Former Champions Djokovic, Murray, Venus And Sharapova In US Open Action Monday
by Staff | August 25th, 2014, 12:02 am

The US Open kicks off on Monday with a quartet of former champions headlining opening day play. Among the 56 matches scheduled are four former US Open champions on the main two showcourts: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Murray plays Robin Haase who nearly stunned the Scot three years ago but blew a 2-set lead. Djokovic, who’s struggled post-Wimbledon, begins against the lightly-regarded Diego Schwartzman who has never played in a main draw hardcourt match!

2006 champ Sharapova will be under the lights against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko who’s been hampered by a knee and a recent breakup.

“She hasn’t played in a while,” Sharapova said of Kirilenko. “That’s what I know. But I also know we have had a lot of tough matches in the past. She’s a very dangerous opponent, someone that’s capable of playing really great tennis. She’s beaten me before in her career. Yeah, I’ll definitely have to be ready.

“She makes you hit a lot of balls. She’s a great mover on the court. She uses a bit of variety, as well, in her game. But I guess we’ll see on Monday.”

And 2-time champion Venus Williams returns against 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm in a clash between two players who have a combined age of 77!

Other top matchups include Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka taking on Czech phenom Jiri Vesely. Toronto champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against former top Argentine Juan Monaco and New Haven winner Magdalena Rybarikova against former No. 1 and US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki.

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00am Start Time
Danielle Rose Collins (USA) vs. Simona Halep (ROU)[2]
Not Before: 1.00pm
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) vs. Venus Williams (USA)[19]
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3] vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00pm Start Time
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[5] vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00am Start Time
Sharon Fichman (CAN) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[4]
Robin Haase (NED) vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[8]
Sloane Stephens (USA)[21] vs. Annika Beck (GER)
Not Before: 5.00pm
Taro Daniel (JPN) vs. Milos Raonic (CAN)[5]

Grandstand 11:00am Start Time
Angelique Kerber (GER)[6] vs. Ksenia Pervak (RUS)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[9] vs. Juan Monaco (ARG)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs. Donald Young (USA)
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[10]

Court 4 11:00am Start Time
Lucie Safarova (CZE)[14] vs. Timea Babos (HUN)
Matthias Bachinger (GER) vs. Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[22] vs. Facundo Bagnis (ARG)
Roberta Vinci (ITA)[28] vs. Paula Ormaechea (ARG)

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40 Comments for Former Champions Djokovic, Murray, Venus And Sharapova In US Open Action Monday

Colin Says:

Lendl talks about the split with Andy Murray:

Okiegal Says:

Murray leads Haas! I’m happy….

skeezer Says:

Nick up 2 sets over 21 seed Youz

Okiegal Says:

Pervak is giving Kerber a run for her money…playing a third set 4-4…

jane Says:

yeah i saw that skeezer, though youz has a break in the 3rd. i think nick can take it if he stays focussed. he needs to do better on break point conversion though. 2 of 11 sucks.

Ben Pronin Says:

Youzhny is one of those players where, even down 2 sets to love, you can’t count him out. Kyrgios still has a lot of work to do.

Haase just went up a break in the second against Murray. I doubt he holds onto it but Murray should be careful. No need to waste energy so early.

Hippy Chic Says:

Murray does his level best to make life difficult for himself,it has to be said….

jane Says:

looks like youz and nick will go 5, and in that case scenario, i think the veteran will come through. maybe not. we’ll see.

jane Says:

well, it appears i spoke too soon.

after being 2 (or at least 1?) breaks down in the 4th set, nick comes back (or youz collapses, capitulates, chokes, implodes – pick your verb) and wins the set, and the thus the match, in a tiebreak.

the kid moves onward and upward.

Ben Pronin Says:

I thought Murray would coast in the third after eeking out the second set but he’s down a break again.

Okiegal Says:

Date-Krumm has the cutest feminine tennis duds I’ve seen in a while…..very cute and pretty at the same time…..Love it……the 40 something year old is stylin’…..imo! She also took the first set…but 2 Love for Vee in the 2nd set…..go Venus!!

Okiegal Says:

Uh oh….Andy is down in the 3rd after winning the first 2. C’mon Andy and bounce back!!

Okiegal Says:

Sorry for being little sir echo….didn’t read older posts……

jane Says:

andy’s having his walk-about set; he’ll bounce back. his draw is opening a bit as steps seems to be losing badly to #235 in the world.

Hippy Chic Says:

Well Andy looks to be struggling pysically,holding the back and the leg….

Ben Pronin Says:

Murray has been holding his back and leg since he was born. But wow what a drop-off.

Humble Rafa Says:

Fashionista Williams is 34. Grand Old Lady of Japan is 44. Their combined age is 78. Wow.

jane Says:

things continue apace. as per usual, verdasco is up and down. benneteau broke paire in the 5th; too bad – was hoping for the younger frenchie. tsonga’s grinding with juan mon. and methinks andy is slowly re-finding his form. have to run to work. : /

Polo Says:

If Andy keeps this up, I will drop him off my Big Four list and henceforth, only 3 people will comprise my Big Four.

robert1962 Says:

was so hard to watch the murray match need a drink now..

Ben Pronin Says:

Paire beat the Benneteau.

Verdasco up 2-1.

Murray won in 4.

Polo, that is hilarious.

Margot Says:

First match, first day and my nerves are already shredded! In interview Andy said he was cramping. Must be due to lack of match practise and it did look hot too. Thank goodness not an injury and thank goodness Haasse played c**p.
How u liking that roller coaster gal? Pretty bumpy already! ;)

van orten Says:

Hows the court speed?

Okiegal Says:

Margot……you called it……what can I say, you know your boy pretty well. It was a bumpy ride. He needs to get to the locker room and get his body treated…..a day rest hopefully he can recover. I felt sorry for him, he was struggling for sure!

Kimberly Says:

the good news for Murray fans is I believe he almost lost to Haase the year he won the open.

RZ Says:

Pessimist’s view on Andy: He trains really hard, has been back to 100% training in the last month, and is probably one of the fittest guys on the tour. When he starts cramping up in a first round match, it doesn’t bode well for the tournament.

Optimist’s view on Andy: He never makes it easy (e.g., his match against Verdasco at Wimbledon 2013). Maybe the drama is now out of his system and he’ll have an easy path now.

Margot Says:

Lol Kimberly, can’t quite look on that as “good news” at the mo… Perhaps when I’ve finished this handy bottle of gin…;)
U can’t feel joy without feeling pain, right? ;)

the DA Says:

That was the weirdest match ever – and as a Murray fan I’ve seen some doozies. How can one of the fittest guys on tour get cramps after 90 minutes? This wasn’t your regular body part clutch, his first serves were barely breaking 100 mph and he didn’t sit at the changeovers. But of course Haase calls for the trainer. wtf?

Anyway, it was worthy of a chapter in Brad Gilbert’s book but a win is a win. Haase blew a great opportunity today – anyone else today and Andy would be booking flights to Miami. While the uglyfest was underway on Armstrong, Steps was losing badly to Bachinger in straight sets. So one tricky opponent has left the draw. Andrew, you have someone watching over you. Make it count.

Lastly, seeing Tsonga struggle against Monaco at the moment isn’t promising. Maybe some leeway should be given to 1st round matches.

Tennis Fan Says:

Murray looked absolutelu horrible out there today. I’ ll be surprised if he makes it to Friday.

Okiegal Says:

Tennis…..the most fickle sport on the planet….

Okiegal Says:

No upsets yet?? Can I say that ATM??……but the day’s not over yet!!

Ben Pronin Says:

Raonic with the 140mph second serve!

Polo Says:

I’m so happy there’s ESPN3. Tennis channel keeps showing the women when there are interesting men’s game going on. I hooked up my computer to the TV and am now enjoying the Raonic-Daniel match.

jane Says:

home now… murray, tsonga and (yay young frenchie) paire all through. also, not-so-hotsauce in five. but popsicle melted. :/

woot! excited for more tennis tonight.

Bob Lewis Says:

I’ve always found the scheduling for this major quite annoying. They are still going with men’s first round matches on Wednesday. Does anyone have a stat for which Wed players ended up with the title? On paper, it looks as if the Wed players are at a disadvantage with scheduling in the later rounds, in addition to the Super Saturday nonsense (at least that’s been eliminated).

Margot Says:

@Ben 2.44pm
Andy was born with a split patella, so yes it is likely that he has been “holding his leg since he was born.”
Andy’s back had been causing him pain for 18 months before the operation, so yes, it’s likely that he’ll hold it when he’s experiencing cramp and feels his body has letting him down. Andy “deserves” admiration for returning to the game after a back operation, wouldn’t you say?
The majority of players have idiosyncrasies, wouldn’t you say?

Wog boy Says:

“Andy’s back had been causing him pain for 18 months before the operation, ”

Andy won two GS titles and Olyimpic gold during those 18 months in pain, didn’t he?

Okiegal Says:


I chose to ignore the tacky Ben remark…..glad you took a stand for Andy… I said on another thread, we aren’t out there playing our guts out with no telling what kind of issues…..I feel bad for the injury plagued players……seems like it’s one thing after another……sigh……Hope he can come back next match with no problems. He seemed to be surprised as anyone regarding the cramping issue….He is one of the fittest guys on tour.

Margot Says:

@ Wog Boy
That’s not the arguement.

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