Venus Williams Drama-filled Exit Headlines Thurs. US Open Play
by Staff | August 31st, 2012, 12:22 am
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Venus Williams supplied the drama in the final night match at the US Open on Thursday, playing some of her worst tennis of the year, including bouncing a second serve into the net, in falling to No. 6 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in a match that ended after midnight in Flushing Meadows.


The elder Williams sister went from absolutely awful in the opening set, hitting sitter overheads wide of the doubles alley, to rallying in the second set, and making for a tight third set.

Williams appeared in control in the third, up a break 4-2 when Kerber broke back for 4-3 on serve. Kerber held for 4-4, then Venus for 5-4. Kerber held through a tough game for 5-5, then pressure Venus in the next game to get the break and the 6-5 lead before serving out the match.

“It’s unbelievable, Venus is such a grat player and she’s won so many Grand Slams,” Kerber said.

Kerber in her next match will face unseeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus.

In other Top 10 action, all three other Top 10 seeds in play on Thursday advanced, with No. 2 Aggie Radwanska waiting out Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0 in the third, No. 4 Serena Williams having a relatively easy time with Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2, 6-4, and No. 10 Sara Errani rolling over Russian Vera Dushevina 6-0, 6-1.

“She’s a very tough opponent,” said Radwanska of the sweet-backhanded Navarro, who stretched her to three sets. “A lot of spins, some slice, I think a lot of different shots. I think I just make a bit too many mistake in the beginning. Then for sure I just start to play much better and make her run.”

Radwanska will next face No. 30 Jelena Jankovic, who on Thursday topped Spanish qualifier Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino in straights. Errani next meets Russian qualifier Olga Puchkova, and Serena Williams faces unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

Serena won in straights, but in the second set was a point from going down two breaks.

“I wasn’t really happy with the way I was playing,” Serena said. “I just wasn’t happy out there today in general. I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. It was just one of those days, but I’m happy I made it through.”

Other seeded winners on the day were No. 12 Ana Ivanovic, No. 13 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 14 Maria Kirilenko, and No. 20 Roberta Vinci.

Also among unseeded winners, American Sloane Stephens, building on her previous win over former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, rallied from a set down to overcome the slicing and dicing of German qualifier Tatjana Malek 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Ivanovic will next face the upstart Stephens.

“Well, I played her last year here, actually,” Ivanovic said of Stephens. “I do know a little bit. She’s improved a lot since then. I watched a little bit of the previous match…She’s very bubbly, that’s for sure. She’s very happy and upbeat. I do see myself a little bit. But I think over the years I calmed a little bit.”

Singles highlights on Friday in Flushing Meadows are defending champ (7) Sam Stosur vs. American (31) Varvara Lepchenko, (3) Maria Sharapova vs. American collegian Mallory Burdette, (1) Victoria Azarenka vs. (28) Jie Zheng, (9) Na Li vs. the Clijsters-killer Laura Robson of Britain, and veterans (19) Nadia Petrova vs. (15) Lucie Safarova.


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143 Comments for Venus Williams Drama-filled Exit Headlines Thurs. US Open Play

Eric Says:

Yeah way to choke away the match like six different times. Just pathetic.


jane Says:

Who Eric?


Kimberly Says:

Well I thought it was entertaining and decent quality in the last two sets. Certainly better than watching djokovic beat Lorenzo 1,0 and 1


jane Says:

It was competitive, but scrappy. Not lovely tennis like the Kim/Laura match.

I’d say Kerber choked more than Venus, as Kerber was the one actually serving for the match. Venus was never that close.


jane Says:

I like Na Li but tomorrow I am pulling for Laura – GO LAURA!


andrea Says:

nice win from kerber. despite letting her emotions get in the way of ending the third set sooner, it was a good win. she was all over the court. venus did have a chance. too many balls into the net.


moam Says:

Venus had 60 unforced errors and still almost won the match. One could speculate that had she had even 10 or so less errors, she would have won.
Given all that she has endured, I’m still convinced that she is far better player than the majority of female players out there.
I don’t think V could possibly be totally match tight. She simply hasn’t had enough top level matches over the last year or so.
But she is still a great American champion. Luv you V.
http://martinstake128.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/venus/


Alok Says:

Kerber will be a GS winner very soon. Her match with Venus was of a good quality, certainly better than than most of the night matches, especially on the men’s side.

The commies mentioned a couple of nights ago that the crowd was complaining about the lopsided night matches. Imagine forking over so much dough only to see a very low ranked player get beaten in a little over 60 minutes. Why can’t the other top 8-20 players have a go at night matches on Ashe? I’d much prefer to watch a 5 setter, featuring Cilic/Raonic/Ferrer, and some other players at night. So far, Ferrer, as a No. 4 player has not played one night match. the scheduling needs some tweaks.

Too bad about roddick retiring, but I gree with him that his heart tells him it’s time to stop, and his body is not healthy enough to be competing at the level he want to play.

Goodluck Andy, you’ll be missed!


Margot Says:

Think Li Na will be a step too far for Laura but what the heck upsets happen.
Come on Laura.
Wog boy, ahem by claiming Laura for Australia you are opening a can of worms…..I’ll play Tomic just for starters…;)


Kimberly Says:

Margot, Laura definitely in with a shot. Na Li can be patchy like kvitova and clijsters. If Laura can just hang with her while she’s painting the line with winners the errors eventually do come. It’s a tough ask but she certainly has a chance


racquet Says:

So, it’s Friday and Nole finally gets to play his 2nd rnd match! Only @ the US Open.

I also think Laura has an excellent chance…as long as she serves as well as she did in the Kim match.


Tennisfan Says:

“the schedule needs some tweaks” lol. … the schedule needs a wrecking ball … while I understand the Americans feel they need to feature some US players on the main courts … they feature pretty much only US players on the main courts … some of the best pairings like for instance Baghdatis vs Dolpo are relegated to outside courts … so they can get some US juniors playing time on the stadium … it really is a joke. I look forward to the elimination of most of the US players by the weekend just so I can get to see some off the better matchups on TV …you don’t see this kind of biased scheduling at other Slams


copaul Says:

Venus is a star. she is very calm which is very good.She knows how to behave on public. Venus you are very talented you can do it you were just unluck when you played Kerber but your chance is coming as long as you keep on running around for the balls nomater what just keep on active. you played great keep it up and best wishes.

copaul


dari Says:

Highs and lows for that match, but the tennis was fantastic at times. Really wish Venus woukd have pulled it out, like Kimberly i just hope she can get some consistent results so she can get seeded and further into these tourneys.
I have hears that kerber talks a lot of smack, which surprised me!


Wog boy Says:

Margot,

What took you so long:) I did expect you will come back with that, I will continue where you stoped: Ebden (SAR), Rodionova (Russia), Gajdosova (Slovakia), Dokic (Serbia)…..but that is Australia, did you know that more than 35% of Sydney population was not born in Australia?

BTW, thank you (UK) for Young brothers (AC/DC), for Olivia Newton John and many more British expatriates.

Did I make it up to you….now….

And yes GO LAURA……


jane Says:

Laura’s been great so far!


El Flaco Says:

When I looked at the schedule I was relieved when they had Federer on first. I knew the women’s match was going to be a drama-filled marathon.


racquet Says:

jane, she certainly is. Can she serve it out? Big test.


racquet Says:

Nope. Back on serve. The wind is bugging the both of them today.


racquet Says:

Laura takes the first set. It’s become a bit scrappy but Robson is the steadier player. What an opportunity.


Kimmi Says:

If Laura beats Li Na, she will really make some NOISE! Can she do it?


dari Says:

Watching a little LRob and Li Na, as it is not on the tv yet.

Very excited for this youngin’! i think she is moving better for sure than i’ve seen in the past


racquet Says:

She is moving better and returning better than I’ve seen.


jane Says:

racquet, I had to run out at 30 all 5-3 when Laura serving for the set, and I was worried she might get broken back, but I see she won the set anyhow, yay! I hope she can get another upset here. I definitely like her game and she seems very sweet, too. When Kim went to shake her hand at the net the other day, Laura just reached in for a hug instead. :)

Also, dare I say it? Gulbis has won set one.


racquet Says:

jane, same with me – I had to run out to pick up laundry hehe. Another improvement is the clutch serving. Saved two BPs with stonking serves. I hope this is her breakthrough tourny. She has a nice game to watch. Reminds me a bit of Kvitova.


jane Says:

Eek tiebreak again, like both sets in Laura’s last match.


dari Says:

that was a fantastic game by li


jane Says:

Mini-break to Laura…


jane Says:

Li with the mini break back.


jane Says:

Laura needs more first serves this match; she wins most points when she gets her first serve in.


Kimmi Says:

Wow, very close match. Nail biting. Too bad can’t watch any of it . Score board showing Laura with mini break


Kimmi Says:

4-4 how close can it get!


jane Says:

Oh-oh, kind of feel like Li will win now that she’s forced a third set.


Kimmi Says:

And the score board is all messed up…ugh!


Kimmi Says:

Hmm, too bad Li took it. That is what the top players has…the edge on close matches


jane Says:

True Kimmi, about the edge. Plus Laura’s serving second in the third which could possibly put more pressure on her serve.

Gulbis lost the second set.


Margot Says:

Scrappy first set, better second but Li Na now playing well and, unless that inconsistency returns, I think she will “edge” it, as jane said.
Believe Laura is the youngest player in top 100?
Wog boy, game set and match to me, I think…;)


Margot Says:

Sorry kimmi, re “edge”


racquet Says:

Robson was robbed with that bad line call on BP.


jane Says:

Indeed racquet, but she got it anyway! GOOO Laura!


racquet Says:

Not to worry, Laura plays an unbelievable point to get the break. She has matured hasn’t she?


racquet Says:

The line calls and officiating leave a lot to be desired.


Kimberly Says:

great match, go Laura!


racquet Says:

I’m very impressed with Laura’s composure, no matter what the result.


Kimberly Says:

Margot, this is great! What a player!!! What shotmaking!!!! Lets hope she can close it out now!!!!


jane Says:

Laura has just blossomed – wow!


racquet Says:

omg, double break! Serving for the match and a 2nd win over a GS champ.


racquet Says:

She does it!! That was impressive. Now she’ll meet Stosur, can she make it a hat trick of GS champs?


jane Says:

Amazing! Takes out Clijsters and Li Na back-to-back. Way to go LAURA!!


Huh Says:

Love you Laura!!!

C’mon, just take it!

LAURA FOREVER!!! :p


Margot Says:

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
:) :) :) :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
What a star. Go Laura!
kimberly, yes indeedy gr8 shot making and gr8 ROS too.


Huh Says:

LOVE YOU LAURA!!!!!!!

C’MON!!!

LAURA FOREVER……….. ;p :p ;)


Huh Says:

LAURA!!!!!!!! SWEETHEART!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!


Huh Says:

Though muzza’s girlfriend is one of the most beautiful gals in the universe, still i think muzza and laura are as sweet together as milk n honey or chocolate n cake!!! ;)


jane Says:

Not only great shotmaking, serve and return, but her demeanour is great too – she keeps her composure, she stays focused, and she’s quiet, too. ;)


dari Says:

IMPRESSIVE Laura robson!
Keep going, why not take out another slam winner?


Huh Says:

I’m with Laura means she’s gonna win against Stosur too! ;)


Kimberly Says:

great great win. I think she absolutely can challenge stosur. she’s already beaten two players with power games. Stosur serve can be a little tougher, more variety than the other girls but she goes through patches also. With Laura’s composure i think she’s def. in a with a shot. Great result regardless though.


steve-o Says:

What a performance from Robson! It takes a lot of game and a lot of nerve to be able to take out two Grand Slam champs!


jane Says:

I thought about picking Muller in the first match, but I didn’t think he’d beat Hewitt – well he hasn’t yet, but he’s leading by a set and a break.

I don’t think Gulbis is going to pull through today either, so it might be the same as at Wimbledon – good win then out.

Delpo up a break.

Nole with a break in set 2.

Kvitova serving for set one; they’re saying the heat bothers her due to asthma.

Indeed it’s both windy and hot today.


Colin Says:

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to watch the match, but I’m getting quite excited about Laura’s progress. Until now, I thought she wasn’t mobile enough to be a top player, but she seems to have improved. Andy Murray says she has done so, and say if she keeps working on the mobility she can achieve great things.
The draw is working out quite nicely for her. Li Na is a player who tends to get nervous and not play as well as she might, and now it’s Sam Stosur, who is known for choking. Laura has an excellent chance against her.


jane Says:

Hewitt’s fighting in set 2, very tight tiebreak.

Delpo is cruising versus Harrison, but they aren’t showing much of that match – just judging by the stats, Harrison is having a bad day – poor serving and lots of UEs. Still early though.

Nole seems to be cruising. What they showed of that match Dutra Silva was playing better than Lorenzi, although he is lower ranked I think. Gasquet is also cruising by the looks of it.


jane Says:

Harrison is getting beat easily by Delpo: his first serve and second serve are utterly ineffective and he’s not returning well. He’s hit 6 winners to 21 errors! Delpo has hit 8 winners to 7 errors. Much cleaner from his end, and he’s getting in 75% first serves to Harrison’s 55%.


dari Says:

Yeah, I was surprised some of the goods of Dutra Silva, have definitely never seen him play, but he kept up in some of the rallies. Probably took it all out of him to win that marathon game.
Should we be getting more afraid of novak’s form, or still too early?
Looking good for you guys, jane
Man, he loves that call me maybe, huh?


Kimmi Says:

I went for lunch and came back to find Laura won. WOW!! Amazing. A new star is born.


Kimmi Says:

Did I miss nole match…another drubbing…and my girl Petra is through! Go Petra


jane Says:

dari, he said the song gets stuck in his head, and I totally agree. I don’t even like it, but the song is like glue. LOL.

I think it’s early but he’s really nice and focused anyhow. Next round could be Benneteau so he’d better be focused. Julienne can be tricky. I assume the matches will only get harder for all of the top guys from here on out.


Kimmi Says:

Go deplo! Slacking off a little in the third set. Needs to keep up the concentration


jane Says:

Harrison still with only 54% first serves in but he’s starting to win more of his second serve points, which is helping. Way too many UEs, though. I think Delpo still has a good chance to get the break back and finish in straight sets.

Dolgo is beating Baggy atm, and Darcis/Wawa are on serve. Darcis has had a fairly good run of form lately taking out Berdych at the Olympics and getting to the R16 there, then to the QFs at Winston-Salem which included a win over Roddick. But I’d still favour Wawa to come through in that match.


Kimmi Says:

Hmm, deplo seem to be saving himself for the 4th set. That can sometimes be dangerous.


Neil Alan Says:

Venus just hasn’t played enough matches this year because of her illness and her ranking. Still, I though we saw flashes of her brilliance in the second set, and certainly her fighting spirit


dari Says:

JM needs to get out of this heat! Hope he can hold serve tight a few more times and not use anymore energy. Go delpo!


Kimmi Says:

Looks like it is paying off to save himself for the 4th delpo.


jane Says:

Just got home to see MP in Delpo/Harrison. Looks like Dolgo cruising in the 3rd set.


jane Says:

That’s definitely true about Hewitt trufan, but Nalby was never beaten by Fed more than 4 times consecutively, and he still has a respectable 8-11 H2H versus him.

Maso, certainly in recent months Roddick’s had some shoulder issues which I assume would impede his serve somewhat. But maybe players started to read it better too?


jane Says:

Can’t speak for others, but I hope they don’t go back to showing the Williams sisters doubles match as opposed to the many competitive singles matches going right now. Glad they switched over to Hewitt/Muller


jane Says:

Darcis/Wawa, Hewitt/Muller both in 5th set, Dolgo/Baggy in 4th set tiebreak.


jane Says:

Simultaneous MPs: Dolgo and Hewitt win.


jane Says:

Okay who’s keeping track? – There are tons of come backs from two sets down so far in this slam!


racquet Says:

As of yesterday there were 10 matches with comebacks.


jane Says:

^Thanks – it seems like a lot doesn’t it? I was thinking Hewitt today was another, but it wasn’t.


jane Says:

Top seeds update / possible route to finals (obviously could be many upsets between now and then, but fun to speculate):

Nole could have Benneteau then Dolgo then Delpo then Isner/Ferrer.

Muzza has/could have F-Lo then Raonic then Nishikori then Fed.

Fed has/could have Verdasco then Fish then Berdych then Murray.

Ferrer has/could have Hewitt then Gasquet then Isner then Nole.


racquet Says:

btw, the weather forecast for next week looks dire. At least 4 consecutive days of scattered thunderstorms. Looks like we should be prepared for schedule mayhem :(


racquet Says:

jane, those possible routes are intriguing. No offense but I hope Blake has a glorious renaissance tomorrow ;) Andy up nb 1:00pm on Armstrong and Raonic/Blake last on Grandstand.


jane Says:

racquet, bummer about the forecast. :( I’d be happy for Blake too but won’t mind if Milos goes one more round (only ;)). I think James has a shot – it’s like experience versus newbie in that match.


jane Says:

Well, Roddick has taken the court – could be his last match on the tour. Hard to say. He and Tomic have never played.


jane Says:

Roddick has come out strong. But does anyone else think Tomic needs to learn to hit with some power? He usually likes cat-and-mouse type plays, mixing in slices, lobs, touch volleys, but if he doesn’t counterbalance that with some big shots, he won’t break through these days.


dari Says:

I picked Bernard in my bracket. Bad move in a few different ways


jane Says:

Yep, but then we didn’t know about the added motivation. :)


jane Says:

Roddick’s experience is speaking volumes thus far.


jane Says:

Commentators speaking VERY negatively about Tomic’s effort right now – something about “the coolers in the freezer” and that he “doesn’t want to be out there”. Indeed, it’s like some of his shots are made with a seeming carelessness. Meanwhile Roddick’s all business, playing well and very focused. Good for him. The crowd is surprisingly subdued, but maybe they were expecting more of a popcorn match?


Polo Says:

Tomic is not in Roddick’s league. None of the young ones are anywhere near the caliber of the current group of top players.


jane Says:

J-Mac just called it a “tank job” – guess he should be careful what he says!???!


dari Says:

Well, hey, Andy lives another day on court, great news.
Bad news-Bernie doesn’t seem to have an interest in making this a match.


jane Says:

Nice to hear the crowd get into for the last game – and a bagel. :) Tomic deserved it. And Roddick deserved the win.


jane Says:

ha ha Roddick plays the strutter next! That should be good. And Roddick / Delpo could be heading for a R16 clash.


dari Says:

I mean I’m sure tomic was trying, but… Bleh!

Go Andy!


Wog boy Says:

Tomic said yesterday that he is in a great form, I wonder how he plays when he is not in a great form?


Eric Says:

I meant Venus. That third set was so sad – she was playing so well, and then she would just…stop playing well. I don’t even remember the points now, but she definitely should have won and didn’t. Anyway, no big deal.

Tomic: finally watched more than 20 minutes of his play for the first time in a year or so. He’s a very good player. He plays very well. Some things he does outstandingly well. But he’ll never be a top 10 player. He makes way the hell too many errors, his shot selection is terrible, and he lacks fortitude. That may all be down to still being young and immature. The bigger problem is one he can’t just grow out of, at least not any time soon: he just doesn’t hit the damn ball hard. You’re not going to stay in the top 10 too long when your bizarre form telegraphs your aim on most shots and you don’t have any pace. What do I know; he wins a lot, but I’m just less impressed every time I see him.


dari Says:

This was a particularly bad example, though, Eric


Eric Says:

dari, yeah, maybe. Like I said, first time I’ve paid attention in a while. I used to drink the “Tomic is a possible future no. 1!” kool-aid. He was good for a teenager a couple years ago. Maybe just last year, I dunno. Actually, I had him over Roddick in my bracket for some reason. (My brackets seems to be getting worse, too. Maybe I should watch more tennis…)


jane Says:

Yeah, no pace whatsoever from Tomic tonight – except in his serve, which was brilliant at times. But just kind of lame. He has so much variety; maybe he doesn’t get what/how to play from shot to shot. Whereas Andy had tactics and a plan – and it showed! He seems very relaxed and happy. His wife was wearing Isabel Marant for anyone who cares. ;)

Eric, Venus should have won, but also Kerber was serving for the match in the second set, and choked. So I don’t know – very topsy turvy match. Venus showed signs of her old best and then other times she was just … bad. And not in the “Who’s bad?” good sense of bad either.


dari Says:

I made that mistake pick, too, Eric, but to be fair to myself, i also have a Murray delpo final, so…


Wog boy Says:

Make no mistake, I am neither Tomic nor Hewitt fan but always had great respect for Hewitt’s attitude for the game. Tomic doesn’t have that, he is full of himself and very spoilt. If anyone saw Hewitt’s match today and the look of his feet and toe (R rated) when he called trainer and yet he kept playing on a hot day and he is going to come back in two days and play like his life depend on that match. Any other player would retire with that kind of foot (toe), but not Hewitt.
Tomic on the other hand was spoilt by Tennis Australia because they were desperate to have top player, he was given everything he (his father) asked for from young age, he grew up with feeling that he is very important. The rumours were (I tend to believe in them) that his father was threating that he is going to take him to play either for Germany (place of birth) or Croatia (his parents) if they are not given what they ask for few years ago. Tennis Australia caved in. He was even so cocky to refuse to practice with Hewitt few years back at Wimbledon, saying that he is not good enough for him. Tomic will be 20 in month or so and he has been on tour for 3-4 years, long enough to prove himself, did he do that?

Sorry Margot, I had to let go:(


Wog boy Says:

Shoul say “to let it go”


Polo Says:

It looks like the tennis world would be so bleak in the immediate future after the likes of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray are gone. The crop of young upcoming players is crappy.


Kimmi Says:

another drubbing in the night session


jane Says:

I’m liking my Azarenka pick at the moment. :)


Kimmi Says:

did u pick her to win the tournament jane?


Kimmi Says:

her serve is not that good, if she gets somebody who can take her second serve on, she will be in trouble imo.


Kimmi Says:

i think this will be a double bagel, looks like it


Wog boy Says:

Kimmi,

To fast for me, I was just about to say that!


Wog boy Says:

I was talking abot serve, but double bagel …maybe.


jane Says:

Seriously, it’s not like Zheng is a slouch. She’s petite, but she’s ranked #28 in the world, and going into this match she was 1-2 versus Victoria. Poor girl – is she looking at a potential double bagel?


jane Says:

Kimmi, I did pick Victoria to be victorious.


Kimmi Says:

cheering for zheng to at least get a game here. double bagel is not good. she is seeded 28, she shouldn’t get a double bagel.

ugh!! She is giving azarenka the pace she likes. she is in trouble!


Kimmi Says:

i didnt know the h2h, this is surprising. I was just about to say her game matches up well with azarenka. but if she beat him twice….


Polo Says:

I don’t think ranking means anything in women’s tennis. Wozniacki proved that when she was number 1. Number 28 being beaten so soundly is not surprising at all.


Kimmi Says:

yes! she breaks. go zheng. no more bagels tonight.


jane Says:

Well she’s staved off the double bagel. Good for that. Kimmi, actually Victoria had won 2 matches and Jie only 1 before today’s match.

Paire is serving for the match – did anyone pick him to the third round? Well, Special K has 15-30 to try to force a 3rd set tiebreak.


jane Says:

Paire double faulted twice in that tiebreak – too bad for him, but Special K comes through….

Tennis is ending early! :)


Wog boy Says:

I just noticed, there are four GS winners in Azarenka’s side of draw !


Humble Rafa Says:

One more point about the Balding One about to retire. For someone who could only hit cross court backhands for the first half of his career, his career wasn’t bad.


Kimberly Says:

Azarenka looking veeeery tough


Kimmi Says:

well, azarenka looks very good tonight but I am not buying it until i see her play top dogs.


jane Says:

Wog Boy, yes, the top half of the ladies draw is loaded. Only Serena and Venus are former champs on the bottom I think?? But on the top half there was/is Kim, Na Li, Stosur, Sharpie, Kvitova and Azarenka too! Funnily enough young Laura Robson has taken care of two of them – can she get through 3?? :)


jane Says:

^ Oh I forgot: Ivanovic has a slam – she’s on the lower half. Aggy is there, too, and Kerber, both good players – but not slam winners.


Wog boy Says:

I just read Tomic’s post match press conference…….well, no comment;(

After that conference, he gave interview to Aussie commentator……again, no comment.

Actually just a short one…. there is english word that says everything…..IMMATURE


jane Says:

There’s more detail in this article; Tomic implied he was awed by the situation, and that Roddick played well. He denies tanking:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/sport/14727256/tomic-denies-tanking-against-roddick/


Margot Says:

Wog boy, I blame his dad. Are there any exceptions to the rule that being coached by your parent is BAD for you?


Kimmi Says:

if someone asked me after losing a tough match if i wasn’t trying, well..i would probably be angry too. I give him the benefit of a doubt.


jane Says:

Well he is only 19, and it was only his first appearance on Ashe, and he’d never played Roddick before, and Roddick was playing well. All that said, I thought in the third set he seemed to be somewhat unmotivated, like he saw no way back, so he showed not that much fire? Not sure. But his dad does sound like a bit of a nut-bar so maybe that is part of the reason, as Margot suggests.


Wog boy Says:

Hi Margot,

Maybe Monika Seles, but that proves your point anyway. I think this season is prove that he needs coach and good team around to look after him. He was talking yesterday about great for and I was thinking, hang on a minute which year he is talking about. I am comparing him with Andy and Nole when they were 19-20, do I have to say anything more.
Margot he has more 20.000 people wat hing him and looking for competitive match and what is he giving them, does he realize that is disrespect for tennis and people, he is not above them, it is the other way around, if you know what I think.
Anyway Laura is great, you can add me on as fan of her. He got under my skin, that is it.


Wog boy Says:

It is “she” not “he”


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I will disagree, he has plenty of matches on the big stage, Wimbledon@AO, he is 19 (almost 20) but he started early with GS as WC at AO. Credit to Roddick, he played great but Tomic didn’t give his best, or didn’t have plan B or both, we are talking now real coach and real team. He just didn’t try hard, not just third set, I agree with JMac.


jane Says:

Wog Boy, I guess you’re right about that – he’s had his fair share of big slam matches by now, and yes, it was mainly in the third set where he could’ve showed more “oomph.” For example, thinking back to the Donald Young vs Federer match, the third set was the most exciting one, as Young was trying his very hardest and things were starting to click for him. I just didn’t see that same fire from Tomic. A new coach and team sound like a good idea. He has a lot of variety, good serve, height etc, but he needs better tactics, movement and more power.


jane Says:

Interesting comparison with Hewitt, btw, Wog Boy. Their mindsets do seem very different.


Alok Says:

Did Lorenzi and Dutra Silva tank also.


Alok Says:

Polo Says:
Tomic is not in Roddick’s league. None of the young ones are anywhere near the caliber of the current group of top players.

August 31st, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Agree. Dunno why it’s being made out to look like roddick’s a slouch who shouldn’t have won that match. Same sort of digs when the Fed plays, and we hear how handily Murray beat him, several times.


juljo724 Says:

Alok, I don’t think most tennis people on here have made Roddick out as a slouch who should not have won, but they did expect more out of Tomic.

I have read many of the comments from those who seem to think that Andy only has a serve (one-dimensional, kind of a familiar ring to it don’t you think?). This is coming from those who have probably never played tennis, much less PROFESSIONAL TENNIS in their lives. I have never played a professional sport and I would not dream of assuming how a player thinks (i.e Dave’s books)

Andy deserves respect for what he has given to the tennis community and all the budding tennis players out there in America over all these years. I have to say, he is getting that respect from the media, fellow players and fans. The only place I have seen people say not-so-kind words is here.


Alok Says:

uljo724 Says:
Alok, I don’t think most tennis people on here have made Roddick out as a slouch who should not have won, but they did expect more out of Tomic.

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juljo; No, most people don’t think Roddick is a slouch, just one person on here, seems to think so, the obsessed djokovic fan. Read her excuses for Tomic. Apparently, Roddick didn’t deserve the win in her eyes, it’s more like Tomic gave the match away. I bet if he played djokovic she would be singing djokovic’s praises. I posted on this site one night out of frustration over her digs at Fed. She can’t see anything else because her nose is too far up djokovic’s butt.

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