Serena Williams’ road to the final

Round Opponent Score
R1 Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 6-1
R2 Michaella Krajicek 6-1, 6-0
R3 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 7-6(5)
R4 Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-4
QF Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-1
SF Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4

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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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Serena Williams made a visit to Niketown New York on Friday afternoon to address children from the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL), MS 35 and the City Parks Foundation. She spoke about tennis, her career and her thoughts ahead of this 2011 US Open.

Check out the event recap on freshnessmag

Venus defeats Serena Williams, 2001 US Open

The Williams sisters drag women’s tennis into prime time, September 8 2001

Excerpts of The 100 greatest days in New York sports by Stuart Miller

You gotta admit, Richard Williams was right. For all his loudmouth trash talk, his daughters were indeed the best in women’s tennis and the best thing for women’s tennis too.

They might not have made a lot of friends, but they were good and compelling. Everybody wanted to see what they’d wear, what they’d do and how they’d win.
Serena won the US Open at 17 in 1999, Venus won it at 20 in 2000. In 2001 they met in finals – the first time two sisters had met in a major final since the Watson gals (Maud and Lilian) at Wimbledon in 1884; and thanks to their riveting personalities and powerful playing, the first time women’s tennis was deemed to have players ready for prime time. After years squeezed between the men’s tennis, the women’s final got its own show under the stars.

The Harlem Gospel Choir performed, a Marine Guard unfurled a court-sized flag. Grucci provided fireworks, and Diana Ross sang ‘God Bless America’.
Then came the tennis, which, though historic, was mostly boring. The five prior intra-Williams matches had been pretty awful too. This match was better, but both sisters still played nervously, not because of the pomp and circumstance, which they both relished, but because facing each other meant one sister would go home ad the loser.
Venus was, if not more serene, less erratic, making 19 unforced errors to her younger sister’s 36 in a humdrum 6-2 6-4 win.

Before Hollywood, fashion, and injuries began distracting them, the Williams sisters staged an encore in 2002. That time Serena won. But both nights the big winner was women’s tennis.

Arthur Ashe Stadium

All US Open 2011 posts are tagged US Open and are listed up below:

2011 US Open visitor guide
10 tips for your day at the US Open
2011 US Open schedule and records
Did you know?

Fashion and gear:
2011 US Open: Polo Ralph Lauren men’s collection
2011 US Open: Polo Ralph Lauren women’s collection
2011 US Open Ralph Lauren Tennis Sneaker
2011 US Open: Caroline Wozniacki adidas outfit
Andy Murray, Fernando Verdasco and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga adidas outfits
2011 US Open: adidas Barricade 6.0 Murray
Maria Kirilenko and Anastastia Pavlyuchenkova adidas shoes
Marcos Baghdatis and Viktor Troicki adidas shoes
Maria Sharapova Nike outfit
Serena Williams Nike outfit
Roger Federer Nike outfit
Victoria Azarenka Nike outfit
Li Na Nike outfit
Rafael Nadal Nike outfit
2011 US Open Bloomingdale’s Collection
Reebok Court Victory Pump – US Open edition
Tomas Berdych Nike shoes
Juan Martin del Potro Nike shoes
Sam Stosur’s Lacoste outfit
Sergio Tacchini kit for Novak Djokovic

A trip down memory lane:
US Open biggest upsets
1971 US Open: Chris Evert becomes the “It Girl”
1981 US Open: Tracy Austin defeats Martina Navratilova
1981 US Open: John McEnroe defeats Bjorn Borg
1991 US Open: Connors, 39 qualifies for the semifinals
1991 US Open: Seles and Capriati introduce power in womens tennis
1991 US Open: Stefan Edberg defeats Jim Courier
2001 US Open: Venus defeats sister Serena
2001 US Open QF: Andre Agassi – Pete Sampras
2001 US Open: Lleyton Hewitt defeats Pete Sampras
2003 US Open: Roddick wins his first (and only) Grand Slam title
2004 US Open: First time to NYC for a French fan of Agassi

Recap and analysis:
US tennis
2011 US Open dailyrecap
Serena Williams and Sam Stosur roads to the 2011 US Open final
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal roads to the 2011 US Open final
First Grand Slam title for Sam Stosur
2011 US Open by the numbers

Polls:
Who will win the 2011 US Open?

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