USO Day 2: Oh we got that disco. D-I-S-C-O.

All Masha Fierce needed was a pair of silver heels to boogey to her heart’s content. Not a fan of the randomness of this dress, nor do I like the silver bandana. But you can’t go too wrong with black. 



You can go wrong however, with vomit coloured outfits.

Exhibit A:



I hate Stella. She’s the definition of bland fug.



But the result is the same – Maria and CWoz both scored convincing wins in their first round matches. Maria’s serve looked much better in this match then it did a few weeks ago. A girl can hope, can’t she? 


A day of convincing wins for most of the big names in women’s tennis. Even JJ looked close to her 2008 form, burning up the tennis court and our retinas in a scarlet frock. I am starting to get good vibes for JJ again. Good stuff. 



No one, least of all Ana Ivanovic herself, is getting any good vibes for her. For the first time in her career, Ana Ivanovic lost in the first round of a slam. Just when you think she couldn’t possibly do any worse than last year, Ana sinks to new lows, losing to K.Bond 2-6 6-3 7-6(7).

Something needs to be done or the girl is headed for the quagmire of confusion known as Vaidisova-Land. Just don’t ask what Ana wants t do about it:


Q. So you’re going to take a long vacation or are you just going to work, work, work again?

ANA IVANOVIC: I honestly don’t know. I really don’t know. I have to think about some things first on my own and then with the team and discuss and see what’s going to be the best.

Obviously I’m very, you know, motivated to get back in the top, but it just feels like I was saying it just feels like Catch‑22, because I constantly playing and trying to play at the level that I feel I’m not at. It’s disappointing and it’s frustrating, so I just want to get a time and work hard on like all the match, off competition.




I’m so over this. 


You know who else I am also over? Dinara Safina, who was true to her Safin roots today in her match against my teenage compatriot Olivia Rogowska, defeating Olivia 6-7 6-2 6-4. Olivia did well to keep up with Safina, but most of the match was just Safina battling with her self and her insecurities. 

Good news for those with some lingering faith in Australian tennis – Rogowska may not have star quality, but she looked top 30 today. Five facts for the Aussie teen: 

1. The biggest name she’s managed to beat this year on the WTA tour is Maria Kirilenko, at the French Open.

2. She was born and raised in Melbourne.

3. Her Polish father used to coach her, until she beat him when she was 13, and he wisely moved on. 

4. She claims she grew up on clay. Err … I don’t know how that happened. 

5. She is currently at a career high ranking of 167. 


On the men’s side of things, the Concubine gave away a two set lead to Lapentti, surrendering 46 36 76 76 63. A plunge down the rankings await the Swiss.

Meanwhile, Navarro scored an impressive win over Ivo “spank that ace” Karlovic. 

So … what were we saying about Murray’s draw again?

Just goes to show how completely useless and irrelevant draw analysis is. 



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12 responses to “USO Day 2: Oh we got that disco. D-I-S-C-O.”

  1. Julie says :

    I think Serena is the best dressed of all the Top women so far. It’s un-Serena like in its simplicity. Sharpy’s dress would be great if it wasn’t so busy (especially at the back).

    And to think that whatever happens Safina will still be #1 after the USO. The outrage is going to be of herculean proportions! And Serena won’t even have to say a thing if she wins it, just start laughing like crazy (man, am I looking forward to that!).

    And Pumpovic (also known as Ivanovic) was already a proud citizen of Vaidisova-Land as far as I’m concerned! Since she lost to Julie Coin last year at the USO in the second rounds. Nicole gave her a key to the city that day!

    • dootsiez says :

      Yea Julie, Ana was pretty bad last year too, but I thought an offseason might do her some good. Obviously not. She’s managed to slump even further.

      And I like Serena’s outfit the best too. Even though I’m not a fan of pink, the design is tasteful without overdoing anything. And some of the Nike and Adidas clones look great as well.

  2. PJ says :

    Oh haha Murray’s draw, the drama. USO/USTA is on the Murray-hater bandwagon and paving roads for Roger to win.

    Didja read the latest conspiracy theory about Fed playing 2nd round tomorrow when 1st rounds are still going on? There is internetz outrage.

    On that note though – why are still first round matches on day 3? Maybe my brain is fried but I seem to remember that Round 1 matches are on Day 1 and Day 2 and Day 3 onwards are Round 2 matches…like the ladies’.

    • SJ says :

      I think they’ve done it before but I’m not sure, Roger was asked if he would of preferred to have the two days off at the beginning of the tournament rather than thursday and friday off and he said either way it could cause him to lose the tournament and there was a saying that the US open is either won or lost in the first week. It’s just another disadvantage for Rafa and Del potro-the two players that actually need the two days off in between.

    • dootsiez says :

      Roger has asked for later starts too. Sometimes it just overflows into the third day. I can’t be bothered with internet conspiracy theories. They’re so silly and usually stems from unfounded hate for a particular player. Life is too short to be dealing with trolls like that.

  3. TopSpin says :

    On the topic of conspiracy theories, its the first time I’ve seen it mentioned on British mainstream television.

    Day three does seem to be a little late for first rounders, but it was also mentioned that Rafa himself might have asked for the late start with the way things have been with him.

    That said Roger DID have an awfully easy draw, and Murray DID draw an absolute stinker ; he should be thanking his lucky stars that STan and Ivo have bitten the dust.

    • JFK says :

      McEnroe said on ESPN that Rafa did ask the tournament for a late start.

    • dootsiez says :

      Wait – you mean, this stuff got on television over in Britain?

      Blech. Doesn’t say much about the journalistic standards. I hate having to deal with conspiracy theories. so ignorance is the best option to take.

      As for the draw – on paper, yes and yes to both. but you never know what’s going to happen. Easy draws freak me out just as much, if not more.

  4. JFK says :

    I love Masha Fierce’s dress. It looks great. And she’s playing awesome.
    As for Ivanovic, can we really call this an upset? She hasn’t made it past the 4th round of a slam this year. As McEnroe said, she has really lost her edge.

    • dootsiez says :

      ^ Ana Ivanovic is #11 in the world. So Id still call it an upset, and regardless of her results, she has never lost in the R1 of a slam before. The girl needs a long break, me thinks.

  5. DrasticVanity says :

    If Murray wins the USO (which he won’t, I would bet my life on it…) They’d give us a national holiday here in the UK, no kidding. His draw is too easy, you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Basically, I hate him.

    • dootsiez says :

      DrasticVanity – don’t bet your life on anything. It has the tendency to backfire, no?
      It’s up to Federer, Nadal, Del Potro or whoever else is in the draw against Murray to take him down. If not, it’s a deserving win. I’ll be sad, but I won’t have a problem with it. We’ll see what happens. Because I’m greedy, I’d like Roger to win, so fingers crossed. 🙂

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