Wednesday, September 7, 2011

U.S. Open: Rain, Rain Go Away!

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For the last couple of days the 2011 U.S. Open has been halted due to the non-stop raining here in New York City. On the men's side we are stuck somewhere in between the fourth round for some players and the quarterfinals for others. On the women's side it's all quarterfinal matches that are in waiting.

Here are some odds and ends--

Men's side:
  • There will be an all-Serbian quarterfinals on the men's side between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 20 Janko Tipsarevic. For the veteran Tipsarevic this is his first-ever quarterfinals appearance in a Grand Slam event since turning pro in 2002.
  • World No. 3 Roger Federer will do battle with No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in another quarterfinals match. If we may remember, Tsonga ousted Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon back in June. Will Federer avenge that heartbreaking defeat? Or does Tsonga have his "number" this year?
  • American Donald Young has played the Grand Slam of his life reaching the fourth round for the first time ever in a major event. That's the good news. The bad news is he plays World No. 4 Andy Murray next.
Women's side:
  • World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is still alive and well. She has reached the quarterfinals where she will face No. 11 Andrea Petkovic of Germany. Will this be the event where Wozniacki breaks her funk and wins her first-ever Grand Slam title?
  • No. 28 Serena Williams is also alive and well. She too is in the quarterfinals. No. 28? What were these people thinking?
  • Kudos to World No. 92 Angelique Kerber of Germany for being the only unseeded woman to reach the quarterfinals.
Now if we can only get this rain to go away so that the action can continue....

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