JNP's day five wrap



Well Day Five at the U.S. Open was an awesome day for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian outplayed Radek Stepanek in an ESPN Classic-style 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2) battle.

On the women’s side, Venus, Dinara Safina, Ana Ivanovic, Serena, and Henin all won their matches, Jankovic defeated Alize Cornet in three sets.

Tommorow John Isner and Donald Young both play, so that should be interesting. By the way, in case you’re wondering: it’s Donald Oliver Young, Yes, his middle name is Oliver; I asked him today.

P.S. On my way home I got a small Cherry Berry float from Burger King… kinda awesome.

JNP's day four wrizzap



Donald Young, way to get lucky! Don’s opponent Richard Gasquet withdrew from the tournament, leading me to believe will have a leg up in his next match. Although we did not get to see that possible five-set battle (and we predicted the Frenchman would win), we did see a lot of good matches: Svetlana Kuznetsova ran off an upset by beating Camille Pin 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. Also Masha won her match 6-1, 6-0.

Tommorow on the women’s side look out for some upsets, *cough* *cough* *French* *cough* *qualifier*.

On the men’s side, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Haas, and Andy Roddick all won in convincing fashion. Lastly, Fabrice Santoro should be inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame!!!

Who’s hot:

  • Tamira Paszek
  • Anabel Medina Garriques
  • Maria Kirilenko
  • Roger Federer
  • Nicole Vaidisova
  • Mikhail Youzhny

TSF contributor JNP is in the trenches and checking in with us everyday.

JNP’s day three wrap



Lots of good tennis on Day Three. Notable straight set winners include Elena Dementieva, Serena Williams, and Alize Cornet. On the men’s side Rafael Nadal had some trouble against Alun Jones but pulled through in four sets. Americans John Isner and Ahsha Rolle both had big upset wins; Dinara Safina prevented an upset fairly loosely by beating Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 6-1. However, Kateryna’s sister had better luck: Alona Bondarenko beat Eleni Daniilidou 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. Lastly, Philipp Kohlschreiber won his match with ease. He will play Mikhail Youzhny, the eleventh seed, in his next match… I smell a showdown.

TSF contributor JNP is in the trenches and checking in with us everyday.

JNP's day two wrap



No big upsets today at the U.S. Open, but we did see some good tennis. James Blake won sweating a bit 7-6 6-3 7-6, and David Nalbandian won his match 7-5, 7-6, 7-6. Andy Roddick won his night match against Justin Gimelstob. It was a little awkward having Justin interview Andy right after his loss, but it shows that Justin is grace under pressure as a commentator.

On the women’s side Dani Hantuchova was upset by veteran Julia Vakulenko. Julia took the match in the third set (winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-1).

Who’s hot:

  • Maria Sharapova
  • Martina Hingis
  • Shahar Peer
  • Ivan Ljubicic
  • Donald Young
  • Ahsha Rolle

Big Upset Call: I say Aravane Rezai over Ana Ivanovic.

TSF contributor JNP is in the trenches and checking in with us everyday.

around the u.s. open grounds: dominik hrbaty



Dominik Hrbaty serves it up FRESH at the Open

2007 U.S. Open: We’ve been watching the qualies, practice sessions, talking to coaches, photographers, and everyone else out here… Not that many big upsets on Day 1, but some good matches took place on Monday. Americans Donald Young and John Isner won their first round matches, leading me to think at least one of them will make a run to the quarters. Tommy Haas also won.

On the women’s side Henin and Jankovic won their matches in straight sets. Caroline Wozniacki (who played in the juniors last year) won her first round showdown with Tzipora Obziler in three sets. Also Ahsha Rolle upset Tatiana Golovin under the Louis Armstrong stadium lights.

Look for the Day 2 wrap tonight and stay tuned for more pics.

TSF contributor JNP is in trenches and checking in with us everyday.

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