Monday, September 6, 2010

Down Goes No. 4


Things are starting to heat up at the U.S. Open as the "upset bugs" are starting to kick in.

No. 4 Andy Murray is done!

No. 4 Jelena Jankovic is done!

And both Murray and Jankovic have had eerily similar journeys--
  • They both were the No. 4 Seed
  • They both were looking to win their first-ever Grand Slam titles.
  • They both were knocked off in the Third Round. Murray was beaten by No. 25 Stanislas Wawrinka and Jankovic was beaten by No. 31 Kaia Kanepi. Neither are exactly household names.
  • Murray's prior best performance has been reaching the 2008 Finals and Jankovic's prior best performance has been reaching the 2008 Finals. For the record, Murray lost the 2008 Final to Roger Federer and Jankovic lost to Serena Williams.

But it was not meant to be for the fourth seeds this year.

Incidentally when Serena beat Jankovic in 2008, she was the last No. 4 seed on the women's side to win the title and Andy Roddick, in 2003, was the last No. 4 seed to win the title on the men's side.

But the show must go on....

On the men's side, Spain has an eye-catching 6 players in the Round of 16, including World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

And on the American front, No. 19 Mardy Fish and No. 20 Sam Querrey have both reached the Round of 16, but No. 18 John Isner was eliminated by No. 12 Mikhail Youzhny in the Third Round-- so Isner's poor performances in Grand Slam events continue.

With Roddick and Isner out, America's hopes are now in the hands of Fish and Querrey. There is no doubt Fish has the tougher journey as he takes on No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the Fourth Round. Querrey's path may be a little easier as he takes on Wawrinka who ousted No. 4 Murray.

But the match of the day is no doubt on the women's side as No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki takes on 2006 champion and current No. 14, Maria Sharapova, in the Fourth Round. I guess we can dub this as the new darling of women's tennis vs. the former darling of women's tennis.

And something tells me Sharapova wants her title back, so no doubt it'll be an interesting match.

To be continued....

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