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Tennis: Women’s Semis

Results: No straight sets for Azarenka, losing the first but winning the next two. She is in Sharapova’s head…Williams destroyed Errani, only giving up 3 games.

Lots of story lines today in the U.S. Open with the last American man in singles, Andy Roddick, out of the tournament and essentially done with professional tennis.┬áRoddick has been the only ‘name’ in American tennis since Sampras and it seems there is no U.S. player currently ready to take his place. World #1 Roger Federer was upset by German Tomas Berdych. This is the first time Federer will not make the semis at a U.S. Open.

No big upsets on the women’s side as the semifinals are set for Friday. #1 seed Victoria Azarenka will face 3rd seed Maria Sharapova. Azarenka has dominated Sharpova this season and there’s no reason so suspect any changes in this meeting. The other semi put #4 Serena Williams against 10th seed Sara Errani, who is enjoying her best performance at a U.S. Open ever. Williams is eating up opponents and has not dropped a single set the whole tournament.

Tennis: Sharapova vs. Bartoli

Results: Bartoli pushed Sharapova to 3 sets and won more than 6 games but lost in the end.

The U.S. Open women’s quarterfinals get underway Tuesday with both the #1 and #3 seeds in play. The winner of the Australian Open and semi-finalist at Wimbledon, Victoria Azarenka is number one in the world and faces 7th seed Samantha Stosur. And third seed Maria Sharapova hopes to continue her very successful year so far, having won the French Open and was runner-up to Azarenka at the Australian. Sharapova faces Marion Bartoli who was ousted in the early rounds at all the Grand Slam events this year but came from a set down in her 4th round match against the 5th seed to get her to the quarters. Is this going to be Bartoli’s break through match or the final preparations of Sharapova’s quest to be #1 again?

Fishy U.S. Open Tennis

Results: Fish withdrew from the tournament Monday for precautionary reasons related to his heart condition.

Marty Fish is the 3rd highest ranked U.S. player at this year’s U.S. Open behind Andy Roddick and John Isner. Andy Roddick has won a U.S. Open, is playing in his last and have you ever heard of John Isner, ranked 10th in the world? I sure haven’t and this is what has many in American tennis world throwing up their hands. Where are all the U.S. men’s tennis players? Flash back to 1996 and there were 7 U.S. men in the top 20. Now there’s less than half that. In 11 years of play at the U.S. Open Mr. Fish’s best result is the quarter finals and to get there he’s going to have to get past Roger Federer. Not much chance of that happening…

Tennis: V. Williams, Kerber

Results: Kerber was pushed to 3 sets but her consistency held up against Venus’ 60 unforced errors.

The Williams sister have been a dominant force in women’s tennis for over a decade. Venus launched the Williams story and Serena followed to become the better of the two, face-to-face and on her own. The last two years have seen Venus fade as she dealt with major physical issues and also her own interests outside tennis. Their gold medal in doubles at the Olympics seems to have re-ignited Venus’ fire and she is entered in the U.S. Open unseeded for the first time. There’s been a lot of speculative hope that Venus will pull a Jimmy Connors and leave her mark by hijacking this open as a sentimental favorite. Her last match seemed to be Venus of old but next she faces the #6 seed, Angelique Kerber, who knocked her out of the London Olympics singles draw. Will payback be on Venus’ mind or does Kerber have her number?

U.S. Open, Round 1

Results: No seeded upsets? How?

The U.S. Open starts Monday and if Wimbledon is a ballet, the Australian Open a walk through the desert and the French Open an extreme sport then the U.S. Open is a rock concert. Bawdy, raw, loud and while not necessarily stressful all the time, surely tense. New York wouldn’t have it’s tennis any other way. At its best it is pure action-packed spectacle and at its worst an obnoxious, stage of favoritism. Like the ancient coliseums, the crowd can make you and break you. This is why the first round at the U.S. Open is much more volatile than any of the other Grand Slam events. More top ten players have exited the U.S. Open in the early rounds than any of the others. Are we in for some upsets Monday?