US Open 2011 (by PJ): Preview

Hello to Picket Fence readers! Fence Hijacker PJ here, blogging on the behalf of World Class Traveller Doots. I’m one of the few with the coveted Key to the Fence (MUAHAHHAHHA HEWITTPORN…no, I’m kidding. Really.) and for now, I’m also one of the few bringing you US Open updates, news and bloggage.

Also, I am open to bribes – cash, chocolates, certain pair of Pants, blood, your first-born – if y’all want Federporn.

So! US Open preview. Honestly I just want to type FUCK YOU TENNIS GODS AND THAT IS ALL for the preview, but…hey, let’s make this as proper as possible.

Pant’s Quarter


By that, I mean that Roger Federer has landed with a draw that is…kinda shithouse. First round he meets Santiago Giraldo, and then possibly Thomaz Bellucci, and then a third round encounter with tall, lanky big hitters – either Ryan Harrison and his ego (that’s like, two opponents, how fair is that), Marin Cilic or Bernard Tomic. I know Cilic isn’t inspiring lately but he’s one of those floaters that can be very dangerous when he’s on (also, take note that I will kill Roger, kill Tomic and then kill myself should he actually brain-cramp to Tomic in the event they do play each other). Troicki or Worm looms in the fourth round and possibly Kohl-scrubber, who’s no stranger to creating upsets.

Mardy Tuna Fish and Tsonga lurks as potential QF opponents, as well as Nando Baldasco. Let’s hope for Fish and Tsonga to kill themselves in their fourth-round encounter (if they both get there).

And also, he’s in Djokovic’s half BUT WHAT ELSE IS NEW SERIOUSLY.

If he ends up winning this thing – I may actually start believing in the mythical tennis beast called GOAT.

Djokovic’s Quarter

Do people get diabetes from gluten-free diets? You know, when you eat, like, a few platter of iced cupcakes in celebration…

His quarter is full of talented people that can create upsets, but also about 10 times more likely to completely self-destruct on-court – Dolgopolov, Gasquet, Monfils, Berdych. Basically, the quarter of headcases. He meets a qualifier first round, then Pere Riba or Carlos Berlocq, which should be a piece of sweet cupcake for him. Then he gets Crazy Ponytail Dolgopolov…and much as I hope for Dolgo to pull an AO sort of upset and boot him from the tournament…Crazy is probably likely to lose in the first round. *sniffs* Fourth round gives him Reeshie or Dr.Ivo, and then his QF opponent is likely to be Monfils, Berdych or Minion…I mean, Tipsarevic.

I’m honestly just waiting for his opponents to go loco on court to guarantee him a safe passage into the semi-finals. Eargh.

Rafa’s Quarter

Anyone wants to bet that Rafa and Djokovic went out for cupcakes after Mamma Mia?

To borrow a phrase from Doots’ book – his draw consists of a bunch of people not named Nadal. Easy early-rounds – although one may look for Nicolas Mahut to create the sort of hoo-haa that his buddy John Isner created at Roland Garros – and then either Papa Ljubs or Nalbandian in the third round. Fourth round sees him playing Melzer or Headbanger Youzhny, and then Lord Farquaad Ferrer or Almagro as a potential QF opponent. Possibly the most un-minions of minions but then again…you know what I mean.

Andy Roddick also resides in this quarter…but gone were the days when A-Rod is considered a threat. I may be proven wrong but I’m sadly not holding my breath.

MAndy’s Quarter

Urm, talk about loaded, I think he has a tough road. First round he plays Somdev Devvarman, and then possibly Winston-Salem semi-finalist Robin Haase (alsoknown as I-took-Nadal-to-five-at-Wimbledon-Haase). Then he plays Feliciano Lopez…I gotta say, it must be tough mentally playing your mother’s love interest – do I kill the guy on court, or do I spare Mummy’s feelings? His conqueror from last year, Ewok Wawrinka lurks in the fourth round in a very tasty match-up. And then he has either Bobby Sod, Comeback Kid Juan Martin Del Potro (whom he also has issues with, if one remembers), John Isner or Gilles Simon as a QF opponent. And oh, also, there’s someone called Rafa Nadal slinking about as well.

No easy path for MAndy either, I’d say.

Soo…in my perfect world? Federer v Nadal in the final with Federer lifting the trophy and numbah seventeen (in comfortable three-sets, none of the whole five-set epic crap). Hey, I’m a citizen of Delusion-Land, whaddaya expect?

As for the women, with defending champion Kim Clijsters unable to defend due to injury…is it a wide-open field? On paper, yes. In my head, I’m more of going along the lines of “Serena’s gonna eat you all for breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper”. Anyway…

Woz’s Quarter

Will she be able to get herself unfused from Golf Guy to play tennis and finally win a Slam? Not if Li Na has anything to say about it. Woz’s quarter is filled with people capable of taking her out on their good days – or even their not-so-good days. My adopted-countrywoman Jarka Gajdosova is the first seeded player Woz will play, and a potential 4th round encounter with Daniela Hantuchova or Svetlana Kuznetsova before clashing with Li Na or Andrea Petkovic in a QF match-up.

I have a feeling this Slam may be more about Woz not having a coach/having a mystery coach/having several coaches/whatever is it with the coach and her romance with Golf Guy more than her actually playing tennis and stuff.

As for the semis – Vika Azarenka is hanging around…or more accurately, Serena Williams.

Azarenka’s Quarter (or more accurately, Serena’s quarter)

She found herself in the most unenviable position – having Serena in her draw and looking at a collision in the third round. Should she screech her way through that match, she then meets Fistpumpy Ivanovic.

Vika/Serena’s potential QF opponents: Jelena Jankovic, Franny Schiavone, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or MJMS (who is back…but probably not with any kind of vengeance).

Shrieky’s Quarter

Shrieky has a particularly easy path to the quarters, methinks, although 3rd round with Flavs Penetta and fourth round with Julia Goerges/Peng Shuai may be a little tricky. She then may meet her Wimbleon conqueror Petra Kvitova, or Wickmayer, or Radwanska for the quarterfinals. Not by any means a tough quarter, and a Kvitova/Shrieky QF match seems more likely than not.

Vera’s Quarter

The Hamster, Marion Bartoli, ends up in this quarter, along with Australia’s best hope Sammy Stosur, Sabine Lisicki and Nadia Petrova. Vera should have little trouble in the first two rounds – probably will be tested in the third round, either against Sabine Lisicki or Venus Williams. Dominika Cibulkova possibly awaits in the fourth round, and then a QF against Hamster or Stosur.




– PJ


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About PJ

I'm a tennis nut. Loves watching and freaking out over tennis, and as of late, writing about tennis. As a player though, I'm terrible. My other interests includes reading (pretty much will give any genre a go), checking out films, crafting (making cards, scrapbooking etc), eating/food (specifically searching for the perfect chendol outside Malaysia). I'm also trying to find my own perfect corner in this world!

8 responses to “US Open 2011 (by PJ): Preview”

  1. Carol says :

    Looking forward to your unbiased Federporn reports! Just let me know where to send the chocolate!!!

  2. Matt Zemek says :

    A mighty fine bit of tablesetting, PJ, if I do say so myself. Cupcakes are the featured item on the menu. Swiss cheese will hopefully be served on Sunday, September 11, but with this draw, it’s going to be tough. My realistic goal: make the semis and let it ride as in Paris. Maybe Djokovic’s shoulder will feel it.

    Afraid we’re going to get a rematch of last year’s men’s final. However, Roger’s Wimbledon draw looked fabulous, and we know how that happened. Maybe the inverse will occur in New York.

    Women – Serena in the top half. Bartoli (my pick to make the final), Kvitova or Sharapova from the bottom half. Li Na is in great position to make her first US Open semifinal and complete a brilliant hardcourt-and-clay year at the majors.

  3. Marie says :

    PJ if I didn’t know better I would have thought Doots wrote that (that’s a compliment BTW). Well executed indeedy. The only thing I disagree with is your final. Although I would love nothing more than for Wogie to KILL the Spanish fly in the final, I would prefer it if he exacts revenge on the Argentinian Stallion Delpo. My hope is for Nada to lose before the QF then when Wogie wins he will be #2 in da WORLD!!! #17 for Wogie McFederruh coming up!!!

  4. flo says :

    Murakami + Marathon…Makes sense…Move on to Triathlon eventually,

    The draw is tough for everyone except Djokovic right now. But if Federer makes it he should be as confident as when wearing that 15 jacket.

  5. A_Gallivant says :

    Concur that not all draws are created equal! Feddy and Murray has some work to do. I would personally love a FeDelpo final. Of late, I have taken to liking a challenge for Feddy because I believe it keeps him on his toes! Though slam Feddy was always a different beast, am still not quite over Wimbly, so I am very nervous. Blessed Irene has allowed me to get a very cheap tix to his 1st rounder, yay!!

  6. jfk10s says :

    Pants and Shrieky FTW. Pretty Please!!

  7. Katarina_YYZ says :

    If you’re gonna worry about Cilic for Roger, then you have to allow that Davydenko, Dolgo and Dodig (who just beat Nadal and was the only guy to take a set from Novak in Aussie O) could also be dangerous.

    As for Rafa’s draw, yeesh… how lucky can one guy be? I’d love it if Nalby could conjure up the 2007 version of himself 😉

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