Thursday, September 04, 2014

US.11 - Four for the Final


Before the weekend arrives, we'll know...



As for today... well, it's not exactly the U.S. Open version of Wimbledon's middle Sunday. But it's close enough.

=DAY 11 NOTES=
...after top-seeded Sania Mirza & Bruno Soares advanced to the Mixed Doubles final yesterday to set up the first title-deciding match of this Open (vs. Abigail Spears & Santiago Gonzalez), the women's doubles teams stepped onto the stage vacated by the WTA singles stars on Day 11.

Well, most of them, anyway.

Singles semifinalist Ekaterina Makarova is still pulling double duty, and will continue to do so after she and Elena Vesnina defeated the all-vet pair of Kimiko Date-Krumm & Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova on Thursday.



Flavia Pennetta is still alive in both draws, as well. She and Martina Hingis play Mirza & Cara Black later in the afternoon on Day 11.

...in junior action, #4-seeded Tornado Black, the '13 girls runner-up, moved onto the quarterfinals. She'll face fellow Bannerette Caroline Dolehide, who upset #6 Jill Teichmann today. The U.S.'s Katerina Stewart is also alive in the final eight. Meanwhile, two of the four girls doubles QF have been decided by walkovers, including the match that officially ended this U.S. Open for first week star (well, 1st Round star, really) CiCi Bellis.

...in the opening round of the inaugural BJK American Collegiate tournament, Day 1 mini-star and NCAA champ Danielle Collins (she won the 1st set from Simona Halep in their 1st Round match, remember?) advanced to the semifinals. The Virginia Cavalier star will next face a fellow ACC player, North Carolina Tar Heel and top-seeded Jamie Loeb.

Also, the Wheelchair action has begun and top-seeded Yui Kamiji advanced with a 6-1/6-3 win over Sharon Walraven. The 20-year old from Japan is looking to win her second WC slam singles crown of '14, after also reaching the final in the third. She and Brit Jordanne Whiley are the top seeds in the doubles, and will complete a true Grand Slam if they can win the title, having already swept the previous three slam WC doubles titles this season.



The start: first title in Brisbane (2009).


...LIKE FROM DAY 11: "The important thing is what u do with it! And there is no stopping for me for what I believe and dream about! Next step and many more to come! Im ready for whatever" - vichka35
Read more at http://websta.me/n/vichka35/#dphKlqHo0hXEPvtH.99



...4Q PREPARATION FROM DAY 11: Hopefully A-Rad won't end '14 looking like the shell of herself that she was when she ended '13 at the Tour Championships.



...ASIAN PERSUASION FROM DAY 11:



...BACK TO THE GRIND FROM DAY 11:



...JET LAG'S REVENGE FROM DAY 11: #PicaPowezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



...LIKE FROM DAY 11: The Dinara Challenge, keeping up the pace. Four days down, fifty-seven to go.



...and, finally, we'll see for sure whether Gael Monfils is finally a "primetime player" tonight against Roger Federer. Oh, but the NFL season starts tonight, too. Hmmmm.



=WOMEN'S SINGLES SF=
#1 Serena Williams/USA vs. #17 Ekaterina Makarova/RUS
Peng Shuai/CHN vs. #10 Caroline Wozniacki/DEN

=MEN'S SINGLES QF=
#1 Novak Djokovic/SRB def. #8 Andy Murray/GBR
#10 Kei Nishikori/JPN def. #3 Stan Wawrinka/SUI
#6 Tomas Berdych/CZE vs. #14 Marin Cilin/CRO
#20 Gael Monfils/FRA vs. #2 Roger Federer/SUI

=WOMEN'S DOUBLES FINAL=
Hingis/Pennetta (SUI/ITA) or #3 C.Black/Mirza (ZIM/IND) vs. #4 Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS)

=MEN'S DOUBLES FINAL=
#1 B.Bryan/M.Bryan (USA/USA) vs. #11 Granollers-Pujols/M.Lopez (ESP/ESP)

=MIXED DOUBLES FINAL=
#1 Mirza/Soares (IND/BRA) vs. Spears/S.Gonzalez (USA/MEX)

=GIRLS SINGLES QF=
Greetje Minnen/BEL vs. Katerina Stewart/USA
#3 Iryna Shymanovich/BLR or Katherine Sebov/CAN vs. #9 Anhelina Kalinina/UKR or #7 Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov/ESP
Caroline Dolehide/USA vs. #4 Tornado Alicia Black/USA
#11 Anna Kalinskaya/RUS vs. Marie Bouzkova/CZE

=BOYS SINGLES QF=
#1 Andrey Rublev/RUS vs. #6 Francis Tiafoe/USA
#4 Stefan Kozlov/USA vs. Alexander Bublik/RUS or #5 Quentin Halys/FRA
#7 Duckhee Lee/KOR vs. Omar Jasika/AUS
#8 Roman Safiullin/RUS or Mikael Ymer/SWE vs. Jan Choinski/GER

=GIRLS DOUBLES QF=
#7 Kuzmova/K.Schmiedlova (SVK/SVK) def. #1 Bellis/Vondrousova (USA/CZE)
Grende/Stefani (INA/BRA) vs. #6 Soylu/Teichmann (TUR/SUI)
Lumsden/Stollar (GBR/HUN) def. #4 Fridman/Ostapenko (UKR/LAT)
Lapko/Mihalikova (BLR/SVK) vs. Christie/Swan (GBR/GBR)

=BOYS DOUBLES QF=
Durasovic/Frunza (NOR/ROU) vs. #5 Fritz/Van Rijthoven (USA/NED)
Matos/Menezes (BRA/BRA) vs. #8 Lee/Polmans (KOR/AUS)
Baldi/Miedler (ITA/AUT) vs. Chung/Hong (KOR/KOR)
#6 Jasika/Nakagawa (AUS/JPN) vs. #2 Luz/Zormann (BRA/BRA)

=WC WOMEN'S SINGLES QF=
#1 Yui Kamiji/JPN def. Sharon Walraven/NED
Jiske Griffioen/NED def. Sabine Ellerbrock/GER
Marjolein Buis/NED vs. Jordanne Whiley/GBR
Kgothatso Montjane/RSA vs. #2 Aniek Van Koot/NED

=WC MEN'S SINGLES QF=
#1 Shingo Kunieda/JPN vs. Michael Jeremiasz/FRA
Nicolas Peifer/FRA vs. Maikel Scheffers/NED
Gustavo Fernandez/ARG vs. Gordon Reid/GBR
Joachim Gerard/BEL vs. #2 Stephane Houdet/FRA

=WC WOMEN'S DOUBLES SF=
#1 Kamiji/Whiley (JPN/GBR) vs. Ellerbrock/Montjane (GER/RSA)
Buis/Walraven (NED/NED) vs. #2 Griffioen/Van Koot (NED/NED)

=WC MEN'S DOUBLES SF=
#1 Houdet/Kunieda (FRA/JPN) vs. Fernandez/Gerard (ARG/BEL)
Jeremiasz/Peifer (FRA/FRA) vs. #2 Reid/Scheffers (GBR/NED)

=WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL SINGLES QF=
#1 Jamie Loeb/USA def. Jennifer Brady/USA
Danielle Rose Collins/USA def. Olivia Janowicz/USA
Julia Elbaba/USA vs. Alexandra Cercone/USA
Kristie Ahn/USA vs. #2 Hayley Carter/USA

=MEN'S COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL SINGLES QF=
#1 Marcos Giron/USA vs. Raymond Sarmiento (USA)
Mackenzie McDonald/USA vs. Alexander Sarkissian/USA
Peter Kobelt/USA def. Gregory S. Andrews/USA
#2 Clay Thompson/USA def. Jared Hiltzik/USA




**RECENT US OPEN WOMEN'S SEMIFINALISTS**
2004 Kuznetsova (W), Dementieva (RU), Capriati, Davenport
2005 Clijsters (W), Pierce (RU), Dementieva, Sharapova
2006 Sharapova (W), Henin-H. (RU), Jankovic, Mauresmo
2007 Henin (W), Kuznetsova (RU), Chakvetadze, V.Williams
2008 S.Williams (W), Jankovic (RU), Dementieva, Safina
2009 Clijsters (W), Wozniacki (RU), Wickmayer, S.Williams
2010 Clijsters (W), Zvonareva (RU), V.Williams, Wozniacki
2011 Stosur (W), S.Williams (RU), Kerber, Wozniacki
2012 S.Williams (W), Azarenka (RU), Sharapova, Errani
2013 S.Williams (W), Azarenka (RU), Li, Pennetta
2014 S.Williams, Makarova, Peng, Wozniacki

**2014 WTA SF**
8...SERENA WILLIAMS (5-2)
7...Maria Sharapova (3-4)
6...Ana Ivanovic (5-1)
6...Simona Halep (4-2)
6...Aga Radwanska (2-4)
6...CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (1-4)
5...Eugenie Bouchard (2-3)
5...Jelena Jankovic (1-4)

**2014 SLAM SF - by nation**
3...Canada
2...CHINA, Czech Republic, Romania, RUSSIA
1...DENMARK, Germany, Poland, Slovak Republic, UNITED STATES

**CAREER SLAM SF - active**
25...SERENA WILLIAMS (21-3)
19...Venus Williams (14-5)
18...Maria Sharapova (9-9)
7...Victoria Azarenka (4-3)
6...Li Na (4-2)
6...Jelena Jankovic (1-5)
5...Svetlana Kuznetsova (4-1)
5...Petra Kvitova (2-3)
5...CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (1-3)

**SLAM SF - 2010-14**
8...SERENA WILLIAMS (7-0)
8...Maria Sharapova (5-3)
7...Victoria Azarenka (4-3)
6...Li Na (2-3)
4...CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (0-3)
3...Kim Clijsters (2-1)-ret.
3...Samantha Stosur (2-1)
3...Vera Zvonareva (2-1)
3...Eugenie Bouchard (1-2)
3...Sara Errani (1-2)
3...Aga Radwanska (1-2)

**MOST SLAMS BEFORE FIRST TITLE**
47 - Marion Bartoli (2013 Wimbledon)
45 - Jana Novotna (1998 Wimbledon)
39 - Francesca Schiavone (2010 Roland Garros)
34 - Samantha Stosur (2011 US Open)
31 - Amelie Mauresmo (2006 Australian Open)
29 - Jennifer Capriati (2001 Australian Open)
28 - Kerry Melville-Reid (1978 Australian Open)
26 - Lindsay Davenport (1998 U.S. Open)
25 - Victoria Azarenka (2012 Australian Open)
==
Peng: 37th slam
Wozniacki: 31st slam
Makarova: 29th slam





TOP QUALIFIER: #32q Aleksandra Krunic/SRB
TOP EARLY-ROUND (1r-2r): #1 Serena Williams/USA
TOP MIDDLE-ROUND (3r-QF): #17 Ekaterina Makarova/RUS
TOP LATE-ROUND (SF-F): xx
TOP QUALIFYING MATCH: Q3: Duan Yingying/CHN d. Irena Pavlovic/FRA 6-3/1-6/7-6(5) [Pavlovic up 5-1 3rd, held MP]
TOP EARLY-RD. MATCH (1r-2r): 1st Rd. - (WC) CiCi Bellis/USA d. #12 Dominika Cibulkova/SVK 6-1/4-6/6-4 (Bellis world #1208)
TOP MIDDLE-RD. MATCH (3r-QF): 4th Rd. - #16 Victoria Azarenka/BLR d. (Q) Aleksandra Krunic/SRB 4-6/6-4/6-4
TOP LATE-RD. MATCH (SF-F/Jr.): xx
TOP ASHE NIGHT SESSION MATCH: Nominee: 4th Rd. - #16 V.Azarenka d. (Q) A.Krunic 4-6/6-4/6-4
=============================
FIRST WINNER: #4 Aga Radwanska/POL (def. S.Fichman/CAN)
FIRST SEED OUT: #25 Garbine Muguruza/ESP (lost to M.Lucic-Baroni/CRO)
UPSET QUEENS: United States
REVELATION LADIES: United States (12 Bannerettes 2nd Rd.)
NATION OF POOR SOULS: France (1-5 in 1st Rd.; only win in Pastry-vs.-Pastry match-up)
CRASH & BURN: #12 Dominika Cibulkova/SVK (AO runner-up; lost 1st Rd. to Bellis/USA, 15-year old in slam debut)
ZOMBIE QUEEN: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni/CRO (in Round of 16 for first time in 15 years, after family's abusive background<)
LAST QUALIFIER STANDING: Aleksandra Krunic/SRB & Mirjana Lucic-Baroni/CRO (both 4th Rd.)
LAST WILD CARD STANDING: Nicole Gibbs/USA (3rd Rd.)
LAST BANNERETTE STANDING: Serena Williams/USA (in SF)
IT ("Girl"): CiCi Bellis/USA (15-year old Wild Card; youngest MD win since 1996 - Anna Kournikova)
Ms.OPPORTUNITY: Peng Shuai/CHN
COMEBACK PLAYER: Caroline Wozniacki/DEN
BROADWAY-BOUND: Belinda Bencic/SUI
LADY OF THE EVENING: Victoria Azarenka/BLR
DOUBLES STAR: Nominees: S.Mirza/IND, A.Spears/USA, Hingis/Pennetta
JUNIOR BREAKOUT: xx




All for now. More tomorrow.

1 Comments:

Blogger Leif Mortensen said...

Well congrats to Caroline for her windy win. Many times the ball took unexpected lines and turns. Humid and hot conditions too. One of the ends was really tricky to play from. All in all the players did play a decent match under these conditions. Sorry to see Peng suffer so much. According to Eurosport the fysios said Peng suffered from a heatstroke which can result in the way she reacted but not nice to see. Hope she'll recovere soon.

Fri Sep 05, 04:45:00 PM EDT  

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