Friday, September 09, 2016

US.12 - Simply Irresistible

...and we have our first champions of this U.S. Open, as Laura Siegemund's unforgettable '16 campaign added yet ANOTHER chapter as the German picked up her first career slam title by winning the Mixed Doubles with Mate Pavic, defeating CoCo Vandeweghe & Rajeev Ram, 6-4/6-4.

- The junior singles semis are set, and there are still two Bannerettes Standing (after four had reached today's QF).

#5 Kayla Day defeated fellow American Carson Branstine (WC), while #8 Sonya Kenin upset #1-seeded Hordette Anastasia Potapova on Friday, saving set points and then taking a spotless TB in a 6-4/7-6(0) win. Of some note, Kenin (who won the USTA Wild Card Playoff Challenge to earn a MD WC) lost in the women's tournament's 1st Round to Karolina Pliskova, while Day (who got a WC with the U.S. 18s National Championship) fell against Madison Keys in the 2nd.

[Hmmm, should I mention that Day over Kenin was my pick for the junior final, or will that jinx them? Ugh, too late. Sorry, girls.]

The other home U.S. quarterfinalist, Vanessa Ong (LL), fell to #7-seeded Canadian Bianca Andreecu, while Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova (#13) took out teen Pastry Tessah Andrianjafitrimo.

Day is still alive in the doubles semis, as well, playing with Caroline Dolehide.

- The American College Invitational final has been set, with NCAA champion Danielle Collins (Virginia) advancing with a win over #4-seeded Breaunna Addision (Texas). Collins' college teammate, Julia Elbaba, nearly make it an all-Virginia Cavalier final, but lost her semifinal today to Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan). The winner is assured of a WC into next year's U.S. Open qualifying tournament.

- In the WTA 125 Series event in Dalian, China, guess who's still alive for the biggest title of her career.

KRISTYNA Pliskova, that's who.

Karolina's twin sister has so far defeated the likes of Chang Kai-chen (in a 3rd set TB), Rebecca Peterson and The Bracelet (Aleksandra Krunic). She's currently in the semifinals as we head to the weekend.

- Meanwhile, in Rio...

Oh hey!

A photo posted by Jordanne Whiley (@jordanne_joyce) on

Women's play gets underway on Saturday.

LIKE ON DAY 12: Umm, I believe I had this...

This is why I don't waste my time with him. I'm tellin' ya people... I could have saved you twelve days of ultimately looking like fools for having supported this so-called "redemption" effort.

That he took it to four sets rather than losing in three, really, only proves the point even more.

The difference: Murray has three slam titles and two Gold medals. Monfils: nada.

LIKE ON DAY 12: Everybody Petko!

WONDERING ON DAY 12: Should there be a "Barbie Week" at Backspin next July?

LIKE ON DAY 12: At least the WTA Twitter feed thought Helena deserved a mention...

SOMETHING TO REMEMBER ON DAY 12: It's not an ending, just the conclusion of one chapter and the start of another.

LIKE ON DAY 12: Probably more informed opinion here in 1:45 than we've heard through twelve DAYS of ESPN coverage. And Roddick's really just talking off the top of his head, while the Den of Thieves have hours and hours to prepare.

WHAT THE INTERNET DOES TO PEOPLE ON DAY 12: Gaby really didn't need to explain. She was pretty clear last night. The inmates run the insane asylum, and guilt the healthy-thinking into "explaining" their behavior.

It's sad, really.


...and, finally...

Fifteen years ago this weekend. Where does the time go?

#10 Karolina Pliskova/CZE vs. #2 Angelique Kerber/GER

#1 Garcia/Mladenovic (FRA/FRA) vs. #12 Mattek-Sands/Safarova (USA/CZE)

Siegemund/Pavic (GER/CRO) def. #7 Vandeweghe/Ram (USA/USA) 6-4/6-4

#8 Sonya Kenin/USA def. #1 Anastasia Potapova/RUS
#13 Viktoria Kuzmova/SVK def. Tessah Andrianjafitrimo/FRA
#7 Bianca Andreescu/CAN def. (LL) Vanessa Ong/USA
#5 Kayla Day/USA def. (WC) Carson Branstine/USA

(WC) Hart/Shibahara (USA/USA) vs. #5 Juvan/Swiatek (SLO/POL)
Day/Dolehide (USA/USA) vs. Hontama/Zarytska (JPN/UKR)

Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan) def. Julia Elbaba (Virginia)
#2 Danielle Collins (Virginia) def. #4 Breaunna Addison (Texas)

When friendship is blinding. Otherwise, Vika would know that this is NOT anything new. It's just what he does. Always. Eventually. To whatever degree that is deemed appropriate in the moment.

**REACHED WTA SINGLES #1 - by year of #1 debut**
1975 Chris Evert, USA
1976 Evonne Goolagong, AUS
1978 Martina Navratilova, USA
1980 Tracy Austin, USA
1987 Steffi Graf, FRG/GER
1991 Monica Seles, YUG
1995 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, ESP
1997 Martina Hingis, SUI
1998 Lindsay Davenport, USA
2001 Jennifer Capriati, USA
2002 Venus Williams, USA
2002 Serena Williams, USA
2003 Kim Clijsters, BEL
2003 Justine Henin, BEL
2004 Amelie Mauresmo, FRA
2005 Maria Sharapova, RUS
2008 Ana Ivanovic, SRB
2008 Jelena Jankovic, SRB
2009 Dinara Safina, RUS
2010 Caroline Wozniacki, DEN
2012 Victoria Azarenka, BLR
2016 Angelique Kerber, GER

Unseeded/Wild Card - Kim Clijsters, BEL (2009)
#26 - Flavia Pennetta, ITA (2015)
#9 - Samantha Stosur, AUS (2011)
#9 - Svetlana Kuznetsova, RUS (2004)
#7 - Serena Williams, USA (1999)
#6 - Virginia Wade, GBR (1968)
NOTE: Karolina Pliskova is #10 seed

[Open era]
1986 U.S. Open - Martina Navratilova (3 vs. Graf in SF)
1991 Aust.Open - Monica Seles (1 vs. MJ.Fernandez in SF)
2002 Aust.Open - Jennifer Capriati (4 vs. Hingis in Final)
2003 Aust.Open - Serena Williams (2 vs Clijsters in SF)
2004 R.Garros - Anastasia Myskina (1 vs. Kuznetsova in 4th)
2005 Aust.Open - Serena Williams (3 vs. Sharapova in SF)
2005 R.Garros - Justine Henin-H. (2 vs. Kuznetsova in 4th)
2005 Wimbledon - Venus Williams (1 vs. Davenport in Final)
2009 Wimbledon - Serena Williams (1 vs. Dementieva in SF)
2014 Aust.Open - Li Na (1 vs. Safarova in 3rd)
2016 Aust.Open - Angelique Kerber (1 vs. Doi in 1st)
[pre-Open era]
1923 Aust.Open - Margaret Molesworth (1 vs. Sylvia Lance SF)
1935 Wimbledon - Helen Wills Moody (1 vs. Helen Jacobs F)
1946 R.Garros - Margaret Osbourne (2 vs. Pauline Betz F)
1956 Aust.Open - Mary Carter (1 vs. Thelma Long F)
1962 R.Garros - Margaret Smith (Court) (1 vs. Lesley Turner F)
NOTE: Karolina Pliskova saved MP vs. V.Williams in 4th Rd.

[recent U.S. Opens]
2007 Victoria Azarenka/Max Mirnyi, BLR/BLR
2008 Cara Black/Leander Paes, ZIM/IND
2009 Carly Gullickson/Travis Parrott, USA/USA
2010 Liezel Huber/Bob Bryan, USA/USA
2011 Melanie Oudin/Jack Sock, USA/USA
2012 Ekaterina Makarova/Bruno Soares, RUS/BRA
2013 Andrea Hlavackova/Max Mirnyi, CZE/BLR
2014 Sania Mirza/Bruno Soares, IND/BRA
2015 Martina Hingis/Leander Paes, SUI/IND
2016 Laura Siegemund/Mate Pavic, GER/CRO
AO: Elena Vesnina/Bruno Soares, RUS/BRA
RG: Martina Hingis/Leander Paes, SUI/IND
WI: Heather Watson/Henri Kontinen, GBR/FIN
US: Laura Siegemund/Mate Pavic, GER/CRO

2006 Martina Navratilova, USA
2007 Nathalie Dechy, FRA
2008 Cara Black, ZIM
2009 Carly Gullickson, USA
2010 Liezel Huber, USA
2011 Melanie Oudin, USA
2012 Ekaterina Makarova, RUS
2013 Andrea Hlavackova, CZE
2014 Yui Kamiji & Jordanne Whiley, JPN/GBR (WC)
2015 Martina Hingis, SUI
2016 Laura Siegemund, GER
AO: Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza, SUI/IND
RG: Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic, FRA/FRA
WI: Heather Watson, GBR
US: Laura Siegemund, GER

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
2016 Madison Keys, USA
AO: "The Dasha Show" [Gavrilova]
US: Madison Keys, USA (record 1:48 a.m. finish)

2015 Flavia Pennetta, ITA
2016 Angelique Kerber, GER
AO: Angelique Kerber, GER [first slam title at age 28]
RG: S.Stosur/AUS [SF] and M.Hingis, SUI [Career MX Slam as duo w/ Paes]
WI: Venus Williams, USA [SF at age 36]
US: Angelique Kerber/GER [oldest debut at singles #1]

2000 Wimbledon - Venus Williams
2003 Roland Garros - Justine Henin-Hardenne
2009 U.S. Open - Kim Clijsters
2015 U.S. Open - Roberta Vinci
2016 U.S. Open - Karolina Pliskova

[1st Weekend]
MVP: Karolina Pliskova, CZE
RISER: Belinda Bencic, SUI
VETERAN: Martina Hingis, SUI
COMEBACK: Casey Dellacqua/Samantha Stosur, AUS
FRESH FACE: Richel Hogenkamp, NED
DOUBLES: Barbora Strycova, CZE
DOWN: Petra Kvitova, CZE
Captain MVP: Alicia Molik, AUS
DOWN Captain: Anastasia Myskina, RUS
[Semifinal/Playoff Weekend]
MVP: Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic, FRA
RISER: Kiki Bertens, NED
SURPRISE: Viktorija Golubic, SUI
VETERAN: Angelique Kerber, GER
COMEBACK: Andrea Petkovic, GER
FRESH FACE: Daria Kasatkina, RUS
JUNIOR STAR: Charlotte Robillard-Millette, CAN
DOUBLES: Lucie Hradecka/Karolina Pliskova, CZE
DOWN: Samantha Stosur, AUS
Captain MVP: Mary Joe Fernandez, USA
DOWN Captain: Alicia Molik
[Junior Team]
MVP (Fed Cup 16s): [September 27 - October 2]
MVP (ITF World Chsp. 14s): Marta Kostyuk, UKR

TOP QUALIFIER: Taylor Townsend/USA
TOP EARLY-ROUND (1r-2r): #1 Serena Williams/USA
TOP MIDDLE-ROUND (3r-QF): #10 Karolina Plsikova/CZE
TOP QUALIFYING MATCH: Q2: Eri Hozumi/JPN d. (WC) Amanda Anisimova/USA 6-1/2-6/7-6(1) [Hozumi trails 4-0 in the 3rd, saves a MP vs. the 14-year old]
TOP EARLY-RD. MATCH (1r-2r): 2nd Rd. - Kateryna Bondarenko/UKR d. Zheng Saisai/CHN (5-7/7-6(5)/7-5; Zheng served up 5-4 2nd and 5-3 in TB; 3:01)
TOP MIDDLE-RD. MATCH (3r-QF): 4th Rd. #10 Karolina Pliskova/CZE d. #6 Venus Williams/USA 4-6/6-4/7-6(3) [saved MP, on 5th MP]
TOP ASHE NIGHT SESSION MATCH: Nominee: QF - #1 S.Williams d. #5 Halep 6-2/4-6/6-3
FIRST VICTORY: Cagla Buyukakcay/TUR (def. Falconi/USA)
FIRST SEED OUT: #30 Misaki Doi/JPN (lost 1st Rd. to Witthoeft/GER)
NATION OF POOR SOULS: Belgium (0-4 in 1st Rd.)
CRASH & BURN: #32 Monica Puig/PUR (Olympic Gold medalist; lost 1st rd. to Sai.Zheng/CHN)
ZOMBIE QUEEN: #10 Karolina Pliskova/CZE (4th Rd. - down set and 3-1 vs. V.Williams, saved MP in 3rd set, wins on 5th MP; in first career slam SF)
IT ("Teen"): Ana Konjuh/CRO
Ms.OPPORTUNITY: Anastasija Sevastova/LAT
LAST WILD CARD STANDING: Lauren Davis/USA, Kayla Day/USA, Vania King/USA (all 2nd Rd.)
COMEBACK PLAYER: Caroline Wozniacki/DEN
KIMIKO DATE-KRUMM VETERAN CUP (KDK CUP): Angelique Kerber/GER (at 28, oldest debut at singles #1)
DOUBLES STAR: Laura Siegemund/GER
BROADWAY-BOUND: Nominee: The Jr. Bannerettes, The Pastries (Garcia/Mladenovic), The Dynamic Duo (Mattek-Sands/Safarova)
LADY OF THE EVENING: Madison Keys/USA (won latest-ending women's match - 1:48 a.m.)

All for Day 12. More tomorrow night.


Blogger Ira said...

Sania's still number 1, Todd. Martina needed to make the final to overtake her.

Fri Sep 09, 07:19:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Diane said...

That opening graphic is inspired. Really.

Fri Sep 09, 10:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Geez, I thought I'd read days ago that it was official that she was going overtake her. So, I guess she's still FIVE measly points behind, then. Thanks for the alert!

Oh, so I "officially rescind" her share of the KDK Trophy. As a certain Czech said recently, "Maybe next time." ;)

Eric and Colt's "Fembot"/"Pliskbot" discussion in the comments of the other post made me think of the Palmer video, and I couldn't resist. :)

Sat Sep 10, 12:31:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Diane said...

I read that, too--that Hingis had taken the lead.

Sat Sep 10, 11:33:00 AM EDT  
Blogger colt13 said...

Kristyna is in the final vs Eguchi.

Stat of the Day-6-Justine Henin's ranking at the beginning of 2006. Why is this relevant today? Because a look at her 2006 season will explain why it took so long for Kerber to become #1. Note, since the points system was different, I used the ranking instead.

Jan 9-8
After AO-5
After F-3
After W-3
After US-2
Nov 13-1

So in a year that Henin reached all 4 slams, with one win, it still took until November to become #1. As Kerber has Serena, Henin had Mauresmo, who had the 2005 YEC, AO and Wimbledon to keep her in front. Henin stayed close by reaching 5 other finals, in which she won 4.

Kerber had the same issue, as Serena has gone F-F-W-SF in her slams, which is 5380 points alone. Kerber has stayed close with 4 other finals, winning one.

Jan 4-10
After AO-2
After F-4
After W-2
After US-1

The one thing I will touch on is the fact that some feel that if Serena had played in the fall, Kerber wouldn't be #1 yet. Actually, we would almost be in the same position. Kerber has a 980 pt lead in the live rankings before today's match, and picked up 1215 after the open last year. Even if you took off all of those points, this final would have determined the #1 spot.

Sat Sep 10, 12:42:00 PM EDT  
Blogger colt13 said...

One other note: Kerber, who looks fresher than she did at the end of both Cincinnati and the Olympics, is playing her 24th match since Wimbledon. Pliskova her 15th. The Olympics is the big difference, as both have the US Open and Cinci finals, and Halep took out both in Montreal. In a way, Pliskova may get revenge for the R16 loss because if she wins, she jumps Halep to become #5.

Sat Sep 10, 01:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Hmmm, I'm wondering what the pct. chance is that someone on ESPN will mention today that Kristyna is ALSO playing in a final this weekend. Maybe 1.5%... or maybe I'm giving them WAY too much credit.

And you could also make the point that if the Olympics had given points (which they SHOULD have), Kerber would have been #1 heading INTO the Open.

Thing is, even with all her slam success this season, since Kerber has only one title outside of the majors she might be able to recoup a good handful of the points she'll have to defend in '17 by maybe winning three "regular" titles (esp. w/ a big Premier), giving her a cushion if she can't replicate her three-finals-and-one-or-two-titles in slams next year.

Sat Sep 10, 01:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Or CLOSER to being #1 heading into the Open, at least. ;)

Sat Sep 10, 01:38:00 PM EDT  

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