2010 US Open: day 1 recap

– Tough first round for French Open runner-up Sam Stosur who needs three sets to beat Elena Vesnina. No problem for Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams, Francesca Schiavone and Elena Dementieva.

Roger Federer, Nikolay Davydenko and Andy Roddick cruise through second round in straight sets.
Robin Soderling survives five set scare: the 5th seed overcame 215th ranked Andreas Haider-Maurer after an intense battle 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4. 17th seed Gael Monfils struggles and needs 5 sets to beat 30-year-old Floridian Robert Kendrick.

Upset of the day: Ivan Dodig defeats Fernando Gonzalez 6-7, 6-1, 1-0 retired
Knee injury forced Gonzalez out in the first round of the US Open. It was only his second match since the French Open.

US player of the day: Andy Roddick
2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick turned 28 and advanced to the second round where he’ll meet Janko Tipsarevic.

Pic of the day: Dinara Safina
Last year, she was the number one seed and lost to Petra Kvitova in the third round. This year, ranked n°50, she was ousted by Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-4. Sad exit for Dinara, 10 years after his brother’s fantastic US Open victory.

N: Nadal Rafael

Hitting balls into the crowd

2009 was a tough year for Rafa. Beaten for the first time in Roland Garros and unable to compete at Wimbledon, he suffered the hardest loss of his career in the 09 US Open semies. Bothered by an abdominal injury, he was ousted by JMDP 2-6 2-6 2-6.

O: Oudin Melanie

American fans have been waiting for years for a young US player capable of taking the torch from the Williams sisters. Melanie Oudin seems to be the one, she won the hearts of tennis fans with her gutsy wins over Pavlyuchenkova, Dementieva, Sharapova and Petrova. Wozniacki ended her run in quarter finals.
Will she follow Chris Evert’s or Jennifer Capriati’s footsteps?

P: Pancho Gonzales
Pancho Gonzales, the first hispanic man to win the US Open, was honored in an on-court ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his second consecutive US Open win. In addition to his 2 US Open wins as an amateur, Gonzales also won 12 major professional tournaments. He died at the age of 67 in 1995, in penury and almost friendless.

Q: Querrey Sam
The 21 yr old Californian made it to the final in his first three tournaments of the 09 summer, coming up short in Newport and Indianopolis before winning in Los Angeles. It enabled Querrey to win the US Open Series and reach a career high 26 ranking. His US Open run ended in the third round against French Open finalist Robin Soderling.

R: Roger Federer
And so after five years, Federer’s reign in New York is over. It was time for something different, something new. “Maybe I look back and have some regrets about it. But you know, you can’t always play your best.”
First defeat in a majors final against someone else than Rafael Nadal for Roger Federer. “Don’t know how much more I want,” Federer said afterwards. “This one I think is easy to get over just because I’ve had the most amazing summer.”

S: Safin Marat

Marat Safin, 2009 US Open

No regrets for Marat, beaten by journeyman Melzer in the first round. “Whatever I said, whatever I did, it was a good ride”.

T: Twitter

Andy Roddick, 2009 US Open

U: US players
With Isner’s loss against Verdasco, it marked the first time in US Open history that no american player reached the men’s quarter finals. On the women’s side, Melanie Oudin reached the quarter finals and Serena Williams the semies.

V: Verdasco Fernando
While battling a stomach-muscle injury, Verdaso beat Tommy Haas and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga en route to the quarterfinals, where fourth-seed Novak Djokovic ended his run.

W: Williams Venus
Venus is just a pale version of the dominant champion she once was. After early exits at the Australian Open (2nd round) and Roland Garros (3rd round), she lost to Kim Clijsters in the fourth round in Flushing. It seems the only major she can be a contender is Wimbledon. Venus teamed up with her sister to clinch their third major doubles titles of the year.

Xtreme: Xtreme reaction

Serena Williams, 2009 US Open

We all know the story: 09 US Open semi final 6-4 6-5 40-15 for Clijsters. Serena Williams serves, foot faults, threatens the line judge to stick “this **** ball down her *** throat”. She receives a point penalty and loses the match.
So, the WTA has a number one who can’t win anything and a number two who threatens line judge and opponents. Welcome to the wonderful world of womens tennis!

Y: Yanina Wickmayer
The 19 yr old Belgian, who had advanced past the first round of a Grand Slam only once before, reached the semi finals. To get to this point, she benefited the most from the upsets at the top of the women’s draw. She had to face only one seed: Virginie Razzano in the first round.
One time wonder or the future of belgian tennis, what do you think?

Z: Zero
For the first time since 2001 there were no female Russian players in the quarters finals at the US Open. Petrova and Kuznetsova were defeated by Oudin and Wozniacki in the fourth round, whereas cry baby Zvonareva once again imploded on the court as she couldn’t put away any of six match points against Flavia Pennetta.

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Site: USTA Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, NY
Dates: Monday, August 29 – Sunday, September 11 2011
Qualifying Matches: Begin Tuesday, Aug. 23 through Friday, August 26
Main Draw: Thursday, August 25. Main Draw begins Monday, August 29
US Open official website: http://www.usopen.org/

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2009 Wimbledon in photos

Centre court:

Center Court, Wimbledon, London

The grass, the queue and the Henman Hill are parts of what makes Wimbledon such a unique sports events, the greatest tennis tournament.

Grass:

Grass, 2009 Wimbledon

Crowd:

2009 Wimbledon

Andy Murray:

Andy Murray, 2009 Wimbledon

‘Murray Mania’ has spread across UK, following Andy Murray’s historic win at The Queen’s Club, but Brits will have to wait at least another year to end its 73 years drought at Wimbledon as a rejuvenated Roddick ended Murray’s run.

Roger Federer:

Roger Federer, 2009 Wimbledon

Roger Federer became the greatest player in Grand Slam history as he beat Andy Roddick in five dramatic sets for a sixth Wimbledon and 15th major title.
The Swiss won 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 to surpass Pete Sampras’s 14 Grand Slam wins and regain the title he lost to Rafael Nadal in 2008.
Note for Nike and Federer: the jacket is RIDICULOUS, the 15 jacket is just too much.

Andy Roddick:

Andy Roddick, 2009 Wimbledon

Roddick was on the verge of retirement after being dumped out of Wimbledon by Tipsarevic in 2008, but his wife Brooklyn convinced him to keep trying. And 12 months after, with the help of new coach Larry Stefanki, he reached his third Wimbledon final after wins over Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray. Fitter, faster and with a new variety to his game, Roddick gave it all during a dramtic 5 sets final, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Federer broking Sampras record. Andy lost the final but won many fans along the way.

Lleyton Hewitt:

Lleyton Hewitt, 2009 Wimbledon

Lleyton Hewitt caused the tournament’s first upset, the 2002 Wimbledon champion crushed 5th seed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-5 7-5. Before overcoming the young Argentinian, his losing streak against top 10 players streched back 15 matches. Having returned to full fitness after a career threatening hip injury, Hewitt has displayed a far more relaxed attitude and increased maturity. Supported by the vocal fanatics, he reached the second week for the sixth consecutive year, and his first Grand Slam quarter final in 3 years. Andy Roddick ended his run after a 5 set thriller which was one of the best matches of the tournament.

Fanatics:

Fanatics, 2009 Wimbledon

The always vocal and colorful Fanatics boosted Hewitt’s and Stosur/Stubbs Wimbledon campaigns.

Serena Williams:

Serena Williams, 2009 Wimbledon

It was an all-Williams affair in finals again, but this time the younger sister prevailed. She won her third Wimbledon title (and first in 6 years) by beating sister Venus in straight sets 7-6 6-2.

Venus Williams:

Venus Williams, 2009 Wimbledon

Thanks to Warwick, former coach of Marcos Baghdatis and Amélie Mauresmo, who answered our questions.

What do you think about Rafa’s victory in Roland Garros, and do you think he can regain the title in Wimbledon?
Unbelievable!! My hat goes out to Rafa!! It is a privilege to watch him play. Rafa is an excellent role model for all those fortunate enough to witness his genius, inspiring thousands by what he has achieved on European red clay over the past five years.
You can just tell that Rafa is a man in total control of his emotions. Something we can all learn from! Not only is he energized and focused, he is able to stay calm at the same time and play the big points when it matters most.
This takes practice, hours of hard work and he deserves it more than anyone else!! As far as Rafa’s chances on Winning at the All England Club again, it is definitely possible. It all depends on his recovery after a gruelling clay court season!! Another factor will be the weather. If it is dry, this will favour Rafa, as the ball will bounce higher like on clay. However, if it is damp & wet this will make it harder for him to get any rhythm.

After a disappointing clay-court season, Federer reached the final in Halle. Could we have a 2008 final rematch against Nadal?
I hope so!!! Their 2008 Wimbledon final was a classic and I’m sure anyone would agree that watching these two different styles battle it out in the final of any Grand Slam is a dream match to watch. It will depend who’s more focused, or should we say, less focused on the World Cup Soccer in South Africa:)

Ousted by Sela in Queen’s, Roddick only won 3 matches since his title in Miami. Does he still have a chance to win Wimbledon?
Personally, I was surprised with Roddick’s loss to Sela at Queens?? Maybe he was sick or something? Not to take anything away from Sela who is a great fighter. However, when Andy’s serve is on and we all know how much he wants the Wimbledon title, anything is possible!! Again this will depend on the grass and whether there is much sun or more rain and dampness??
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