Sunday, August 31, 2014

US 6.5 - A List for All Occasions

The Round of 16 field is set, and you know what that means.

[by ranking]
#1 - Serena Williams
#6 - Maria Sharapova
#8 - Eugenie Bouchard
#10 - Jelena Jankovic
#11 - Caroline Wozniacki
#12 - Flavia Pennetta
#14 - Sara Errani
#15 - Lucie Safarova
#17 - Victoria Azarenka
#18 - Ekaterina Makarova
#32 - Casey Dellacqua
#39 - Peng Shuai
#50 - Kaia Kanepi
#58 - Belinda Bencic
#121 - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
#145 - Aleksandra Krunic
[by age]
32...Serena Williams
32...Flavia Pennetta
32...Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
29...Casey Dellacqua
29...Jelena Jankovic
29...Kaia Kanepi
28...Peng Shuai
27...Lucie Safarova
27...Maria Sharapova
27...Sara Errani
26...Ekaterina Makarova
25...Victoria Azarenka
24...Caroline Wozniacki
21...Aleksandra Krunic
20...Eugenie Bouchard
17...Belinda Bencic
[by nation]
2...Italy (Errani, Pennetta)
2...Russia (Makarova, Sharapova)
2...Serbia (Jankovic, Krunic)
1...Australia (Dellacqua)
1...Belarus (Azarenka)
1...Canada (Bouchard)
1...China (Peng)
1...Croatia (Lucic-Baroni)
1...Czech Republic (Safarova)
1...Denmark (Wozniacki)
1...Estonia (Kanepi)
1...Switzerland (Bencic)
1...United States (S.Williams)
[by career slam Round-of-16's]
46...Serena Williams
32...Maria Sharapova
21...Jelena Jankovic
18...Victoria Azarenka
15...Caroline Wozniacki
12...Flavia Pennetta
8...Ekaterina Makarova
6...Sara Errani
6...Kaia Kanepi
6...Peng Shuai
5...Lucie Safarova
4...Eugenie Bouchard
2...Casey Dellacqua
2...Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
1...Belinda Bencic
1...Aleksandra Krunic
[by consecutive slam Round of 16's]
4...Eugenie Bouchard
4...Maria Sharapova
3...Lucie Safarova
2...Ekaterina Makarova
2...Peng Shuai
2...Caroline Wozniacki
[by career US Round of 16's]
14...Serena Williams
5...Jelena Jankovic
5...Flavia Pennetta
5...Maria Sharapova
5...Caroline Wozniacki
4...Victoria Azarenka
2...Sara Errani
2...Kaia Kanepi
2...Ekaterina Makarova
2...Peng Shuai
1...Belinda Bencic
1...Eugenie Bouchard
1...Casey Dellacqua
1...Aleksandra Krunic
1...Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
1...Lucie Safarova
[by consecutive US Round of 16's]
4...Serena Williams (4th Rd. in last 14 app.)
3...Victoria Azarenka
2...Jelena Jankovic
2...Ekaterina Makarova
2...Flavia Pennetta (4th Rd. in last 3 app.)
1...Maria Sharapova (4th Rd. in last 2 app.)
[by preseason "Grand Slam Master List" rankings]
1 - Serena Williams
2 - Victoria Azarenka
4 - Maria Sharapova
10 - Sara Errani
13 - Jelena Jankovic
14 - Flavia Pennetta
16 - Caroline Wozniacki
19 - Ekaterina Makarova
20 - Eugenie Bouchard
24 - Kaia Kanepi
46 - Peng Shuai
47 - Lucie Safarova
unlisted - Belinda Bencic
unlisted - Casey Dellacqua
unlisted - Aleksandra Krunic
unlisted - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
[WTA career slam Round of 16's - active]
40...Venus Williams
27...Svetlana Kuznetsova
21...Nadia Petrova
20...Agnieszka Radwanska
18...Ana Ivanovic
18...Francesca Schiavone
[WTA slam Round of 16's since 2010 - active]
12...Agnieszka Radwanska
10...Angelique Kerber
10...Petra Kvitova
10...Li Na
9...Ana Ivanovic
9...Svetlana Kuznetsova
9...Francesca Schiavone
(use for end of rd of 16's)
[2014 slam Rd. of 16's - youngest]
17 - Belinda Bencic (US)*
19 - Eugenie Bouchard (AO)
19 - Tereza Smitkova (WI)
20 - Eugenie Bouchard (RG)
20 - Eugenie Bouchard (WI)
20 - Eugenie Bouchard (US)*
20 - Garbine Muguruza (AO)
20 - Garbine Muguruza (RG)
20 - Ajla Tomljanovic (RG)
20 - Sloane Stephens (AO)
20 - Zarina Diyas (WI)
21 - Sloane Stephens (RG)
21 - Aleksandra Krunic (US)*
[2014 slam Rd. of 16's - oldest]
32 - Serena Williams (AO)
32 - Serena Williams (US)*
32 - Flavia Pennetta (US)*
32 - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (US)*
31 - Li Na (AO)
31 - Flavia Pennetta (AO)
30 - Samantha Stosur (RG)
29 - Casey Dellacqua (US)*
29 - Jelena Jankovic (RG)
29 - Jelena Jankovic (US)*
29 - Kaia Kanepi (US)*
[2014 slam Rd. of 16's - unseeded]
AO - Casey Dellacqua, AUS (WC)
AO - Garbine Muguruza, ESP
RG - Garbine Muguruza, ESP
RG - Pauline Parmentier, FRA (WC)
RG - Ajla Tomljanovic, CRO
RG - Kiki Bertens, NED (Q)
WI - Zarina Diyas, KAZ
WI - Peng Shuai, CHN
WI - Tereza Smitkova, CZE (Q)
WI - Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova, CZE
WI - Yaroslava Shvedova, KAZ
US - Belinda Bencic, SUI
US - Kaia Kanepi, EST
US - Aleksandra Krunic, SRB (Q)
US - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, CRO (Q)
US - Peng Shuai, CHN
[2014 slam Rd. of 16's - 1st-time GS 4th Rd.'s]
AO - Eugenie Bouchard, CAN
AO - Garbine Muguruza, ESP
RG - Kiki Bertens, NED
RG - Pauline Parmentier, FRA
RG - Ajla Tomljanovic, CRO
WI - Zarina Diyas, KAZ
WI - Tereza Smitkova, CZE
WI - Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova, CZE
US - Belinda Bencic, SUI
US - Aleksandra Krunic, SRB
[2014 slam Rd. of 16's - lowest-ranked]
#175 - Tereza Smitkova, CZE (WI)
#148 - Kiki Bertens, NED (RG)
#145 - Pauline Parmentier, FRA (RG)
#145 - Aleksandra Krunic, SRB (US)*
#121 - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, CRO (US)*
#120 - Casey Dellacqua, AUS (AO)
[2014 slam Rd. of 16's]
3...Simona Halep, ROU
3...Angelique Kerber, GER
2...Garbine Muguruza, ESP
2...Agnieszka Radwanska, POL
2...Sloane Stephens, USA
[2014 slam Rd. of 16's - by nation]
8 - Russia
6 - Czech Republic
5 - Germany, Serbia
4 - Canada, Italy, United States
3 - Australia, China, Romania, Spain,
2 - Belarus, Denmark, Croatia, France, Kazakhstan, Poland
1 - Estonia, Netherlands, Slovak Republic, Switzerland


...the junior competition starts tomorrow. Guess who's the top-seeded girl...

1.CiCi Bellis, USA
2.Jelena Ostapenko, LAT
3.Iryna Shymanovich, BLR
4.Tornado Alicia Black, USA
5.Kristina Schmiedlova, SVK
6.Jil Teichmann, SUI
7.Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov, ESP
8.Paula Badosa Gibert, ESP
9.Anhelina Kalinina, UKR
10.Marketa Vondrousova, CZE
11.Anna Kalinskaya, RUS
12.Anastasiya Komardina, RUS
13.Naiktha Bains, AUS
14.Ipek Soylu, TUR
15.Ioana Loredana Rosca, ROU
16.Olga Fridman, UKR

13 Final: Konjuh d. T.Black

#1 Bellis d. #5 K.Schmiedlova
#9 Kalinina d. #3 Shymanovich
#4 T.Black d. #10 Vondrousova
#2 Ostapenko d. #11 Kalinskaya
#1 Bellis d. #9 Kalinina
#4 T.Black d. #2 Ostapenko
#1 Bellis d. #4 T.Black

...normally, after a junior has a "moment" like Bellis did in the women's draw, they'll go out earlier than expected in the girls draw. But Bellis seemed a bit different, so I'll go with her, I guess. At the very least, it keeps me from picking Ostapenko at ALL FOUR slams this year.

#1 Serena Williams/USA vs. Kaia Kanepi/EST
#11 Flavia Pennetta/ITA vs. #29 Casey Dellacqua/AUS
(Q) Aleksandra Krunic/SRB vs. #16 Victoria Azarenka/BLR
#17 Ekaterina Makarova/RUS vs. #7 Eugenie Bouchard/CAN
Belinda Bencic/SUI vs. #9 Jelena Jankovic/SRB
#14 Lucie Safarova/CZE vs. Peng Shuai/CHN
#5 Maria Sharapova/RUS vs. #10 Caroline Wozniacki/DEN
#13 Sara Errani/ITA vs. (Q) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni/CRO

All for Night 6. More tomorrow.


Blogger Eric said...

Zidane - thanks for Parmentier!

Colt13 - LOL, what do you do? Collect stats on lefties? Your post was quite educational. I'm assuming you're also a lefty... :)

Todd - I think there's probably more cases of people changing from lefty to righty than the other way... I mean, it happens a lot in daily life since we live in a right-handed world... Sharapova comes to mind... I thought it was amazing during her Cincy match against Ivanovic how many left handed forehands she made...and the placement either reset the point well or was even quite offensive.


I think the US Open is doing its part to make Genie the new glamorous face of tennis by repeatedly putting Genie on at night.

Sun Aug 31, 01:39:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

At 3-1 up:
Wozniacki just made an incredible backhand volley and rightfully yelled "Come on!" Shazza was not impressed.

Wozniacki missed her backhand on the next point and Shazza (not so politely) yells "Come on!" right at Caroline.

Next point, Wozniacki hits another tremendous volley and fist pumps right at Sharapova.

Oh MaSha, how I love your competitive cattiness.


Wozniacki's serve placement is really good so far.

Sun Aug 31, 01:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

Caroline! Get closer to the baseline!

MaSha's serve is so much more secure these days.

Sun Aug 31, 01:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

This is such a chess match between these two. Caroline opened by being very aggressive; MaSha realized and has been going for her shots and now Caroline is on her back foot more. Caroline made some really nice angled forehands and moved Maria and held on to Game 7 of the first set after being down 0-30.

Sun Aug 31, 01:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger colt13 said...

Eric, just a righty.

One thing I wanted to comment on before the Bencic run eventually ends is how bright the future is for the WTA. Bellis doesn't make me think of tennis, but of the LPGA. More specifically Lexi Thompson. She may not be ready now, but you see the raw tools. Plus Konjuh, Bencic, and the overlooked one Vekic(who did so little in slams this year that her rankings will see a huge jump next year) show promise to be future slam winners.

Sun Aug 31, 02:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

Sometimes I wonder if Max Eisenbud is a mastermind behind when Maria and Li Na play. He doesn't want his products to compete against each other so he tells Li Na to win big in the beginning of the year and the take a break, rest the body so that next year you can dominate again. Then he tells Maria to pick it up for the rest of the year. And naturally there are product launches during each of these boom times.

This is of course just speculation.

I think he represents a third player now...but I forgot who it is.

Sun Aug 31, 02:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

Maria got lucky at the end of the 2nd set. ALl of her mishits were placed in inconvenient positions for Caroline.

Sun Aug 31, 03:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...


Well, sure there are many lefties to "turn righty" in regular everyday life, but I was talking about righties playing left-handed on the court, but still being right-hand dominant in regular life. Nadal stands out a the leading player in that group, but I just found this New York Times article that mentions that Angelique Kerber and Jurgen Melzer are the same way. There are cases of lefties playing right-handed, too, of course, including Bartoli, Court and others.

Actually, during the Sharapova/Wozniacki match, McEnroe mentioned that Yuri tried to see if Maria could switch to playing left-handed when she was young. She apparently tried it, but decided to stick with her naturally dominant right-handed game instead.

Sun Aug 31, 03:16:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

Serena just demonstrated a perfect "sorry, not sorry" after hitting Muguruza at the net.

Webster's dictionary needs to capture that moment.

Sun Aug 31, 03:16:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

Well Serena went out of her way to apologize when they shook hands so maybe she didn't mean it.

Sun Aug 31, 03:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

Todd - I thought Sharapova was naturally left-handed...that's why she reverts to the left-handed forehand when pull out wide on the ad side.

I feel like I've heard multiple commentators say that.

Sun Aug 31, 03:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

Maria finally misses a groundstroke. Her consistency has been key in this match.

Sun Aug 31, 03:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

They're both so stubborn.

Sun Aug 31, 03:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Will Corby said...

Mary Cirillo said this would be the biggest win of Wozniacki's career. Would you agree? Sure it's win over a top player at a major but she's been to major final and held world no. 1 etc, and this only gets her to the quarters.

Sun Aug 31, 04:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Hoergren said...

Billie Jean King ‏
@MariaSharapova @CaroWozniacki @usopen Women's tennis at its best

Matt Cronin
Seems like ages since Caro Wozniacki played great at a Slam

I can't disagree that "the Wizzard of Woz" has been striking again. i'm impressed by Wozniacki 2.0 :)

Sun Aug 31, 04:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

Sharapova looks gassed.

That's 2 high profile 3 setters she's lost in the past few weeks. Propensity for battle coming back to haunt her?

Sun Aug 31, 04:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

It was nice to see how much the win meant for Wozniacki. It's really her first big win in a while...and 3 sets...and against a tough opponent.

Sun Aug 31, 04:59:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

Leif - I don't think this was CWoz's biggest you said, she's played for bigger stakes... but for sure her biggest win recently.

Sun Aug 31, 05:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...


Doing some quick research, it looks to be a point of contention whether Sharapova was a natural lefty who was switched to play right-handed, or is right-hand dominant and nearly played left-handed. She writes right-handed, so there's that. And this story recounts how she was originally playing right-handed and Yuri wanted to make her a left-handed player, but issues with her backhand in that scenario caused her to remain a right-hander.

The fact is that she's probably ambidextrous and could play either way, and started playing right-handed as a kid for all the reasons that so many people end up doing things right-handed as kids.


I think Carillo is likely using this win as a potential stepping stone to greater things for Wozniacki. Since her big thing is to eventually win a slam, and defeating top players in majors has been an issue in the past, this win could ultimately provide the kick that gets her there. The long-awaited improvements she's made in her game have finally taken hold, and you can see the results (well, at least i the 1st and 3rd sets). Getting a win like today's in a slam is a confidence builder that, when she/we look back, it could be the match that proved what was possible and pointed her directly at something greater in the future, something that eluded her when she was playing big matches but coming up short in majors in the past.

So, I guess, while it might not SEEM like her biggest win today, it might turn out to be that. Of course, she has to take that next big step for that to be the case. She might just have a shot to do it at this slam, though.

Sun Aug 31, 05:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

Wozniacki still needs to get better. There were several short balls to her forehand side (esp in 2nd set) that she wasn't able to put away. THose should have been her points, but instead, her forehand only reset the point and then it was up for grabs again.

I think there were two huge points on Maria's serve in the third set. 27 shot rally and then 19 shot rally that Maria won...but it was a pyrrhic victory bc Maria was totally gassed after that. And Wozniacki picked up on that and started hopping around and looking fresh as a daisy as Maria continued to wilt. Mind chess.

Sun Aug 31, 05:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

A wozniacki/JJ SF would be interesting. They're 5-5.

Sun Aug 31, 06:14:00 PM EDT  

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