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US Open 2013: Day 7

In Agnes Radwanska, Andy Murray, Carla Suarez Narravo, David Ferrer, Jelena Jankovic, Li Na, Lleyton Hewitt, Marcel Granollers, Marcos Baghdatis, Mikhail Youzhny, Na Li, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Slaone Stephens, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Haas on September 6, 2013 at 7:29 am
Lindsay and Martina getting prime seating for the chick fight on court between Serena and Sloane. I have to say Lindsay, Martina looks way better than you post retirement. Why? And don't say kids.

Lindsay and Martina getting prime seating for the chick fight on court between Serena and Sloane. I have to say Lindsay, Martina looks way better than you post retirement. Why? And don’t say kids.

The matchup of the day that everyone was talking about was the Sloane/Serena match up. For reasons already discussed in previous posting, this was the one they all wanted to see. The Serenanator lost to Sloane at a major and everyone feel that Sloane is one to really stand up to her fellow American and meet her toe to toe. I on the underhand do not see things in this manner. I think the press is making this to be way more than it is. The Serenanator is playing it smart and considerate by not playing into the media hype. The American media is famous for killing its own and the Serenanator is down playing every angle there is to play so as to avoid any extra controversy between the two. Tennis is the only thing that needs to be the focus.

Sloane, just in case you didn't know, Serena got back upS and we are ready to kiss some @$$ out here if you keep on saying shite about our lil sis

ReRe we got your back! This itch tries anything funny out here, it is on and popping. Lyn got something special for her @$$ under the jacket if she says another word about you.

Anyway during the actual match, the Serenanator came out sharp though not in her usual blistering pace because truth be told Sloane can play. I saw Sloane back in 2009 if I am not mistaken when she was about 16 at the Madison Square Garden and to look at this player now is remarkable. She has improved quite well and will soon be in the top 10 I am sure and very well be contending for major titles. Anyway, the Serenanator showed her tennis prowess because at the end of the day, it is who wins the match that matters. 6-4 6-1 was the scoreline in favour of the more senior American.

Thank you Jehovah! I didn't have to choke a itch out here today! Amen

Thank you Jehovah! I didn’t have to choke a itch out here today! Amen

Perhaps this is a lesson in humility for the younger American but at the end of the day, she should realize that the Serenanator is not her target nor should she be her focus. Sloane performed terribly at regular tournaments this year but seemingly made up for it at majors getting to at least the Round of 16 for all 4. Nonetheless, crucial points/experience could be had if she play those “smaller” tournaments better. Hopefully, she sees the value of this.

What had happened??

What had happened??

The other three Round of 16 match ups provided much drama and fanfare. First up, Carla Suarez-Navarro v Angelique Kerber. This was really a matchup of players I hardly care about. However, both have considerable talents and it is nice to see players like this do well at majors. Carla in particular though she is on my shit list for knocking out Venus at the 2009 Aussie Open, has a very nice one handed backhand. I am not trying to be a hater or mean here but it is just about the prettiest thing about her out on court. I do not understand why this girl is not more put together on the professional tour. She looks like a street urchin and her languid style/demeanour do not help matters. She comes across as a poor unfortunate orphan. Every time I see her, I want to just give her a hug. She could so do with some feminine touches. She really should not wear skirts as they are most unflattering. She could do well with some nice shorts and a nice pair of ladies tennis shoes and can someone from the Spanish Federation get this girl some braces. That overbite is way past over. She really need better deportment out on court. Anyway, she took out Kerber in 3 sets. Truth be told, she was playing the better brand of tennis throughout the match but Suarez-Navarro really was not aggressive in the early stages of the match. I suspect this is what has her circling the lower end of the top 20 rankings when she is good enough to be closer to the top 10.

Carlo in the house

This look is not okay…Spain needs to fix this situation pronto

The other two Round of 16 matches that were played were the real surprises of the day. LiNaLi took on Jelena Jankovic and to be honest, I expected it to be a close matchup; at the very least, it was bound to go to 3 sets. However, I was wrong, LiNaLi though looking very shaky, won quite comfortably in the end. China’s number 1 player knocked out the Serb 6-3 6-0. And JJ has been growing in confidence as of late and really trying to move up in the rankings. Though I am sure this result would help, it would definitely not improve her mindset about the game.

WTF?? I lost the match? Really? So quickly?

WTF?? I lost the match? Really? So quickly?

In the other matchup, Aga Radwanska took on Ekaterina Makarova. This match was hilarious. Funny thing was that in her first 3 matches, Radwanska had the 1st match up. However, for her 4th round encounter, she was the last scheduled match and because of longer matches, she was one of the last to take the court. Nonetheless, she had a most brilliant start. She was blistering the Russian. If you have ever seen Aga played, you would know that she capitalizes on her opponents’ errors. She moves the ball around the court has an almost infinite supply of shot selections. But she is not a power player and other than her deft touch, she does not have a killer shot. Therefore, the more skilled ladies such the Serenanator and Vickie munch on her like she is a rice cake. Anyway, we digress. Aga got out to a 4-0 led as though she had some place to be Sunday night and needed this match to be over.

I think some of the peroxide got into her brains and short circuited her it

I think some of the peroxide got into her brains and short circuited her it

However, Makarova got herself together. Makarova is very dangerous floater especially at the majors and Sunday night, she proved just how crafty she can be with that lefty swing. She literally reeled off 8 straight games against the Pole. It was though Makarova had hacked into Aga’s brain and corrupting every file. Makarova was on every ball. Aga did not know where to put her ball. She could not get a winner to save her life. Every lead that she had, quickly evaporated.  Therefore, that lead of 4-0 that she had soon became 4-6 0-2. She finally got her life together to take the next three games but again Makarova was back in her mainframe. Makarova would not let Aga breathe and she too came back to take the next three games. Aga was able to win another game to only be down 4-5 but that gave Makarova the chance to serve for the match and she certainly did not waste this opportunity. The 23rd seed Russian just thoroughly dismissed the 3rd seed 6-4 6-4.

I laugh at them when they say Radwanska can win a major

I laugh at them when they say Radwanska can win a major

I know some people think that Aga deserves to win a major but I do not agree. Majors are not charity events and sports is not a religious institution. If you want to win something, you have to win it. Aga simply does not possess the game to progress far at the US Open. She might get lucky one day to get pass the 4th round; something she has yet to do. However, I assure you her opponent will pick her off with ease and get ahead of her. She is very “crafty” but we are not playing country club tennis; this is the WTA and big hitters are the ones rising to the top.

5 N. Li 6 6  
9 J. Jankovic 3 0
1 S. Williams 6 6
15 S. Stephens 4 1
8 C. Suarez-Navarro 4 6 7
18 A. Kerber 6 3 6
24 E. Makarova 6 6  
3 A. Radwanska 4 4
Title defense in full effect

Title defense in full effect

On the men’s side, Djoker and Murray had very easy time against their opponents. Murray took care of business in straight sets 7-6 6-2 6-2 over Florian Mayer whereas Djoker just trashed Jaoa Sousa 6-0 6-2 6-2. Sousa only won those last two games of the match because Djoker was in some sorta giving mood because that final set bagel was very much there for the toasting. Berdych, 2012 semifinalist here, also took care of his opponent in easy fashion. He knocked out the veteran Frenchman Benneteau in straight sets dropping just 5 games and buttered a nice warm bagel for Julian in the opening set 6-0 6-3 6-2. Lytton Hewitt continued his good fortunes at this year’s US Open as he made it to the Round of 16 with a victory over some unheard of Russian in 4 sets.

Thanks for showing up for practice. I really appreciate it

Thanks for showing up for practice. I really appreciate it

The day also had some very interesting men’s encounters. Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka who has for years trying to establish himself as a real contender and perhaps an heir apparent to the great Mr. Federer, knocked out the very enigmatic Marcos Baghdatis in 4 sets. Wawrinka gave himself a 2 sets lead but Baghdatis is a fighter and took the 3rd in a tiebreaker. The 4th set also proved to be a tough one but Wawrinka was able to pull that one also in a tiebreaker after failing to serve it out up 5-4. Wawrinka 6-3 6-2 6-7 7-6. Mikhail Youzhny of Russia had to contend with another veteran of the tour, Tommy Haas  but Youzhny has had good results here at the Open and looked to continue such fortunes. He took the first 2 sets before Haas came back in the 3rd. However, in the end, Haas just did not have the legs to stand up against the Russian and bowed out in 4 sets. 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-3 Youzhny.

I can recommend this really great diet. I used it for myself

I can recommend this really great diet. I used it for myself

In the other two matches, it was a matter of pride per se. Tim Smyczek was fighting to be the lone American male to get into the 4th Round of a major. All of his compatriots had been bounced and he needed this for his country. However, it was not to be. He had his chances but failed to capitalize. He dropped the 1st set to Marcel Granollers 3-6 but took the next two in convincing fashion 6-4 6-0. However, I think he got a bit ahead of himself. I really wish male players would realize that being up 2-1 means that in the 4th set, you have to put the pedal to the metal and take it in 4 sets. Putting yourself in a 5th set situation gets far too complicated. Smyczek learned this lesson the hard way. Spanish players are grinders and they have stamina beyond belief as they all mostly learn to play the game on slow clay courts. Granollers snatched up that 4th set 6-3 and despite Smyczek being up 4-1 in the 5th set, he won only 1 more game as the Spaniard took the next 6 of 7 games to get to his 1st Round of 16 at a major I think if not at the US Open. 6-4 4-6 0-6 6-3 7-5 Granollers. With Smyczek’s loss, it means that in 2013, NOT ONE AMERICAN MAN MADE IT PAST THE 3RD ROUND OF ANY OF THE MAJORS. NOT ONE. The USTA really needs to get their shite together. This is ridiculous.

Tim Symczek looking up the heavens for a game plan. None came

Tim Symczek looking up the heavens for a game plan. None came

The last match was up Denis Istomin v Andreas Seppi. Seppi it seems loves to play 5 setters but this time, he was not able to get the upper hand. He was down 0-2 sets but took the 3rd and 4th sets with relative ease. However in the decisive set, he ran out of steam and Istomin just pounced handing him a breadstick. Istomin 6-3 6-4 2-6 3-6 6-1.

1 N. Djokovic 6 6 6  
J. Sousa 0 2 2
T. Smyczek 4 6 6 3 5
M. Granollers 6 4 0 6 7
12 T. Haas 3 2 6 3
21 M. Youzhny 6 6 2 6
E. Donskoy 3 6 6 1
L. Hewitt 6 7 3 6  
20 A. Seppi 3 4 6 6 1
D. Istomin 6 6 2 3 6
3 A. Murray 7 6 6  
F. Mayer 6 2 2
5 T. Berdych 6 6 6
31 J. Benneteau 0 3 2
9 S. Wawrinka 6 6 6 7  
M. Baghdatis 3 2 7 6
He might not look like he's in shape but he sure is playing well shaped tennis

He might not look like he’s in shape but he sure is playing well shaped tennis

Next time you say shite about me, I will end your life. You best believe that that will be happening

Next time you say shite about me, I will end your life. You best believe that that will be happening

I am dressed to kill

I am dressed to kill

That's right gurl, it is all about drinking champagne

That’s right gurl, it is all about drinking champagne

Don't they make a sweet couple

Don’t they make a sweet couple

Two of the corniest people I don't know. Andy Murray and Ben Stiller

Two of the corniest people I don’t know. Andy Murray and Ben Stiller

Where do these twinks be coming from?

Where do these twinks be coming from?

I thought Petra Kvitova got knocked out

I thought Petra Kvitova got knocked out

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