2011 US Open: daily recap

2011 US Open Tennis

Quarterfinals:

Wozniacki-Petkovic

Pavlyuchenkova-Williams
With her 7-5 6-1 victory over Pavlyuchenkova, Serena moved two wins away from her 14th Grand Slam title.

Kerber-Pennetta
Big disappointment for Pennetta who could have reached a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time of her career.

Stosur-Zvonareva
No drama this time for Sam Stosur, who dispatches number 2 seed Vera Zvonareva in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. First semifinal at the US Open for the Australian, who’ll be the favorite against Kerber.

Djokovic-Tipsarevic
And another retirement.
Between rain delays, erratic schedule and retirements, this US Open has become a big joke. Djokovic will meet Federer for a rematch of this year’s Roland Garros semifinal.

Federer-Tsonga
Tsonga came back from 2 sets down to clinch a 5 sets victory over Federer at Wimbledon this year, but this time the Swiss Maestro dispatched Tsonga 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to reach his 8th consecutive US Open semifinal.
Lendl did even better back in the days with 9 finals in a row.

Isner-Murray

Roddick-Nadal
Nadal trashed 2003 champion Roddick 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in less than 2 hours. 4th straight US Open semifinal for Nadal. Who said he couldn’t play on hard courts?

Fourth round:

41 winners with 9 aces for Flavia Pennetta who qualifies for the quarterfinals after her 6-4 7-6 win over Shuai Peng. In the last 8, she will face the surprising German player, Angelique Kerber, ranked 92.
Another day another marathon match for Sam Stosur. She outlasted 25th seed Maria Kirilenko 6-2 6-7(15) 6-3 in two hours and 37 minutes. Stosur had five match points in an epic second set tiebreaker, the longest in women’s singles Grand Slam history, won by Kirilenko 17-15.

Easy win for Serena over Ana Ivanovic 6-3 6-4. She next plays Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

After two days of rain, play finally resumes on Thursday! Nadal defeats Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller in straight sets 7-6 (1), 6-1, 6-2. And Murray sails over Donald Young into quarterfinals.

Third round:

Another big surprise with Sharapova’s defeat. The 2006 US Open champion was knocked out of the US Open on Friday in a shock third round loss to Flavia Pennetta. Semifinalist at Roland Garros, finalist at Wimbledon, Sharapova seemed ready to win her first Slam since the 2008 Australian Open. But she had once again problems with her serve, committing 12 double faults (and 60 unforced errors!).

And the most exciting match so far, the three set thriller between Nadia Petrova and Sam Stosur. The Australian, runner-up at Roland Garros a year ago, outlasted No. 24 seed Nadia Petrova 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-5 in 3 hours and 16 minutes to win the longest US Open women’s match of the tie-break era.

Andy Murray came back from two sets to love, to clinch a 6-7 (5), 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 victory over Dutchman Robin Haase, who needed regular treatment on a back injury.

Novak Djokovic cruised to fourth round with a straight sets victory over former top 5 Nikolay Davydenko.

On Sunday, Rafael Nadal downed David Nalbandian in straight sets to move into the fourth round. His next opponent: Gilles Muller.
No problem either for Andy Murray who dismantled Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Second round:

10 years ago, Venus Williams wrote tennis history by winning the first final contested by two sisters during the open era. On Wednesday, she pulled out of her second-round match due to Sjögren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease.

Seeds keep falling in the women’s draw as Marion Bartoli, Agnieszka Radwanska, Dominika Cibulkova and Yanina Wickmayer were ousted at the second round of the 2011 US Open.
Bartoli and Cibulkova were outgunned by rising american Christina McHale and Irina Falconi. (Check out our US players preview here).

Big surprise in the men’s draw, seed Gael Monfils lost to former number one and semi-retired Juan Carlos Ferrero. At times, Ferrero looked like the Mosquito who reached the final at Flushing Meadows in 2003.

First round:

The women’s draw is as unpredictable as ever, but one thing is sure, there will be a fourth champion in as many Grand Slam tournaments this year: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost to Dulgheru, Roland Garros champion Li Na lost to (2011 Australian Open champion, Kim Clijsters withdrew from the US Open with a stomach muscle injury).
5th seed Kvitova committed 52 unforced errors and was bounced on day one by Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru. Li Na was sent home on day two by Romania’s Simona Halep in straight sets.

Maria Sharapova was almost upset by big British hope Heather Watson who lead by one set and a break.

Victor Troicki was the first seeded man to fall as he lost a five set thriller to Alejandro Falla. 2010 semifinalist Mikhail Youhzny was beaten in straight sets by headcase Ernests Gulbis. It was the first Grand Slam match victory in more than two years for Gulbis, who was once seen as a future star of the circuit.

Who will win?

  • Serena Williams (36%, 10 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (32%, 9 Votes)
  • Other (14%, 4 Votes)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (11%, 3 Votes)
  • Vera Zvonareva (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Victoria Azarenka (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Na Li (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Marion Bartoli (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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Who will win?

  • Rafael Nadal (43%, 6 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (36%, 5 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (14%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (7%, 1 Votes)
  • Robin Soderling (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gael Monfils (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro (0%, 0 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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adidas presents Caroline Wozniacki‘s US Open outfit designed by Stella McCartney.

Classic in design, this white chalk coloured dress is scuba inspired, showing strength and fluidity with every movement Caroline makes on the court.
Other items in the collection include the tennis hoodie, the performance hot pant and bra top plus accessories such as the tennis visor and wrist band. For the Doubles competition, Wozniacki will sport a grey tennis lycra tank top matched with a pleated yellow skirt.

2011 US Open: Caroline Wozniacki adidas outfit

2011 US Open: Caroline Wozniacki adidas outfit

2011 US Open: Caroline Wozniacki adidas outfit

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As an extension of the latest global brand campaign adidas is all in, that was successfully launched in March 2011, adidas releases another online film which celebrates “Those who dare” the women that dare to go beyond their limits, are bold enough to take risks and have fun while doing it.

The video features pop icon Katy Perry, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, Staatsballett Berlin ballerinas and actress Li Bing Bing.

Behind the scene video with Wozniacki:

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Wozniacki‘s outfit designed by Stella McCartney for adidas:

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

The WTA‘s new global advertising campaign features 38 players in TV, print and digital ads.

WTA - Strong is beautiful

“Drawing upon athleticism and grace, the campaign places the personal stories, pressures and dreams of the players front of stage. The creative is designed to support the WTA’s efforts to establish a deeper engagement with fans around the world and to promote both the sport’s next generation of players along with current established names.”

The first in a series of advertisements for “Strong is Beautiful”, this 30 second commercial focuses on all of the characteristics necessary to become a successful professional tennis player.

Featured players: Sam Stosur, Ana Ivanovic, Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka & Kim Clijsters.

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