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US Open 2013: Day 11

In Andy Murray, Mikhail Youzhny, Novak Djokovic, Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani, Serena Williams, Stanislas Wawrinka, US Open, Vera Zvonareva on September 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

We are heading into the final weekend of the US Open 2013 and things are coming down to the wire. The semifinals have been set for both the men’s and women’s draws. On day 11, we have the final two men’s quarterfinals being contested.

Stan the MAN

Stan the MAN

First up was Stanislas Wawrinka v Lochness Monster… I mean Andy Murray. Before, I go any further, one of the Realz Fanz chided about the fact that Realz is not being his usual hateriffic self. Now, you know I am a hater and it does not take much to get a hater rolling. However, I had a talk with someone in blogosphere/publication/writing arena and they…I mean he, mentioned that if I wish to take this (writing about tennis or anything for that matter) further, I might have to tone down the “hate.” See saying things like Divadal is an undercover brother and Maria Shriekapova is clearly a beard with Grigor Dimitrov are kinda libelous. Well not kinda, but very! I pointed out that ReazTenisFanz is all about wit/humour/sarcasm/satire. However, what he said  I guess has sort of resonated with me because I would sure love to be working in tennis and making great money from it. Nonetheless, this is RealzTenisFanz and we do things unorthodox. We are like Tina Turner; we like it ROUGH.

Yes motherfcuker you're a hater indeed!!!

Yes motherfcuker you’re a hater indeed!!!

It is not that I have been less hateful, I have kinda mature and trying to do something different. Also it might be that since most of these recent postings were written together, it sorta made things run into one and another. Truth be told, there is not a lot going on in the tennis world. Particularly on the men’s side, it is a rather barren wasteland. It might be that I am not trolling the internet for the juicy tidbits lurking about. Regardless, there is only so many times one can keep on saying that Carlo Suarez-Navarro needs an extreme extreme makeover and that Petra Kvitova is really a Petra Bellied Pig. Women might get upset and call me sexist even more so since most of the hotties on here are men. Another thing I have noticed is that when I use Monikers for players, the new fanz are not entirely sure who I am speaking of. I think it might help if I get more feedback but for the most parts, I generally do not get much feedback one way or the other. AGAIN I BEG FOR FEEDBACK.

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OMG What is he doing here??

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I told you NEVER in public! Only back at the hotel… Keep it moving

Anyway to the tennis. Murray v Wawrinka: So this was a good matchup I think and if I am not mistaken Murray has an edge in the head to head. As of late, Murray has become a legitimate major contender. He has two majors including the most recent Wimbledon crown. However, he had a HORRIBLE summer post London. He did not far in any of his tournaments but he came to New York looking ready to forget the summer and defend his US Open crown. Interestingly enough, before the match in press interviews, Murray mentioned the he felt that Stan was ready for an upset and to make some serious noise here at these championships. I do not think that Stan needed Murray to tell him that because so far at these championships, Stan has been resilient. In this match he was even more so. Things were even on serve with the Swiss serving 1st thus was ahead 5-4 with Murray serving to stay in the set. Wawrinka had a break point but lost it. He gained another and then lost it again. Murray got game point and lost it too. This back and forth went on when finally Wawrinka stepped up and took his 6th chance at breaking Murray and the 1st set 6-4.

No this is not happening...

No this is not happening…

WTF I can't get any break point chances

WTF I can’t get any break point chances

One would have expected Lochness Monster to come firing back and even for Wawrinka to let up in his intensity but neither happened. Wawrinka learned a crucial lesson… well more so applied a crucial tactic against top players; When you have them on the ropes, you keep them there. You do not hold back. Instead of Wawrinka becoming sloppier as the match went on, he became more consistent and even tidier. He was making less errors and applying more and more pressure on the Englishman… well I guess it is Scotsman since he is losing this match. As a matter of fact, Murray had ZERO BREAK POINT CHANCES. NADA NONE…NILCH…. ZERO. Wawrinka took the match in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-2. It was an impressive performance. Even Judy Murray, Nessie’s mom tweeted of how impressed she was of the performance. Of course on court, Murray was cursing and being as belligerent as ever. He even broke his racquet but of course, the press and the rest of the world let that go. Nothing to talk about. Had it been the Serenanator, the it would have been Headline News.

Back to your underwater cave

Back to your underwater cave

He is almost indestructible at times

He is almost indestructible at times

Anyway Wawrinka will face Djoker no less as the Serb took out Russian Mikhail Youzhny in 4 sets. It was a very good contest again. Men’s matches can be of great quality unless you have a combination of Djoker/Nadal/Murray playing. Then it is some long protracted affairs that go on forever and have idiots talking about how it is was an epic match and the greatest ever. Anyway, Djoker proved to be far superior than his opponent. Youzhny tried everything but Djoker was just too strong and agile. Djoker has the first 2 sets 6-3 6-2. However, he got sloppy in the 3rd set and Youzhny began to show himself to be worthy of this contest and it was now 2-1 sets. Youzhny had the 3rd set 6-3. Djoker was mad and Djoker became the Djuggernaut as Youzhny did not win another game for the match. He got served up a NYC bagel indeed.

Mrs. Youzhny... I can't watch this mess anymore

Mrs. Youzhny… I can’t watch this mess anymore

So for the men’s semis this Saturday. It’s Djoker v Wawrinka and Divadal v Gasquet.

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N. Djokovic
6
6 3 6
21
M. Youzhny
3 2 6 0
3
A. Murray
4
3 2
9
S. Wawrinka
6 6 6  
Much to my chagrin, they get to move on to the final Paes/Stepanek

Much to my chagrin, they get to move on to the final Paes/Stepanek

The brothers were very sloppy in the 2nd and 3rd sets.. Didn't know where to go

The brothers were very sloppy in the 2nd and 3rd sets.. Didn’t know where to go

In other news, the Bryan Brothers; Bob and Mike Bryan, lost their bid for a Doubles Grand Slam when they lost in three sets in the semi-finals to the team of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek. It was an unfortunate lost especially since I despise Stepanek and his horrid shirt but also because the Bryans were looking to cap off a very dominant season in doubles. They won nearly everything in sight including the Aussie, French and Wimbledon crowns; not to mention that they struck gold in London last year. However, if they would have to wait unless next year to begin the task of getting the Grand Slam title!

The sisters are doing it for themselves

The sisters are doing it for themselves

You and your big mouth Roberta... Look who is talking BIG HEAD

You and your big mouth Roberta… Look who is talking BIG HEAD

The Williams Sisters are still in the doubles mix as they took out the No1 ranked team of Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani. Apparently Vinci was all about how they will attack Venus as she was clearly the weak one. That did not work however as the Americans took out the Italians 6-4 6-1 if I am not mistaken. The Americans also avenged their loss to the Italians earlier this year in Australia. The team will play the semifinals after Serenanator’s singles semifinals match against LiNaLi.  I hope the Serenanator can win both those matches comfortably. So I guess I am all caught up to speed now.

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US Open 2013: Day 10

In Daniela Hantuchova, David Ferrer, Flavia Pennetta, Rafael Nadal, Richard Gasquet, Roberta Vinci, Tennis, Tommy Robredo, US Open, Victoria Azarenka on September 6, 2013 at 7:36 am
Flavia Pennetta is having a most wonderful US Open

Flavia Pennetta is having a most wonderful US Open

So I am finally at Day 10 which only had 4 singles matches. Much of it were easy contests as Flavia Pennetta took out her countrywoman Roberta Vinci in straight sets 6-4 6-1. This was a rather surprising result as I really expected more from Vinci. She tried out there to be fair but everything she tried just was not working and was unable to come up with something more tactical to deal with the game of Pennetta. Pennetta is currently ranked 83rd in the world but is definitely a seasoned player. She was not about to let an opportunity like this go to waste. This is her 1st major semis but has had good results here. She will face Vickie, which is HUGE obstacle to get by.

I am getting frostbite from this hug

I am getting frostbite from this hug

Yes I didn't get bagelled out here

Yes I didn’t get bagelled out here

The Belarusian had a light workout against Daniela Hantuchova who was as always missing in action. The Slovak was able to break Vickie a couple of times but the problem was that she was having great difficulty holding her own serve. She was dismissed in straight sets 2-6 2-6. Vickie is not looking at her best but she is getting the job done. On the other side of the draw is either the Serenanator or LiNaLi. Both those players I am sure will be able to take out Vickie plus they both have that revenge factor going for them. They both lost to Vickie this year on hardcourt. They most certainly will not be entertaining any notion of Vickie leaving NYC with pep in her step. They want to maim her and have her limp off the court.

I am ready for a fight itches! BRING IT ON!

I am ready for a fight itches! BRING IT ON!

On the men’s side, Divadal was expected just ripped apart Tommy Robredo and his game 6-0 6-2 6-2. I suspect the scoreline could have easily been triple bagel but Divadal thought about how it would look bad in the press and gifted his countryman 4 games. Needless to say, we all knew this would be the result.

Thanks for rolling over and dying

Thanks for rolling over and dying

However, I am happy to say that we are spared a 2nd helping of this fools’ meal when Richard Gasquet took out David Ferrer in 5 sets. I am most happy about this result. Not only because we avoid the whole Divadal/Ferrer mess match but because I actually do like Gasquet. Unfortunately, he has no real shot of beating Divadal but one can always hope and you never know. Anyway, Gasquet played an exceptional match in sets 1, 2 and 5. Where the hell he went to in sets 3 and 4 is still a mystery. That beautiful backhand of his was on pointe like a ballerina. It was hitting all corners of the court and the timing of it was magnificent to behold. It is an impressive stroke. It can do no wrong with it is working for the Frenchman. Thus, he found himself up 6-3 6-1.

Yeah I am about to blow a gasquet out here

Yeah I am about to blow a gasquet out here

However, in the 3rd and 4th sets, he became that unstable Frenchman we have known over the years. This was the same Frenchman who blew several 2 sets to love leads in his career. So many of us were already anticipating the beginning of the end for him. Fiery Ferrer is a fighter against everyone save Divadal. He will not give up until the umpire calls Game, Set and Match. He is on it and boy did he come back roaring. He just gave the Frenchman everything he had to take the 3rd and 4th sets 6-4 6-2.

Fiery Ferrer was unstoppable out there in the 3rd and 4th sets

Fiery Ferrer was unstoppable out there in the 3rd and 4th sets

We all expected him to snatch the 5th set and the match. However, Gasquet proved me wrong and I am most happy for this. He seized his 1st break chance opportunities at 3-2 to go up 4-2. He then held his serve to be ahead comfortably 5-2. Ferrer held his serve at 3-5 and forced the Frenchman to serve for the match and his 1st US Open semis. The pressure was squarely on Gasquet’s shoulder but he did not succumb to the pressure. He served it out to take the set 6-3 and thus the match 6-3 6-1 4-6 2-6 6-3. This should be a wonderful confidence booster for him. Hopefully, he can keep the upset streak going and take out Divadal. But alas, I might be asking for too much here. Last time he beat the Spaniard, Gasquet noted was back when they were teenagers in Under 14 tournament. Here’s is to a Gasquet victory!

I am losing to Gasquet. Why won't he choke? Incroyable!

I am losing to Gasquet. Why won’t he choke? Incroyable!

I just had to beat you! I had to save the world from another Spanish match up with Divadal in the mix... NO BUENO

I just had to beat you! I had to save the world from another Spanish match up with Divadal in the mix… NO BUENO

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R. Nadal
6
6 6
19
T. Robredo
0 2 2
4
D. Ferrer
3
1 6 6 3
8
R. Gasquet
6 6 4 2 6
And in other news, the Williams Sisters are in still in the Doubles draw

And in other news, the Williams Sisters are in still in the Doubles draw

I bet you Realz gonna say shite about my handbag... He's such a hater

I bet you Realz gonna say shite about my handbag… He’s such a hater

I am not gonna lie.. Divadal got some nice legs

I am not gonna lie.. Divadal got some nice legs

This is what happens when the ATP knows that you are never going to win a major. They give you consolation prizes (aka Sportsmanship Award) presented by another non-major winner.

This is what happens when the ATP knows that you are never going to win a major. They give you consolation prizes (aka Sportsmanship Award) presented by another non-major winner.

The best I have ever seen Murray look

The best I have ever seen Murray look

There is a cold front coming from Anna Wintour as always (Gurl time to change up that look...)

There is a cold front coming from Anna Wintour as always (Gurl time to change up that look…)

The was suppose to be all about Dakota Fanning and her man...but I can't help but look at the woman behind who looks like she just jumped out of a Hitchcock film

The was suppose to be all about Dakota Fanning and her man…but I can’t help but look at the woman behind who looks like she just jumped out of a Hitchcock film

Michael Strahan and his.... friend....hmmmm

Michael Strahan and his…. friend….hmmmm

Ain't that his boyf..... Shut your mouth. I told you that in confidence

Ain’t that his boyf….. Shut your mouth. I told you that in confidence

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US Open 2013: Day 9

In Ana Ivanovic, Andy Murray, Carla Suarez Narravo, Ekaterina Makarova, Li Na, Lleyton Hewitt, Marcel Granollers, Mikhail Youzhny, Na Li, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Stanislas Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, US Open, Victoria Azarenka on September 6, 2013 at 7:35 am
2008 French Open Ana Ivanovic showed up to play

2008 French Open Ana Ivanovic showed up to play

I am finally here at Day 9. Oh my, I thought I would never get here. There were some very interesting match ups on this day. First off, Vickie and Ana had to play their Round of 16 match. Now many of us do not have much faith in Ana Ivanovic as of late. Truth be told, she is known as Ivanovic the Terrible in these parts. However, Ana came out like a Trojan Horse in the first set; just filled with deadly surprises. She was on fire. Her forehand was clicking like the Ana of old and she was confident on the backhand. It was an amazing set of tennis from the Serb. Vickie did not have an answer to any of Ana’s questions out there. Soon the Serb had the 1st set wrapped up 6-4. However, Ivanovic the Terrible would not be denied the chance to show herself on court and she came in the 2nd set where the Belarusian quickly took the 2nd set 6-3. In the 3rd set, it was more competitive but Ana allowed herself to get down an early break and thus unable to recover from that. She broke Vickie as she initially served for the match. However, Ana could not hold it together to save break points on her serve thus unable to save her life in this match. Vickie dismissed her 4-6 6-3 6-4.

Then Ivanovic the Terrible showed up and it was a wrap after that

Then Ivanovic the Terrible showed up and it was a wrap after that

Vickie is quickly becoming a beast on tour. She even tried to come for Eva. You know Eva was not taking any business from her!

Vickie is quickly becoming a beast on tour. She even tried to come for Eva. You know Eva was not taking any business from her!

This is a shame because I do not think that Azarenka is playing great tennis to get this far. However, she is playing the big points very well. She will be facing Daniela Hantuchova in the quarters and the possibility of an Italian Pennetta/Vinci in the semis. What a Betty Crocker draw? It is not her fault anyway. For the past 2 years now, Petra Kvitova has been nowhere to be found. When Petra beat Azarenka at the end of the 2011 at the WTA year ending championships, I was so excited to see this matchup because I figured in 2012, they would be the one battling for majors. However, Petra thinks it more important to be off gallivanting behind Radek Stepanek’s @#$k instead of committing herself to serious tennis. In every press conference, she is offering up some piss poor excuse as to why she was thoroughly trashed by some lesser ranked player. We are tired of the excuses Petra. That match in 2011 was the last time Petra and Vickie faced each other. Vickie has yet to beat Petra as she is the ONLY leftie that Vickie cannot get past. Petra you need to get your life together.

Makarova trying for another upset at these championships

Makarova trying for another upset at these championships

In the two ladies quarterfinals played, LiNaLi found that she was having a tough time getting past Ekaterina Makarova. Like I said, Makarova is a very dangerous floater. However, she could not get the job done thrice/twice. (The jury is still out as to whether the 24th seed Makarova beating the 16th seed Sabine Lisicki earlier in the tournament actually counts as an upset). LiNaLi just got over the hurdle of taking the 1st set 6-4 mainly because Makarova is not a good server. LiNaLi has some gifts and one of which is that she can be quite powerful off the groundstrokes on both sides. Makarova unfortunately did not have her pick of spots as she did against Radwanska and mostly found herself scrambling for position. However, she was able to take the 2nd set 7-5.  Like Ana in the earlier match, Makarova got down early breaks in the 3rd and decisive set, giving LiNaLi enough of a breathing space to right her often times wayward ship. She closed out the match 6-2 in the 3rd set. This is LiNaLi’s first US Open semis and she will face none other than the Serenanator.

Yeah I am heading to the US Open semis

Yeah I am heading to the US Open semis

The Serenanator was on like a boiled corn in her match up against Carla Suarez-Navarro. It was the Spaniard’s birthday but she got no love nor present from the American unless you count two warm and toasty bagels. Suarez-Navarro failed to win a single game her in match going down 0-6 0-6. She is a good player but in this match, she simply failed to do anything of substance to make any sort of impression on the American game. It was not as though the Serenanator was playing superb tennis; she did not have to as Carla was just lackadaisical out there all night. Interestingly enough, this is Suarez-Navarro’s 3rd bagel set compliments Williams. She was bagelled in the 1st round of Doubles. Carlo boy, that is a lot of carbs. You need to slow down. Anyway Serena moves on to face LiNaLi. They met earlier this summer and the American came out the victor. Should be an interesting matchup though I expect the American to come out on top. However, anything can happen in sports. I just do not want Li to get to the finals and just fail again as she did against Azarenka in this year’s Open final. Also I am really not interested in seeing Carlos Rodriguez profiting in the least. I think he is just a vile man. He needs to go into retirement like his previous charge.

Happy Birthday chico! The 1st bagel is from me and the 2nd one compliments Venus

Happy Birthday chico! The 1st bagel is from me and the 2nd one compliments Venus

1 S. Williams 6 6
18 C. Suarez Navarro 0 0
5 N. Li 6 5 6
24 E. Makarova 4 7 2
2 V. Azarenka 4 6 6
13 A. Ivanovic 6 3 4

For me the best match of the day was a men’s match and that was the contest between Lleyton Hewitt and Mikhail Youzhny. It was a really good match. Both men are in their 30’s and I am very much surprised to have learnt that Youzhny is married with a son. WTF? How did I miss this? Hewitt is also married with two children. We all know how his lil story went…break Kimmie’s heart and moving onto Becky. Anyway, Youzhny won the 1st set 6-3 and was up an early break in the 2nd set. I was excited because I thought finally someone was going to knock this fool out of the Open. It is no secret in the least that I am not a fan of Hewitt. I know that he gets off on people hating him. However, I have to admire his gumption for sticking with this sport. From all estimation, he is like the bionic man at this point. He has metal in his knee if I am not mistaken. You would think he would humble himself and spend time with Becky/Beth or whatever her name is and the kids. He really irks me.

Hewitt only needs an inch and then suddenly, he a yard ahead

Hewitt only needs an inch and then suddenly, he a yard ahead

Anyway to the tennis, so Youzhny is up a set and a break and then he got Russian. You know how I feel about the stability of Russians and now that Vladimir Putin is on some “Gay Campaign” to rip all “gayness” from Russian society, my point about them is even stronger. Next thing you know, Hewitt has taken the 2nd and 3rd set with a 4-1 lead I think in the 4th. Hewitt is close to getting to his 1st US Open quarters since 2006. I was not liking this at all. However, Youzhny got his life together and stormed back to take the next 6 games which included taking the set 6-4 and an early break in the 5th.

Youzhny found it difficult to stay ahead against Hewitt

Youzhny found it difficult to stay ahead against Hewitt

However, he could not consolidate the break and soon found himself down 2-5. Hewitt was on it again. I was really surprise that Youzhny was allowing Hewitt to dominate so easily seeing that Hewitt’s serve is pathetic compare to others on tour and he has to work a point over to win. He is barely able to dictate any of the points. None of his shots is seemingly big. Anyway, like I said before, Youzhny was not about to let this chance to get to another US Open quarters disappear and rallied to take the next 5 games as well the match. 6-3 3-6 6-7 6-4 7-5 Youzhny.

The Russian came back roaring in both the 4th and 5th sets

The Russian came back roaring in both the 4th and 5th sets

Granollers sitting down to let those 2 bagels digest

Granollers sitting down to let those 2 bagels digest

Meanwhile, Djoker treated Marcel Granollers as though he was a crunchy granola bar as he munched him down 6-3 6-0 6-0. Djoker is really playing well this tournament. However, I do not doubt his mental fortitude in the earlier rounds, it is his attitude against the very top that becomes problematic. His actions in the 2012 French Open and US Open finals as well 2013 French Open semis and then the Wimbledon final showed me that he cannot hang to the bitter end. He has been punking out of these big matches as of late in particular against Divadal. I cannot deal which such attitude because right about now, a Novak Djokovic 2013 US Open champ is the only thing left to save my US Open on the men’s side. Unless of course, Youzhny or Gasquet can win the whole thing. That would be just FANTASTIC!!! But RealzTenisFanz has to keeps it realz and Youzhny or Gasquet winning the US Open is as likely as me winning the lottery soon.

Istomin was on it early on in the match

Istomin was on it early on in the match

Lochness Monster was hungry and so could not concentrate

Lochness Monster was hungry and so could not concentrate

The other two matches Murray v Denis Istomin was also interesting as the Uzbekistani took the 1st set in a breaker having failed to serve it out at 5-4.  However, he wilted in the 2nd set to lose it 1-6. In the 3rd and 4th sets, he was far more competitive but was able to get that crucial combo of a break and a hold in succession something Murray was able to do garnering him another trip to the US Open quarters. Murray 6-7 6-1 6-4 6-4. Wawrinka v Berdych was another good match up. I am not a fan of Berdych and I so enjoy seeing him self-destruct. Though he has been able to peg Mr. Federer at crucial points in his career (2004 Olympics and at two majors) However, Wawrinka was on it last night. He did not allow himself to get dismayed by Berdych winning the 1st set 6-3. Berdych was hitting some monster balls. He was bludgeoning the ball and looked to be in impeccable form though those hideous shorts he was wearing, were killing me. Wawrinka came back roaring to take the 2nd set 6-1 and despite being up 5-3 in the 3rd set and again 6-5 with chances to serve for the set, he lost that lead. Nonetheless, the Swiss did not dwell in the negative space and took the 3rd set in the breaker. In the 4th set, Wawrinka shut the door promptly of any Berdych comeback when he took the last 4 games of the match. 3-6 6-1 7-6 6-2 Wawrinka.

Munching on humble pie is Berdych in those ridiculous looking shorts

Munching on humble pie is Berdych in those ridiculous looking shorts

Wawrinka showing good form thus far at these Championships. Soon he'll be the number 1 Swiss player

Wawrinka showing good form thus far at these Championships. Soon he’ll be the number 1 Swiss player

So it will be Wawrinka v Murray and Djokovic v Youzhny in the top half men’s draw in the quarters.

3 A. Murray 6 6 6 6
D. Istomin 7 1 4 4
5 T. Berdych 6 1 6 2
9 S. Wawrinka 3 6 8 6  
1 N. Djokovic 6 6 6  
M. Granollers 3 0 0
21 M. Youzhny 6 3 6 6 7
L. Hewitt 3 6 7 4 5
Double trouble and Double mess

Double trouble and Double mess

I have no idea who he is but he gets some hottie points for sure

I have no idea who he is but he gets some hottie points for sure

I have no idea who he is either

I have no idea who he is either

If Eva keeps fcuking with me, I'm gonna be all over @$$ with this racquet

If Eva keeps fcuking with me, I’m gonna be all over @$$ with this racquet

I just want to tell you once again.  I don't like you. I don't like your face, your hair and definitely don't like you for my son.

I just want to tell you once again. I don’t like you. I don’t like your face, your hair and definitely don’t like you for my son.

Say what Judy?

Say what Judy?

Just smile itch...you better not say shite to Andy or else I am cutting that hair and sell it as weave to Serena. And you know I would!

Just smile itch…you better not say shite to Andy or else I am cutting that hair and sell it as weave to Serena. And you know I would!

Idina Menzel, we're gonna have to say this outfit is just WICKED and you need to carted off this jail. WTF?? I would have avoided the cameras. Not cute

Idina Menzel, we’re gonna have to say this outfit is just WICKED and you need to carted off this jail. WTF?? I would have avoided the cameras. Not cute

Why is she even in public?

Why is she even in public?

He's not even talking and I can still smell his foul breathe.... I can't

He’s not even talking and I can still smell his foul breathe…. I can’t. Meanwhile, all the cute boys are behind me and I am stuck being the faghag with dragon breathe.

US Open 2013: Day 8

In Flavia Pennetta, Janko Tipsarevic, Milos Raonic, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Rafael Nadal, Richard Gasquet, Roberta Vinci, Roger Federer, Tommy Robredo, US Open, Victoria Azarenka on September 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

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It never seems to fail that I always run into trouble with my favourites on the 2nd Monday of a major. And this Monday was no different. First off, the rains came. It was near Monsoon at Flushing Meadows. It was though the rain was making up for the days that it was supposed to come but did not. It delayed play for about 4 -5 hours. As a matter of fact, only one match was completed before it poured buckets.

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Finally after the delay, Mr. Federer took to the court against one of his pigeons, Tommy Robredo. Now Mr. Federer has dismantled Robredo in their 10 previous meetings. Robredo was barely able to win a set. However, from the jump of their 11th meeting, Mr. Federer was well off the plot. He got broken and Robredo was up 2-0. Mr. Federer was able to break back and get ahead 3-2. However, his entire style of play was baffling. Mr. Federer had a terrible Spring/Summer. He was only able to win 1 title for the year and then switched racquets but quickly went back to his old stick having lost to two players who were ranked in the 100s. Now against one of his favourite whipping boy he was struggling and struggling mightily.

Nobody beats Robredo 11 times in a row

Nobody beats Robredo 11 times in a row

It was beyond belief. Mr. Federer lost the match in straight sets 6-7 3-6 4-6. It was not as if he got blown off the court by a younger harder hitting opponent. Robredo is only 31 to Mr. Federer’s 32 years on this earth. Mr. Federer had 16 break point chances and only converted 2. He was 0-12 in sets 2 and 3. It was ridiculous. It was though he was working to lose. He constantly made the wrong shot, very uncharacteristic errors and not once did he impose himself on Robredo. It was as though Robredo was Mr. Federer and Mr. Federer was Robredo. I knew very early on that Mr. Federer was going to be bounced and for the first time since 2002 if I am not mistaken, Mr. Federer was dumped out of the US Open before the quarters. There is a lot more to say of Mr. Federer but I think it is best if I make a special post for Mr. Federer. He deserves that.

The hair was an uncharacteristic mess. Looking like Divadal's head

The hair was an uncharacteristic mess. Looking like Divadal’s head

Interestingly enough, of all the men’s matches played on that day, Robredo had the easiest time. Divadal was up against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany who can be a dangerous floater at times. He has taken out Djoker and Lochness Monster out of majors before if I am not mistaken. Anyway, he took the 1st set against Divadal but succumbed to an early break in the 2nd set and that was all it took for Divadal to impose his physical prowess on the German. Any notion of a possible upset were dismissed with disdain as Divadal took the next three sets 6-4 6-3 6-1 to continue his unbelievable run on hardcourt this year. He has not lost a single match on hardcourt if I am not mistaken. Hopefully that would change at this tournament.

Divadal has been a demon on hardcourt this year

Divadal has been a demon on hardcourt this year

Nadal’s countryman David Ferrer also found it difficult to get past Janko Tipsarevic. Janko was leading in all the sets if I am not mistaken but could not pull it off when it mattered losing it 6-7 6-3 5-7 6-7. Ferrer has done well at this tournament in the past, if I am not mistaken getting to 2 semifinals. However, his particular style does not lend itself to getting cheap ones. He always has to be on the defensive. Nonetheless, he is the quarterfinals of yet another major. Richard Gasquet had battle on his hand against the young Canadian Milos Raonic. Every set was competitive and it was a nice change up to see these two battle but in the end, Gasquet came through in 5 sets to make another quarters at a major. If I am not mistaken, his record in Round of 16 sucks big time. However, I am happy to see him through. He has always been a player whose talent I have long admired.

Gasquet through to the quarters

Gasquet through to the quarters

2 R. Nadal 6 6 6 6
22 P. Kohlschreiber 7 4 3 1
8 R. Gasquet 6 7 2 7 7
10 M. Raonic 7 6 6 6 5
7 R. Federer 6 3 4
19 T. Robredo 7 6 6  
4 D. Ferrer 7 3 7 7
18 J. Tipsarevic 6 6 5 6
Allison Riske looked to make a comeback in her match

Allison Riske looked to make a comeback in her match

The rain seriously hampered the ladies schedule as when it came down, only Roberta Vinci was able to complete her match and the Vickie v Ivanovic match was reschedule for the next day. Vinci took out her countrywoman Camilla Giorgi in straight sets 6-4 6-2. At this time the rain began pouring just as Simona Halep had set point to try and force her match against Pennetta to a 3rd set and Alison Riske had just broken Daniela Huntuchova in the 2nd set thus keeping her chances alive to get to the next round. However, when play was resumed, Halep found that she could not close things out and the more experience Pennetta took the 2nd set and the match in the tiebreaker 6-2 7-6. Hantuchova dropped the 2nd set and for many of us, we saw signs that the old Daniela was going to come back out on court. However, she kept her mind together and showed that experience can win out over youth. She took apart Riske who had the crowd firmly behind her 6-3 5-7 6-3.

I am playing so well at this tournament that it scares me

I am playing so well at this tournament that it scares me

10 R. Vinci 6 6  
C. Giorgi 4 2
A. Riske 3 7 2
D. Hantuchova 6 5 6
21 S. Halep 2 6
F. Pennetta 6 7  
Flooding at the US Open

Flooding at the US Open

The USTA talking about building a roof when they can't get proper drains installed

The USTA talking about building a roof when they can’t get proper drains installed

This is one of the more comical scenes in all of tennis. Why don't they just cover the courts when it rains?

This is one of the more comical scenes in all of tennis. Why don’t they just cover the courts when it rains?

I bet it is some contractual obligation or nepotism at work here why this scene plays out

I bet it is some contractual obligation or nepotism at work here why this scene plays out

No Federer v Nadal at the US Open... ah well I guess I have to try and carry on without him

No Federer v Nadal at the US Open… ah well I guess I have to try and carry on without him

US Open 2013: Day 6

In Alize Cornet, Ana Ivanovic, Carla Suarez Narravo, Caroline Wozniacki, Christina McHale, Daniel Evans, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Janko Tipsarevic, John Isner, Kaia Kanepi, Maria Kirilenko, Mikhail Kukushkin, Milos Raonic, Petra Kvitova, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Rafael Nadal, Richard Gasquet, Roger Federer, US Open, Victoria Azarenka on September 6, 2013 at 7:24 am
Adios Kirilenko..Just one of the string of upset defeats

Adios Kirilenko..Just one of the string of upset defeats

Day 6 at the Open was a bit of a shocker in some respect. A lot of the top ladies found themselves in some serious trouble. Several of the top seeds were bounced out of the tournament like some gypsy ball (I wonder if any of the Realz Fanz will know what a gypsy ball is). Alize Cornet, that unpredictable Frenchwoman almost gave Vickie a run for her money. Cornet took the 1st set but then showed her true self on court losing quite easily in the next two. However, this was the 1st time Vickie has come close to dropping a set in the tournament. She is a fighter though and very very feisty on court.

Though I love me some Kuzi this outfit has got to go!!

Though I love me some Kuzi this outfit has got to go!!

However, it was not Vickie’s near miss that was the shocker but the relative easy by which Maria Kirilenko, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Petra Kvitova were disposed of in the 3rd round of a major. I mean Kuzi showed herself much better than Maria and Petra but still Kuzi, a former champ here back in 2004 should not have been downed by the likes of Flavia Pennetta 5-7 1-6. Kuzi almost snatched away the French Open title from the Serenanator in the May and here she is acting like some newcomer to the tour. Nonetheless, very good on Flavia for bagging this win. She has done well here at the Open in the past and is looking to continue this success. Maria and Petra on the other hand, I do not even know what to say. Between the two of them, they won a combined ZERO sets and only 4 games. They both enjoyed a final set bagel. Simona Halep of Romania who has been having a fabulous summer this year, just simply dismantled the Russian; a breadstick and a bagel 6-1 6-0. Why is Kirilenko getting such a trashing from Halep, I do not know.

Simona Halep of Romania is looking to make a name for herself on tour

Simona Halep of Romania is looking to make a name for herself on tour

As for Petra, she won 3 games against Allison Riske who is looking to make a name for herself at this year’s open 6-3 6-0. Petra spoke of not being well. I do not know Petra, it seems like you making your own life difficult. And unfortunately, I have to report, the rumours of her and Radek Stepanek being an item is no rumour; they have been confirmed. How many more brilliant female players do Radek Stepanek has to ruin before something is done about this social pariah. I mean, I am not one to get all Christian conservative but he is a married man. Nicole Vaidisova, you best come get your man because you throw away your career for this beast, do not let another brilliant talent go the same route.

Petra and this belly of hers. Maybe we should call her a Petra-belly Pig....That's not right! I am not right...just foul I am

Petra and this belly of hers. Maybe we should call her a Petra-belly Pig….That’s not right! I am not right…just foul I am

Camila Giorgi crushed the Danish Biscuit

Camila Giorgi crushed the Danish Biscuit

In other news Caroline Wozniacki also got bounced but this is really no surprise other than the fact than an unheralded Italian Camilla Giorgi pounded her to the ground. From the jump, Giorgi was all over Woziniacki’s patty cake shots and only by the skin of her teeth was Woz able to bag the 1st set. She was messy as always. It goes without saying that Wozniacki is not up to par with the challenges of really being a top tier player. She has talent but she has no gifts. There is not one element of her game that her opponents fear. She is non-factor for the most part. She is not even intimidating in her on court manner particularly looking at her ridiculous kit compliments La Stella McCartney.  Anyway, Giorgi smelled the opportunity to get the upset and took it. She knocked Caro out in three sets 4-6 6-4 6-3 and everyone who saw this match knew that Caro was soundly beaten.

Goodbye to Woz and this awful dress

Goodbye to Woz and this awful dress

I should mention that Roberta Vinci and Daniela Hantuchova won their matches also though Daniela made a mess of it against an Israeli player I have never heard of before.

6 C. Wozniacki 6 4 3
C. Giorgi 4 6 6
10 R. Vinci 6 6  
K. Knapp 4 3
2 V. Azarenka 6 6 6
26 A. Cornet 7 3 2
J. Glushko 6 5 6
D. Hantuchova 3 7 7
14 M. Kirilenko 1 0
21 S. Halep 6 6  
13 A. Ivanovic 4 7 6
C. McHale 6 5 4
27 S. Kuznetsova 5 1
F. Pennetta 7 6
7 P. Kvitova 3 0
A. Riske 6 6  

On the men’s side, the usual suspects were in fine form. Mr. Federer and Divadal are likely heading for their umpteenth encounter on tour though surprisingly, they have never met at the US Open. Mr. Federer dismantled the cutie Frenchman Adrian Mannarino whereas Divadal took apart Ivan Dodig also in straight sets.

Mr. Federer is looking supreme right about now... the calm before the storm I suspect

Mr. Federer is looking supreme right about now… the calm before the storm I suspect

Tommy Robredo halted the hot young Briton Daniel Evans in his tracks. Robredo, 31, who is enjoying perhaps the best season of his career put paid on Evans’ remarkable run here in NYC. Evans had two set points to take the match to a decisive 5th set. However, his inexperience got in the way and Robredo set himself up for his 11th meeting with Mr. Federer. Hopefully he has a better time on his 11th meeting. He has yet to win a match and has only won 3-24 sets if I am not mistaken on this stat. Mr. Federer looks ready to end this year on a decent note at the majors and Robredo

Robredo happy to be finding his good tennis again especially at majors

Robredo happy to be finding his good tennis again especially at majors

Robredo joins his fellow Spaniard David Ferrer who had a tough match up with Mikhail Kukushkin but coming through in 4 set. Their compatriot FeFe Lopez lost to Milos Raonic of Canada. It is time that Raonic start making some noise at majors. Americans did not fare so well last night John Isner, the highest ranked American was bounced by Philipp Kohlschreiber and Jock Sock got bagged by Janko Tipsarevic. I am not a fan of Janko but good on him to be making some noise at a major. He has had a most dismal year. I do not think he had any good runs for the year. I think the lone American man on deck is Tim Smyczek who I doubt will go further than he has already. The press is all complaining about the poor showing of the Americans. Mind you American men have failed to get past the 4th round this year at any of the majors and they expect them to pull off something special here. Meanwhile, Richard Gasquet is through to the 4th round when Dmitri Tursunov retired in the 4th set.

2 R. Nadal 6 6 6
I. Dodig 4 3 3
7 R. Federer 6 6 6  
A. Mannarino 3 0 3
13 J. Isner 4 6 5 6
22 P. Kohlschreiber 6 3 7 7
19 T. Robredo 7 6 4 7  
D. Evans 6 1 6 5
M. Kukushkin 4 3 6 4
4 D. Ferrer 6 6 4 6  
J. Sock 6 6 1 2
18 J. Tipsarevic 3 7 6 6  
23 F. Lopez 7 4 3 4
10 M. Raonic 6 6 6 6  
8 R. Gasquet 6 2 6 4  
32 D. Tursunov (Ret) 3 6 4 2
Guess who this is?? You might have to defend yourself

Guess who this is?? You might have to defend yourself

Hide your purses!

Hide your purses!

Her neck is very stiff

Her neck is very stiff

Talk about a flat stomach..

Talk about a flat stomach..

Though he is a douche, he definitely has a nice body. Give me some liquor and I would be all over it... I will feign gaynesia in the morning

Though he is a douche, he definitely has a nice body. Give me some liquor and I would be all over it… I will feign gaynesia in the morning

FeFe Lopez giving us the Spanish Scruff and Me le gusto

FeFe Lopez giving us the Spanish Scruff and Me le gusto

Mannarino... my dar is definitely pinging here

Mannarino… my dar is definitely pinging here

Hmmm Let me think about it... I am gonna have agree with you

Hmmm Let me think about it… I am gonna have agree with you

Carlo is being so nice to the kiddies... Be careful, she bites

Carlo is being so nice to the kiddies… Be careful, she bites

I do not even know where to begin with these shirts but needless to say

I do not even know where to begin with these shirts but needless to say

WTF? Daniel Evans is wearing a microbra?? What the hell is going on here peeps? Help Realz understand what's really the deal here

WTF? My boo Daniel Evans is wearing a microbra?? What the hell is going on here peeps? Help Realz understand what’s really the deal here

US Open 2013: Day 5

In Agnes Radwanska, Alexander Dolgopolov, Alize Cornet, Andy Murray, Carla Suarez Narravo, Donald Young, Jaime Hampton, Jelena Jankovic, Juan Martin Del Potro, Kaia Kanepi, Laura Robson, Li Na, Lleyton Hewitt, Mikhail Youzhny, Na Li, Richard Gasquet, Sabine Lisicki, Serena Williams, Slaone Stephens, Sports Blog, Stanislav Wawrinka, Tennis, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Haas, US Open, Yaroslava Shevedova on September 6, 2013 at 7:22 am
US Open at Night is electric!!!

US Open at Night is electric!!!

I am so sorry that this edition of the blog is kinda coming to you late very late. I really had to catch up on sleep. Typically, I am able to do some of the ground work for the postings during the day. However, because of “work related issues” I have to do everything in the evenings/nights. Anyway, I do sincerely apologize. I am really trying to do a complete coverage of this major. It seems like this year I am having no luck. Twice I have been offered tickets to the Open and twice I could not get to them. It is no big deal. The weather has been so inclement though play has not been delayed for several days now. However, when it rains at the stadium, it becomes a very hot/humid situation. Everyone is everywhere. And it is very expensive out there with the adult beverages being really good. It might not be a good look for me at all.

Poor Laura Robson was not having a good day

Poor Laura Robson was not having a good day

Anyway, let’s get to the tennis. On the ladies’ side of the draw, there was not much of an upset. It was a relatively quiet day. LiNaLi faced off against Laura Robson who knocked her out of last year’s Open. However, LiNaLi was not having deja-vu as she just dismantled the Briton. Laura was having a bad day at the office. Every lead she had was quickly surrendered and LiNaLi kept her wits about here and spanked her down to the ground 6-2 7-5.

I'm gonna take a drink for you Laura... cheers

I’m gonna take a drink for you Laura… cheers

Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki also lost in straight sets 4-6 5-7 to Ekaterina Makarova who has also enjoyed an inexplicable win over the Serenanator (Aussie Open 2012). She is always good for at least one upset at the majors. She is a very dangerous floater and has that nasty lefty swing with a down the line shot that can be deadly. However, Makarova is a Russian, so you know how that goes. One minute they playing like tennis gods and the next, they are a mess from hell.

Bye itch... bye bye

Bye itch… bye bye

Sloane Stephens won her match up against fellow American Jamie Hampton with relative ease 6-1 6-3 and will face now another American, the Serenanator. The Serenanator had to play the late late night match, taking the court just before midnight. She had a tough test from the Russian/Kazak Yaroslava Shvedova but the Serenanator hung tough 6-3 6-1 to move on.

Yes! I'm on it! I am definitely on it tonight!

Yes! I’m on it! I am definitely on it tonight!

Now, there has been much talk of the Sloane/Serenanator match up. Interestingly enough, they have only played twice. 1-1. The Serenanator’s lost came at the Aussie Open quarters after she had just beaten Sloane a couple of weeks prior in Brisbane (If I am not mistaken). In their 1st match up, Sloane stated that the Serenanator’s grunts were disrespectful. When she won, she spoke of how Serena is an idol/mentor etc to her. There was for me a moment in her post match fevour where Sloane seemed to have suddenly got way ahead of herself. She came off as a tad bit cocky…well cocky is not the word I want to use here but for me, she just same the wrong thing though I cannot recall exactly what she said. I think it was something to the effect of taking down Serena’s photo in her room and put up hers. I was like “Gurl, you have not arrived as yet. There is a lot more to go.” I chalked it up to post-big-win euphoria. However, things got very complimacated later in the year when in an interview, Sloane went all in on the Serenanator. She was like a manic woman on a mission to the looney bin because the interview was totally out of control.

Wait Sloane is trying to come for me??

Wait Sloane is trying to come for me??

“She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia,” Stephens says emphatically. “And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.” [Boo, Maria and Serena do not hang out in the same circles. I assure you of that. They do not hellos, byes or even the casual nods across the room from each other. I do not know who you think you are, Ms. Just Come on the Scene to warrant girlfriend status with the likes of the Serenanator]Her mom tries to slow her down, but Sloane is insistent. “Like, seriously! People should know. They think she’s so friendly and she’s so this and she’s so that — no, that’s not reality! You don’t unfollow someone on Twitter, delete them off of BlackBerry Messenger. I mean, what for? Why?” [Because I don’t have anything to say to you. You speaketh nonsense! Aint’ nobody got time for that!]

No she didn't just say that!!!!

No she didn’t just say that!!!! She said all that? Gurl she went all in on Serena’s @$$

I guess this unfollowing happened after Serena twitted, “I made you” after the Australian Open match. I have to admit that this might have been directed at Sloane who was acting quite full of herself and failed to mention that she got dusted by Vickie in the next round. Serena was not a nice person she mentioned. Sweetie, I do not know which bylines you have been reading but no one thinks the Serenanator was valedictorian from Ms. Muffy’s Charm School. She related some ridiculous story of how at age 12, she waited with a group of young tennis fans to get autographs from Serena and Venus and in the end she did not get one despite them walking by her several times. She took this personal. Even her mother, as noted by the interviewer, was like “Gurl are you for real with this nonsense.” Sloane, I was up close and personal with Venus and Serena and they did not give me an autograph. GET OVER IT. Sloane did not stop there. She was going for the jugular. She disavowed any notion that she looked up the Serenanator and emphatically noted that Kim Clijster was her fav. (LOL oh Sloane gurl, you were really feeling yourself.)

Ooops I said all? Oh gawd I had verbal diarrhea!!

Ooops I said all? Oh gawd I had verbal diarrhea!!

Now this is relatively old news. However, the press ran with this as I think there was a lot to the story in that one player was really calling out another. Moreover though, this Serena/Sloane drama is even more intensified by the fact of their age difference representing the past/present/future of women’s tennis, their being black and that they are the top 2 American females. It is a “black cat fight” and nothing the American press likes to see but black/black crime PLUS the added feature that it is two women going at it. They American press wants drama because in the end it is a win/win situation for them. Sloane win this match, “She is the future, She dethroned the reigning tennis queen, etc etc.” If Serena wins, they get to pull out the Serenanator monster/revenge headlines etc etc. This is for them a rivalry because the Serenanator/Maria or Serenanator/Vickie is really nothing to write home about. The Serenanator own them both. It should be noted that subsequent to Sloane’s lil rant, she backtracked and apologize for her behaviour. She and the Serenanator have squashed the incident but the press will not leave it alone.

Guess who showed up for a doubles match. Ms. Hingis but she got knocked out

Guess who showed up for a doubles match. Ms. Hingis but she got knocked out

Anyway, the other winners include, Carla Suarez-Navarro who is intent on making no attempts whatsoever to be girlish on court. Suarez Navarro knocked out Jie Zheng who had taken out Venus the previous round. Interestingly enough, Carla beat Venus in the 2nd round of a major as well in 2009 Australian Open. JJ aka Jelena Jankovic aka Fivehead Jungle Witch won as did Angelique Kerber, Aga Radwanska who has been getting some very very early matchups. She has played all of her matches 1st thing up on court.

1 S. Williams 6 6
Y. Shvedova 3 1
23 J. Hampton 1 3
15 S. Stephens 6 6
J. Zheng 2 4
18 C. Suarez-Navarro 6 6
3 A. Radwanska 6 7
A. Pavlyuchenkova 4 6
24 E. Makarova 6 7
16 S. Lisicki 4 5
30 L. Robson 2 5
5 N. Li 6 7
25 K. Kanepi 0 4
8 A. Kerber 6 6
9 J. Jankovic 6 7
K. Nara 4 6
Del Potro in the house!!! Looking for make another run to the US Open title

Del Potro in the house!!! Looking for make another run to the US Open title

On the men’s side, things were also routine and that includes Juan Martin Del Potro just showing his ass on court. I swear, I expected bigger things from Del Potro but it seems he is determined to be a one hit wonder. He played Hewitt and after a slow start of dropping the 1st set, he smashed his way through to win the next 2. However, if you are familiar with Del Potro’s style of tennis, it is quite languid, lackadaisical and lovely all rolled into one. He can be deftly powerful and then do some of the dumbest things ever on court. For a huge man, he does not allow himself to be limited by any part of the game. Although, he has had recent niggles with that wrist of his, he can still acquit himself quite well. But against Hewitt, he just became a mess. He allowed Hewitt to get away with murder with that horrid serving of his. Hewitt barely makes 1st serves. In the end, Hewitt knocked off Del Potro and really put a monkey wrench in my US Open predictions. I mean I did not really make predictions but I mean Delpo was supposed to have bagged this match easily.

D for Del Potro... D for Disappointment

D for Del Potro… D for Disappointment

Anyway moving on from this mess of a match: other winners include Marcos Baghdatis, Wawrinka, Mikhail Youzhny who I must say has had some good results here, Tomas Berdych and of course the two giants, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Like I said not much going on here except Delpo losing. I almost forgot that Tommy Haas won his match. However, check out the results below.

I am here to reclaim my US Open title and no one is going to stop me

I am here to reclaim my US Open title and no one is going to stop me

1 N. Djokovic 7 6 6  
B. Becker 6 2 2
12 T. Haas 6 6 7  
Y. H Lu 3 4 6
L. Hewitt 6 5 3 7 6
6 JM Del Potro 4 7 6 6 1
3 A. Murray 7 6 3 6  
L. Mayer 5 1 6 1
D. Young 5 3 4
F. Mayer 7 6 6  
D. Kudla 6 6 3
5 T. Berdych 7 7 6  
A. Dolgopolov 5 1 3
21 M. Youzhny 7 6 6  
J. Nieminen 6 3 6 3 4
J. Sousa 1 6 3 6 6
E. Donskoy 6 6 3 4 6
P. Gokowczyk 3 4 6 6 3
T. Kamke 4 2 2
D. Istomin 6 6 6  
A. Bogomolov 6 6 6 4 4
T. Smyczek 3 7 2 6 6
9 S. Wawrinka 7 7 6  
I. Karlovic 5 6 4
20  A. Seppi 7 6 7
S.Dewarman 6 4 5
31 J. Benneteau 6 6 6  
J. Chardy 4 3 4
M. Granollers 3 4 6 6 7
R. Ram 6 6 2 3 5
M. Baghdatis 6 6 6
17 K. Anderson 2 2 2
Hottie Daniel Evans coming out to practice

Hottie Daniel Evans coming out to practice

Hottness Denis Kudla

Hottness Denis Kudla

Colin Fleming....Very nice

Colin Fleming….Very nice

Joao Sousa from Portugal... DELICIOUS with the scruff and all

Joao Sousa from Portugal… DELICIOUS with the scruff and all

Donald Young is always in agony. I think I know of relieving the pain Donald...

Donald Young is always in agony. I think I know of relieving the pain Donald…

Dolgopolov is just a hot mess with that face... He really needs to get active with the ProActiv

Dolgopolov is just a hot mess with that face… He really needs to get active with the ProActiv

I kid you not...Hewitt had the trainer come out on court to wipe his mouth... like WTF is that all about?

I kid you not…Hewitt had the trainer come out on court to wipe his mouth… like WTF is that all about?

OMG did the trainer just come out to deal with his herpes??? Oh MY GOD....

OMG did the trainer just come out to deal with his herpes??? That’s just NASTY….I’m so not playing mixed doubles with him

US Open 2013: Day 4

In Ana Ivanovic, Angelique Kerber, Bernard Tomic, Carla Suarez Narravo, Christina McHale, Daniel Evans, Feliciano Lopez, Flavia Pennetta, Gael Monfils, James Blake, Janko Tipsarevic, John Isner, Kaia Kanepi, Maria Kirilenko, Milos Raonic, Petra Kvitova, Rafael Nadal, Richard Gasquet, Roger Federer, Sabine Lisicki, Sara Errani, Serena Williams, Tennis, US Open, Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Victoria Duval, Yaroslava Shevedova on August 30, 2013 at 8:58 am
Michelle Obama at the Open last Saturday... on fashion point as ALWAYS

Michelle Obama at the Open last Saturday… on fashion point as ALWAYS

So Day 4 at the US Open was a successful one. Despite it looking like the heavens were going to burst open, no rain fell to affect any scheduled play. As far as singles’ action go, I believe that all matches were played and completed. Also unlike the last major, Wimbledon, there have been very few retirements. I guess players are scrambling for the last stop to make big bucks, big points and also celebrity status. The US Open has as of late, perhaps because it is held in New York City, take on the feel of something akin the Grammys etc. Where tons of celebrities are floating around, lots of sponsors too and that unmistakable feel of entertainment energy,

 

Katie Couric, WTF is this hot mess pants. Are you kidding me? Did you ask some preschooler to design this bit for you?

This is Katie Couric, celebrity. See the problem here isn’t so much that she is wearing these pants as it is that she’s wearing these pants and wearing them in full confidence that they are the best thing ever. Boo, here’s a news flash…THEY’RE NOT!!! Stop having your children design your clothing

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Divadal looking in his usual form

Divadal looking in his usual form

Anywho, on the men’s side, there were no upsets of note though Douchsarevic got through to the 3rd round much to my chagrin. Yeah I know, I said it. American Jock Sock who seems to go into hiding all year long only to come out for the US Open is also through to the 3rd round. I mean seriously, has this guy even won two matches on tour this year much more two in the same tournament? However, he will be getting a nice chunk of change for his effort though it could have been more. James Blake and Sock lost in the 1st round of doubles. I mean James, you could not even muster up some courage and had yourself a nice run here. WOW, sometimes, I think you suck badly out of spite. However, we are not here to discuss James Blake, he is gone. Au revoir.

Mr. Federer and Divadal Nadal moved through quite comfortably to the 3rd round. Divadal was showing all his gonads on court and Mr. Federer was looking impressively clean. They are on both side of the draw and scheduled to meet in the quarters if neither loses before then. Mr. Federer has not beaten Divadal in a major since 2007 if I am not mistaken and in the kind of form he is showing as of late, I doubt if 2013 will change that statistic. Needless to say, I am very unhappy about this prospect. Nonetheless, you know I love me some Mr. Federer and I will be waving his flag on his bandwagon until the very end and thereafter.

Daniel Evans through to the 3rd round... yeahhhh

Daniel Evans through to the 3rd round… yeahhhh

Other usual suspects came through including Canadian Milos Raonic, Frenchman Richard Gasquet, Spaniards Tommy Robredo, resident hotties FeFe Lopez and Fiery Ferrer. I have also give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to my new boo Daniel Evans for disposing for the trash in the form of Bernard Tomic aka Tampomic. Evans who scored an upset in the 1st round when he ousted the 11th seed Kei Nishikori, is showing himself as a non-one hit wonder in beating Tampomic. Evans is playing his 5th consecutive match as he came through 3 rounds of qualifying to get to the main draw. Anyway, Evans is set to play Tommy Robredo in the 3rd and possibly Mr. Federer in the Round of 16 if both win their next scheduled match. So you know what that means Evanie boo….You have my complete support until you face Mr. Federer, at which point, I will be cheering for your utter destruction on court. Sorry boo but Mr. Federer was there way before you came. However, you can come anytime you like for me 🙂

Arghhhhhhhhhhh Beetlejuice in full effect

Arghhhhhhhhhhh Beetlejuice in full effect

Anyway, the last match up of the day was BFG (John Isner) vs Beetlejuice (Gael Monfils). Now, I have never really been a fan of Monfils. I am sure he is great person off the court and if you love to party, he is definitely the guy to hang with. Though you should never be totally inebriated with him because he is the kinda guy that will cause the police to show up and though he is even more shit faced than you, he will still be able to talk the cops out of arresting him and there you are being carted off to jail and he is laughing his ass off. He also looks like a crazy prankster. Anyway we are so digressing right now. So I was saying that I have never been a huge fan of Monfils. However, last year, he earned my respect at the Aussie Open. Monfils showed a level of maturity I thought was way beyond him. I even complimented him on his 1st round match and commented on how mature he was in delving out a swift death to his opponent. But it seems as though no good deeds goes unpunished.

Fcuking crowd cheering on this French tool

Fcuking crowd cheering on this French tool

Monfils’ behaviour in his match up against Isner was utterly RIDONCULOUS. What was even worst was that the American crowd was cheering on Monfils over their player. (There is a lot I want to say about this but I do not think this is the time to focus on such matters) Monfils was throwing himself all over the place as though the match was being placed on the beach. And that his classic clownfcukery was in full display. Yes it can be entertaining but when it comes to major play, Monfils needs to be more focus. He has shown himself to be quite capable of possibly contending for majors. However, his potential is being stifled by his immaturity on court. It was a virtual shitshow last night. He practically gifted the first 2 sets to Isner and then later on tried to show some of his real tennis. However, Isner was playing such a complete match. He was firing on all cylinders and took out Monfils in 4 sets. Thank you Isner, I could not stand to see such nonsense for too long. Hopefully Isner finds his stride again here at the Open and could… I so hope and pray….knock out Divadal in their possible 4th round encounter. Actually I do not care who takes out Divadal, just take him out of here.

In America, we say goodbye. So get outta here

In America, we say goodbye. So get outta here

Anyway, check out the men’s score line below.

Sela D. (Isr) 4 4 1
Tipsarevic   J. (Srb) 6 6 6
Rufin G. (Fra) Ret. 6 1
Tursunov D. (Rus) 7 1
Gasquet R. (Fra) 6 7 7
Robert   S. (Fra) 3 5 5
Bautista-Agut R. (Esp) 3 7 1 2
Ferrer D. (Esp) 6 6 6 6  
Gonzalez M. (Arg) 6 6 5 2
Sock J. (Usa) 7 1 7 6  
Haider-Maurer A. (Aut) 4 4 5
Kukushkin M. (Kaz) 6 6 7
Tomic B. (Aus) 6 3 6 3
Evans D. (Gbr) 1 6 7 6  
Federer R. (Sui) 6 6 6
Berlocq C. (Arg) 3 2 1
Mannarino A. (Fra) 7 7 6 6  
Querrey S. (Usa) 6 6 7 4
Dodig I. (Cro) 6 6 6
Davydenko N. (Rus) 1 4 4
Roger-Vasselin E. (Fra) 3 2 7 2
Kohlschreiber P. (Ger) 6 6 5 6  
Robredo T. (Esp) 6 6 6  
Dancevic F. (Can) 4 4 1
Lopez F. (Esp) 6 7 4 7  
Klahn B. (Usa) 4 6 6 5
Andujar-Alba P. (Esp) 1 2 4
Raonic M. (Can) 6 6 6  
Silva D. R. (Bra) 2 1 0
Nadal R. (Esp) 6 6 6  
Isner J. (Usa) 7 6 4 7  
Monfils G. (Fra) 5 2 6 6
I'm just gonna take a lil nap and give this girl a slight chance to beat me

I’m just gonna take a lil nap and give this girl a slight chance to beat me

On the women’s side of the draw, things have been virtually quiet. But then again, 4th seed Sara Errani was howling on court in her defeat at the hands of her countrywoman Flavia Pennetta. Pennetta just dismantled Errani 6-3 6-1 I am not sure if I mentioned this earlier but Errani and her doubles partnership with Roberta Vinci might be in jeopardy as the two are fighting. Errani in her lost was crying that she did not want to be on court etc etc etc. Whatever Errani, you have it too good perhaps. I mean you have been able to make it to several major semis plus get to the finals of the French Open….something which considering your talent is actually beyond you. Yet you are complaining and trying to mess up the most successful thing you got. I am not interested in your tears. Save that drama for your mama but for the court.

It was not a good day for the Italian yesterday at all. She also will drop in rankings as she cannot defend her semifinal points from last year

It was not a good day for the Italian yesterday at all. She also will drop in rankings as she cannot defend her semifinal points from last year

Anyway, Carebear Kerber took out Bouchard of Canada who I think might be a talent to watch in the near future. She is pretty good and as you can see, she is not afraid of top players as she fought Serenanator in Montreal and now gave Kerber a big fight. American Christina McHale also won her match against Elena Svitolina but her countrywoman Victoria Duval who caused quite a buzz at the open when she knocked out Sam Stosur, succumbed to the pressure and was beaten by Daniela Huntuchova 6-2 6-3. In both sets, Duval was up a break but could not sustain her lead. It is also good to see that Daniela can win two matches back to back. She never fully realized her potential I think.

Duval was split in two yesterday by a seemingly in form Huntuchova

Duval was split in two yesterday by a seemingly in form Huntuchova

The Serenanator overcame a slow start to bagel her opponent in the 2nd set 6-3 6-0 meanwhile other notables such as Ana Ivanovic as well as her countrywoman Jelena Jankovic (Fivehead Jungle Witch), Kuznetsova, Kaia Kanepi, Petra Kvitova (surprise! surprise!), Sabine Lisicki, Roberta Vinci and Yaroslava Shvedova also came through in their matches. Shvedova faces the Serenanator in the next round. Should be an interesting match up. Maria Kirilenko took out the Portuguese player Maria Larcher de Brito 6-3 6-1. This is the same de Brito who took out the other Russian Maria, Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon. However, Kirilenko aka Krazilenko was sticking around for a possible upset. She just rolled out that final set breadstick like it was rushhour at Olive Garden. In other news, the Williams sisters are back playing doubles at this major. Yeah give Venus something to do. They won their 1st round match (6-7 6-0 6-3) against a Spanish duo which included Carla Suarez-Navarro who would have been Venus’s next opponent had she beaten Jie Zheng like she was suppose to have done. However, I am kinda glad that Venus lost now because I do not think she could have beaten Carla by herself and I could not deal with another Venus lost at the hands of his Lady Hobbit after the 2009 Australian Open 2nd round lost. I swear I had to lay Venus to rest in order to deal. She nearly killed me with that lost. Anyway, all the ladies’ score, after the jump.

Good Lord, the dress comes in different colours too..

Good Lord, the dress comes in different colours too..

Bouchard E. (Can) 4 6 3
Kerber A.   (Ger) 6 2 6
McHale C. (Usa) 6 3 7
Svitolina E. (Ukr) 4 6 5
Kanepi K. (Est) 6 6
Schmiedlová A. K. (Svk) 4 1
Kuznetsova S. (Rus) 6 4 6
Peng S. (Chn) 1 6 4
Makarova E. (Rus) 6 6
Mattek-Sands B. (Usa) 4 4
Nara K. (Jpn) 7 6
Cirstea S. (Rou) 5 1
Ormaechea P. (Arg) 2 3
Lisicki S. (Ger) 6 6
Safarova L. (Cze) 6 1 2
Vinci R. (Ita) 4 6 6
Shvedova Y. (Kaz) 6 6  
Mayr-Achleitner P. (Aut) 2 3
Jankovic J. (Srb) 6 6  
Kleybanova A. (Rus) 3 2
Pennetta F. (Ita) 6 6
Errani S. (Ita) 3 1
Cornet A. (Fra) 6 6  
Tomljanovic A. (Cro) 2 2
Vesnina E. (Rus) 1 4
Knapp K. (Ita) 6 6  
Williams S. (Usa) 6 6  
Voskoboeva G. (Kaz) 3 0
Ivanovic A. (Srb) 6 6  
Dulgheru A. (Rou) 2 1
Vekic D. (Cro) 2 1
Halep S. (Rou) 6 6  
Kvitova P. (Cze) 6 6  
Jovanovski B. (Srb) 2 4
Riske A. (Usa) 6 6  
Barthel M. (Ger) 4 2
Glushko J. (Isr) 7 6
Vickery S. (Usa) 5 3
Kirilenko M. (Rus) 6 6  
Larcher de Brito M. (Por) 3 1
Wozniak A. (Can) 3 1
Azarenka V. (Blr) 6 6  
Giorgi C. (Ita) 6 7  
Hsieh S-W. (Tpe) 4 6
Wozniacki C. (Den) 6 6
Scheepers C. (Rsa) 1 2
Hantuchova D. (Svk) 6 6  
Duval V. (Usa) 2 3
Look who showed up to watch "her man" at the Open... It's Xisca

Look who showed up to watch “her man” at the Open… It’s Xisca

And look who is happy to see her?

And look who is happy to see her?

Look the camera...

Look the camera…

Everyone fake laugh....

Everyone fake laugh….

Kuznetsova, what the hell is this tragedy? I thought we were making progressing in the fashion department

Kuznetsova, what the hell is this tragedy? I thought we were making progressing in the fashion department

Vickie why are you still wearing this ridiculous outfit?

Vickie why are you still wearing this ridiculous outfit?

Can someone explain to me this madness?

Can someone explain to me this madness?

Kvitova, you are determined to cart around this muffin top no matter what right?

Kvitova, you are determined to cart around this muffin top no matter what right?

 

Ana why even though you're flat chested, your boobs look lopsided?

Ana why even though you’re flat chested, your boobs look lopsided?

Helloooooo? Is anything in there??? It sounds so hallow..

Helloooooo? Is anything in there??? It sounds so hallow..

 

I wonder if my booty is bigger than the Serenanator's?

I wonder if my booty is bigger than the Serenanator’s?

Excuse you? You really wanna know?

Excuse you? You really wanna know?

 

HELLZ NOOOO

HELLZ NOOOO

I am

I am

A stinker...

A stinker…

a douche... a tampomic

a douche… a tampomic

and a tool

and a tool

US Open 2013: Day 2

In Ana Ivanovic, Andrea Petkovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Daniel Evans, Dominika Cibulkova, Donald Young, Flavia Pennetta, Gael Monfils, Grigor Dimitrov, Jerzy Janowicz, John Isner, Juan Monaco, Milos Raonic, Nadia Petrova, Nicolas Almagro, Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova, Roberta Vinci, Roger Federer, Sam Stosur, Sara Errani, Tennis, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Haas, US Open, Victoria Azarenka, Victoria Duval on August 28, 2013 at 8:09 am
Things are well on their way at the Open. Day 2 was favourable weather

Things are well on their way at the Open. Day 2 was favourable weather

This entry is going to be a very very quick one. I am trying to stay on top of everything out here and really trying to discipline myself to be more focus because I lose a lot of time. So on Day 2 nothing of consequence happened per se. The USTA and the weather allowed all scheduled singles matches to be played including all incomplete matches from Day 1. I am not sure about the doubles event but then again, I hardly check on that end of the tournament. Some interesting results on the men’s side: Americans Jock Sock and Donald Young are through to the 2nd round. Young decimated his opponent, dropping just 2 games in the entire match and Sock was holding his own against an ailing Petzschner and got through when the German finally retired down 2-5 in the 3rd set.

Hold the applause please! I have a lot of catching up to do at this year's open

Hold the applause please! I have a lot of catching up to do at this year’s open

By the way, while I have your attention, let me just say this. Mr. Federer is ranked 7 in the world. Yes 7 as in the number after 6 and before 8. Whenever I hear the number 7 and Mr. Federer in the same sentence, I think they are talking about 17 major titles, or 7 Wimbledon titles or even winning 7 matches at a major to win the title but never 7 and his ATP ranking. You know my heart almost failed. However, Mr. Federer has had a miserable year thus far. I think he may have won 1 title and his 2nd round loss at Wimbledon after being the defending champion coupled with his dismal performance in Europe thereafter to find his confidence. What he found at Gstaad and Hamburg were beatdowns at the hands of players he ordinarily eat up for a snack. He lost to Divadal in 3 sets in Cincinnati. So if there is ever a time Mr. Federer needs a miracle, it is here in NYC at the Open and you know I would be right here praying along with him.

Will it be the Djoker or Djuggernaut who shows up at this year's US Open?

Will it be the Djoker or Djuggernaut who shows up at this year’s US Open?

Lurch

Lurch

Beetlejuice is BACK!!!

Beetlejuice is BACK!!!

The usual suspects on the men’s side came and conquered. Mr. Federer of course, Djoker who was looking as polished as ever, Milos Raonic of Canada even Sam Querry  and John Isner got things going their way. Other winners include Tomas Berdych aka Lurch and Tommy “Head and Shoulders” Haas. Gael Monfils aka Beetlejuice is looking fit as fiddle as he breezed through his match 6-1 6-2 6-0. Hopefully he is fully back on the tour; no injuries and no foolish heroics on the court.

Nicolas Almagro yet another wayward on tour since the dawning of Divadal

Nicolas Almagro yet another wayward on tour since the dawning of Divadal

Undoubtedly there were those who saw it fit to slow the party. Jerzy Janowicz, the 14th seed, who I had high hopes for at these championships was ailing with his back and was dismissed in 3 sets. 28th seed Juan Monaco and 15th seed Nicolas Almagro were also bounced early from these games. Monaco may have been hurt but as for Almagro, this result is simply indicative of the sucky level of play he has been producing for a while now. I do not know what his deal is but he needs to get his life together.

I almost forgot that Mr. Sugapova, Grigor Dimitrov lost in 4 sets to a Portuguese hottie Joao Sousa in 5 sets.

I don't know if it is too much sugar in his diet but Mr. Sugapova needs to his life together. He also needs to burn his shirt because it is giving me a seizure right now

I don’t know if it is too much sugar in his diet but Mr. Sugapova needs to his life together. He also needs to burn his shirt because it is giving me a seizure right now

See Men’s Day 2 results below.

T. Kamke

64

6

79

6

S. Johnson

77

4

67

2

N. Djokovic

6

6

6

R. Berankis

1

2

2

J. Vesely

2

2

78

5

D. Kudla

6

6

66

7

T. Berdych

6

6

6

P. Lorenzi

1

4

1

J. Monaco

4

2

0

F. Mayer

6

6

3

B. Becker

6

3

6

6

L. Rosol

3

6

3

4

D. Young

6

6

6

M. Klizan

1

0

1

N. Almagro

3

1

6

3

D. Istomin

6

6

4

6

T. Haas

6

6

6

P. Mathieu

4

4

1

J. Sock

77

3

5

P. Petzschner

62

6

2

Y. Lu

6

77

6

D. Gimeno-Traver

4

65

3

R. Federer

6

6

7

G. Zemlja

3

2

5

S. Giraldo

3

6

78

4

2

C. Berlocq

6

3

66

6

6

S. Querrey

77

4

6

6

G. Pella

63

6

1

2

R. Dutra Silva

4

3

711

6

712

V. Pospisil

6

6

69

2

610

J. Isner

6

6

6

F. Volandri

0

2

3

On the ladies side, things were also relatively quiet. Of course Petra Kvitova was dropping a set to some no name but she found herself and won in 3 sets. Petra has played 60 matches for the year and literally half of them have been 3 setters. It seems as it is all very true that she and Radek Stepanek are now an item. Petra I am telling you gurl, do not be a stupid itch….Leave that penis alone. It is addling your brains and clearly affecting your game. Soon he will have you barefoot and pregnant.

Oh Petra! Petra! Petra! Gurl get your life together

Oh Petra! Petra! Petra! Gurl get your life together

Vickie just killed her match as she double bagelled her opponent as did Sara Errani. Rumour has it that Errani and her doubles partner Roberta Vinci have a falling out. Leave it to women to always spoil a good partnership over some stupid bullshit. Anyway, there were some interesting match ups on Day 2 including Christina McHale v Julia Georges. The American won in straight sets 6-4 6-3. I think it is time we call off the search party who is looking for Julia to find her way on tour. We can officially call this one a non-factor at this point. Georges simply does not have what it takes to make a big name for herself. She is coming off as mediocre to the nth degree; scarcely worth mentioning these days.

Vickie I do not know who told you this lil number was a good idea but I'm gonna have to correct that let you know, this skirt is an EPIC FAIL. Go back to the pom pom shorts

Vickie I do not know who told you this lil number was a good idea but I’m gonna have to correct that let you know, this skirt is an EPIC FAIL. Go back to the pom pom shorts

Anywho, another interesting match was Bojana Jovanovski v Andrea Petkovic. They both share similar ethnic background who different nationalities. Petkovic is trying to find her game again but she will have to look for it elsewhere because it is not going to be found here at this year’s US Open. Bojana was all over her 6-2 6-4 in this match and Andrea just made far too many unforced errors.

Roberta, we spoke about making these faces outside in public. This is not okay! Look what you did to Daniela

Roberta, we spoke about making these faces outside in public. This is not okay! Look what you did to Daniela

OMG, I'm a gonna throw up

OMG, I’m a gonna throw up

Some other winners of the day included Roberta Vinci, her countrywoman Flavia Pennetta, Daniela Hantucova, Ana Ivanovic who looked surprising not terrible in her 1st round match and also Moaning Mona Barthel. There were several upsets including that of the 20th, 17th and the 11th seed; Nadia Petrova, Dominika Cibulkova and Sam Stosur respectively. Nadia we are not really surprised that she lost and in straight sets too, which perhaps might be the only unexpected bit. However, she has been well off the plot for a long long time. Cibulkova, she can be either very hot or very cold. She knows no mid range and obviously she was very cold at this late summer slam. Sam Stosur on the other hand. Well, I do not even know what to say about her. She has great success here at the Open. She beat the Serenanator in 2011 and convincingly too but these days she is off in the outbacks of her mind. However, this summer, I thought she was getting her life together. She beat Vickie in California and for sure, I said, watch out for Sam at the Open. But you know how Sam is. She does everything to defy all expectations of her.

Victoria Duval in action against Sam Stosur

Victoria Duval in action against Sam Stosur

She played the young and upcoming American Victoria Duval who got her @$$ handed to her by Kim Clijsters in her last win at the Open in 2012. However, this year, Duval made sure she was not going to serve as a prop for Sam’s performance. She found Sam on every single point throughout the match and it paid dividends for her. She showed her “immaturity” at many stages of the match but in the end, she showed a level of steely nerves that I hope will carry her through to bigger and better things. She won 5-7 6-4 6-4. The last couple of games in the match were particularly tough but she held on. I can only hope that the US media does not kill this girl with hype.

This will undoubtedly be one of the memorable moments of this year's championships. Victoria Duval. Now can we all agree to protect her from the crazy US media hype?

This will undoubtedly be one of the memorable moments of this year’s championships. Victoria Duval. Now can we all agree to protect her from the crazy US media hype?

Anyway here are most of the ladies results.

2

V. Azarenka

6

6

 
D. Pfizenmaier

0

0

 
 

21

S. Halep

4

6

6

 
H. Watson

6

4

2

 
 

27

S. Kuznetsova

6

7

 
M. Burdette

3

5

 
 
S. Peng

6

6

 
Y. Meusburger

3

4

 
 
T. Pironkova

3

3

 
A. Riske

6

6

 
 
A. Wozniak

7

77

 
V. Dolonc

5

65

 
 
D. Vekic

77

4

6

 
M. Duque-Marino

65

6

2

 
 

28

M. Barthel

6

6

 
J. Larsson

1

4

 
 

11

S. Stosur

7

4

4

 
V. Duval

5

6

6

 
 

4

S. Errani

6

6

 
O. Rogowska

0

0

 
 

20

N. Petrova

3

4

 
J. Glushko

6

6

 
 
M. Sanchez

5

2

 
D. Hantuchova

7

6

 
 
C. Scheepers

2

6

6

 
C. Simmonds

6

2

1

 
 

17

D. Cibulkova

4

3

 
E. Svitolina

6

6

 
 
M. Lucic-Baroni

4

4

 
S. Vickery

6

6

 
 

26

A. Cornet

6

6

 
M. Koehler

3

2

 

This is how you look when you on court and stuffing your face with a double bagel. (Vickie's 1st round opponent)

This is how you look when you on court and stuffing your face with a double bagel. (Vickie’s 1st round opponent)

See this is how Ivanovic The Terrible and I are always at odds with each other. She should be concentrating on her on court game instead of holding court with these men who have absolutely no interest in tennis and are just thinking about how they can pitch a "group play" session with all 4 of them to her

See this is how Ivanovic The Terrible and I are always at odds with each other. She should be concentrating on her on court game instead of holding court with these men who have absolutely no interest in tennis and are just thinking about how they can pitch a “group play” session with all 4 of them to her

Can we just for a moment talk about this piece? WTF? is that a panty outline/silhouette on this thing? I mean seriously?

Can we just for a moment talk about this piece? WTF? is that a panty outline/silhouette on this thing? I mean seriously?

Rory has to shield his eyes from this filth

Rory has to shield his eyes from this filth

Maybe this is sleep deprivation at work here but I swear, Monfils is looking more put together....less Beetlejuicish here

Maybe this is sleep deprivation at work here but I swear, Monfils is looking more put together….less Beetlejuicish here

Oh yes... Daniel Evans is shirtless... yessssssss

Oh yes… Daniel Evans is shirtless… yessssssss

You know he's thinking about me right here

You know he’s thinking about me right here

See we have a problem here. This bushy tail rat got tickets to the US Open and I don't. WTF??

See we have a problem here. This bushy tail rat got tickets to the US Open and I don’t. WTF??

US Open 2013: Day 1

In Agnes Radwanska, Feliciano Lopez, Francesca Schiavone, Janko Tipsarevic, Jelena Jankovic, Kei Nishikori, Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Marian Bartoli, Na Li, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Slaone Stephens, Tennis, Tommy Robredo, US Open, Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka on August 28, 2013 at 6:28 am
US Open 2013 Arthur Ashe Stadium

US Open 2013 Arthur Ashe Stadium

So the US Open 2013 has started and of course, RealzTenisFanz is behind the times. I am not even going to offer up any sort of excuses as to why this blog is not more regularly updated. The truth is that I am not really committed to the cause. As time consuming as this is, if I really want it to go somewhere, I really have to put in the effort and work at it. I should have been working on this ages ago and have it down to a science. There is no doubt that I love tennis and even more so love discussing its issues. However, writing about tennis, even salacious commentary, is very time consuming. I am thinking perhaps I should just have a daily live show. However, you would be able to see my face and that would make me an easy target for these players and we cannot have now, can we? Perhaps I can do puppetry or something like that. All in due time.

Maria Shriekapova Sugapova Sharapova

Maria Shriekapova Sugapova Sharapova

So the US Open begun and I guess the biggest news was that Shriekapova was not going to be at this year’s Open. She pulled out citing the ever reliable excuse “shoulder injury.” She has had a most horrible year if one were looking at this year in terms of mental strength. She got torn apart in the Aussie Open semis by LiNaLi then won Indian Wells I think. However, she got dismantled by the Serenanator in Miami and the hits kept on coming. She has yet to beat the Serenanator since 2004 or even come close to beating her and that Miami final was crushing. She lost 10 straight games after being up 6-4 and serving for a 4-2 lead. She made her way back to the French Open final and was merely at the mercy of the Serenanator. At Wimbledon, she showed herself to be a gossip monger and all that backfired when she lost in the 2nd round to some virtual no name Portuguese player.

So I don't know what's going on in my life but I think my problems are close at hand

So what had happened was that I was up in the match and then I woke up eating a bagel in the 3rd set. I completely blacked out. So no I do not remember the Miami incident

The summer thereafter was not so kind. Talk of her being “mentally unstable” ensued in the tennis blogosphere (I for one do not question her sanity. I just question her life choices) and she parted with her coach. She picked up a new one, Jimmy Connors….yeah that Jimmy Connors. Now I heard one BBC commentator put it something like this, “I didn’t think Jimmy knew anything about the women’s game other than perhaps dating Chrissie [Chris Evert].” This partnership did not last longer than “Ms. Janey’s fire” (My mother always say this. I don’t know who Ms. Janey is but apparently, her fires never stay lit.) Maria and Jimmy parted ways after she lost in 3 sets to Sloane Stephens in the 2nd round of Cincinnati. Yep, she won one match this summer. Poor Maria! And on top of all this, she wanted to change her name to Sugapova for the Open. Maria, in the words of the Sassy Gay Friend, “Look at your life! Look at your choices!”

2013 Wimbledon Champ Marian Bartoli

2013 Wimbledon Champ Marian Bartoli

Anyway, Shriekapova is not here (the ESPN tea is beside themselves because who are they going to talk about) and then before all this, Marian Bartoli 28 years old, 2013 Wimbledon champion claimed to have retired from tennis after being bounced early in Montreal I think it was. She said that her body hurt. I mean, I am not trying to be mean here but are we really surprised by this announcement? Look at Bartoli’s body coupled with those insane training regiments that Walter had her doing; I am surprised that she has not had far more serious injuries. However, not the take is that she might not have actually retired because she has not asked the WTA/ITF (International Tennis Federation) to remove her from the rankings. I think she is trying to avoid the pressure one gets having won their maiden major a la Petra Kvitova, Francesca Schiavone, Ana Ivanovic, LiNaLi and others. Anyway, we are not really checking for Marian and whether she is present or not, it does not change the price of eggs because the major will play on.

This is Bartoli at her athletic peak.

This is Bartoli at her athletic peak.

I am not going to take a pick and say who will because things can be very topsy-turvy in the women’s game. I mean, Marian Bartoli won Wimbledon convincingly. Nonetheless, all of the other players are here, Venus and Serena, Vickie Azarenka, Aga Radwanska, Sam Stosur, Petra Kvitova (in body, big as it is, though we question if her spirit is still around) and the other lot of ladies trying to win this million dollar plus purse.

The Serenanator is all dressed for business out here

The Serenanator is all dressed for business out here

The Serenanator is again looking in fine form. Since 2011, she has been coming into the Open in tip top shape and she has an amazing record for the year, 50 and 4 losses. Since working with Patrick M (I cannot spell his last name and I am too lazy to copy and paste it right now), She has had 99 wins and 5 losses in just over a year. Now forgive me for sounding rather crude here but if the rumours are true and they are in fact a couple, Serena gurl, give this man whatever he wants in the bedroom…front and back. The price of your “P” off court is small compared to the payout you have been getting on court.  And I have to say that the Serenanator’s game has really matured. She has better court coverage, MORE patient, better groundstrokes including that forehand wing and just overall a more effective game. Patrick M has yet to teach her how to do a drop shot but that is okay, we cannot have it all.

The Serenanator is ready for these championships

The Serenanator is ready for these championships

Coming off a disappointing Wimbledon, she lost once and to Vickie. This is her 2nd lost to the Belarusian on hardcourt this season and the last one came after she dominated the 1st set and also served for the match in the 3rd. It was a repeat of the 2012 US Open final but only this time, Vickie came out on top. However, this takes the pressure off the American and hopefully “Laquanda” does not show up. Interestingly enough, the Serenanator has not really found her stride with her serving this summer. It is very alarming because she is still dominating but she will need it for this championship. The hardcourts of New York can be very brutal and cheap points are needed.

My perennial fav Venus Ebony Starr Williams

My perennial fav Venus Ebony Starr Williams giving you grandmother upholstery realness

So enough with all this silly talk: What went on yesterday? Well you know my perennial favourite, Venus Williams was in action against the 12th seed Kirsten Flipkens, 2012 Wimbledon semi-finalist. Flipkens beat Venus several weeks ago in Montreal in what basically ruined my birthday. However, yesterday, there was no mucking about from the American over the Belgian. 6-1 6-2. She was on her like white on rice. Aga Radwanska also had a similar scoreline against her opponent. The Serenanator was beyond clinical yesterday, she was surgical. She was really going after Schiavone, 2010 French Open champ, in an attempt at a double bagel. In the first point of the match, the American just flicked her racquet and that ball was arrivederci. She is not mucking about here because Schiavone can be a very tricky player especially when given an inch and she has the stamina of a racehorse. However, yesterday, she was decimated on the court. She had to solicit a hug from one of the ballpeople. Fanz, it was a brutal beatdown for the Italian, one she is unlikely to forget.

Say a lil prayer me! I need love love...

Say a lil prayer me! I need love love…

Thanks Frankie for the nice evening warm up. Gurl you know I had to finish you off quickly because this hair cannot get wet

Thanks Frankie for the nice evening warm up. Gurl you know I had to finish you off quickly because this hair cannot get wet

Sloane Stephens came through a tough 3 setter with a final set tiebreak. She has already put it out there that she does not have much faith in her doing well at the open. 8th seed Angelique Kerber won as did 9th seed Jankovic. Check out the ladies results below to see whether your favourites are through to the next round. The US Open is having 3 days of 1st round matches with a couple of 2nd round match ups being played on Wednesday. Do not ask me the logic for this madness. I do not know why they just do not play on the 1st Sunday.

 

 

E.   Makarova

6

   6
P.   Hercog

2

4

8

A.   Kerber

6

 

6

L.   Hradecka

1

1

M.   Johansson

3

1

B.   Mattek-Sands

6

 

6

1

S.   Williams

6

 

6

F.   Schiavone

0

1

K.   Pliskova

6

4

5

E.   Bouchard

4

 

6

7

G.   Voskoboeva

6

 

6

M.   Niculescu

4

3

9

J.   Jankovic

6

 

6

M. Keys

3

4

E.   Cabeza Candela

1

4

A.   Barty

6

 

6

K. Nara

6

 

6

A.   Cadantu

2

2

P.   Ormaechea

6

 

79

K.   Date-Krumm

3

67

M. Puig

4

 

6

5

A.   Kleybanova

6

3

7

 

 

 

K.   Mladenovic

6

1

6

A.   Medina Garrigues

1

 

6

1

15

S.   Stephens

4

 

6

77

M.   Minella

6

3

65

I. Begu

1

3

U.   Radwanska

6

 

6

K.   Bertens

1

3

J.   Zheng

6

 

6

32

A. Pavlyuchenkova

7

 

6

V.   Razzano

5

0

You are gone Nishikori and yeah you have been forgotten. Ain't nobody was checking for you

You are gone Nishikori and yeah you have been forgotten. Ain’t nobody was checking for you

On the men’s side, things were also pretty routine with the only upset of Kei Nishikori, the 11th seed, to British Dan Evans. But truth of the matter, we were not even checking on Nishikori though a 1st round exit was totally unexpected. I guess we can also call the 27th seed, Fernando Verdasco’s loss to Ivan Dodig another upset. However, considering how he has been playing for the past couple of years, we are gonna withhold the use of that word. It goes without saying that Divadal has been unstoppable at the hardcourt tournaments this year. He has risen back up to No 2 and the knee is still going strong. Other than that inexplicable 1st round exit at Wimbledon, he has made it to all of his tournament finals and only lost two of them. He has 9 titles already this year including a historic 8th French Open title. As always, he comes back from “injury” and just goes on a tear. No one is questioning these remarkable “comebacks” It is all being put down to great genetics etc. Divadal has not had any kinda surgery for this “tender knee” yet he goes back on court and does the same exact thing that allegedly got him and his knee in trouble. It is not my implication that the Spaniard is on drugs. It is just my assertion that the information provided from the Nadal camp does not add up in the least. Nonetheless, the Spaniard is coasting right now because he has no points to defend from last year. He is merely collecting free points at this stage of the game. Anyhow, he totally dominated Ryan Harrison today making that boy look like amateur hour. There will be a couple of those shots that I am sure made it into the highlight reel on ESPN today.

There is "Kneedal" at it again

There is “Kneedal” at it again

Other winners include Fiery Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Tipsarevic and Davydenko. Mr. Federer’s match was postponed because of rain and the USTA decided to have an hour long pageantry in lieu of playing tennis. These people are the worst organizers ever. They pay more attention to the huge sponsors than to the needs of the players. Anyway, check out the men’s scoreline below. I do apologize for the late affair but PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO SUPPORT RealzTenisFanz

So before we had any tennis on Monday night, we had to do this...

So before we had any tennis on Monday night, we had to do this…

Then this... He's still making music?? Why??

Then this… He’s still making music?? Why??

And all this too

And all this too

And then finally this... WAY WAY WAY TOO MUCH USTA... How about we have this on Saturday night.. Before the open starts

And then finally this… WAY WAY WAY TOO MUCH USTA… How about we have this on Saturday night.. Before the open starts

S. Giraldo

3

6

78

C. Berlocq

6

3

66

 

19

T. Robredo

6

66

6

M. Matosevic

3

78

3

 

R. Dutra Silva

4

3

711

V. Pospisil

6

6

69

 

 

4

D. Ferrer

7

6

6

N. Kyrgios

5

3

2

R. Haase

65

6

5

F. Dancevic

77

3

7

 R. Bautista Agut

6

6

6

T. Bellucci

3

2

2

A. Kuznetsov

62

3

77

4

D. Sela

77

6

62

6

 

 

 

 

18

J. Tipsarevic

6

65

6

P. Cuevas

3

77

3

2

R. Nadal

6

6

6

R. Harrison

4

2

2

27

F. Verdasco

3

5

6

3

I. Dodig

6

7

1

6

 

 

 

 

R. Williams

3

6

6

0

N. Davydenko

6

4

1

6

 

 

 

30

E. Gulbis

6

2

6

4

A. Haider-Maurer

3

6

1

6

 

 

 

K. De Schepper

77

2

60

B. Klahn

65

6

77

M. Kukushkin

6

77

7

A. Martin

4

62

5

 S. Robert

6

6

6

A. Olivetti

3

3

4

THE BIG PICTURE SHOW

From a nottie...

From a nottie…

To a hottie.. I cannot get over how much wonders make up can achieve!!!

To a hottie.. I cannot get over how much wonders make up can achieve!!!

How this concept

How this concept

Turned into this tragedy is beyond me... Venus take this crap out pronto!!!

Turned into this tragedy is beyond me… Venus take this crap out pronto!!!

What the hell is this??

What the hell is this??

And you went all out with these nails too?? Is this your version of a lady's mid life crisis?

And you went all out with these nails too?? Is this your version of a lady’s mid life crisis?

Sloane is giving you Stepford Wives face right now

Sloane is giving you Stepford Wives face right now

Yes Jesus you continue to guide Dan Evans at these championships... guide him to my home as well Lord.

Yes Jesus you continue to guide Dan Evans at these championships… guide him to my home as well Lord.

And FeFe Lopez you can bend over for me any time you want

And FeFe Lopez you can bend over for me any time you want

Is the fashion world going to convict Stella McCartney for fashion atrocities or do I have to get the World Fashion Court involved? What the flying fercuque is this getup? Why is the Danish Biscuit allowing herself to be dressed like a girl clown?

Is the fashion world going to convict Stella McCartney for fashion atrocities or do I have to get the World Fashion Court involved? What the flying fercuque is this getup? Why is the Danish Biscuit allowing herself to be dressed like a girl clown?

Live at the US Open 2011 Day 6

In Agnes Radwanska, Alexander Dolgopolov, Andrea Petkovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Fernando Verdasco, Flavia Pennetta, Francesca Schiavone, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Monaco, Mardy Fish, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Sam Stosur, Serena Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Tommy Haas, US Open, Victoria Azarenka on September 4, 2011 at 8:18 am

Now as much I love tennis, I sorta avoid going to the US Open. The reason being that in the past when I have gone, I was more or less surrounded by idiots. I mean it is amazing how much people go to these events and no next to nothing about the sport. I am not going to knock ignorance because I mean, you are going to the event to learn something. However, my problem is that these idiots are constantly airing their stupidity and they never shut up. Often times, they are arguing points despite facts to the contrary. Anyway, I got a “hookup” and got the chance to purchase a ticket to see Saturday matches ie see Mr. Federer and the Serenanator live. I was not going to pass that up for nothing. I do thank my friend for thinking of me at that critical time when the ticket offer came up. I do appreciate it.

Flushing Meadows here I come

So anyway, I set out on Saturday for Flushing Meadows and everything seem to be working for me. I got in and out of the barber, the bus driver was very nice and stopped for me after seeing me running to get to the bus stop. She did not have to at all as stopped before the bus stop. The trains were there when I got to the stations and by 12:45, I was all ready for Mr. Federer vs. Marin Cilic.

When I left home, Danish Biscuit was dealing with Saw Clown aka Vania King, Tipsarevic had won the first set from Berdych and Francesco Schiabone was down a set. Navarro aka Lady Hobbit was bad beating her countrywoman. By the time I got to Queens, Danish Biscuit crushed King, Berdych retired from the match, Scheepers tried to serve for the match against Schiabone only to be broken and lost the tie-breaker to head to a 3rd set and Navarro was through to the Round of 16. Anyway, I asked the ticket attendant where to go and she said two levels up. Now I imagined that I had most wonderful seats and will be almost court side. However, when I found my spot, I was struggling for oxygen as you very well know that higher altitude causes oxygen deprivation. I was at the very top of the stadium. I could see Manhattan from my seat. Not only was I looking hot but I was feeling hot too with the sun blazing down on me.

My seat

My view from my seat

Anyway, I was still able to see the court and soon enough Mr. Federer came out in his fire engine red along with Marin Cilic. Mr. Federer was not stellar but he was playing well enough because Cilic was clearly overwhelmed by the occasion and despite playing exceptionally well in his first two rounds, he came up short in the end. Mr. Federer’s backhand was the obvious liability on court as it landing consistently in the service box and bouncing up high. I know it will be snack time when he faces more tougher opponents like a Tsonga, D’Joker, Divadal or a Lochness, if he gets that round. Mr. Federer is not guaranteed in the finals of majors anymore with his piss poor play as of late. Anyway, I felt the stadium after the first 3 sets, Mr. Federer being up 2-1 and had a break in the 4th already. I wanted to see other players.

Mr. Federer vs Cilic

By this time, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova took out Fivehead Jankovic in straight sets and Mardy Fish and Kevin Anderson were on their way in their match. Schiabone had also made another comeback and took the match. So I wandered around the grounds and by this time, Mr. Federer finished off Cilic 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-2.

On my way to see others whilst keeping check of the score on Ashe

I saw Jurgen Meltzer (aka Jurgen Meltdown) of Austria and his doubles partner Philipp Petzschner of Germany

Yearning for Jurgen

Guten Tag!!!

Saw Peng Shuai practicing...she's up against Flavia Pennetta

I even spied Sam D'Stove Stosur out on the practice courts

Caught a lil of the Hantuchova and Radwanska's doubles match...They won after a poor first set

Then I saw this... Fabio Fognini... I really need to work on my Italian

He was practicing with his doubles partner Simone Bolelli but he didn't have his shirt off so...

I went back to watching him... the pictures do not do him justice at all

I saw Alexandr Dolgopolov....the boy who looks like a girl who looks like a boy. I am really impressed with his cool calm demeanor on court. And in person he's not bad looking at all if you ignore the acne. He's always fixing his hair though

He was playing Ivo Karlovic

Ivo, why are your socks dirty?? The clay season is long over and those sucks are dirty.

Aravane Rezai has a phat ass not going to lie

Heineken may have been light but his breath was heavy. Can someone tell me why I was smelling this man's breath even though he never spoke to me and I was behind him all the time. A wind was howling with his halitosis. People do not go to public events if you know you are carrying toxic waste in your mouth.

The Serenanator

While I was wondering about, I checked the score and realized that I had to hurry because the Serenanator was destroying Victoria Azarenka on court. she was already up 4-0. I raced back to my seat….I mean I climb the slopes to get to my seat by which time, the Serenanator was up 5-0. Victoria won a game and Serena closed out the set 6-1. The beginning of the second set was no different from the first and the Serenanator looked poised to put the Serena Sleeper hold on Victoria. The Serenanator failed to convert a chance to go up 2 breaks but had triple match points on Azarenka’s serve but failed to convert any of them.

Victoria Azarenka out wandering wondering where her game has gone

Triple match points

Azarenka sensing a loose moment from the American, seized that moment to break the Serenanator when she served for the match. Things were getting interesting for a few minutes prior Serena was up 5-3 love-40 and now it was 6-5 Azarenka. My throat was dry and I could not deal with the drama. I was definitely vocally rooting for the Serenanator and if she were to loose, it was a long way to the exit. I could not do the “Walk of Shame.” May I could just jump down. That canopy below look like it could take my weight. Right?

WTF Serena?? WTMFF??

Anyway, fortunately, the Serenanator got herself together and took the set to a tiebreaker, which was again tense to say the least for me. 7-5, Serenanator and with that, the match 6-1 7-6; the No 4 seed was out. It is really a crying shame because Victoria Azarenka is a really good player and when she is on form, she is always meeting up the Serenanator a la 2009, 2010 Australian Open and now 2011 US Open. She is one of my hopefuls to win a major because she is really good. I hope she takes this losses and build from it. Anyway, I have to say that the Serenanator is playing really really tough. She is very tactical and is not allowing herself to get behind any opponent. She is psyching out her opponents and right about now, they are all scared.

The Serenanator is splitting the competition

Goodness gracious....that was a close one

The Serenanator giving her winner's on court interview. Mary-Jo Fernandez, those slingbacks is high inappropriate at this international event. They look like your house slippers and I am not even going to comment on your nurse's scrub skirt because I think you already know you get zero style points for that.

You know I was extremely happy with the win so I raced down as close I could to the court (Thank God for the gym!)and took more pictures. I even saw Mary-Jo Fernandez doing the on-court interview.

On my way out of the stadium I saw Richard Williams…

Yeah, my daughter is kicking @$$

Anyway, I went over to Louis Armstrong Stadium to see two men battle it out for a place in the Ladies 4th Round. Kuzi-Rex and Akgul A-man-mu-ra-do-va who looks every bit as a boy as she does on TV. She looks like she can also snuff you out like a candle in the wind. Lynn Welch was the chair umpire for the match (For super die hard fanz like moiself who knows the chair umpires by name.)

Kuzi Rex. Not even going to talk about what she's wearing

Perhaps a bit pre-historic?

Akgul Amanmuradova

By the time, Dolgopolova aka the Boy who looks like a Girl who looks like a boy had taken out Ivo Karlovic and Juan Carlos Ferrero also won when his compatriot and opponent retired from the match. Mardy Fish had also taken care of Kevin Anderson who was putting up a late charge. Anyway, I checked the schedule on my smart phone which was so much more economical than buying a programme for ($20…get the hell outta here USTA. Do you know what I can get for $20 in the real world?) Anywho, I decided to go see some real menz action on Grandstand because it was going to be a Harem of Hotties as Argentina’s Juan Monaco was currently playing Germany’s Tommy Haas and after that “piece de resistance” Tabasco Verdasco vs Baby Ali (All that was going through my mind was “Heaven, must be missin angels”

Juan Monaco of Argentina

Here's a better look. Dios Mio

Tommy Haas

I mean you know I am always a fan of Tommy Haas as I affectionately call him “Head and Shoulders” but in real person, he definitely has a shot to get it. Monaco well, we have to something about that hair but that’s just me nitpicking…he is muy caliente. When I got to the match, he was putting the finishing touches on Head and Shoulders. It is a shame that unfortunate incidents have followed Haas in his career. He was a brilliant player but he got into a motorcycle accident which took him out for like a year I think and also slipped on a loose ball at Wimbledon which caused his ankle to blow up like a balloon. Added to other injuries, he never really made it to his true potential. Anyway, he was out and up comes Verdasco and Tsonga. My eyes were in sugar shock.

Tabasco Verdasco v Baby Ali

Anyway, I have to tell you about an incident that was unfolding as I was watching the match. Now if you haven’t seen to the Billie Jean Tennis Center looking at the graphic below, you can see that the Louis Armstrong stadium is connected to the Grandstand.

Map

Now Kuzi-Rex and Akgul were playing on Armstrong so Baby Ali and Tabasco Verdasco were playing on Grandstand where they were SCHEDULED to play. There were no changes in the schedule. Now, because the men’s matches were a hot ticket, the Grandstand was full but you can look over in the Grandstand from a balcony on Armstrong or if you go to the very top of Armstrong you can look over into the stadium and see the match. I was forced to watch the match from the balcony. It was not a bad view at all. Anyway, after the Kuzi-Rex match, Kuzi Rex won in straight sets and was through to the Round of 16 to face Danish Biscuit, world’s no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, the officials closed the court (Armstrong) and asked the people to leave including the people who were only inside the stadium to watch the Tsonga v Verdasco match. I have to say that this was really the hot ticket at the time. I mean they were two hot players and also the quality of play was expected to be good. They are both top ranked players.

She' the one in the blue muumuu and her "friend" is next to her in the pink shirt. I was up there watching the match at one point

Anyway, this one young lady took serious exception to security’s mandate that they leave the stadium. She took great offense to this matter and told the security guard, “It;s obvious that the USTA (US Tennis Association) made a MISTAKE by putting the Tsonga match on the smaller court. Therefore allow us to be in the empty stadium.” Now, this girl is either a law/medical student and she went on to “reason” with the man saying that he can simply have one security guard watch them. Mind you it was not just her but an entire crowd of people wanting to line the back wall. This security officer, obviously a religious man because I would have told her what was the MISTAKE beginning with her tragic outfit which was meant either for bedtime or pregnancy and her obvious gay balding (think Chia pet) boyfriend who God forbid was wearing inappropriate shoes with no socks (I just knew he had no socks on….he looked the type) and wearing a size medium pink shirt when he is clearly an XL on a very good day, bursting out of the bloody thing like fat Hulk. But we aren’t here for that and she was not talking to me. Really the audacity of this woman. Of course she asked for the supervisor as if he was going to allow her and her “girlfriend/boyfriend” alone in an empty stadium to stand and look over at a match, something she and shim were at that very moment doing on the balcony. They even offered to find her a good spot but she refused. I mean what if the people were to have acquiesced  and she and he went over and got hurt or worse the victim of a crime (Not like he was going to protect her. I mean I think she looked more the man than he did) Then she would have been all up in arms and blaming the USTA for the entire affair. Did I mention that they had tickets to Arthur Ashe stadium and should have been there instead of screaming like some banshee? You would have thought someone had cut her off in the TJ Maxx line where she got her lil number. She was just quarter past ridiculous at this time. I on the other hand, just walked downstairs and got a perfectly good seat very close to the action and got some really nice shots.

I went and got me way better seats

Way better view!

Not that from above was bad.

A view from the balcony

Anyway after the match… Tsonga totally dominated Verdasco as he was not serving up to par and his weight of shots were totally off. He seems to not be the player he was in 2008/2009. I do not know if he’s getting lazy or perhaps his mind is elsewhere but he has really lost the edge he had before. Tsonga on the other hand was looking really good. I mean he’s the real dark horse pick of this tournament. He has a winning record against D’Juggernaut 5-4, beaten Mr. Federer the last two times they have played including at Wimbledon 2011 where Mr. Federer was up 2 sets to love. Divadal is not so well these days and I know Tsonga will not be intimidated by the Spaniard. However, Tsonga will have to beat the top three players and that’s a very very very very tall order. Anyway, I was saying is that Sloane Stephens lost to Ivanovic the Terrible in straight sets and her countryman D’Juggernaut knocked out Davydenko. Ivanovic next faces the Serenanator and D’Joker will play Dolgopolov. Andrea Petkovic also won her match and will play lady Hobbit in the next round.

This made me smile... you know how much I "love" me some Jennifer Capriati

So all in all that was my day at the US Open. It was really a wonderful experience even though I was by myself. Hope you enjoyed.