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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