Friday, September 2, 2011

U.S. Open: Sharapova Ousted!

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The 2011 U.S. Open has seen it's biggest upset to date!

World No. 4 and 3rd seeded Maria Sharapova is out! Sharapova lost in the third round 3-6, 6-3, 4-6 to No. 26 Flavia Pennetta of Italy. For Sharapova, this was her first loss of the year in 3-set matches. She is now 12-1 when going the full three sets.

So now the No. 3, No. 5, No. 6, No. 8, No. 12 and No. 14 seeds are out before the round of 16 on the women's side.

On the men's side--

No. 7 Gael Monfils of France lost a tough 5-setter in the second round to former World No. 1 and unseeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain. For Monfils, it was a disappointing loss after his magical run to the quarterfinals last year. The 31-year old Ferrero, who has battled injuries all year long, is no stranger to winning big at the U.S. Open as he was a finalist in 2003. That year he lost the title to the up-and-coming Andy Roddick. But that was then....

On another note--

A big SHOUTOUT to wild-card entry Donald Young of the U.S.A. on his huge second round victory over No. 14 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. For Wawrinka, a 2010 quarterfinalist, it was a tough loss, especially as it relates to his ranking points. For Young, no doubt, this is the biggest win of his career thus far. The Chicago native will face No. 24 Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in the third round.

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So now the No. 6, No. 7, No. 10, No. 13, No. 14, No. 15 and No. 16 seeds are out before the round of 16 on the men's side.

More odds and ends--
  • Australian teenager Bernard Tomic was stopped short in the second round by No. 27 Marin Cilic of Croatia. So there won't be another Wimbledon-type dream run for the youngster. Cilic will face No. 3 Roger Federer in the third round. 
  • No. 28 Serena Williams will face her toughest challenger to date in the third round as she takes on No. 4 Victoria Azarenka. That's the bad part of being seeded so high-- you have to play the top players in the early rounds. 
  • No. 2 Vera Zvonareva has her work cut out for her against No. 22 Sabine Lisicki. I wouldn't be surprised if the young German upsets the World No. 2 from Russia.
  • The huge third round match of interest on the men's side is No. 12 Gilles Simon vs. No. 18 Juan Martin del Potro. Simon is the biggest hurdle in del Potro's path to clashing with No. 4 Andy Murray in the quarterfinals. Does Simon have other plans?
  • The Top 5 men (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and David Ferrer) are safely in the third round.

To be continued....

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