medal after defeating Russia's Maria Sharapova in the women's singles gold medal match of the London 2012 Olympic Games, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 4, 2012.
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