U.S and Italy in Fed cup final

26 04 2010

The defending champion Italy played with 2 of my favorites Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone. They beat Czech Republic with Kvitova and Hradecka with 5-0 Italy’s top ladies always play and that is what makes them good, year after year.

From the other 2 semi-final teams you cannot say they had their best players. U.S beat Russia 3-2. The U.S missed the Williams sisters but both Melanie Oudin and Bethanie Mattek Sands won one single and great team Mattek/Huber on the decisive double. Russia had Dementieva who won 2 matches but Makarova and Kudryavtseva proved very weak.

Belgium on their play-off against Estonia with 3-2 and will stay in the world group. Unfortunately both Clijsters and Henin got injured though, Clijsters will likely be out for  6 weeks and might miss Roland Garros. Flipkens and Wickmayer would have probably won it without the 2 stars.





US Open day 10, Leave the zit alone and give me a kiss

10 09 2009

Rafael Nadal had a male fan come real close to him after his match. He took of his shirt an a guy approached him with a camera and tried to give him a kiss. The man was arrested and removed from the premises. Kinda weird a thing like this can happen, what was security doing. We don;t want another Monica Seles incident. Nadal thought it was all cool, he said the man was a fan, told him he loved him and just wanted a kiss.No problem. Well, if Rafa is so easy about it, here I come.

Kim Clijsters had a funny video on her youtube blog explaining what the large wound under her eye was. Me and apparently many people with me had been wondering about it and Kim decided to tell the slightly embarrassing truth. She had a large zit there, tried to burn it away with some product and instead burned her good skin with it as well. Could totally be something that I would do, in fact I tried it once with lemon acid and it wasn’t pretty. What I love about Kim is that she is so normal and honest.

There was also real tennis yesterday at the US open. Two more girls made it to the semi-finals. First there was Belgian teen Yanina Wickmayer who beat Katerina Bondarenko in straight sets 7-5 6-4. At least the Belgian girl was going for her shots so a deserved winner. Who would have thought at the beginning of the year that Belgium would have two semi-finalists again at this year’s open??? Wickmayer is surely talented but her route to the semi final was a fairly easy one. The only seeded player she beat was the number 19 Razzano in the first round. Her opponent in the semi’s will be Danish super talent Caroline Wozniacki who made an end to the dream run of Melanie Oudin. Oudin played not nearly as good as in her rounds before, probably tired, and Wozniacki does not make nearly as many errors as the Russian Army Oudin beat before. An easy 6-2 6-2 as a result. Wozniacki should make her first grand slam final on Friday.





US Open day 8

8 09 2009

Yesterday’s round of 16 had two very interesting and exciting matches. The first was between 17 year old teen Melanie Oudin and Russian’s Nadia Petrova. The first set Petrova’s serve and hard groundstrokes were way too much for young Melanie who was was staying too far behind the baseline ending in a 1-6 first set. The second set was very evenly matched, Oudin started playing more aggressive with her forehand and Petrova started to make more errors. After Oudin won the set 7-6 I already expected what was gonna happen next. Petrova showed her mental midgedness and totally fell apart. This woman has all the tools to win slams except her confidence is way to weak. Oudin though showed great spirit and I gotta say I really like this girl. She is cute, spunky and her game has a special quality to it, rare in women’s tennis these days. With 6-3 she won the match and beat her 4th Russian giant in a row. 

Her next opponent should have been a Russian woman as well, named Svetlana Kuznetsova. She made almost 60 winners in her match against her opponent Caroline Wozniacki who made 16. But Svetlana also made a ton of errors and the more consistent player won yesterday after a dramatic 2-6 7-6 7-6. The young Danish girl is pretty and has a lot of talent, the only thing lacking in her game is a real weapon. But Jankovic does not have one either and she made it to number one in the world, so..





US Open day 6

6 09 2009

Yesterday the number 1 in the world Dinara Safina finally saw the end to her misery at this year’s US Open. After playing horrible tennis for 2 matches and still progressing, Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic was too much for Safina with great aggressive play. With 6-4 2-6 7-6 the teen beat the number one in the world. But the real person that beat Safina was Safina herself this week, definitely after having three match points last night. Either Petra Kvitova, Yanina Wickmayer, Gisela Dulko or Katerina Bondarenko will be a semi-finalist of this years open. Who would have thought that?

Another upset yesterday was the win of American teen Melanie Oudin over Maria Sharapova 3-6 6-4 7-5. I love seeing the 17-year old’ s swinging forehand, a real joy to watch. Her serve still needs a lot of improvement but that has also been Sharapova’s problem since her injury. 21 double faults is just ridiculous. Sharapova sure tried to fight but Oudin was just to stable for her yesterday. Oudin will play Petrova for a place in the quarterfinals. Kuznetsova seems the most likely bet now for a final place to come out of that half of the draw, even though her form has been very lackluster since her win at Roland Garros. The bottom half is so much stronger!





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.