Friday, September 10, 2021

US.12- The Day Before Their Day

And this time they mean it...

...with the women's singles taking a break on Friday, the rest of the draws set about finding *their* finalists.

In doubles, #11 Coco Gauff & Caty McNally advanced to their first slam final as a pair when #5 Gaby Dabrowski & Luisa Stefani had to retire three points into a 1st set tie-break when Stefani injured her knee in a fall. The Brazilian had to be wheelchaired off the court.

Hopefully Stefani will be all right. It wasn't a good-looking fall.

The Bannerettes will face #14 Samantha Stosur & Zhang Shuai, who defeated #7 Desirae Krawczyk/Alexa Guarachi today, in the final. The veteran duo won the '19 Australian Open together, and Stosur will be looking to add more hardware to what could turn out to be a Hall of Fame career. The Aussie has won singles, doubles and mixed slam crowns in her career, and is looking for her eighth overall major title.

Meanwhile, later in the day, Krawczyk rebounded well, joining with Joe Salisbury to defeat Jessie Pegula/Austin Krajicek to reach their second MX slam final together this season. They teamed to win Paris, then Krawczyk played Wimbledon with Neal Skupski and won it, too... defeating Salisbury and Harriet Dart in the final. The last woman to win 3/4 of a season's mixed titles was Martina Hingis in 2015. You'd have to go back to 1985 (Martina Navratilova) for the most recent time it happened before that.

They'll face Giuliana Olmos & Marcelo Arévalo in the final.

...the girls' singles final was set on Day 12, and #7 Robin Montgomery will attempt to become the seventeenth different Bannerette to win the title, and the third ('16 Kayla Day, '17 Amanda Anisimova) in the last six years. She defeated Argentina's Solana Sierra in three sets today. She'll see #6-seeded Belarusian Kristina Dmitruk (def. Sebastianna Scilipoti 1 & 2) in the final.

Dmitruk will try to become the fourth girls singles slam winner from Belarus, and the first at Flushing Meadows since Victoria Azarenka in 2005. Azarenka also won the AO junior title that season, while Vera Lapko won in Melbourne in 2016.

#1-seeded Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva & Ane Mintegi del Olmo defeated Brenda & Linda Fruhvirtova 6-4/7-6(3) in their girls doubles QF match. They lost in the SF to #3-seeded Montgomery & Ashlyn Krueger, though. The Bannerettes will face another all-U.S. duo in the final, as #8 Reese Brantmeier & Elvina Kalieva upset #6 Alex Eala & Hanne Vandewinkel. the wheelchair semis, #1 Diede de Groot allowed just a single game in a 6-1/6-0 win over countrywoman Aniek Van Koot, while #2 Yui Kamiji defeated Jordanne Whiley, 6-1/6-3.

It'll be the fifth straight U.S. Open final meeting between de Groot and Kamiji, and the eleventh to decide a slam champion in their career series. De Groot leads 8-2 in their slam final match-ups (winning seven straight), and 23-15 overall (but 21-4 in the last 25). De Groot will be playing in the final for the 15th time in the last 17 majors (11-3). If de Groot wins she'll complete the first Golden Slam (4 majors + Paralympics) ever in wheelchair singles.

Aussie Dylan Alcott is also seeking to complete a Golden Slam, and is into the men's Quad WC semifinals.

De Groot & Van Koot will play in the doubles final against Kamiji & Whiley. One of the four women have claimed or shared the U.S. Open doubles title in every competition since 2013.

(Q) Emma Raducanu/GBR vs. Leylah Fernandez/CAN

#11 Gauff/McNally (USA/USA) vs. #14 Stosur/Zhang (AUS/CHN)

Olmos/Arevalo (MEX/ELS) vs. #2 Krawczyk/Salisbury (USA/GBR)

#1 Diede de Groot/NED vs. #2 Yui Kamiji/JPN

#1 de Groot/Van Koot (NED/NED) vs. #2 Kamiji/Whiley (JPN/GBR)

#7 Robin Montgomery/USA vs. #6 Kristina Dmitruk/BLR/SUI

#3 Krueger/Montgomery (USA/USA) vs. #8 Brantmeier/Kalieva (USA/USA)





...when ESPN continues to dutifully report to everyone who "the oddsmakers" favor in the women's final. Yeah, and I'm sure they had Fernandez and Raducanu favored to win the majority (any?) of their matches over the last two to four rounds, too, right? Alright.



*de Groot vs. Kamiji Slam Finals*
2017 US - #1 Yui Kamiji/JPN def. #2 Diede de Groot/NED
2018 AO - #2 Diede de Groot/NED def. #1 Yui Kamiji/JPN
2018 RG - #1 Yui Kamiji/JPN def. #2 Diede de Groot/NED
2018 US - #1 Diede de Groot/NED def. #2 Yui Kamiji/JPN
2019 AO - #1 Diede de Groot/NED def. #2 Yui Kamiji/JPN
2019 RG - #1 Diede de Groot/NED def. #2 Yui Kamiji/JPN
2019 US - #1 Diede de Groot/NED def. #2 Yui Kamiji/JPN
2020 US - #1 Diede de Groot/NED def. #2 Yui Kamiji/JPN
2021 AO - #1 Diede de Groot/NED def. #2 Yui Kamiji/JPN
2021 RG - #1 Diede de Groot/NED def. #2 Yui Kamiji/JPN
2021 US - ??
de Groot leads 8-2

20 - YUI KAMIJI, JPN (8-11)
15 - DIEDE DE GROOT, NED (11-3)
13 - Aniek Van Koot, NED (3-10)
6 - Jiske Griffioen, NED (4-2)
1 - Jordanne Whiley, GBR (1-0)
1 - KG Montjane, RSA (0-1)
1 - Momoko Ohtani, JPN (0-1)

2005 Esther Vergeer, NED
2006 Esther Vergeer, NED
2007 Esther Vergeer, NED
2008 --
2009 Esther Vergeer, NED
2010 Esther Vergeer, NED
2011 Esther Vergeer, NED
2012 --
2013 Aniek van Koot, NED
2014 Yui Kamiji, JPN
2015 Jordanne Whiley, GBR
2016 --
2017 Yui Kamiji, JPN
2018 Diede de Groot, NED
2019 Diede de Groot, NED
2020 Diede de Groot, NED
2021 ?
2005 Korie Homan & Esther Vergeer, NED/NED
2006 Jiske Griffioen & Esther Vergeer, NED/NED
2007 Jiske Griffioen & Esther Vergeer, NED/NED
2008 --
2009 Korie Homan & Esther Vergeer, NED/NED
2010 Esther Vergeer & Sharon Walraven, NED/NED
2011 Esther Vergeer & Sharon Walraven, NED/NED
2012 --
2013 Jiske Griffioen & Aniek van Koot, NED/NED
2014 Yui Kamiji & Jordanne Whiley, JPN/GBR
2015 Jiske Griffioen & Aniek van Koot, NED/NED
2016 --
2017 Marjolein Buis & Diede de Groot, NED/NED
2018 Diede de Groot & Yui Kamiji, NED/JPN
2019 Diede de Groot & Aniek Van Koot, NED/NED
2020 Yui Kamiji & Jordanne Whiley, JPN/GBR
2021 ?

1978 Linda Siegel
1979 Alycia Moulton
1980 Susan Mascarin
1981 Zina Garrison
1982 Beth Herr
1986 Elly Hakami
1988 Carrie Cunningham
1989 Jennifer Capriati
1992 Lindsay Davenport
1994 Meilen Tu
1995 Tara Snyder
2008 CoCo Vandeweghe
2011 Grace Min
2012 Samantha Crawford
2016 Kayla Day
2017 Amanda Anisimova

2005 Victoria Azarenka/BLR def. Alexa Glatch/USA
2006 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/RUS def. Tamira Paszek/AUT
2007 Kristina Kucova/SVK def. Urszula Radwanska/POL
2008 CoCo Vandeweghe/USA def. Gabriela Paz/VEN
2009 Heather Watson/GBR def. Yana Buchina/RUS
2010 Daria Gavrilova/RUS def. Yulia Putintseva/RUS
2011 Grace Min/USA def. Caroline Garcia/FRA
2012 Samantha Crawford/USA def. Anett Kontaveit/EST
2013 Ana Konjuh/CRO def. Tornado Alicia Black/USA
2014 Marie Bouzkova/CZE def. Anhelina Kalinina/UKR
2015 Dalma Galfi/HUN def. Sonya Kenin/USA
2016 Kayla Day/USA def. Viktoria Kuzmova/SVK
2017 Amanda Anisimova/USA def. Coco Gauff/USA
2018 Wang Xiyu/CHN def. Clara Burel/FRA
2019 Maria Camila Osorio Serrano/COL d. Alexandra Yepifanova/USA
2020 DNP
2021 Robin Montgomery/USA vs. Kristina Dmitruk/BLR

TOP QUALIFIER: Rebecca Marino/CAN (first US MD since '11)
TOP EARLY-ROUND (1r-2r): #9 Garbine Muguruza/ESP
TOP MIDDLE-ROUND (3r-QF): Leylah Fernandez/CAN
TOP QUALIFYING MATCH: Q3: Katie Boulter/GBR def. #8 Kristina Kucova/SVK 7-5/2-6/6-4 (from break down at 4-2, wins final 4 games to reach first U.S. Open MD)
TOP EARLY-RD. MATCH (1r-2r): 2nd Rd. - #4 Karolina Pliskova/CZE def. Amanda Anisimova/USA 7-5/6-7(5)/7-6(7) - (Anisimova first on Ashe; Pliskova US reocord 24 aces; Anisimova up 5-2 in 3rd TB, Pliskova saves MP and wins on MP #2 9-7; no Top 20 seed def. in first two round)
TOP MIDDLE-RD. MATCH (3r-QF): #17 Maria Sakkari/GRE def. #6 Bianca Andreescu/CAN 6-7(2)/7-6(6)/6-3 (3:29 ends at women's US record 2:13 a.m.; ends Andreescu's 10-0 start in Open)
FIRST VICTORY: Kristina Kucova/SVK (def. Li/USA)
FIRST SEED OUT: #31 Yulia Putintseva/KAZ (1st Rd./lost to Kanepi)
FIRST SLAM MD WINS: Valentini Grammatikopoulou/GRE, Rebeka Masarova/ESP
NATION OF POOR SOULS: USA (8-14 in 1st; Keys/Riske out; Serena/Venus/Kenin/Brady DNP; 3/4 '17 all-US SF out)
CRASH & BURN: #2 Naomi Osaka/JPN (3rd Rd. to Fernandez/CAN; served for match in 2nd set) and #1 Ash Barty/AUS (3rd Rd. to Rogers/USA; led 5-2, double-break in 3rd)
ZOMBIE QUEENS OF NEW YORK: Elise Mertens/BEL (1r vs. Peterson; down 6-3/5-3 and RP served twice for match; saved 5 MP in 2nd, 1 MP in 3rd) and Rebeka Masarova/ESP (1r vs. Bogdan; down 7-6/4-1; saved 2 MP in 3rd TB, on own 6th MP; first slam win) - simultaneously-played U.S. Open women's record 3:40 matches
IT ("Teens"): Leylah Fernandez/CAN and Emma Raducanu/GBR
Ms.OPPORTUNITY: Nominee: de Groot (for WC Golden Slam), Kamiji
LAST QUALIFIER STANDING: Emma Raducanu/GBR (in F) (LL 3r: Minnen, Rakhimova)
LAST WILD CARD STANDING: none (went 0-8 in 1st Rd.)
COMEBACK: U.S. Open fans
VETERAN PLAYER (KIMIKO CUP): Nominees: Ka.Pliskova, Stosur/Zhang
DOUBLES STAR: Nominees: Krawczyk, Olmos, Gauff/McNally
BIG APPLE BANNERETTE BREAKTHROUGH: Nominees: Gauff/McNally, Montgomery
BROADWAY-BOUND: "Oh Canada!" (Fernandez F, Marino Q-POW, Dabrowski WD SF, FAA men's SF, Andreescu QF...+ Toronto-born Raducanu F)
LADY OF THE EVENING: Maria Sakkari/GRE (wins 3:29 4r match at 2:13 a.m.; def. Pliskova to reach SF)
JUNIOR BREAKOUT: Nominees: Montgomery, Dmitruk

All for Day 12. More tomorrow.


Blogger colt13 said...

Ekaterina Makarova is back! I'm kidding, it is actually the 25 yr old ITF player that is playing qualifying in Luxembourg. She is ranked 476.

Other interesting live rankings- Schunk at 301 and Noskova at 321.

Gauff/McNally one step closer. McNally still only 19.

Stat of the Day- 10- Number of doubles slam finals played by Virginia Wade.

It had to be a British or Canadian stat. So why not one covering the last Brit to win here?

That in itself may have been a surprise. After losing in the first round at Wimbledon in 1968, she came to New York as the #6 seed. Needing 6 wins for the title, she took out #3 Judy Tegart in QF, #2 Ann Jones in SF, then had to take out #1 Billie Jean King in final.

Her doubles run started the next year. Between 1969-1979, she reached 10, playing with Margaret Court(6), Francoise Durr(2), Rosie Casals(1) and Olga Morozova(1). With the exception of Morozova, she faced the others in finals- Casals(3), Durr(3), Court(1), along with the woman she is forever linked to in Betty Stove(3).

Wade played Wimbledon singles 24 times, being QF or better every year between 72-79, peaking with her victory in 1977. Her career lasted so long that she played with Margaret duPont in her first(62) and Martina Navratilova(85) in her last.

*duPont's first Wimbledon was 1946, while Navratilova's last was 2004.

Sat Sep 11, 07:18:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Pressure's off Jo Konta now! ;)

Sun Sep 12, 12:29:00 AM EDT  

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