Sharapova v Halep, Zverev, Cilic And Venus Monday On Day 1 At US Open
by Staff | August 27th, 2017, 11:53 pm
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The US Open begins Monday under an injury cloud with many of the big names not playing. But event goes on and Monday night features the most anticipated match of the first round as World No. 2 Simona Halep takes on 2006 winner Maria Sharapova who returns to Grand Slam tennis after over a year and half.

Sharapova has won all six meetings over the Romanian.

Earlier in the day, Wimbledon champ Garbine Muguruza leads a parade of Grand Slam winners in the afternoon.

Former champion Marin Cilic follows against the aptly-named Tennys Sandgren. The Croat who won in NY in 2014 has played due to injury since the Wimbledon final. He, of course, took Andy Murray’s spot in the draw.

Then 2-time winner Venus Williams meets someone 18 years her junior in Viktoria Kuzmova who wasn’t even born when Venus first played the US Open in 1997. Venus could actually return to No. 1 with a title.

Also on Ashe, 20-year-old phenom Alexander Zverev debuts his powerful game against Darian King of Barbados. Zverev has won 10 of his last 11 but has never made a Slam quarterfinal.

Elsewhere on the grounds, the top American men are on court with John Isner, Sam Querrey, Steven Johnson and Jack Sock all in action.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova opens play on temporary Armstrong against former finalist and World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic.

Wimbledon semifinalist Jo Konta in on along with Slam runner-ups Caroline Wozniacki and Dominika Cibulkova.

David Ferrer also open plays as do Karen Khachanov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille and Kevin Anderson who meets feel-good story JC Aragone.

US OPEN MONDAY SCHEDULE
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM 11:00 AM
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) vs. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [3]
Tennys Sandgren (USA) vs. Marin Cilic (CRO) [5]
Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) vs. Venus Williams (USA) [9]
7:00 PM
2017 US OPEN OPENING CEREMONY
Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. Simona Halep (ROU) [2]
Darian King (BAR) vs. Alexander Zverev (GER) [4]

LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM 11:00 AM
Petra Kvitova (CZE) [13] vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
Not Before: 1:00 PM
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) vs. John Isner (USA) [10]
Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Roberta Vinci (ITA)
Not Before: 5:00 PM
Jack Sock (USA) [13] vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)

GRANDSTAND 11:00 AM
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs. Steve Johnson (USA)
Johanna Konta (GBR) [7] vs. Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)
Sam Querrey (USA) [17] vs. Gilles Simon (FRA)
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5] vs. Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU)


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72 Comments for Sharapova v Halep, Zverev, Cilic And Venus Monday On Day 1 At US Open

FedExpress Says:

“Wimbledon finalist Jo Konta in on along with fellow Slam runner-ups Caroline Wozniacki and Dominika Cibulkova.”

When and on which planet did Jo Konta reach the Wimbledon final?


jalep Says:

Sorry I’m posting this so late!

WTA Tourneytopia Pool is open:

http://www.tourneytopia.com/RacquetBracketUsOpenWTA/jalep6/submitpicks/picks.aspx

Everyone Welcome!


AndyMira Says:

Thanks j!!…and millions of thanks to RZ too for set up Racquet Brackets for us to laugh at each other’s pick!..hehe..sorry!just a loving joke before the sweet sour face appear next week…Good luck to all the Picker’s!!….Wooohoooo!!…C’mon!Bring it on!!


Humble Rafa Says:

When and on which planet did Jo Konta reach the Wimbledon final?

She is British. They reach Wimbledon finals in many planets before they ever do on planet earth, which I assume is your base. Unless you are British, you understand these things.

You can direct any questions to the man most qualified all matters British, Mr. Judy Murray. But at this moment, he is busy with my good friend Deliciano. But you may catch up with him after 4 hours.


Humble Rafa Says:

British adopt all sorts of tennis people..Australian, Canadian, Mars, Venus, etc. They are very generous people, I am told.


Humble Rafa Says:

Only you can hear on American TV. Last American woman not named Williams to win grandslam : Capriati in 2002.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Shapovalov looking like he belongs here! That 1H backhand looks great. Great speed and effort.


Humble Rafa Says:

Vagabond girl,

I will happily pay for the kid’s haircut and clothes. Once we fix those, he is good to go.

God already favors him since he is left handed.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Very generous, Humble Rafa. Lose a bet in Montreal?


Humble Rafa Says:

I have to develop my “babies”. If don’t, when I leave there will be no Baby Humbles, no?


Daniel Says:

Sharapova’s BH DTL is on fire, 60 winner to get her first MP. Awesome!


Daniel Says:

So happy for Masha to be winning again in Grand Slam stage.


Humble Rafa Says:

What other cheaters do you support and feel happy for?


Mjj288 Says:

Maria is so likeable during interviews and off the court. I know it’s a broken record, but I wish she was quieter on the court.


Navdeep Says:

As expected, a ta-da bye bye for Halep.


Humble Rafa Says:

Who is this kid with long soccer like socks playing? He looks like he just landed straight from the 80s. One more kid, I will be to pay for a hair cut.


t4t Says:

Fed as usual gets the night time slot. It is, of course, just luck!


skeezer Says:

^What a continual bunch of crock. Fed gets the night time cause he’s e a r n e d it.
Besides being the most watchable tennis draw on the planet, he is a high seed, the all time record holder, etc etc etc.
He IS prime time. Luck has nothing to do with it.


Daniel Says:

“What other cheaters do you support and feel happy for?”

You Humble, kkkkk You ask for it;-)


Tony N Says:

t4t: “Fed as usual gets the night time slot. It is, of course, just luck!”

Of course the USTA would put in prime time the match between the 70th ranked American teenage-sensation Tiafore and Federer.

Nadal is playing the 85th ranked 27-year old no-name journeyman Lajovic from Europe.

Using common sense, which match do you think American ticket-buyers would prefer to see in prime time? Every Grand Slam championship tends to put its country’s players on the bigger courts.

As well, everything that skeezer said is also correct: “^What a continual bunch of crock. Fed gets the night time cause he’s e a r n e d it. Besides being the most watchable tennis draw on the planet, he is a high seed, the all time record holder, etc etc etc.
He IS prime time. Luck has nothing to do with it.”


Tony N Says:

Humble Rafa: “What other cheaters do you support and feel happy for?”

Daniel: “You Humble, kkkkk You ask for it;-)”

Proof: “US Open: Do Tennis Players Who Grunt Have an Advantage?… others complain that grunting is an intentional tactic, designed to psychologically intimidate the opponent. Martina Navratilova has gone so far as to state that “it is cheating, pure and simple”.”
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/attraction-evolved/201708/us-open-do-tennis-players-who-grunt-have-advantage


Daniel Says:

Thiem winning easy, think he will go far this Slam, potential QF with Fed/Kyrgios.


gonzalowski Says:

Hi to everybody!
Nadal starting very poor, already broken. I would say he plays anxious


Willow Says:

Gonzalowski very tentative and not aggressive enough ….


J-Kath Says:

Got the first set – will settle down now. Take heart all U Rafa fans.


J-Kath Says:

Amazed that there is so little discussion of Rafa’s win – why?


skeezer Says:

Fed on soon. Ya Mon!


AndyMira Says:

JK…That means we’re Rafa fans NOT a bragging type…


Tony N Says:

Here is my analysis of Nadal’s win. Don’t blame me if you don’t understand Spanish.
https://elpais.com/deportes/2017/08/29/actualidad/1504017755_695835.html


Tony N Says:

“Frances Tiafoe: Something Bigger”… by Frances Tiafoe.
https://www.theplayerstribune.com/frances-tiafoe-us-open/


Daniel Says:

Federer’s BH is totally off. He had a chance to break back but Tiafoe unleashed a FH.

Very weird start so far, as if he is cold, stiff and off.


Daniel Says:

Fed just 37% first serves in and 13 UE in 6 and a half games


Daniel Says:

Tiafoe didn’t felt the pressure and close the first. Fed serving better but still from the baseline Tiafoe is spanking the ball and unleashing winners. Fed has to make something new, he is not sustaining the pace fro the back court.


t4t Says:

I like the way skeezer conducts himself as a Fed fan and how he interacts with other posters! Ha ha, I have almost become his fan (!?!)


Daniel Says:

Federer missing a chance to go a double break up.


Daniel Says:

Federer got the ball time now, not missing anymore on BH, 3 set points to break and start serving set 3.

Tiafoe was playing on automatic pumped up mode, now he lost a bit intensity, either physical or mental.


Berghain Says:

Fed playing better. Takes the 2nd set.


Berghain Says:

Spanking the ball as hard as you can only works for so long.


jatin Says:

This is how I want Fed to play all tournament. Breathtaking level of play.
Loving it.


Daniel Says:

Yeah jatin, he played himself into form. Maybe he was needing a super sharp fast paced set.

Now he kept where he left off at Wimbledon’s level.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Very worrisome for Fed, to be honest. His striking has improved a ton after the first set, but his movement is not great and his serve is not great- big indicators of back problem.

Nice to see the shotmaking come back though!


Berghain Says:

Dont know whats going on with Fed! terrible 4th set.


Daniel Says:

4-1 Tiafoe. Fed has to at least hold his serve and aee of Tiafoe will fee the nerves in one of the next two games. In worst case serve first fifth set.

Momentum with Tiafoe now


Daniel Says:

15-40. Have to save BP’s now


Daniel Says:

Wow. This set was fast. Looks loke a fifth it is.

Hope Fed regroup fast and gets an early break. Don’t want a long set and risk a tiebreak.


Daniel Says:

Fifth it is. Did not see this coming, tgought he could win a set bit not force a fifth and not get a 6-1 set.


Daniel Says:

Only positive is a fata match, 4 sets in 2 hours, so it will look like a three set long if he wins (2 tiebreaks and a 7-5 set).

Excellent game to love to open fifth. Now go play free like AO


Daniel Says:

Keeping serving like these, 2 love games. Pressure to Tiafoe.


Daniel Says:

4-1, now I can breath.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed moving better now.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Serving better too!


Daniel Says:

Serve is imperious, more than 70% first serves in.


Daniel Says:

WTF, he had a MP and went to the net trying to surprise. Now 4-5. He better break now, because this match could escape him.

Fed needs to put pressure now.


skeezer Says:

Tiafoe was not an easy opponent for Fed the last time they met, so no surprises here, especially having to meet up in the first rd. He had just recently beat Zverev on a HC @ Cinci and he is ranked in the top 75.
Congrats Fed! Onward.👍


Daniel Says:

Another five set win, this year. Man this tourney promises some emotions. Hope he gets a few easier rounds next 2 matches before Kyrgios.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

WOW! That was close!

Told y’all Tiafoe would be a tough out! Kid is going places. Zverev and Thiem better enjoy make hay while they can, Shapovalov and Tiafoe and Coric are coming.


skeezer Says:

Congrats to the Kid, a great showing at a great stage. Maybe hope for USA in the future? ( fingers crossed ).


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Speaking of Coric, didn’t realize Zverev gets him in 2nd round tomorrow! That could be a good one. And Shapovalov/ Tsonga gets the prime time spot tomorrow night! Guess I’m not the only one on the bandwagon.


Humble Rafa Says:

4-1, now I can breath.

But lost your grammar.


FedExpress Says:

i died. My poor heart.


Daniel Says:

HR, Never had gramma;-)


Humble Rafa Says:

For the next round, please call ambulance in advance. Take your pills. Make your last wishes known.

#dying


madmax Says:

Fed Ex and Fed fans,

I had absolutely and have absolutely no expectations of Federer in USO. None. This result does not surprise me. I expected him to be pushed in the first round. There are no guarantees, he has been practising yes, but out of match practice and flow since Montreal final. It simply is not the same when you practise to then get back onto the court and play a match.

Fed Ex, your expectations are high. Why? Federer has achieved so much already. Take a break from tennis. He is not a machine.

Thrilled that he has pulled through, but this was close. After the 3rd set, I thought he might win the fourth set, but the journeyman pulled away again. Nothing to lose. Federer will assess what just happened, because to play a 5 setter so early on, with just returning from a back injury cannot be good for him.

I hope he is able to recover quickly, but I have no expectations about this. He must feel done in and it is only the first round.

Awful. But this is Federer.

He has pushed himself to the limit first round? Save it for the final Fed! I am not being pessimistic this time, just realistic and others who want him to kill himself in this tournament, I think it’s sad.

Federer has brought us so much, so much. I would like him to keep playing, so proud of him, but not in this way.

A definite fighter, a warrior, but at what cost?


madmax Says:

Daniel Says:
Another five set win, this year. Man this tourney promises some emotions. Hope he gets a few easier rounds next 2 matches before Kyrgios.

August 29th, 2017 at 11:53 pm

Daniel,

I agree. I think Fed makes it to the fourth round. Beyond that, as Skeezer would say, it’s all gravy. This was a tough one to watch. :-(


Willow Says:

J-Kath i was too exhausted to blog last night, id been packing all day ready for going away tomorrow, colouring my hair etc ….

Anyhow Rafa was a bit up and down in that match, and the FH was all over the place, but thankfully he did the job in 3 sets, but i think he can, and will need to play much better ….


Van Persie Says:

“i died. My poor heart.”

If FedEx will post again in the near future, I will assume, he got resurrected by R’hllor, with help of Melisandre :) Happy to see, GOT continues here. hehe


Margot Says:

OMG VP..is…is…FedExpress “the ice and fire prince who was promised?” Yikes, that’s a turn up!


Van Persie Says:

Haha Margot, Looks like we the promissed Azor Ahai here. He’s having fun on TX cheering for Roger, until season 8.


Wog Boy Says:

36 years old almost ruined USO.


Margot Says:

Lol Wog Boy!
Poor Tiafoe in which case, imagine the outrage? Imagine Woodbridge’s tweets? On the other hand perhaps not….;)


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,
That’s excatly what I was trying to imagine and the rest..;)


Daniel Says:

Heard commentaries here saying Federer did not have any physic nor fitness, he just went straight to courts after his back stop hurting, he didn’t overcharge his fitness. Maybe that’s what was lacking, he was not getting his feet right to BH in the beginning and was breathing stronger than normal for him.

Madmax,

Although this was a 5 set, and he had that mental test in the end when he served for the match at 5-3. It didn’t take much out of him. The played the first 4 sets in 2 hours (the AO 2015 final between Murray and Djoko took longer first 2 sets and much more demanding points), the games were fast and the sets were fast also. Only set the required extra acre for Federer was the final and the last 3 few games. Other than that, it was a 5 set with a feel of 4 set. The problem was him not closing in his first MP on his serve. But this is first round, him returning to USO after missing it for the first time, playing a guy on fire on patches. Don’t take much out of it.

Next 2 rounds should be way more comfortable for him. Youzhny can’t bother him and Lopez, even with his serve has weakness Fed can exploit. I believe he reaches R4 unscathed now.


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