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September 8th, 2009

Oudin Wednesday Night at US Open; Serena Lines Up Clijsters

Looking to join the two in the semifinals in Wednesday play will be an all-unseeded meeting with Belgian Yanina Wickmayer vs. the Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko, and in the much-anticipated first night match at 7 p.m. EST, new American sweetheart Melanie Oudin vs. No. 9-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki.

Posted by Staff @ 9:33 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 8th, 2009

Labor Days: The Most Wonderful Tennis Time of the Year

Andy Murray has the tools to win a Grand Slam event, but he does face a tough question: “Should I stick with a generally effective strategy of counterpunching or change strategies by developing and using bigger shots?” Internal doubts arising from this quandary might be worse than just selecting one option and committing to it.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 9:30 pm in 2009 Season, American tennis, American Women, ATP, Australian Open, Tennis, Tennis on TV, TV, US Open, US Open Series, WTA, WTA Tour | 15 Comments »

September 7th, 2009

Oudin the Russian Killer; American Men Out at US Open

This is the first time in 128 years of the US Open or U.S. National Championships as it used to be called that no American reached the quarterfinals.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:48 pm in Tennis | 352 Comments »

September 4th, 2009

Djokovic, Roddick, Lower Americans Win at US Open

“I haven’t been introduced to his game. So I didn’t know what to expect,” Djokovic said. “I knew he’s a big guy with a big serve, lefty. So, you know, I haven’t watched it. So it’s always dangerous in these positions. But that’s why I needed to really stay focused and try to read his game and try to be able to recognize the positions and his disadvantages.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:30 am in Tennis | 248 Comments »

September 3rd, 2009

U.S. Teen Oudin Pops Dementieva in Giant US Open Upset

“During the match, I had confidence, and, I mean, I was right there with her the entire time,” said the 17-year-old Oudin, who repeatedly received treatment for a wrapped leg injury. “She wasn’t blowing me off the court. She wasn’t hitting winners left and right on me.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:51 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 3rd, 2009

Nadal, Federer Roll at US Open; Tennis-X Notes

“Yeah, it’s tough, of course, to come back, because I stop [playing for] three months,” Gasquet said. “I played my last tournament in April in Roma, so I stopped three months. It’s a lot. I couldn’t practice. If you have this kind of [worry], you will see you won’t [want] to [practice].”

Posted by Staff @ 1:22 am in Tennis | 98 Comments »

September 3rd, 2009

Clijsters, Williams Win Again on Day 3 at US Open

“My thought’s that if you play consistent, you can be very highly ranked,” Venus said. “I guess it’s all about playing consistent these days. She’s played very consistently, and kudos to her and credit to her for being able to hold onto that No. 1 ranking and playing so well.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:16 am in Tennis | 11 Comments »

September 2nd, 2009

Murray, Djokovic Dominant on Day 2 at US Open; X-Notes

“If you play a big server who has been the third player of the world, won a Davis Cup, had a lot of titles under his belt, so much experience, you’ve got to be cautious,” said Djokovic, who eased past Ivan Ljubicic, dropping only seven games. “He’s got a baby on his way recently. He’s not on his best as he was a couple years ago. He hits the ball well and he serves great. I was aware of his quality.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:45 am in Tennis | 532 Comments »

September 2nd, 2009

Shaky Safina, Sharapova Win at US Open

Lower seed Maria Sharapova was also a winner, featured in the night match due to her new Nike dress and Rafael Nadal headband, beating Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-3, 6-0.

Posted by Staff @ 1:40 am in Tennis | 8 Comments »

September 1st, 2009

Humble Turk Ilhan Makes History at US Open

This year is his second time at the U.S. Open and he wants to make the most of it. Last year, Ilhan only stayed for three days. “I have visited Times Square and Chinatown. I like Chinese food. I rode the subway,” he says. “I have been to parts of Manhattan and Queens.” He apologizes for not being as fluent as he would like in English, speaking just Russian and Turkish. He seems to do fine communicating when he really wants to do it. Ilhan describes his tennis routine as being hard work but a symbol of dedication working its magic.

Posted by Staff @ 9:11 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

September 1st, 2009

Federer, Roddick Win at US Open; Tennis-X Notes

Andre Agassi held a press conference after his Monday night spectacle at the US Open, the highlights: On his academy: “I’m not educating because I was educated. It was quite the contrary. Not only did I leave Bradenton Academy in the ninth grade, but eighth grade was the best three years of my life.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:54 am in Tennis | 182 Comments »

August 30th, 2009

US Open Day 1 Preview: Federer, Roddick, Williams Sisters

“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?”

Posted by Staff @ 5:24 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

August 27th, 2009

2009 US Open Live Draw Show Redux

Live interview with Federer is a good effort, talking about the twins, being “only 28 years old,” traveling with the kids, etc. Good hair day for Rog. Says Andy Roddick was “never really gone” out of the top-level players, has improved and is moving better.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:34 pm in Tennis | 315 Comments »

August 24th, 2009

5 US Open Dream Matches

Just for fun, I am trying something different. As the 2009 hard court season heads toward the finish line, I came up with some hypothetical matches between former U.S. Open champions.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 10:49 pm in 2009 Season, American tennis, Australian Open, No. 1 ranking, US Open, US Open Series, Year-End No. 1 | 119 Comments »

October 3rd, 2008

American Tennis: USTA, Fans Asking ‘Who’s Next?’ and ‘When?’

If the Williams sisters were to retire with Davenport as of this writing, the U.S. would have no women in the Top 40, and three players in the Top 100 (including the 30+ Jill Craybas, and Ashley Harkleroad who is pregnant). In other words, by the time the Williams retire, U.S. women’s tennis will virtually retire with them.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 1:43 pm in American tennis, American Women, ATP, No. 1 ranking, Tennis, US Open, US Open Series, Wimbledon, WTA, WTA Tour, Year-End No. 1 | 113 Comments »