Thursday, September 10, 2015

US.11 - The Day Before the Night...err, (New) Day

Tonight WAS the night.

More later... much later, as it turns out, because of this:

=DAY 11 NOTES= far as this post, there wasn't all that much going on during the day at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, anyway.

After a rain-delayed start, action began with the men's and women's doubles semis, junior doubles quarterfinals, as well as the start of play in the Collegiate Invitational tournaments and the wheelchair competition before the primetime women's singles semifinals that were to take place tonight. But then the entire nighttime schedule was scrapped, and now the semifinals will be on Friday during the day, followed by the men's semis.

So I guess it'll be a "Super Friday" situation.

But I will use this moment to throw in a few facts about the women's wheelchair competition:

* - world #1 Jiske Griffioen will be looking to sweep the 2015 slam singles titles with her first U.S. Open crown. I suppose it would still be called a "Grand Slam," but since the WC singles have only been held at three of the four majors (the doubles competition takes place at all four) it's up for debate. That'll change next year when, finally, Wimbledon will add a WC singles to the mix to bring the wheelchair slam season up to par with all the other disciplines in the sport. Japan's Yui Kamiji won the title in New York a year and seemed to be set to dominate the singles & doubles majors ala Dutch great Esther Vergeer, but the 21-year old has slipped to #3 in the rankings since then.

* - Kamiji & Jordanne Whiley will be attempting to defend their 2014 doubles title and win their seventh slam of the last eight. The Japanese-Brit pair have faced the Dutch team of Griffioen & Aniek Van Koot in seven straight slam finals, going 6-1.


No, really. It's the least.

LIKE ON DAY 11: Tennis secret publicity weapon for 2015 continues to make a case for ESPN to show a little more doubles on the network. Well, ANY doubles, really. If Martina sweep the WD/MX at a second straight slam, will that be enough for at least a mention of her come Melbourne? Yeah, I didn't think so.

LIKE ON DAY 11: The whole gang!

LIKE ON DAY 11: Not everyone gets tweeted about by the United Nations, you know.

...and, finally... ummm, I got nothin'.

Well, maybe this:

#1 Serena Williams/USA vs. Roberta Vinci/ITA
#26 Flavia Pennetta/ITA vs. #2 Simona Halep/ROU

#1 Novak Djokovic/SRB vs. #9 Marin Cilic/CRO
#5 Stan Wawrinka/SUI vs. #2 Roger Federer/SUI

#1 M.Hingis/S.Mirza (SUI/IND) def. #11 S.Errani/F.Pennetta (ITA/ITA)
#4 C.Dellacqua/Y.Shvedova (AUS/KAZ) vs. A.Groenefeld/C.Vandeweghe (GER/USA)

S.Johnson/S.Querrey (USA/USA) vs. #8 J.Murray/J.Peers (GBR/AUS)
#12 P.Herbert/N.Mahut (FRA/FRA) def. D.Inglot/R.Lindstedt (GBR/SWE)

B.Mattek-Sands/S.Querrey (USA/USA) vs. #4 M.Hingis/L.Paes (SUI/IND)

#13 Vera Lapko/BLR vs. #9 Sonya Kenin/USA
(WC) Kylie McKenzie/USA vs. #11 Fanni Stollar/HUN
Iryna Shymanovich/BLR vs. Francesca Di Lorenzo/USA
#10 Sofya Zhuk/RUS vs. #2 Dalma Galfi/HUN

#1 Taylor Harry Fritz/USA vs. (WC) Alex Rybakov/USA
#3 Mikael Ymer/SWE vs. #11 Chung Yunseong/KOR
#5 Tommy Paul/USA vs. #4 Hong Seong-chan/KOR
Alex De Minaur/AUS vs. #2 Michael Mmoh/USA

V.Kuzmova/A.Pospelova (SVK/RUS) def. K.Hobgarski/I.Shymanovich (GER/BLR)
#4 A.Blinkova/O.Pervushina (RUS/RUS) vs. #5 F.Di Lorenzo/L.Stefani (USA/BRA)
A.Kalinskaya/A.Potapova (RUS/RUS) def. E.Arbuthnutt/E.Francati (GBR/DEN)
K.Birrell/M.Inglis (AUS/AUS) def. #8 U.Arconada/M.Lumsden (USA/GBR)

L.Harris/Y.Watanuki (RSA/JPN) vs. A.De Minaur/B.Hannestad (AUS/DEN)
L.Klein/P.Rikl (SVK/CZE) vs. B.Holt/R.Smith (USA/USA)
S.Tsitsipas/L.Wessels (GRE/GER) v. V.Kirkov/S.Riffice (USA/USA)
Y.Hossam/J.Tamasaki (EGY/JPN) vs. F.Aliassime/D.Shapovalov (CAN/CAN)

#1 Brooke Austin (Florida) vs. Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA)
#3 Lauren Herring (Georgia) vs. Maegan Manasse (California)
Julia Jones (Mississippi) vs. #4 Julia Elbaba (Virginia)
Josie Kuhlman (Florida) vs. #2 Robin Anderson (UCLA)

#1 Ryan Shane (Virginia) def. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA)
#4 Gonzales Austin (Vanderbilt) def. Winston Lin (Columbia)
Jared Hiltzik (Illinois) vs. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia)
Quentin Monaghan (Notre Dame) vs. #2 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA)

#1 Jiske Griffioen/NED vs. Sabine Ellerbrock/GER
Marjolein Buis/NED vs. Yui Kamiji/JPN
Kaitlyn Verfuerth/USA vs. Jordanne Whiley/GBR
Lucy Shuker/GBR vs. #2 Aniek Van Koot/NED

#1 Shingo Kunieda/JPN def. Gordon Reid/GBR
Maikel Scheffers/NED vs. Joachim Gerard/BEL
Stephane Houdet/FRA vs. Gustavo Fernandez/ARG
Michael Jeremiasz/FRA vs. #2 Nicolas Peifer/FRA

#1 Y.Kamiji/J.Whiley (JPN/GBR) vs. M.Buis/S.Ellerbrock (NED/GER)
L.Shuker/K.Verfuerth (GBR/USA) vs. #2 J.Griffioen/A.Van Koot (NED/NED)

#1 S.Houdet/G.Reid (FRA/GBR) vs. G.Fernandez/M.Scheffers (ARG/NED)
M.Jeremiasz/N.Peifer (FRA/FRA) vs. #2 J.Gerard/S.Kunieda (BEL/JPN)

2010 Venus Williams, USA
2011 Samantha Stosur, AUS
2012 Serena Williams, USA
2013 Serena Williams, USA
2014 Victoria Azarenka, BLR
2015 Serena Williams, USA & Venus Williams, USA
NOTE: I slightly amended this pick, adding Venus because, in the "together forever" spirit, they should share it

A: Aniek Van Koot, NED
R: Sabine Ellerbrock, GER
U: Aniek Van Koot, NED
A: Sabine Ellerbrock, GER
R: Yui Kamiji, JPN
U: Yui Kamiji, JPN
A: Jiske Griffioen, NED
R: Jiske Griffioen, NED
A: Griffioen/Van Koot, NED/NED
R: Griffioen/Van Koot, NED/NED
W: Griffioen/Van Koot, NED/NED
U: Griffioen/Van Koot, NED/NED
A: Kamiji/Whiley, JPN/GBR
R: Kamiji/Whiley, JPN/GBR
W: Kamiji/Whiley, JPN/GBR
U: Kamiji/Whiley, JPN/GBR
A: Kamiji/Whiley, JPN/GBR
R: Griffioen/Van Koot, NED/NED
W: Kamiji/Whiley, JPN/GBR

Preseason: Indian Aces
JAN: Polish Hopman Cup Team
FEB: French Fed Cup Team
MAR: Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza, SUI/IND
1Q: French Fed Cup Team
APR/MAY: Czech Fed Cup Team
MAY/JUN: Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova, USA/CZE
RG: Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova, USA/CZE
2Q Clay: Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova, USA/CZE
JUN: Raquel Kops-Jones/Abigail Spears, USA/USA
2Q Grass Court/WI: Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza, SUI/IND
JUL/AUG: Washington Kastles
AUG: Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova, USA/CZE

TOP QUALIFIER: (WC) Jessica Pegula/USA
TOP EARLY-ROUND (1r-2r): #2 Simona Halep/ROU
TOP MIDDLE-ROUND (3r-QF): #2 Simona Halep/ROU
TOP QUALIFYING MATCH: Q3: Tereza Mrdeza/CRO d. #2 Yaroslava Shvedova/KAZ 5-7/7-6(8)/7-6(4) [3:12; saved 3 MP]
TOP EARLY-RD. MATCH (1r-2r): 2nd Rd. - #12 Belinda Bencic/SUI d. Misaki Doi/JPN 5-7/7-6(3)/6-3 (down 3 MP in 2nd; outburst/crying/no shake umpire's hand)
TOP MIDDLE-RD. MATCH (3r-QF): 3rd Rd. - #20 Victoria Azarenka/BLR d. #11 Angelique Kerber/GER 7-5/2-6/6-4
TOP ASHE NIGHT SESSION MATCH: Petra Cetkovska/CZE d. #4 Carolina Wozniacki/DEN 6-4/5-7/7-6(1) (saved 4 MP; ended past midnight after 3:02)
FIRST VICTORY: Mariana Duque/COL (def. Kenin/USA)
FIRST SEED OUT: #7 Ana Ivanovic/SRB (lost 1st Rd. to Cibulkova/SVK)
UPSET QUEENS: United States
NATION OF POOR SOULS: Serbia (1-4; #7 Ivanovic, #21 Jankovic and '14 star Aleksandra Krunic out in 1st Rd.)
CRASH & BURN: #8 Karolina Pliskova/CZE (1st Rd. loss to Tatishvili/USA; :52; U.S. Open Series "winner")
ZOMBIE QUEEN: (LL) Daria Kasatkina/RUS (lucky loser, reached3rd Round after wins over Gavrilova & Konjuh -- best LL slam result since 1997, best at Open since 1993)
IT ("Kiki"): Kristina Mladenovic/FRA
LAST QUALIFIER STANDING: Johnna Konta/GBR & Anett Kontaveit/EST (both 4th Rd.)
LAST WILD CARD STANDING: Bethanie Mattek-Sands/USA (3rd Rd.)
LAST BANNERETTE STANDING: #1 Serena Williams (in SF)
COMEBACK PLAYER: #20 Victoria Azarenka/BLR
DOUBLES STAR: Nominees: Hingis, Mattek-Sands
BROADWAY-BOUND: Lisa Raymond (farewell New York performance)
LADIES OF THE EVENING: #1 Serena Williams/USA & #23 Venus Williams/USA

All for Day 11. More tomorrow.


Blogger Zidane said...

Did Errani and Vinci make up, or was it an old picture?

Thu Sep 10, 04:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

I think that's probably an old Fed Cup week photo, since Schiavone posted that today and I doubt she's still in NYC after losing in the 1st Round last week.

Thu Sep 10, 06:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Diane said...

This is how screwed up my Friday schedule is: It was already messed up because one of my health practitioners had a death in her family and changed my appointment from Thurs. to Fri. That was fine until I realized I already had an appt. scheduled around that time to see my hairdresser (he is very hard to book). I called to see if he could see me later, but he had a death in his family and no one has heard from him. I'm not making this up.

So I had only one client booked for Fri., in the a.m., but she said she probably couldn't come. She contacted me a couple of days ago to say she could make it. When today's play was canceled, I thought--well, I'll miss most of Serena's match, but it isn't like a don't know how that's going to go. But then they reversed the play order.

I canceled my client (talk about priorities). At least I'll get to see Simona and Flavia. I should bill The U.S. Open (or Mother Nature?) for the lost income.

There's more. I see my trainer every Wed. at 2. You can set a clock by us. But I asked him to change me to today because of you-know-what, so he said 3 today. So I arrived and couldn't find him; he forgot about me. I finally had him located and got a free 45-min. session.

But really--the U.S. Open always means trouble for me with my schedule. With the others, I know I'm going to miss many matches because of the time zone, so I just live with it. But USO matches are on all the time. And it rains.

And regarding Vika: Those. Leggings. :D

Thu Sep 10, 11:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Ah, a good roof will change everyone's life. :)

(I'm assuming you didn't tell your client the details for the cancellation... of course, if you did then you might have a new issue to talk about when the appointment comes around.) :)

Haha. Vika's style choices are sometimes, umm, how shall I say, "interesting?" Often she makes everyone ELSE ask, "What is happening?" ;)

Thu Sep 10, 11:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Diane said...

To be sure, I did not. But she's such a huge sports fan that she would totally understand, anyway!

Fri Sep 11, 12:28:00 AM EDT  
Blogger jo shum said...

Finished breakfast, by the time I arrived at Ashe the match was over. Really, should have let Vika won so we will have a good final.

Fri Sep 11, 01:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jo shum said...

So it's not a lost quarter after all !

Italian final, who would have thought?

Love vinci's post match on court interview. 'No, I didn't think I would win.' 'Just put the balls in the court'

Fri Sep 11, 03:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger colt13 said...

I guess this shows that if you don't pick Serena to win, pick somebody that hasn't won that season. Clijsters won Cinci in 2010, then the USO, and Serena covers 08,12,13, and 14. But 09 Clijsters, 11 Stosur, and Sunday's winner will have been title less entering the season's final slam.

Fri Sep 11, 04:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Vinci's post-match was very Li Na-like. ;)

This year's women's Open semis were sort of like last year's men's:

2014: Nishikori d. Djokovic, Cilic d. Federer

2015: Pennetta d. Halep, Vinci d. Williams

Fri Sep 11, 05:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger colt13 said...

With the all Italy final, it will be the first time one nation has faced off for a title since 2009. Ironically, it happened in back to back slams, with Kuznetsova/Safina at the French, then Venus/Serena at Wimbledon.

Fri Sep 11, 06:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jo shum said...

I was saying exactly the same thing about this year's women vs last year's men. Gosh so glad I didnt buy tickets for tomorrow. As I was playing safe, what if it's like last year's men final?! What are the odds that happens? Like Vinci vs Serena : 300 to 1

Fri Sep 11, 08:21:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Diane said...

I'd love to have tickets for tomorrow.

Fri Sep 11, 09:41:00 PM EDT  

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