US Open day 4

4 09 2009


Elena Dementieva

Elena Dementieva

Yesterday there were 2 huge surprises at the Open. The number 4 seed Elena Dementieva and the number 5 Jelena Jankovic both lost. Dementieva blamed it on playing too much this summer and Jankovic on the passing of her grandmother a day before.


Jankovic lost against Jaroslava Shvedova from Kazakhstan 3-6 7-7 6-7 after having 2 match points in the final set. Shvedova is a very erratic player that can easily lose the next round 1-6 1-6 or win it with the same score . She plays very aggressive and has a great serve. A Jankovic in normal circumstances would have won this match though.

Elena Dementieva came to New York as a big favorite after having such a good US Open series but lost yesterday against american teen Melanie Oudin losing 7-5 4-6 3-6. Oudin is the only real hope for a top 10 player out of the US teens and she proved that yesterday by playing fearless. She reminds me of a little Justine Henin, only with less power. A nice technique and very aggressive. Dementieva gave it to her on a platter though with extremely bad serving and a faltering forehand. 

Not a good day for me with three of my semi-favorites bowing out, these 2 girls and Swiss Patty Schnyder who lost in straight sets against Sara Errani.




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