USO Day 5: Stirred by not shaken.


Who woulda thought that Andy Murray would be the first top 10 seed to lose a set this tournament en route to his 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 win over Capdeville? 

Rafael Nadal also had a minor hiccup against Kiefer, dropping the second set to win 6-0 3-6 6-3 6-4. Apart from a slight concentration lapse in the second set, Rafa looked back in the groove of things, though slightly too passive at times. No biggy, as Murray said himself, you’re allowed to play a bad set in Round 2. 

But since when did Rafa get so skinny?

 

REUTERS/Jeff Zelevansky

 

That minor hiccup aside, for the first time in the history of Open Era, all Top 16 seeds made it through to the third round of a slam. This comes after the Top 8 all made quarterfinals in Montreal, and the top 4 reached semis in Cincinnati. 

How’s that for rock solid consistency?

 

Less consistency for the girls, with 11 of the top 20 seeds tumbling out of the tournament half way through Round 3. 

The latest high profile casualty is Vika, who had no answer for Schiavone’s variety of slices, drop shots and loopy balls, losing 64 26 26.

The year has suddenly taken a sudden abysmal turn for Azarenka. She looked every bit like the “next best thing” during the first half of the year, winning Brisbane, Memphis and Miami, and coming close to upsetting Serena in Australia and Safina at Roland Garros. Yet since Wimbledon, Vika has had trouble stringing two wins together. 

Is she heading for the “Big Stage Choke”? The moment when a player starts to see herself, not as a upcomer with nothing to lose, but a top seed with a target on her back? Or do I hear rumors of trouble in paradise with coach Antonio Van Grichen?

 

AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill

 

Good day for the Italians, as Flavia Pennetta concedes two games to Wozniak to progress to the fourth round. If she continues this form, we might have to start considering her as a contender for the US Open. 

As much as I love Flabulous, that’s a scary thought. 

 

There is, of course, no denying that Serena Williams is a contender for the US Open. If not the only contender, as she avenges her grudge against cheater Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez to advance 6-3 7-5.

According to Serena’s t-shirt, “you can’t spell dynasty without nasty.”

According to Dootsie, nor can you spell PERFECTION without RF. 

 

Q. Who comes up with the messages on your T shirt?

 SERENA WILLIAMS: This is the new Nike “Delicious” campaign that I’m a part of, because I’m delicious. (laughter.)

 

 

Don’t change, Serena. Unless it’s to be World No 1.

 

The older Williams might have started the tournament with a minor scare, but she’s since avoided upset bug, passing Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 7-5.

At last, we’ve arrived at our first buzz match of the tournament so far – Venus v the Kimpossible (beating compatriot Flipkens 6-0 6-2). And who knows who’s going to win that one. Who the hell knows

 

REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

 

Didn’t realise it’s still 2004,

xx doots

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4 responses to “USO Day 5: Stirred by not shaken.”

  1. Tashi says :

    I did not frazzle at all when Rafa lost the second set. Keifer just wasn’t mentally prepared to beat him. Rafa looked good but a little passive in the rallies and undecided on his returning And, yes, I’m gonna make him a sandwich.

    I can’t stand Serena so I hope Flavi or Bepa beat her. I know it’s not gonna happen but a girl can dream. =P

    Kimpossible FTW!!

    • dootsiez says :

      Top dogs falling like flies this tournament. Maybe Flavs will get it done. You never know.

      Since I like Serena – I hope not! 😀

  2. Julie says :

    The media is going to rip Safina apart! And they’re going to try to drag Serena into it! I hope girlfriend get some sense knocked into her by Vee and don’t put her foot in her mouth. That trophy should do all the talking ReRe, do not even start laughing!!! I’m hoping for a Serena-Kuzz final (with Rena winning it in tight straight sets). Or maybe a Serena-Oudin final… Serena would have come full circle, facing a 17 yr-old.

    • dootsiez says :

      I dunno about Oudin. The players left in that half would have to REALLY REALLY implode for Oudin to make the final. Her serve is too easy to break. If she hadn’t played 2 DF Queens in a row, she probably would’ve fallen.

      I wouldn’t mind seeing Wozniacki breakthrough in a huge way. Pity she’s playing Kuzzy next.

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