Archive for September, 2015

 

Flavia Pennetta Ends Grand Slam Career On A High

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

The 2015 US Open women’s singles champion is the Italian Flavia Pennetta, yes that’s correct, it is not a misprint or a silly joke, the 33 year old native from Brindisi has won seven matches to complete an unlikely title run in New York, she then ended her Grand Slam career by announcing that she will retire at seasons end, Pennetta toppled world No.4 Petra Kvitova and world No.2 Simona Halep back to back to reach the women’s decider at Flushing Meadows, almost everybody would have picked that Flavia would have then been playing Serena Williams in the womens singles final, but Pennetta’s compatriot Roberta Vinci caused the shock of the entire tennis season by ousting Serena in a dramatic semi-final.

Pennetta was likely a beneficiary of not having the world’s media attention on her after Vinci grabbed all the headlines by ending Serena’s quest for a calendar Grand Slam, Flavia has always enjoyed playing in New York but even she would have conceded at the start of the tournament that she was a longshot to win the title, her odds would have shortened dramatically for the final once Vinci knocked out the hot favourite Williams, the 2015 US Open women’s singles championship has been anything but the status quo, two Italian women in a Grand Slam final and both had previously never reached the big dance at a major before, the tournament saw numerous seeds falling early but it still appeared most likely that it would be William versus Halep or Kvitova in the final, nobody checked  more »

 

Anderson Ends Murray’s 2015 US Open

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The big-serving South African Kevin Anderson has produced the first major upset in the men’s championship at Flushing Meadows by ousting the 3rd seed and former champion Andy Murray in the fourth round, Anderson outplayed his more illustrious opponent in their round of sixteen match-up, with the tournament 15th seed showing he is becoming more and more comfortable playing against the big boys in men’s tennis, Anderson served strongly but it was his general play which impressed against Murray.

Anderson had almost as twice as many winners as the Brit and instead of being handed the match, big Kev took it upon himself to win the match against all predictions, the 29 year old native from Johannesburg in South Africa has been knocking on the door of breaking into the world’s top ten in recent times and his run in New York will move him closer to that elite group, Murray missed out on making the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time in five years, the last time Andy missed out on a quarter-final spot in a major was at the 2010 US Open where he lost in the third round to Stan Wawrinka.

Anderson will now face the 4th seeded Wawrinka in the last eight, Kevin has beaten Stan the past four times they have played and currently holds a 4-3 head to head record against the Swiss, so he is certainly in with a great chance to make the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows, will the South African continue his surge towards the top ten or will the current French Open champion rise to  more »

 

Seeds Fall Early In New York

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

The first two days of the 2015 US Open have thrown up plenty of surprises already with twelve of the 64 seeded players in singles competition going out in the first round, most notable among the men’s seeds falling early was the 4th seed and 2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori who went down in five sets to the Frenchman Benoit Paire, the French duo of Gilles Simon (11th seed) and Gael Monfils (16th seed) followed suit losing to Donald Young and Illya Marchenko respectively, Monfils was unfortunate however suffering an injury and having to retire, the women’s singles draw however has seen plenty of carnage in two days, nine of the top 32 seeds have fallen already with the popular Czech Lucie Safarova (6th seed), Ana Ivanovic (7th seed), Karolina Pliskova (8th seed) and Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro (10th seed) being the most notable among them.

With the Grand Slam events having 32 seeded draws now, there will always be upsets which include players seeded between 16-32 but what is surprising this year in New York is the number of higher ranked players bowing out so early, three players (Nishikori, Simon, Monfils) on the men’s side and an incredible five (Safarova, Ivanovic, Pliskova, CSN, Timea Bacsinsky) on the women’s side of the draw are among the top sixteen seeds for this tournament, things may settle down and the draw could still produce most of the seeded players going deep, but I can’t recall an exodus of higher seeds in the first round like this for some time. more »