Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Commentary US Open 9/1/08 Day 8

by Savannah

The women's quarter finals are set. The match everyone predicted when the draw was released will come to pass. Venus Williams will play her sister Serena Williams Wednesday evening. Thinking about going? A decent seat will cost you a mortgage payment online. You could try to see what tickets are available at BJK that night. I'd get there early if I were you. Everybody else will have the same idea. It's odd that the women's tournament will peak at the quarter finals isn't it?

There are other women playing, don't get me wrong. Some of the match ups are quite intriguing.
Flavia Pennetta did indeed make Amelie Mauresmo's life miserable yesterday forcing 40 unforced errors from the Frenchwoman on her way to a 6-3, 6-0 win. Will she be able to do the same thing to Dinara Safina? Depends. Dinara is playing with a lot of confidence right now and looks for a way to win instead of imploding as she used to do. It will take an extraordinary effort from Flavia to win.

Today's matches feature Elena Dementieva against
Patty Schnyder and Sybille Bammer against Jelena Jankovic.. Elena should be facing Jelena in the semi's, emphasis on should. I have to think that Jelena was stung by the almost universal criticism of her reaching number one without having ever made even the final of a major and that she's out to prove that she is worthy of that ranking. We'll see.

Tennis fans are used to seeing the best matches at night. Last night saw Severine Bremond go against Serena Williams. The final score was 2 and 2. I don't need to tell you in whose favor do I?
The men's match was a curious affair to say the least. On paper Andy Murray playing Stan Wawrinka should have been a competitive match. Both had been playing well coming into the match. Too bad only AndyM showed up. The final score was 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 Murray and it wasn't that close. You knew the match wasn't cutting it when Michael Barkan spent a hell of a lot of time with the men from the HBO series "Entourage". Murray's next opponent is Juan Martin del Potro. For some reason Teddy Robinson has renamed Juan Martin "Jim". I guess it would be too much for him to find out that "Juan" in English is "John". He called Juan Martin "Jim" twice last night. That LPGA mind set seems to be spreading.

Mardy Fish, who would be amused to know his first name is pronounced "Mare-dy in Russian, will be facing Rafael Nadal tomorrow night on Ashe. I'm sure the US tennis powers that be are giving him a cram course on Rafa who survived a tough challenge from Sam Querrey. Let's see if Querrey continues the level of play he showed against Rafa going forward or if he'll do like a lot of the people who play against Serena or Venus who bring their best tennis against them and after wards don't seem to know how to get the ball over the net.

US Open Junior Tennis

Girls number one seed Arantxa Rus lost in the first round to Viktoria Kamenskaya of Russia.

Boys qualifier Devin Britton from Mississippi took out the Australian Junior Tennis Champion Bernard Tomic 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
As usual for all junior tennis news visit Colette Lewis blog.

End Notes

Rafael Nadal presented Bud Collins the Ron Bookman Media Excellence award for his long-standing contribution to the game of tennis 9/1/08.

Nishikori Kei gets welcomed to the big time as he takes the court for his match against Juan Martin del Potro who won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Bob Bryan, on the left, and his brother Mike Bryan in action on Day 8.

Gael Monfils vents his frustration during his match against Mardy Fish 9/1/08.

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