Sharapova Double Faults Out of US Open; Tennis-X Notes
by Staff | September 6th, 2010, 11:09 pm

She was described as “unflappable” by after dismantling American neophyte Beatrice Capra 6-0, 6-0 in her previous match, but up against No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki on Labor Day Monday, former champ Maria Sharapova flapped her awkward, chicken-wing service motion in a slew of double faults, bowing out 6-3, 6-4.
Both of the breaks on Sharapova’s service games in the first and second set were due to nervous double faults — three in a row to concede serve in the first set, then again on a game point in the second set.

“I certainly could have been more aggressive,” said Sharapova, who didn’t expand on her serving issues. “I did quite well when I was moving forward and being aggressive. But I don’t think I did that enough. And that really allowed her to stand, you know, far back behind the baseline and keep retrieving balls. And that’s just what she does best. When she had the opportunity to step in, she took it and went for her shots.”

Wozniacki thought that rather than Sharapova handing over the match with double faults and 36 unforced errors, the Russian’s sloppy play could be attributed to the Woz forcing her level of play.

“I felt like I was playing good tennis,” Wozniacki said. “I made her do those errors, and I’m really happy to be through and that I won this match.”

Former US Open champ and No. 11 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was an upset victim Monday, losing a tightly-contested 7-5, 7-6(4) encounter with Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.

“I just I didn’t feel good today. I was very flat,” Kuznetsova said. “I don’t know. It was very hard for me to play one night second night match, and then in one day to play at 11:00, you know. I mean, I still have to play and win today, doesn’t matter what, because I feel that my level is so much better. But I was just fighting with myself and was not doing all the time the things I was supposed to do.”

No. 7-seeded Russian Vera “The Crying Game” Zvonareva kept her emotions in check during a 6-1, 6-2 romp over unseeded German Andrea Petkovic, and No. 31 Kaia Kanepi also advanced into the quarterfinals after coming back from a bagel, defeating No. 15 Yanina Wickmayer 0-6, 7-6(2), 6-1.

“She was hitting very hard and near the lines. So everything just worked for her. I didn’t think I hit so bad,” said Kanepi on getting bageled in the first set, but in the third set she says she loosened up, winning 6-1. “I think I was like in the zone or something. I was just fighting every point. I tried to relax, also not think about the win.”

On court Tuesday at Flushing Meadows will be (3) Venus Williams vs. French Open champ (6) Francesca Schiavone, and (5) Sam Stosur vs. (2) Kim Clijsters.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS Patrick McEnroe has resigned as U.S. Davis Cup captain immediately following the Davis Cup World Group Playoff against Colombia in Bogota on Sept. 17-19 to concentrate on his other duties and family. “It is with a heavy heart that I am resigning as Davis Cup captain, but it is a decision I felt was best for the team and myself right now,” McEnroe said. “Davis Cup is a significant time commitment and this decision will allow me to focus more energy on my family and to the USTA Player Development program.” After 10 years at the U.S. helm, McEnroe is the longest-tenured captain in U.S. Davis Cup history, leading the U.S. to its record 32nd Davis Cup title in 2007, its first title since 1995. His send-off could be a downer on the clay in Bogota in September as it looks like Andy Roddick and the Bryan brothers will be making themselves unavailable, leaving it up to Sam Querrey and John Isner most likely. Now speculation is running rampant as to who the next U.S. Davis Cup captain will be. Players expressing interest in the position in the past include Todd Martin, Brad Gilbert, MaliVai Washington, and possibly Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras throwing their hats in the ring for consideration. Hey, maybe John McEnroe!
The SportsBusiness Journal says the ATP World Tour plans to announce a global sponsorship with FedEx Corp. this week, with a multi-year deal valued in the low seven figures annually…How about that micro-skirt of Caroline Wozniacki’s? She knows what boys like…The French have a man in the US Open quarterfinals in Gael Monfils for the first time since 2000…Beatrice Capra withdrew from the US Open junior event after her double bagel beatdown from Maria Sharapova…Sorry, that Venus black sequin dress with the too-short hem and open back is heinous, as is the red thing — don’t want to see your crotch, and constantly needing to pull down the dress…Paul Annacone has stepped down as head men’s tennis coach of the Brit Lawn Tennis Association…ESPN tennis viewers are idiots, as evidenced by their online voting of Brad Gilbert as the man who would be the best replacement for Patrick McEnroe as U.S. Davis Cup captain…Who is the dude in the ESPN outside studio who tells the crowd of onlookers when to clap as they go to commercial?…See if you can match this quote to the magazine blogger writing for NBC Sports prior to the Beatrice Capra-Maria Sharapova match: “I’m in a minority here, but I believe Capra can play with Sharapova.”…Caroline Wozniacki on her short dress: “I think it’s nice. I definitely am sure I’ll get a lot of male fans now.”


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13 Comments for Sharapova Double Faults Out of US Open; Tennis-X Notes

Ike Says:

who came up with this term “chicken-wing service motion”…it’s hilarious!

Eric Says:

WOW! The hypocrisy is unreal. Within the same article Wozniacki’s short dress is praised while Venus’ short dress is called heinous. So the boys will like to see the blond’s crotch but not the black women’s crotch. You guys used to better at hiding your biases now you’re being really blatant!

paula Says:

I think someone owes me on a bet about Fish and Nole.

Andrew Broad Says:

Good article, but it is not possible that Maria could have double-faulted on a set-point in the second set, as Caroline won it 6-4, and was serving in the last game.

I think you mean “break-point”.

Edgar Allen Poe Says:

@ Eric

So true, so true. But in this current atmosphere it is so convenient for people to be hypocritical and no one bats an eye. Just another publication to scroll on by.

Joy Says:

Yes, the hypocrisy is truly stunning. Unfrigging believable.

Wheeler Says:

All Sharapova can do is look good, shriek so much that it will hurt her throat and others’ ears, and hit one or two good crosscourt shots. She’s the newer version of Anna Kournikova. Sometimes, she’s more focussed on grunting than hitting the shot correctly.

george dietz Says:

ESPN viewers may be idiots, some surely, but ESPN is the really, really stupid entity here when they focus entirely on the mediocre women’s match yesterday and leave the Ferrar-Verdasco match entirely uncovered. They didn’t even bother to update the score occasionally.

And don’t get me started on that really tedious, boring “Cliffy” Drysdale, and the egomaniac dinosaur, John McEnroe. Why does it take so many past their sell-by dates, blabbery people to cover this tournament? The player interviews are dull and useless, why bother with them? Why have Mary Carillo constantly talking over play about what she thinks about anything?

I should just stop being so cheap and get the tennis channel, huh?

MMT Says:

Definitely get the tennis channel george.

Polo Says:

Tennis coverage in the USA, particularly ESPN, is so bad that I am starting to lose interest in the game. I tune in and it is usually some bad, noisy women’s game with irritating commentators. I tune out right away. What I end up doing is just checking the results in the internet. I don’t think ESPN cares for their viewership, otherwise, they would have done some research and find out that everybody finds their coverage pathetic. I think it is being run by people who don’t care about the sport.

Polo Says:

I don’t think it is hypocrisy. It is just plain and easy to see that Venus dress is heinous. Her dress is so inappropriate for tennis because it keeps riding up to her waist and sometimes higher. She spends all her time tugging on it. It is quite annoying to watch. It is simply poor design. Does anybody buy her clothing line for tennis. They are more appropriate for showgirls than tennis players. And what are all those sparkling things in her dress? Wozniaki’s although short, has appropriate apparell underneath which is part of the ensemble. The bottom part looks like shorts and are not too revealing. Venus looks like she is mooning everyone. Ugly dress is ugly dress. Whether the one who wears it is black or white is irrelevant.

Ray Says:

What a beautiful dress Venus is wearing!

Jack Says:

@Polo Please. to dislike Venus’ dress is one thing, it’s a matter of opinion. But stop right now because most of your comment is completely idiotic.

Firstly, both are wearing exactly the same thing underneath. Different colours and designs, but both are wearing shorts. So either both are appropriate or both are unappropriate. And Venus’ shorts are actually longer than Wozniacki’s.

Wozniacki’s dress is FAR shorter than Venus’. It’s not even a competition. Forget bending over, when Wozniacki is standing up straight we can see those knickers. There isn’t even enough material on her skirt for it ro ride up anyway.

Shameful stuff from the author. Terrible.

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