US Open Day 1 Preview: Federer, Roddick, Williams Sisters
by Staff | August 30th, 2009, 5:24 pm
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The 2009 US Open gets underway on Monday in Flushing, with America’s favorite son Andy Roddick heading up the night session, and the equally beloved world No. 1 Roger Federer the top day attraction on the men’s side. The women’s side will feature top-ranked Americans the Williams sisters and fellow fan favorite Kim Clijsters.


Highlights on the men’s side are (1) Federer vs. NCAA champ Devin Britton, German Bjorn Phau vs. (5) Roddick, (28) Victor Hanescu vs. John Isner, (21) James Blake vs. Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, a potential upset special in (26) Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. Mikhail Youzhny, and American qualifier Donald Young vs. (14) Tommy Robredo.

Women’s highlights include the resurgent Kim Clijsters vs. the Ukraine’s Viktoriya Kutuzova, an all-American meeting with Alexa Glatch vs. (2) Serena Williams, Russian Vera Dushevina vs. (3) Venus Williams, another future American hope Gail Brodsky vs. (20) Anabel Medina Garrigues, Belgian Kirsten Flipkens vs. comeback queen Jelena Dokic, and Portuguese teen screamer Michelle Larcher De Brito vs. France’s Mathilde Johansson.

“It’s certainly never going to hurt,” says Roddick of his homecountry support after a difficult loss to Federer in the Wimbledon final a little more than a month ago. “And also, a lot falls on me. They can be cheering as loud as they want, if I go out there and lay an egg, it doesn’t affect the match too much. It’s going to help a lot more than the other way around.”

Serena Williams said, “I don’t talk about that anymore. I’m sorry,” when asked to comment on her No. 2 rank status behind Dinara Safina. Safina has yet to win a Slam title.

“I’ve talked about it a lot, and if you want to read some answers that I said, you know, you can,” the younger Williams sister said. “But I think we should talk about something else. It’s more exciting, more new…Any other questions that’s not about No. 1?”


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11 Comments for US Open Day 1 Preview: Federer, Roddick, Williams Sisters

Kimmi Says:

“I’ve talked about it a lot, and if you want to read some answers that I said, you know, you can,” the younger Williams sister said. “But I think we should talk about something else. It’s more exciting, more new…Any other questions that’s not about No. 1?”

LOL Serena, good idea not to talk about it anymore, she has to let her tennis do the talking which was not up par in the US open series.

Curious to see how John Isner will do against (28) Victor Hanescu, it will be tough but coming with a good form this summer..he has a chance here.

And lastly, Good luck Kim Clijsters.


BT Says:

Tell me if I’m wrong but even if Dinara were to pull out from the US Open and Serena wins again, Dinara will still be No. #1 by 3 points at the end of the fortnight

Dinara (8/31): 9810 pts
Serena (8/31): 8907 pts

Dinara (assuming she pulls out and gets 0 [-900]): 8910 pts
Serena (assuming she wins and defends all 2000 points: 8907 pts

I agree that Serena should just let the tennis do the talking and hopefully for her it will talk outside the grand slams too. That’s what will get her to the #1.


jane Says:

Well said BT, especially this part: “hopefully for her it will talk outside the grand slams too. That’s what will get her to the #1.”


Kimmi Says:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6815533.ece

“Mardy Fish withdrew from the US Open last night with a rib injury. The American and No 25 seed had been drawn to face Daniel Köllerer, of Austria, in the first round but will be replaced by Rui Machado, of Portugal.”

Wow, the injury must be serious then…


jane Says:

Too bad. Fish usually does fairly well at the USO. Hope he gets well soon.


jane Says:

Interesting picks from the Dimonator: he’s going for a Roddick vs. Nadal final, with … guess who? Nadal winning the US Open. Quite the unconventional picks in many ways, but intriguing nonetheless. A final I’d like to see, indeed.

http://www.tennistalk.com/en/blog/Ricky_Dimon/20090830/U.S._Open_preview_part_5:_Predictions


Blank Says:

Speaking of picks, who here plays the ATP draw challenge?


online Says:

Roger and Kim good luck!


Skorocel Says:

Kimmi: “LOL Serena, good idea not to talk about it anymore, she has to let her tennis do the talking which was not up par in the US open series.”

Yeah, but it was pretty much “up par” in all the 3 slams which she played in 2009 ;-)


scineram Says:

I have Federer over Murray, Blank.


Blank Says:

scineram – I have the other way.

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