US OPEN, Flushing Meadows, NY, USA, GRAND SLAM (Women)

Author: Moxie
Date: August 26, 2016

DATE: August 29 – September 11, 2016
SURFACE: HARD
PRIZE MONEY: $21,862,744
FIELD SIZE: 128
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Flavia Pennetta

Seeds:

1. Serena Williams, United States
2. Angelique Kerber, Germany
3. Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain
4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
5. Simona Halep, Romania
6. Venus Williams, United States
7. Roberta Vinci, Italy
8. Madison Keys, United States
9. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
10. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
11. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain
12. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
13. Johanna Konta, Great Britain
14. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
15. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland
16. Samantha Stosur, Australia
17. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
18. Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic
19. Elena Vesnina, Russia
20. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
21. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania
22. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
23. Daria Kasatkina, Russia
24. Sloane Stephens, United States
25. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland
26. Caroline Garcia, France
27. Laura Siegemund, Germany
28. Sara Errani, Italy
29. CoCo Vandeweghe, United States
30. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
31. Misaki Doi, Japan
32. Timea Babos, Hungary

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Photo: Kiu Kaffir/Discuss.Tennis

The Tournament:

The US Open Tennis Championships is a hardcourt tennis tournament that began life as the U.S. National Championship in 1881.

The venue for the championship is the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, New York City. It’s former home was the Forest Hills complex.

The tournament consists of men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for senior, junior, and wheelchair players.

The US Open is the only Grand Slam that employs tiebreakers in every set of a match.

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Photo: Kiu Kaffir/Discuss.Tennis

The Players:

Serena Williams enters the tournament as favourite and will be looking to add a 23rd grand slam singles title to pass Steffi Graf on the all-time leaderboard.

Williams is also locked in a battle to retain her Number 1 ranking on the WTA tour.  Angelique Kerber was one match from taking the ranking at Cincinnati and will compete for the slot again in New York.  Whoever emerges as world number one will be secondary to the championship, but it’s still an interesting side issue to monitor. In another sub-plot, Serena also has the opportunity to pass Graf’s record of 186 consecutive weeks at the top of the rankings.

Kerber has had a tremendous year, winning the Australian Open and finishing runner-up at Wimbledon.

Garbine Muguruza, the French Open champion will also look to make inroads into the tournament.  The third seed hasn’t been a factor in previous US Opens but also has an outside shot to compete for the number one ranking.

2015 winner Flavia Pennetta will not return to defend her title, having retired but Venus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sam Stosur are other former champions who will be in the draw.

The other main contenders include Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep, and Petra Kvitova.  Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion arrives at Flushing Meadows in her best form of the year.

There are a number of dangerous unseeded players in the draw.  Eugenie BouchardCaroline Wozniacki, Lucie Safarova and Olympic champion Monica Puig will both be looking to make an impact.  Puig’s incredible run in Rio, puts her firmly in the spotlight.

About New York

Beyond everything you already know about New York, it is a city of islands…and not just its most famous one, Manhattan. Quaint City Island, iconic and outrageous Coney Island, suburban Randall’s Island, historic Governor’s Island, once a military fortress, then a Coast Guard base and now a city park dedicated to installation art. The city is surrounded by waterways. Marinas abound, and many New Yorkers commute via ferry.

We embrace summer here, as it is rather short. There are beautiful beaches within the city limits. And we don’t always eat posh food. Summer is for Long Island oysters, steamer clams, lobster rolls, and hot dogs…Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island on the boardwalk is the one.

As the summer winds down, Fashion Week begins. The lazy days are soon to be over, and attitude will come back in full force.

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Comments

234 thoughts on “US OPEN, Flushing Meadows, NY, USA, GRAND SLAM (Women)”

  1. teddytennisfan says:

    NICE shots. come to think of it — summer is almost over — i better make sure i go to coney island beach soon!! i always promise myself every summer and saunter on the boardwalk — i'm going — and NEVER do, waht a stupid thing…lol. one thing to be said about a certain player — who has made an amazing RETURN to the top 10!! VENUS WILLIAMS — amazing lady!! amazing.

  2. Owen Gigg Owen Gigg says:

    The Draw for the US Open 2016

  3. Owen Gigg Owen Gigg says:

    Not the cosiest of first round draws for Serena. Ekaterina Makarova is not an easy first round match – recent Top 10 player and probably brimming with confidence after striking gold in the Olympic doubles.

    Simona has a tricky first rounder also with Kirsten Flipkens.

    Also a tough one for Petra, she'll face Ostapenko in the opener. Errani gets Shelby Rogers and Angie has Hercog.

  4. Owen Gigg Owen Gigg says:

    teddytennisfanNICE shots. come to think of it — summer is almost over — i better make sure i go to coney island beach soon!! i always promise myself every summer and saunter on the boardwalk — i'm going — and NEVER do, waht a stupid thing…lol. one thing to be said about a certain player — who has made an amazing RETURN to the top 10!! VENUS WILLIAMS — amazing lady!! amazing.

    Yeah, would be nice to see Venus roll back the years and have a decent run here… Tough draw for Serena, teddy.

  5. Owen Gigg Owen Gigg says:

    Sloane Stephens has dropped out with a foot injury, she was seeded 24, so all the seeds after that have bumped up one. Olympic champion Monica Puig is now seeded at 32.

  6. Billie says:

    Yeah, tough first round for Serena. I think Makarova had some of the best results in majors here in New York.

  7. Billie says:

    teddytennisfanNICE shots. come to think of it — summer is almost over — i better make sure i go to coney island beach soon!! i always promise myself every summer and saunter on the boardwalk — i'm going — and NEVER do, waht a stupid thing…lol. one thing to be said about a certain player — who has made an amazing RETURN to the top 10!! VENUS WILLIAMS — amazing lady!! amazing.

    Is Cyclone roller coaster still there and operational, Teddy?

    Absolutely amazing feat by Venus, I agree.

  8. Susan DePalma says:

    The Cyclone is still there, still made of wood, and one of the scariest anywhere, (in large part because of the wood.) LOL!

  9. teddytennisfan says:
    britbox

    Yeah, would be nice to see Venus roll back the years and have a decent run here… Tough draw for Serena, teddy.

    it does look like that Britbox.
    i guess that's just how it will have to be.

    but it's somewhat open even if serena will still be the girl to beat in ALL women's tennis anyway.

    but others are feeling confident against her .

    for me the other queer thing is how far CAROLINE WOZNIACKI has fallen. it's amazing but probably just goes to show that there's still that old rule in tennis.

    running fast and putting the balls back in – can only go so far — if you don't have REAL WEAPONS — …………

  10. teddytennisfan says:
    Moxie

    The Cyclone is still there, still made of wood, and one of the scariest anywhere, (in large part because of the wood.) LOL!

    oh yes – still there. but they've made big upgrades in the area – i went there some months ago – just to see coney island..and i think it's good that they KEPT some of the old atmosphere.

  11. teddytennisfan says:

    BillieIs Cyclone roller coaster still there and operational, Teddy?

    Absolutely amazing feat by Venus, I agree.

    like Moxie said – it's still there. i think they did good in keeping up the atmosphere as a place for entertainment – and there's always the beach and boardwalk that NOTHING – no attraction in the city can replace or offer. it would be different if that combination

    beach – boardwalk AND entertainment disappeared. like what happened in south london, isn't it Britbox?

    people need a place like that where they can shed 'class' and just be people, u know?

  12. teddytennisfan says:
    Billie

    Is Cyclone roller coaster still there and operational, Teddy?

    Absolutely amazing feat by Venus, I agree.

    it's of course even more ''russian'' now – slavic really because that's where many of the slavic peoples like to be. i used to hang out there once in a while with russian friends, lol, drink a little beer and get the caviar at the boardwalk, hehe.

  13. teddytennisfan says:

    there are those gardens and PARKS at the beach in JONES BEACH? oh my god — as beautiful as anything you can see.

  14. Billie says:

    Cyclone – that was my first and only ride on a rollercoaster.:D

  15. britbox britbox says:

    US Open Preview with Pam Shriver.

  16. britbox britbox says:

    Venus Williams Interview, Pre-US Open

  17. teddytennisfan says:

    britboxUS Open Preview with Pam Shriver.

    i can;t help it — but i recall

    PAM SHRIVER — in the 1980's when SHE was being groomed by her friends Martina Navratilova and Christ Evert as the top players to become the next ''best player" — as shriver was herself trying to carve out a challenge to THEM in singles and also playing doubles —

    that as , i think, world number 4 or something — the then-very-young steffi graf suddenly came from almost out of nowhere to ''crash the party" defeating the top –

    there was this match in germany — and as she was losing to steffi – shriver became so upset – that she resorted to literally heckling graf with farcical imitations of how steffi prepared her serves and stuiff like that.

    ewe….if i remember correctly – steffi was then so upset herself – after the match which she did win –she was crying in the tunnel exit..

    there was always that thinly veiled resentment from ''them" in those years…

    firs ttowards steffi – later towards the williamses. while they – along with mary carillo would pump up the importance of any OTHER against steffi in her time or the williamses.

    i do not forget such things.

    and chris evert herself – while commentating one time during steffi's final years – openly admitted it :

    "those early years as steffi challenged us — we DID treat her unfairly..we did feel her as a threat and didn't really like that she was not as sociable…and it was unfair to her".

    and even added :

    "so many years later — as it turned out steffi and i had become neighbors when she moved in to boca raton — and then i had my baby — one day the doorbell rang — and there she was standing and asked me if she could babysit for me knowing that i was looking around as i had a trip …and i realized what a wonderful person she really is…and how wrong we were about her".

  18. teddytennisfan says:
    britbox

    Not the cosiest of first round draws for Serena. Ekaterina Makarova is not an easy first round match – recent Top 10 player and probably brimming with confidence after striking gold in the Olympic doubles.

    Simona has a tricky first rounder also with Kirsten Flipkens.

    Also a tough one for Petra, she'll face Ostapenko in the opener. Errani gets Shelby Rogers and Angie has Hercog.

    errani doesn't really have to hit balls to win —

    she only has to go out there and scream the way she does…..and beat every opponent for the title through sheer annoyance.

    hehe.

  19. britbox britbox says:

    teddytennisfani can;t help it — but i recall

    PAM SHRIVER — in the 1980's when SHE was being groomed by her friends Martina Navratilova and Christ Evert as the top players to become the next ''best player" — as shriver was herself trying to carve out a challenge to THEM in singles and also playing doubles —

    that as , i think, world number 4 or something — the then-very-young steffi graf suddenly came from almost out of nowhere to ''crash the party" defeating the top –

    there was this match in germany — and as she was losing to steffi – shriver became so upset – that she resorted to literally heckling graf with farcical imitations of how steffi prepared her serves and stuiff like that.

    ewe….if i remember correctly – steffi was then so upset herself – after the match which she did win –she was crying in the tunnel exit..

    there was always that thinly veiled resentment from ''them" in those years…

    firs ttowards steffi – later towards the williamses. while they – along with mary carillo would pump up the importance of any OTHER against steffi in her time or the williamses.

    i do not forget such things.

    and chris evert herself – while commentating one time during steffi's final years – openly admitted it :

    "those early years as steffi challenged us — we DID treat her unfairly..we did feel her as a threat and didn't really like that she was not as sociable…and it was unfair to her".

    and even added :

    "so many years later — as it turned out steffi and i had become neighbors when she moved in to boca raton — and then i had my baby — one day the doorbell rang — and there she was standing and asked me if she could babysit for me knowing that i was looking around as i had a trip …and i realized what a wonderful person she really is…and how wrong we were about her".

    I guess the old guard don't like being challenged by the youngsters. I never really cared for Pam Shriver.

  20. teddytennisfan says:

    Does Wimbledon — the TEMPLE of Tennis — display the Union Jack?

    Does FO – the most continental of Tennis – Display the French Flag

    Does AO – the ''friendly Gran Slam" – display the Aussie Flag..?

    ……………………uh………………….

  21. britbox britbox says:

    ORDER OF PLAY FOR MONDAY 29 AUGUST

    Arthur Ashe Stadium

    11am

    7 Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)

    Polona Hercog (SLO) v 2 Angelique Kerber (GER)

    4 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Denis Istomin (UZB)

    7pm

    Opening ceremony

    1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Jerzy Janowicz (POL)

    8 Madison Keys (USA) v Alison Riske (USA)

    Louis Armstrong Stadium

    Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v 7 Marin Cilic (CRO)

    Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v 9 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

    Elise Mertens (BEL) v 3 Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

    26 Jack Sock (USA) v Taylor Fritz (USA)

    Grandstand

    Taylor Townsend (USA) v Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

    20 John Isner (USA) v Frances Tiafoe (USA)

    9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Guido Andreozzi (ARG)

    13 Johanna Konta (GBR) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)

    Court 17

    Samanta Crawford (USA) v 24 Belinda Bencic (SUI)

    10 Gael Monfils (FRA) v Gilles Muller (LUX)

    Magda Linette (POL) v 12 Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)

    Dustin Brown (GER) v 5 Milos Raonic (CAN)

    Court 5

    Kyle Edmund (GBR) v 13 Richard Gasquet (FRA)

    4th Match: 18 Barbora Strycova (CZE) v Monica Niculescu (ROU)

    P6/Old Grand Stand

    3rd Match: 32 Monica Puig (PUR) v Zheng Saisai

    4th Match, not before 1am: Mandy Minella (LUX) v 22 Elina Svitolina (UKR)

    Court 13

    Carina Witthoft (GER) v 30 Misaki Doi (JPN)

    Naomi Osaka (JPN) v 28 Coco Vandeweghe (USA)

    Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) v 23 Kevin Anderson (RSA)

    Court 6

    4th Match: 24 Lucas Pouille (FRA) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

    Court 7

    4th Match, not before 1am: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v 15 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

    Court 9

    31 Albert Ramos (ESP) v Julien Benneteau (FRA)

    Court 12

    14 Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)

    27 Sara Errani (ITA) v Shelby Rogers (USA)

    32 Benoit Paire (FRA) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)

    Court 14

    Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v 28 Martin Klizan (SVK)

    3rd Match: 21 Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)

  22. teddytennisfan says:

    britboxI guess the old guard don't like being challenged by the youngsters. I never really cared for Pam Shriver.

    this is normal of course — old guard can often be reluctant –

    but there was probably seldom in tennis that a new big challenger to the STILL top of the line ''old guard" was so viciously ganged up on than it was in the early years of graf. that's why they were all so happy when Seles showed up — almost as if ''by default" doing what they no longer could do — keep steffi from showing SHE was the queen by taking THEM down. lol.

    u know thee's a little known story:

    when steffi — already then the world number one – and had won the GOLDEN SLAM of 1988 — and had defeated NAVRATILOVA — the greatest on grass in wimbledon again — in 1989…

    MN was of course very upset as — if steffi had not been around MN would likely have won 10 wimbledons – simply beyond anyone to achieve even in a reasonably successful career….

    but after that finals — MN'S doorbell rang – her butler opened the door — and there standing was Steffi Graf — the now successfully defended champion over MN.

    her visit? TO offer MN A GAME in MN'S own private court – just between two athletes but MN already left for the day to play some golf…– and although little reported – a journalist found out about it – and YEARS later asked steffi why she did that…since it was nothing ''real" as in tournaments…

    and steffi answered she was very serious about it — to play as good a game as they could —

    because it was her way of telling MN – the predecessor "that I thought she could have won the title and any game just as much as i Did, and things just went my way on that day…and that i wanted to tell her , what a privilege it was to have played her. "

  23. britbox britbox says:

    I'm liking Bencic. Looks to be a force for the future.

  24. britbox britbox says:

    Results from the U.S. Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday

    12-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Magda Linette (Poland) 6-2 6-3
    Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) beat 21-Irina Begu (Romania) 6-0 6-4
    3-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Elise Mertens (Belgium) 2-6 6-0 6-3
    Wang Yafan (China) beat Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) 6-3 7-6(4)
    Duan Yingying (China) beat Maria Sakkari (Greece) 6-4 4-6 6-3
    Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 6-3 6-3
    Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) beat Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-1 6-2
    Naomi Osaka (Japan) beat 28-CoCo Vandeweghe (U.S.) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4
    Catherine Bellis (U.S.) beat Viktorija Golubic (Switzerland) 6-2 6-3
    Shelby Rogers (U.S.) beat 27-Sara Errani (Italy) 6-4 7-6(3)
    Christina McHale (U.S.) beat Mona Barthel (Germany) 6-2 6-2
    9-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Francesca Schiavone (Italy) 6-1 6-2
    Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) beat Alize Cornet (France) 6-4 6-1
    Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Taylor Townsend (U.S.) 4-6 6-3 6-4
    Cagla Buyukakcay (Turkey) beat Irina Falconi (U.S.) 6-2 6-1
    2-Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat Polona Hercog (Slovenia) 6-0 1-0 (Hercog retired)
    Andrea Petkovic (Germany) beat Kristina Kucova (Slovakia) 7-6(3) 6-3
    24-Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) beat Samantha Crawford (U.S.) 6-7(6) 6-3 6-4
    14-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) 7-5 6-3
    Carina Witthoeft (Germany) beat 30-Misaki Doi (Japan) 6-4 6-1
    7-Roberta Vinci (Italy) beat Anna-Lena Friedsam (Germany) 6-2 6-4
    Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) beat Virginie Razzano (France) 6-1 6-2
    Evgeniya Rodina (Russia) beat Danielle Collins (U.S.) 6-1 6-2

  25. Moxie says:
    teddytennisfan

    Does Wimbledon — the TEMPLE of Tennis — display the Union Jack?

    Does FO – the most continental of Tennis – Display the French Flag

    Does AO – the ''friendly Gran Slam" – display the Aussie Flag..?

    ……………………uh………………….

    I completely agree with you. There is no reason for the display of nationalism that the US Open goes for. Flags, anthems, and now the tug at everyone's heart-strings with the 9/11 thing. As one, like you, who went through it, I find it cheap that they keep trading on it. New York remembers in its own way. It doesn't need a tennis tournament for that.

  26. Moxie says:

    Good win for Madison Keys.

  27. britbox britbox says:

    Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Taylor Townsend (U.S.) 4-6 6-3 6-4

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BSqehhze_U%5D

    Tough win for Caro.

  28. britbox britbox says:

    Naomi Osaka (Japan) beat 28-CoCo Vandeweghe (U.S.) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4

  29. britbox britbox says:

    Results from the U.S. Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday
    Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat Mariana Duque (Colombia) 6-4 6-1
    Julia Goerges (Germany) beat Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) 6-3 6-2
    17-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat Louisa Chirico (U.S.) 6-1 6-4
    Naomi Broady (Britain) beat Laura Robson (Britain) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4
    19-Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3
    11-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Teliana Pereira (Brazil) 6-0 6-0
    Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) beat Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 6-3 3-6 6-2
    Johanna Larsson (Sweden) beat Karin Knapp (Italy) 6-4 6-2
    Kurumi Nara (Japan) beat Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) 6-0 7-5
    Annika Beck (Germany) beat Nadia Podoroska (Argentina) 7-6(6) 6-3
    16-Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy) 7-5 6-7(4) 6-1
    15-Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) beat Vitalia Diatchenko (Russia) 6-1 6-1
    Nicole Gibbs (U.S.) beat Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) 6-1 6-0
    Zhang Shuai (China) beat Ellen Perez (Australia) 6-1 6-1
    31-Timea Babos (Hungary) beat Barbara Haas (Austria) 5-7 6-3 7-5
    25-Caroline Garcia (France) beat Pauline Parmentier (France) 4-6 6-3 6-4
    Wang Qiang (China) beat 23-Darya Kasatkina (Russia) 6-4 2-6 6-2
    Ana Konjuh (Croatia) beat 20-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 6-3 2-6 6-4
    Richel Hogenkamp (Netherlands) beat Heather Watson (Britain) 6-2 7-5
    Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) beat Daria Gavrilova (Australia) 6-4 6-4
    Denisa Allertova (Czech Republic) beat 29-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 7-6(4) 6-1
    5-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 6-0 6-2
    Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) beat Lara Arruabarrena Vecino (Spain) 6-2 6-3
    Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) beat Peng Shuai (China) 4-6 7-6(9) 6-3
    Kristina Mladenovic (France) beat Nao Hibino (Japan) 6-4 7-5
    6-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine) 6-2 5-7 6-4
    Vania King (U.S.) beat Antonia Lottner (Germany) 7-6(2) 6-3
    Montserrat Gonzalez (Paraguay) beat Danka Kovinic (Montenegro) 7-5 6-2

  30. britbox britbox says:

    Naomi Broady beats Laura Robson in the Battle of the Brits – 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4

    Ana Ivanovic and Genie both leave the facility.

  31. Moxie says:

    Ivanovic and Bouchard…*sigh.* They're as disappointing as Dimitrov, who at least is resurging.

  32. britbox britbox says:

    Results from the U.S. Open Men's Singles Round 2 matches on Wednesday

    13-Johanna Konta (Britain) beat Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) 6-2 5-7 6-2
    Carina Witthoeft (Germany) beat Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) 6-1 6-7(1) 6-1
    Monica Niculescu (Romania) beat Ana Bogdan (Romania) 6-0 6-1
    Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat 9-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 6-4 6-4
    12-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Evgeniya Rodina (Russia) 6-7(5) 6-2 6-2
    22-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Lauren Davis (U.S.) 6-1 4-6 6-3
    14-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Cagla Buyukakcay (Turkey) 7-6(2) 6-3
    Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) beat Wang Yafan (China) 7-5 6-3
    24-Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) beat Andrea Petkovic (Germany) 6-3 6-2
    7-Roberta Vinci (Italy) beat Christina McHale (U.S.) 6-1 6-3

  33. britbox britbox says:

    Huge win for Caro over Svetlana

  34. Moxie says:

    Good to see her get a big win. Hopefully she's making her way back. Terrible scare with Konta earlier. She was overcome with heat and they had her laid out on the court, taking pulse and blood pressure, but she recovered and came back to win in 3.

  35. Carol says:

    Oh Mugu, she has the power, the game but sooo unstable :scratch:

  36. Moxie says:

    This is pretty shocking. She had control of this set, and she lost it. I'd like to see her win the match, so Rafa will have to wait.

  37. Carol says:
    Moxie

    This is pretty shocking. She had control of this set, and she lost it. I'd like to see her win the match, so Rafa will have to wait.

    If she continues playing that way I don't see her going to the next round

  38. Moxie says:

    OMG. Back against the wall, and Muguruza gets herself back on serve. With help from her opponent. If she gets out of this one, it would be a very great escape.

  39. Carol says:

    Vamos Mugu!!!!!!!!!!:cheerleader:

  40. Carol says:

    Mentally? then think that you can win!!!!!!

  41. Carol says:

    Ugggggghhh

    And that's all 🙁

  42. Moxie says:

    I guess that's the upset of the day. I don't know what to do about this woman.

  43. britbox britbox says:
    Moxie

    I guess that's the upset of the day. I don't know what to do about this woman.

    It's getting to the point where Garbine getting swept off court in the early rounds is far more likely than making a decent run… on hardcourts at least.

  44. Moxie says:

    Post maiden-major slump. She didn't invent it.

    While you were sleeping, your girl Cibulkova was up by a break in the first and managed to blow that lead, though she pulled it together after.

  45. britbox britbox says:
    Moxie

    Post maiden-major slump. She didn't invent it.

    While you were sleeping, your girl Cibulkova was up by a break in the first and managed to blow that lead, though she pulled it together after.

    Yeah, good to see Dominika progressing.

  46. Moxie says:

    Yeah, I like her, too.

  47. MargaretMcAleer says:

    Muguruza has failed to go past 2RD at Wimbledon and now the USO,I gave her a pass at Wimbledon after winning her first Major at RG,mentally she just goes away,also she needs to address her defense.

  48. britbox britbox says:

    Results from the U.S. Open Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday

    6-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Julia Goerges (Germany) 6-2 6-3
    31-Timea Babos (Hungary) beat Richel Hogenkamp (Netherlands) 6-2 6-4
    Johanna Larsson (Sweden) beat Denisa Allertova (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-1
    10-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Montserrat Gonzalez (Paraguay) 6-1 7-5
    5-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-4
    Ana Konjuh (Croatia) beat Kurumi Nara (Japan) 6-3 6-3
    Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) beat Wang Qiang (China) 6-0 6-1
    17-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat Kristina Mladenovic (France) 6-2 4-6 7-6(5)

  49. Moxie says:

    Venus played well today, and wore a very pretty tennis dress.

  50. teddytennisfan says:

    MoxieVenus played well today, and wore a very pretty tennis dress.

    i like SERENA'S get up right now — that SKIRT black and pink like that looks so nice on her.

    BUT i will NEVER forget the famous CAT SUIT!!

  51. teddytennisfan says:
    Moxie

    Ivanovic and Bouchard…*sigh.* They're as disappointing as Dimitrov, who at least is resurging.

    Moxie –maybe the question now between the THREE of them is :

    'who is the prettiest'.

  52. teddytennisfan says:

    MargaretMcAleerMuguruza has failed to go past 2RD at Wimbledon and now the USO,I gave her a pass at Wimbledon after winning her first Major at RG,mentally she just goes away,also she needs to address her defense.

    great point . considering that it was half her defense that gave her her FO against serena, isn't it? i guess it does take time for many to do well again to get to the late rounds in majors once they win their first. we do have examples;;

    sampras, serena herself, nole too, sam stosur also, capriati, we;re still waiting for both delpo and cilic, …

  53. Moxie says:

    teddytennisfanMoxie –maybe the question now between the THREE of them is :

    'who is the prettiest'.

    If by that you mean "compared to anything interesting about their tennis," you may be right, and including Dimitrov.

  54. Moxie says:

    ESPN graphic tells us that Roger has the most Major wins (Open Era) with 307, Martina has 306, and Serena 305. I'll be surprised if Serena doesn't pass them both at this USO.

    EDIT: So I guess now she has tied Martina.

  55. Moxie says:

    teddytennisfani like SERENA'S get up right now — that SKIRT black and pink like that looks so nice on her.

    BUT i will NEVER forget the famous CAT SUIT!!

    I think this was a different year, but this one was very kick-ass:

  56. teddytennisfan says:
    Moxie

    If by that you mean "compared to anything interesting about their tennis," you may be right, and including Dimitrov.

    exactly == hehe.

    of course it's great that one of them actually DID win the FO.

    but over-all – it's a contest between ''mirror, mirror on the wall — who is prettier than DIMITROV? "

    and mirror says _ -= no one my queens….

  57. teddytennisfan says:
    Moxie

    I think this was a different year, but this one was very kick-ass:
    [​IMG]

    uhuhmmm!!!! mad kick ass!!!

  58. teddytennisfan says:
    Moxie

    ESPN graphic tells us that Roger has the most Major wins (Open Era) with 307, Martina has 306, and Serena 305. I'll be surprised if Serena doesn't pass them both at this USO.

    EDIT: So I guess now she has tied Martina.

    and soon — MOST WEEKS AS NUMBER ONE!!

  59. britbox britbox says:

    Order of Play – Friday on the Showcourts

    Arthur Ashe Stadium

    Monica Niculescu (Rom) v Caroline Wozniacki (Den),
    (8) Madison Keys (USA) v Naomi Osaka (Jpn),
    (1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Mikhail Youzhny (Rus),

    (4) Rafael Nadal (Spa) v Andrey Kuznetsov (Rus),
    Catherine Cartan Bellis (USA) v (2) Angelique Kerber (Ger)

    Louis Armstrong Stadium

    (7) Roberta Vinci (Ita) v Carina Witthoeft (Ger),
    (26) Jack Sock (USA) v (7) Marin Cilic (Cro),
    (14) Petra Kvitova (Cze) v (22) Elina Svitolina (Ukr),
    (20) John Isner (USA) v Kyle Edmund (Gbr)

    Grandstand

    (9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) v (23) Kevin Anderson (Rsa),
    (13) Johanna Konta (Gbr) v (24) Belinda Bencic (Swi),
    (10) Gael Monfils (Fra) v Nicolas Almagro (Spa),
    Jonathan Erlich (Isr) & Santiago Gonzalez (Mex) v (3) Bob Bryan (USA) & Mike Bryan (USA)

  60. MargaretMcAleer says:

    MADISON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! down 1-5 in the 3rd set against Osaka,remembered how to play tennis again:) took it to a t/breaker and won………….Huge Kudos to 18yr old Osaka who took her game to Madison,nerves got the better of her,when she tried twice to serve for the match,great learning curve for her,she is a future player to watch.

  61. teddytennisfan says:
    MargaretMcAleer

    MADISON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! down 1-5 in the 3rd set against Osaka,remembered how to play tennis again:) took it to a t/breaker and won………….Huge Kudos to 18yr old Osaka who took her game to Madison,nerves got the better of her,when she tried twice to serve for the match,great learning curve for her,she is a future player to watch.

    PERFECTLY summed up! i dont' think i ever saw Osaka play …

    sh ? …she's cute and NICELY bult for the game, i kept thinking watching her.

  62. britbox britbox says:

    MargaretMcAleerMADISON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! down 1-5 in the 3rd set against Osaka,remembered how to play tennis again:) took it to a t/breaker and won………….Huge Kudos to 18yr old Osaka who took her game to Madison,nerves got the better of her,when she tried twice to serve for the match,great learning curve for her,she is a future player to watch.

    Incredible turnaround. I missed it all!

    Kudos also to Madison for turning it around.

  63. britbox britbox says:

    Results from the U.S. Open Women's Singles Round 3 matches on Friday

    14-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat 22-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 6-3 6-4
    8-Madison Keys (U.S.) beat Naomi Osaka (Japan) 7-5 4-6 7-6(3)
    13-Johanna Konta (Britain) beat 24-Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 6-2 6-1
    Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) beat 12-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 3-6 6-3 6-4
    7-Roberta Vinci (Italy) beat Carina Witthoeft (Germany) 6-0 5-7 6-3
    Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Monica Niculescu (Romania) 6-3 6-1
    Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) beat Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukraine) 6-4 6-1

  64. britbox britbox says:

    8-Madison Keys (U.S.) beat Naomi Osaka (Japan) 7-5 4-6 7-6(3)

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvB5No90IaM%5D

  65. Billie says:

    I was able to watch only Angie tonight, and she looked really good. Young Bellis gave a valiant effort but Angie was like a wall.

    She faces Kvitova next. It should be a good match.

  66. britbox britbox says:

    Angelique Kerber bt CiCi Bellis 6-1 6-1

  67. Tennisproguru.com says:

    I saw Kvitova match yesterday and was really surprised with the way Kvitova played. With exception of four games in the second set, when she lost concentration when leading 4-0, she played great tennis. Really strong and fast strokes, I was expecting she will be nervous and make a lot of mistakes, but this is absolutely different Petra. The one who won Wimbledon twice.

    On Sunday she plays Kerber and Angelique look quite dominant too with 6-1 6-1 win over Bellis.

    So Kvitova-Kerber on Sunday will be hopefully great great match

  68. britbox britbox says:

    Tennisproguru.comI saw Kvitova match yesterday and was really surprised with the way Kvitova played. With exception of four games in the second set, when she lost concentration when leading 4-0, she played great tennis. Really strong and fast strokes, I was expecting she will be nervous and make a lot of mistakes, but this is absolutely different Petra. The one who won Wimbledon twice.

    On Sunday she plays Kerber and Angelique look quite dominant too with 6-1 6-1 win over Bellis.

    So Kvitova-Kerber on Sunday will be hopefully great great match

    Petra looked good at the Olympics and I wondered if that form would crossover into the USO. She looked good at New Haven but then got trounced by Aga (Didn't see the match). It will be an interesting match… but I 'd probably lean toward Angie. Petra just goes walkabout too regularly.

  69. Moxie says:

    Today is Carla Suarez Navarro's birthday. She's 28. (Apparently, it's Dominic Thiem's, too. He's 23.)

  70. MargaretMcAleer says:

    Serena Williams surpasses Navratilova after her 3rd rd match win against Larsson and ties with Roger Federer with 307 major match wins.

  71. britbox britbox says:

    Results from the U.S. Open Women's Singles Round 3 matches on Saturday

    6-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat 26-Laura Siegemund (Germany) 6-1 6-2
    10-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat 17-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 6-2 6-4
    Ana Konjuh (Croatia) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 6-3 3-6 6-2
    1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 6-2 6-1
    Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) beat Zhang Shuai (China) 6-2 7-5
    4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat 25-Caroline Garcia (France) 6-2 6-3
    5-Simona Halep (Romania) beat 31-Timea Babos (Hungary) 6-1 2-6 6-4
    11-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat 19-Elena Vesnina (Russia) 6-4 6-3

  72. britbox britbox says:

    6-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat 26-Laura Siegemund (Germany) 6-1 6-2

  73. britbox britbox says:

    10-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat 17-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 6-2 6-4

  74. britbox britbox says:

    4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat 25-Caroline Garcia (France) 6-2 6-3

  75. britbox britbox says:

    1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 6-2 6-1

  76. britbox britbox says:

    Sunday on the Showcourts (Order of Play)

    Arthur Ashe Stadium

    11 AM ET

    13-Johanna Konta (Britain) v Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia)
    8-Madison Keys (U.S.) v Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
    4-Rafa Nadal (Spain) v 24-Lucas Pouille (France)

    7 PM ET

    14-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) v 2-Angelique Kerber (Germany)
    1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v Kyle Edmund (Britain)

    Louis Armstrong Stadium

    11 AM ET

    7-Roberta Vinci (Italy) v Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine)
    9-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) v 26-Jack Sock (U.S.)

    Grandstand

    11 AM ET

    10-Gael Monfils (France) v Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus)

  77. MargaretMcAleer says:

    Well done to Caroline Woznicacki making the q/finals after a horrid year with injuries,out played Madison Keys and defeated her in straight sets 63 64!playing like the Caroline of 'old':)

  78. Tennis Fan says:
    MargaretMcAleer

    Well done to Caroline Woznicacki making the q/finals after a horrid year with injuries,out played Madison Keys and defeated her in straight sets 63 64!playing like the Caroline of 'old':)

    Caroline played a great match. I thought she was going to beat Madison. Madison is still in the process of learning how to use her tools.

  79. Billie says:

    I concur. A great match from Caroline. Keys is young and she will have plenty of opportunities in her future, but considering all the injury problems Caro's had, this must feel so great for her. And she has an excellent chance in the quarters too.

  80. Tennis Fan says:

    OK. Kerber and Kvitova.

    If Kvitova is on I think she'll take Angie. I don't think Angie has been playing that well for the last couple of months. I thought in her last two matches she looked quite pedestrian. It seems like the pressure is getting to her and she's not going for her shots like she used to. I don't count that Cici Bellis match. Cici hasn't done anything in the game.

    But, we know Kvitova too. She can really stink up the joint. So we'll see.

  81. Moxie says:
    Billie

    I concur. A great match from Caroline. Keys is young and she will have plenty of opportunities in her future, but considering all the injury problems Caro's had, this must feel so great for her. And she has an excellent chance in the quarters too.

    Keys has a great future, but she has to learn to construct points and not just batter the ball. Very happy for Woz, though. She needs to get back to the top. I hope she has a Major in her future.

  82. britbox britbox says:

    Results from the U.S. Open Women's Singles Round 4 matches on Sunday

    Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat 8-Madison Keys (U.S.) 6-3 6-4
    Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) beat 13-Johanna Konta (Britain) 6-4 7-5
    7-Roberta Vinci (Italy) beat Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) 7-6(5) 6-2

  83. britbox britbox says:

    Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) beat 13-Johanna Konta (Britain) 6-4 7-5

  84. britbox britbox says:

    Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat 8-Madison Keys (U.S.) 6-3 6-4

  85. britbox britbox says:

    Petra Kvitova vs. Angelique Kerber – Pre-match

  86. Billie says:

    Angie played a really smart match. Petra forced a little bit too much sometimes and made some UFEs but Angie did what she needed to get a win. Straight sets as well.

  87. MargaretMcAleer says:

    Petra………..43 UFE???? honestly….Kerber must have thought all her Christmas's came at once.You and Madison have soo much natural easy power though you both need to learn 'controlled aggression'…..

  88. Tennis Fan says:

    MargaretMcAleerPetra………..43 UFE???? honestly….Kerber must have thought all her Christmas's came at once.You and Madison have soo much natural easy power though you both need to learn 'controlled aggression'…..

    So true, Margaret. I didn't know she had 43 UFEs. That's pretty bad.

  89. Tennisproguru.com says:

    Well, I expected that Petra will lost sooner than against Kerber, as she looked really tired at the beginning of US OPEN and also this GS is not her favourite, so with last 16 and loss with KErber, it is pretty good tournament for her.

  90. teddytennisfan says:

    I AM ALWAYS HAPPY for players that beat serena. ..but I NEVER root for anyone else against MY SERENA.

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    Serena Williams surpassed Martina Natratilova for the most women’s Grand Slam match wins, with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 victory over Sweden's Johanna Larsson in the fourth round of the US Open.
    Williams' success took her to 307, one ahead of Navratilova and equal with Roger Federer’s mark for men.

    “To be up there with both men and women is something that's super rare, and it actually feels good,” Williams said.

    “I was really excited to reach that, was it 306? 307? I was really excited to do that. Something I didn't even know about until Wimbledon.

    “I was like, ‘Oh, I have a new goal!’ That was pretty cool for me. Obviously I want to keep that number going higher and see what can happen.”

    Williams appears likely to edge ahead of Federer on Monday when she faces Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the round of 16. Shvedova is yet to beat Williams in four attempts.

    The American star is also looking to eclipse Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam tournament wins after drawing level with the German with her victory over Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon.

    A shoulder problem contributed to Williams’ third-round exit at the hands of Elina Svitolina of Ukraine at the Olympics, but she believes she fit enough to finally edge past Graf.

    “[My shoulder] definitely feels solid. I'm doing a lot of work on it so I can keep it in this position,” she added.

    “Definitely not going to stop doing all the rehab and therapy, so I don't want to go down.

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    “It's pretty good. It's a lot of post-match stuff, stuff I'm not really excited about, but at the end of the day I think it's good for me.”

    Williams is seeded to face Kerber in the final, which would be a showdown for the No. 1 world ranking.

    A Williams victory would keep her at the top of the pile and see her beat Graf's record of 186 consecutive weeks at No. 1.

    The two have met eight times previously, with Williams winning six of those matches.

    Ominously for the rest of the players left in the tournament, Williams thinks she can still step up a level.

    “I feel OK,” Williams said. “Obviously I don't feel like I'm Serena out there yet, but hopefully she'll come around the second week.”

  91. MargaretMcAleer says:

    This is my favorite match so far at the USO Venus v Pliskova,I have been waiting for Pliskova to finally break through at Majors,she finally did it defeating Venus 46 64 76(3),this match had so many momentum changes,overall she was too solid for Venus…a great match overall,I also think Pliskova winning at Cinncy has helped her at the USO,she has such a great serve and fhand and hits the ball so cleanly….congratulations Pliskova making the q/finals!

  92. britbox britbox says:
    MargaretMcAleer

    This is my favorite match so far at the USO Venus v Pliskova,I have been waiting for Pliskova to finally break through at Majors,she finally did it defeating Venus 46 64 76(3),this match had so many momentum changes,overall she was too solid for Venus…a great match overall,I also think Pliskova winning at Cinncy has helped her at the USO,she has such a great serve and fhand and hits the ball so cleanly….congratulations Pliskova making the q/finals!

    Good job by Karolina!

  93. britbox britbox says:

    5-Simona Halep (Romania) beat 11-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 6-2 7-5

  94. britbox britbox says:

    Yaroslava Shvedova vs. Serena Williams – Pre-Match

  95. teddytennisfan says:

    now — as i have been hoping for and expecting — SERENA begins to gradually bring in her ATTACK game…

    by combining her back court and attack game judiciously — she becomes unbeatable.

  96. Moxie says:

    teddytennisfanI AM ALWAYS HAPPY for players that beat serena. ..but I NEVER root for anyone else against MY SERENA.

    'Williams' success took her to 307, one ahead of Navratilova and equal with Roger Federer’s mark for men.

    “To be up there with both men and women is something that's super rare, and it actually feels good,” Williams said.

    “I was really excited to reach that, was it 306? 307? I was really excited to do that. Something I didn't even know about until Wimbledon.

    “I was like, ‘Oh, I have a new goal!’ That was pretty cool for me. Obviously I want to keep that number going higher and see what can happen.”'

    One more win on Monday, and she passes Roger, too. :heart:

  97. teddytennisfan says:

    MoxieOne more win on Monday, and she passes Roger, too. :heart:

    and she DID!!! SHE IS MISS 308 !!! man or woman!

    like i always said for years — serena williams is the greatest tennis player in the history of the game – man or woman.AND the only player and athlete i can think of that can rival that is perhaps the great MEXICAN – american PANCHO GONZALES.

    but there it is — SERENA WILLIAMS.

    she's MINE!!

  98. Moxie says:

    I thought she has to win on Monday to pass Roger.

  99. teddytennisfan says:

    MoxieI thought she has to win on Monday to pass Roger.

    Moxie — the way i understand it when they showed THE PICTURES

    roger – martina – serena — today on tv – she already did it in her last match. YAY!!!

    for next week – it's for serena passing steffi graf at weeks as number one – way past 300 or something now, i already forgot – 386 steffi? so serena needs this week to pass that.

    all 3 records

    most wins already done 308
    most weeks – by next monday –
    past steffi in majors – 23 !!

    GO SERENA!!! GIRL!! PLEAZZZEEE NO bad things for my SERENA !!!

  100. teddytennisfan says:

    go young CROAT!!

  101. teddytennisfan says:

    yes — break back !!

    PAM shriver made a mistake — radwa no longer ''up a break" at 2-1.

    she got broken back and girl serves for 2-2. lets see./

  102. teddytennisfan says:

    yes KONJUH did like i begged her!!! haha!! and she made it look EASY agaionst the most overhyped ''genius" ever……

  103. Tennis Fan says:
    teddytennisfan

    yes KONJUH did like i begged her!!! haha!! and she made it look EASY agaionst the most overhyped ''genius" ever……

    I was wondering what happened. My taping stopped at 2-2 in the second and I taped the next two shows and the end of the match didn't tape. So Konjuh won, I guess. I just saw the last minute where they show the winner and Konjuh was last.

  104. Tennisproguru.com says:
    MargaretMcAleer

    This is my favorite match so far at the USO Venus v Pliskova,I have been waiting for Pliskova to finally break through at Majors,she finally did it defeating Venus 46 64 76(3),this match had so many momentum changes,overall she was too solid for Venus…a great match overall,I also think Pliskova winning at Cinncy has helped her at the USO,she has such a great serve and fhand and hits the ball so cleanly….congratulations Pliskova making the q/finals!

    Absolutely agree. That was probably best match on US Open so far. Incredible exchanges, lot of turns in events .. Hope Pliskova will meet with Serena in Semis, want to see if her way of tennis can be effective against Serena

  105. britbox britbox says:

    Ana Konjuh (Croatia) beat 4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 6-4 6-4

    Huge win for Ana… don't know much about her other than she's won the Junior US Open. One to watch!

    You seen much of her @MargaretMcAleer ?

  106. britbox britbox says:

    Showtime on the Showcourts: Order of Play: Tuesday

    Arthur Ashe Stadium

    12 PM ET

    7-Roberta Vinci (Italy) v 2-Angelique Kerber (Germany)
    24-Lucas Pouille (France) v 10-Gael Monfils (France)

    7 PM ET

    Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) v Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia)
    1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v 9-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)

  107. Tennis Fan says:

    Angie definitely brought it today. She raised her level by a country mile.

  108. Billie says:

    Congratulations to Angie and Caro. Poor Sevastova, that was hard to watch.

    Young Konjuh has such an easy power. She gave Aga all she could handle at Wimbledon this year, and frankly only because she stepped on a tennis ball and rolled her ankle did she lose that match 9:7 in the 3rd set. She just overpowered Aga last night.

    BB She won 2 junior majors in 2013, a very promising player.

  109. Moxie says:

    Very happy for Caroline!

  110. MargaretMcAleer says:

    britboxAna Konjuh (Croatia) beat 4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 6-4 6-4

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NPTZaWImzg%5D

    Huge win for Ana… don't know much about her other than she's won the Junior US Open. One to watch!

    You seen much of her @MargaretMcAleer ?

    I have had huge internet problems for about 12 hours,thankfully back on now:)

    Konjuh has a huge game,big serve and strong on both wings.She has had a lot of injuries in her young career,though she is a player to watch.Ana had match points on Aga at Wimbledon this year,her game translates to all surfaces.

  111. britbox britbox says:

    Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) 6-0 6-2

  112. britbox britbox says:

    2-Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat 7-Roberta Vinci (Italy) 7-5 6-0

  113. britbox britbox says:

    Order of Play for Wednesday's action at the US Open:

    Arthur Ashe Stadium

    From Noon (ET)

    Women’s Quarterfinals: Ana Konjuh vs. (10) Karolina Pliskova

    Men’s Quarterfinals: (6) Kei Nishikori vs. (2) Andy Murray, not before 1 p.m. ET

    Women’s Quarterfinals: (1) Serena Williams vs. (5) Simona Halep, 7 p.m. ET

    Men’s Quarterfinals: Juan Martin del Potro vs. (3) Stan Wawrinka

  114. britbox britbox says:

    Karolina takes care of business to progress to her first semi-final in the grand slams.

    10-Karolina Pliskova d. Ana Konjuh 6-2 6-2

  115. Tennis Fan says:

    I love watching Karolina play. She is such a clean striker of the ball and when she's in a match she's all business. Cool girl.

  116. MargaretMcAleer says:

    Well done to Plisokva just a great match from her on all levels,I have met her personally at Apia Sydney 2 years ago,she is delightful.Credit to Ana,making the q/finals,she has a great game,only 18 years old,a player to watch in the future.

  117. Tennis Fan says:
    MargaretMcAleer

    Well done to Plisokva just a great match from her on all levels,I have met her personally at Apia Sydney 2 years ago,she is delightful.Credit to Ana,making the q/finals,she has a great game,only 18 years old,a player to watch in the future.

    I like her. She does seem delightful. What a nice word.

  118. Moxie says:

    Halep back on serve. I think this should be a good match. Should be two good ones tonight.

  119. Billie says:

    Serena was up 3:0, I wasn't paying attention and now see that they are back on serve. If Serena is healthy she'll win. Has more power than Halep. But if she goes stiff and nervous, then anything is possible.

  120. Moxie says:

    This is shaping up to be a critical game. Serena is pressing Simona on this service game, hard. EDIT: And Simona DF's it away.

  121. britbox britbox says:

    Serena pulls away again. 5-2

  122. Billie says:

    Strong 1st set for Serena 6:2.

  123. Moxie says:

    Her shoulder seems to be in good shape. She'll look to smoother Halep. I'm sure she respects her.

  124. Billie says:

    Yeah Serena is just playing well. I wasn't sure about her shoulder so I didn't pick her to win, but if she continues like this, I don't know who can trouble her. Maybe Kerber, but I doubt it.

  125. britbox britbox says:

    Kerber could trouble her. Angie's got better wheels than Simona. She'll make Serena play the extra shot.

  126. Moxie says:

    Good lord, Simona is fighting for it. I don't think she'll win this one, but she sure has grit.

  127. Billie says:

    Simona is going to fight, no doubt. She has to stop making these silly mistakes, though.

  128. Moxie says:

    What a point! Simona is taking to Serena now. And Halep gets the break! Tuck in, folks.

  129. Billie says:

    Simona is playing better now, the rallies are longer and despite 3 aces, Serena double faults on a break point.

  130. britbox britbox says:

    Serena looks in a bit of a lull.

  131. Billie says:

    This is the first time in this tournament that she finds some resistance from her opponent. Simona looks confident now.

  132. Billie says:

    Simona couldn't break for the set, can she hold for it?

  133. britbox britbox says:

    Gutsy second set from Simona. Serena looked really flat in that set.

    All set up nicely for the decider.

  134. Billie says:

    It only took 22 points for that game. Looks like it's going to be a long night.

  135. Moxie says:

    Great win for Serena.

  136. britbox britbox says:

    Serena Williams (1) d. Simon Halep 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOQwyLLxZ4g%5D

  137. teddytennisfan says:

    amazing match. simona did everything she could — and serena went on a walk-about…

    and then remembered she has to hit her shots actually…lol.
    and played again like nothing was the matter. at her best – THAT is SERENA THE GREAT.

    nO MATTER how good kerber or anyone is — and play ''out of their mind"

    SO LONG AS SERENA WILLIAMS COMES IN AND THROUGH A MATCH PLAYS AS SHE CAN AND SHOULD — NO ONE, BUT NO ONE BEATS HER.

    it's the only formula. all other arguments do not count.

  138. Tennis Fan says:

    teddytennisfanamazing match. simona did everything she could — and serena went on a walk-about…

    and then remembered she has to hit her shots actually…lol.
    and played again like nothing was the matter. at her best – THAT is SERENA THE GREAT.

    nO MATTER how good kerber or anyone is — and play ''out of their mind"

    SO LONG AS SERENA WILLIAMS COMES IN AND THROUGH A MATCH PLAYS AS SHE CAN AND SHOULD — NO ONE, BUT NO ONE BEATS HER.

    it's the only formula. all other arguments do not count.

    That was a great match. Simona played like the Simona of old, but the Queen is the Queen as she proved once more.

  139. Moxie says:

    I hope Serena is too much for Pliskova tonight. And I'd think Kerber could stop Caroline's comeback, but she's got a lot of pressure, including the possible #1. I hope Wozniaki feels she can swing for the fences. But if it ends up being Serena versus Angelique, well, that would be fitting.

  140. Billie says:

    Simona said that she played her best match against Serena, so she was happy for that. A very brave effort.

    This Pliskova is intriguing, if she serves well, she could pressure Serena a bit. Serena is a big favourite though.

  141. Billie says:

    Wow Serena got broken in the 2nd service game. That was quick.

  142. Moxie says:
    Billie

    Simona said that she played her best match against Serena, so she was happy for that. A very brave effort.

    I'm glad Simona felt that way. It was a brave match from her. No shame to lose to Serena, but she left blood and skin on the court. Great effort.

  143. Moxie says:

    Pliskova started strong and confident, with Serena flat, a bit with the hangover after an emotional match v. Halep, but Pliskova starting to show a bit of stress. Held anyway.

  144. Billie says:

    Yep, Serena is flat. It will be interesting to see if she can snap out of it. Pliskova is doing what she knows and looks composed. She is up double break and is serving for the first set.

  145. britbox britbox says:

    Just tuned in… Karolina 5-2 up and serving for the set…. eeeekkk!

  146. Billie says:

    Less than half an hour into the match and Pliskova leads 6:2. What a great asset that serve is.

  147. Billie says:

    Serena is in trouble. She is down a break in set #2.

  148. Moxie says:

    Serena back on serve in the 2nd. She's been flat and tense, but she is just the one to regroup. But she hasn't pulled her serve together yet.

  149. Moxie says:

    Serena is not using her legs on that serve. That's nerves, as much as anything else.

  150. Moxie says:

    I knew Plishkova was going to beat her on that point.

  151. Billie says:

    Each player has her turn of being nervous. Serena under pressure serving again.

  152. Billie says:

    4 all…Serving will be crucial.

  153. Billie says:

    great hold by Serena. Pliskova serving to stay in the set, we'll see what she's made of, as the saying goes.

  154. Moxie says:

    Serena is more in it, but Pliskova is not going away. Just got a coaching warning?

  155. Moxie says:

    The serve is better for Serena, but I'm not sure if she's got her timing on her baseline shots. Nail-biting time.

  156. Billie says:

    Serena favoring her left leg, they keep saying. Pliskova is under pressure now but Serena gifts her with that return error.

    Tiebreak to decide set and Serena's fate here.

  157. Moxie says:

    That was a soft second serve and Serena missed it. Leg issues? Tie break now. Not sure if Serena has this one in her.

  158. Billie says:

    And you bet Pliskova is acknowledging all that is going on. Some of return errors are so uncharacteristic of Serena.

  159. Moxie says:

    Serena's timing is way off. Those were some easy makes on 2nd serve. A donation there from Pliskova.

  160. Moxie says:

    DF from Plishkova. Serena's best hope is that her opponent gets tight. But still, she'd have to play another set.

  161. Moxie says:

    Holy Toledo, what a point!

  162. Moxie says:

    For sure there's something wrong if Serena DF'd there.

  163. Billie says:

    And Serena gifts her back with a double fault of her own. So tense, both of them. Still some of the greatest points in the whole match.

  164. Moxie says:

    Wow. That's not the way you thought she'd lose it. Good on Plishkova.

  165. Billie says:

    I don't think Pliskova can believe it herself. Out of nowhere she is in a slam final!!!! Well done.

    That match last night probably took a lot out of Serena.

  166. Moxie says:

    So, what's the scouting report on Plishkova? Tall, good serve. What else?

  167. Billie says:

    She has a great forehand, and from what I see a solid backhand. Movement is not her strength, but frankly for her height, she does OK with it. I think she needed something to push her into believing in herself and Cinci might have done that for her.

  168. britbox britbox says:

    I had to leave for a while, come back and Serena's out!!

    No No.23 here for Serena.

  169. Billie says:

    The age is catching up with Serena, no doubt, but she can still win 1 more major next year.

  170. britbox britbox says:

    Karolina Pliskova d. Serena Williams 6-2 | 7-6(5)

  171. Moxie says:

    BillieThe age is catching up with Serena, no doubt, but she can still win 1 more major next year.

    I think there's more than one Major in her. But so, is this it: Kerber gets the #1?

  172. Moxie says:

    Serena's in her presser now and she's being incredibly elegant about not making excuses. They've tried to offer her many, and she's not having it. She says if she can't do a couple of tough days in a row then she should get a different job.

  173. Billie says:

    MoxieI think there's more than one Major in her. But so, is this it: Kerber gets the #1?

    yeah, Kerber is #1 now no matter what. Serena might get more, but she only needs 1 to stand alone and that is really realistic for her.

  174. Billie says:

    I don't see Angie losing this. It's still early but she just looks sharp.

    :bye:

  175. Moxie says:

    BillieI don't see Angie losing this. It's still early but she just looks sharp.

    :bye:

    Agreed. If Wozniaki were more aggressive, I'd give her a better shot. Her comeback run likely ends here, though I hope she takes positives, going forward.

  176. britbox britbox says:

    Woz is looking more aggressive than Angie right now… good service game from her… but still a mountain to climb from a set and a break down.

  177. Moxie says:

    Short-lived. Nail probably too far in the coffin now.

  178. britbox britbox says:

    MoxieShort-lived. Nail probably too far in the coffin now.

    Yeah, Angie is too solid and Caro has to push it beyond her comfort zone… racking up the UFEs. Angie isn't going to implode either… she's developed into one of the stronger players mentally on the tour.

  179. britbox britbox says:

    Kerber confirmed as the new #1…. Well deserved.

  180. teddytennisfan says:

    hello Everybody…

    first of all — i apologize for not being here during the match of serena and plishkova…

    i was in a deep cave in a mountaintop – giving offerings with candles and incense trying to fend of the HEXING by A certain Dark Power named Britbox because i know serena was tiring from all this effort at being number one and only her best can do it – but she didn't and I FAILED in my desperate incantations to Deny Britbox his evil influence on the match — just to spite me.

    but that's OK —

    HOWEVER — BECAUSE my serena the great didn't win — I have lost all joy in watching tennis and so i must announce that I will have to Turn my back on this sport that is so cruel to Serena Williams…now she will NEVER win a scond batch of 22 more majors…and this is very upsetting to me…

    i swear — but first —

    have to watch tomorrow's men's semis – and there's some kind of womne's finals on saturday somewhere that sounds interesting…and then it's just disrespectful not to find out who will win the men's finals on sunday and then what will be the state3 of the game the coming months as players try to jockey for 3rd place behind serena now that she has been knocked off from the number one perch — and then of course 2017 is just a few months away and there's a lot of time after 2018 to see if i should reconsider turning my back on tennis watching forever….

    please understand my great sadness today…..that i have to express myself like this…………..

  181. teddytennisfan says:

    oh — and CONGRATS TO MS. PLISHKOVA — for a wonderful win — now maybe she can also take her first USOpen for her well-deserved run to the finals!!!

    but please don't do this to serena again…

  182. britbox britbox says:

    Angelique Kerber (2) beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-3

  183. Tennis Fan says:

    Great match by Pliskova. Sorry for Serena, but she's got enough. She can afford to spread the wealth. Angie is great under pressure. Amazing how she seemingly swats away the pressure and stays within the lines no matter how difficult the stakes. Looking forward to the final. Hope Pliskova doesn't freeze up in her first major final. May the best woman win. Good tournament for Caroline too. She got some of her mojo back.

  184. MargaretMcAleer says:

    I think many people underestimated Pliskova,I for one did not,I have been waiting for her to 'break through' especially at Majors,before this she has not made it past the 3rd round.Watching her play at Cinncy I knew then she could very well be a Dark Horse for the USO,defeating Venus,which I feel was so far the 'best match at the USO' now Serena.I have to hand it to Kerber,I have never really been a fan of her game,to me at times she plays too defensive,she can hit the ball with pace,I felt her game 2 years ago her game had plateaued she changed coaches and now plays with more offense,she has always been a great athlete.

    In the final I will be behind Pliskova,nice to see that each one of the Majors this year will have a different winner, well hoepfully:)Also good to see Caroline making the s/finals after a horrid year with injuries,though I am hearing rumors of retirement?…..I guess we shall see.]

  185. shawnbm says:

    Kerber looked very much in control last night–against a top player who she has battled over the many years. Caro is back to playing top notch tennis and it is good to see. Pliskova has really taken off! That service is right up there with anyone and clearly bothered Serena all match long. It is unusual to see her stymied as she is one of the best returners of service I have seen. I think it will be a heckuva final.

  186. Tennis Fan says:
    shawnbm

    Kerber looked very much in control last night–against a top player who she has battled over the many years. Caro is back to playing top notch tennis and it is good to see. Pliskova has really taken off! That service is right up there with anyone and clearly bothered Serena all match long. It is unusual to see her stymied as she is one of the best returners of service I have seen. I think it will be a heckuva final.

    I do too. The only thing I worry about is how Pliskova will react to being in her very first final. Thus far, she looks strong and in control. I hope that's what happens tomorrow. Then we'll have a really good final.

  187. Tennis Fan says:
    MargaretMcAleer

    I think many people underestimated Pliskova,I for one did not,I have been waiting for her to 'break through' especially at Majors,before this she has not made it past the 3rd round.Watching her play at Cinncy I knew then she could very well be a Dark Horse for the USO,defeating Venus,which I feel was so far the 'best match at the USO' now Serena.I have to hand it to Kerber,I have never really been a fan of her game,to me at times she plays too defensive,she can hit the ball with pace,I felt her game 2 years ago her game had plateaued she changed coaches and now plays with more offense,she has always been a great athlete.

    In the final I will be behind Pliskova,nice to see that each one of the Majors this year will have a different winner, well hoepfully:)Also good to see Caroline making the s/finals after a horrid year with injuries,though I am hearing rumors of retirement?…..I guess we shall see.]

    I didn't either Margaret. That last match she and Serena played was high quality and Pliskova didn't look like she was fading or intimidated. And the way she closed that match out against Venus was nothing short of spectacular. That girl has some nerves of steel.

  188. Tennis Fan says:

    britbox[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PjA4Eo96oc%5D

    Wow! And that was their first time playing together. They were just looking for partners and picked each other at the last minute. Amazing.

  189. teddytennisfan says:

    Tennis FanI do too. The only thing I worry about is how Pliskova will react to being in her very first final. Thus far, she looks strong and in control. I hope that's what happens tomorrow. Then we'll have a really good final.

    we DID have a very good final.

    the better player today won — to GIVE SUBSTANCE to her ascendance as number one in the world and be the season's BEST player.

    the finalist showed poise even if felled by lesser experience and a formidable champion.

    a FINE battle between the TWO DESERVING finalists – and champion.

    NOW my dearest Serena has to work hard to try and regain her top rank – prepare for the coming year and WIN that GRAND SLAM . to 26 majors!!

  190. Mastoor says:

    Pliskova choked on 3-2 in the third which is pity, I cheered for her as underdog.

    Kerber is finally #1 who won't be bullied by Serena like all the others who at some stage replaced Serena at #1, like Ivanovic, Jankovic, Safina and Wozniacka. Wining this slam Kerber stamped her authority.

    I loved the winners speech, in fact the way she speakst which sounds as if she is trying to yodel while someone is strangling her.

  191. Tennis Fan says:
    teddytennisfan

    we DID have a very good final.

    the better player today won — to GIVE SUBSTANCE to her ascendance as number one in the world and be the season's BEST player.

    the finalist showed poise even if felled by lesser experience and a formidable champion.

    a FINE battle between the TWO DESERVING finalists – and champion.

    NOW my dearest Serena has to work hard to try and regain her top rank – prepare for the coming year and WIN that GRAND SLAM . to 26 majors!!

    Agree 100%. Angie was down in that third set and persevered. That took a lot of guts to hang in there. Well deserved win. Two majors in one year for Angie. Has anyone other than Serena done that in the last ten years? I'm drawing a blank. Pliskova gave it her all, but her nerve deserted her.

    C'mon Serena!

  192. BillayRambo says:

    What's going on with Kerbers elbows??

  193. britbox britbox says:
    BillayRambo

    What's going on with Kerbers elbows??

    Which one of the four?

  194. BillayRambo says:
    britbox

    Which one of the four?

    She appears to have two on each arm.

  195. britbox britbox says:

    BillayRamboShe appears to have two on each arm.

    Yeah, that is pretty weird. Never noticed before… or seen anything like it.

  196. BillayRambo says:

    Noticed it last night when she held the cup up. My first though was surgery to make her arms stronger lol

  197. britbox britbox says:

    Just googled this… reckon it must be genetics…

    Double-elbowed forehand and backhand for Ms Kerber.

    Welcome to the boards @BillayRambo!

  198. britbox britbox says:

    Kerbs is pretty ripped these days when you see old photos.

  199. Tennis Fan says:

    BillayRamboNoticed it last night when she held the cup up. My first though was surgery to make her arms stronger lol

    Welcome BillayRambo. You'll love it here.

  200. BillayRambo says:
    Tennis Fan

    Welcome BillayRambo. You'll love it here.

    Thank you

  201. BillayRambo says:
    britbox

    [​IMG]

    Just googled this… reckon it must be genetics…

    Double-elbowed forehand and backhand for Ms Kerber.

    Welcome to the boards @BillayRambo!

    Thank you

  202. britbox britbox says:

    Favourite players BR?

  203. BillayRambo says:

    Most of my favourite players have retired now. My overall favourite is Juan Carlos Ferrero.

    I like Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Jo Wilf Tsonga, Raunic and I'm beginning to like Jack Sock. I'm not really into women's tennis. Too much shrieking and not enough edge of the chair thrillers.

  204. britbox britbox says:
    BillayRambo

    Most of my favourite players have retired now. My overall favourite is Juan Carlos Ferrero.

    I like Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Jo Wilf Tsonga, Raunic and I'm beginning to like Jack Sock. I'm not really into women's tennis. Too much shrieking and not enough edge of the chair thrillers.

    Today was pretty good though hey? (or yesterday depending where you are) – no shrieking and good women's final. Notice Masha wasn't on your list of faves 🙂 I liked JC Ferrero. Men's final should be good.

  205. BillayRambo says:

    Who's Masha?

  206. BillayRambo says:

    Yes last nights final was very good.

  207. britbox britbox says:
    BillayRambo

    Yes last nights final was very good.

    That's Ferrero in your avatar isn't it?

  208. BillayRambo says:

    britboxThat's Ferrero in your avatar isn't it?

    Yes. Met him at his academy in April. He's my absolute hero. Genuinely nice man.

  209. Billie says:
    BillayRambo

    Yes. Met him at his academy in April. He's my absolute hero. Genuinely nice man.

    Welcome to the forum BillayRambo!!!

  210. BillayRambo says:
    Billie

    Welcome to the forum BillayRambo!!!

    Thank you that's very kind of you.

  211. Billie says:

    BillayRamboThank you that's very kind of you.

    You are very welcome. I am sort of like you, prefer and love men's tennis more, but I am game for watching ladies when it is interesting. And during slams we have more TV coverage of women's tennis.

    But tennis fans, whether women's or men's, are kind of unique from other sports' fans. Perhaps it's because we are cheering on 1 individual and not a team, so it gets a bit more personal.:D

  212. BillayRambo says:
    Billie

    You are very welcome. I am sort of like you, prefer and love men's tennis more, but I am game for watching ladies when it is interesting. And during slams we have more TV coverage of women's tennis.

    But tennis fans, whether women's or men's, are kind of unique from other sports' fans. Perhaps it's because we are cheering on 1 individual and not a team, so it gets a bit more personal.:D

    Yes that is very true. I watch some ladies matches but they dont hold my attention as a men's match does. I don't mean this in a sexist way. It's just that men's tennis is just so much better. If you ask a tennis fan to name their favourite man the chances are very high it will be a men's match.

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