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Grazie Flavia.

 

So like many tennis fans, I planned to be at the final Saturday of the US Open thinking that I’d see Serena Williams not only defend her US Open title, but also complete the rare calendar Grand Slam. Despite yet another up and down two weeks of emotions, three set matches and battling past her own sister Venus, the World No. 1 looked certain to complete her quest. So long as she kept her nerves together.

But then I got an unexpected surprise. Continue reading

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Kuznetsova Shows Grand Slam Form in Beating Pennetta in San Diego.

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Sveta Gives Thumbs Up For Making First Final of Year. (Gudris)

Showing some of the same form that won her two Grand Slam titles, Svetlana Kuznetsova entered her first final of the year after defeating Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals of the Mercury Insurance Open. After struggling most of the week, Kuznetsova put on an impressive display especially on her favored forehand side where she was able to hit seemingly winner after winner at will. Continue reading

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Pilot Pen Preview – One Week to Figure It Out

With the Pilot Pen event in New Haven being the last tune-up event before the U.S. Open, it’s important to note who is playing there and what they hope to gain.

Less is not always more
Svetlana Kuznetsova is the number one seed on the women’s side after she was given a last minute wildcard entry into the field. “Sveta” has not played much this summer, losing early in Cincinnati and Toronto and also had to pull out of L.A. due to injury. She’s hoping for a strong showing this week to prove she’s still in the mix for the Open next week.

Second in line to the “crown”
Flavia Pennetta and Sam Querrey are in New Haven this week hoping they can win the top post on the U.S. Open Olympus Series. Pennetta currently trails Elena Dementieva by seventy points, but could take it if she wins the whole event. Querrey, on the men’s side, only trails current leader Andy Murray by fifteen points and probably could take the spot just by getting to the semis alone. I actually think Querrey deserves to win just because he has played in every tournament this summer starting in Newport. The series should reward players more for playing frequently as opposed to just showing up for the Master events only.
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Remember me?
Two ladies looking for some last minute redemption are #2 seed Caroline Wozniacki and #8 seed Amelie Mauresmo. Wozniacki, long touted as the next likely Grand Slam winner, has failed to live up to expectations. Mauresmo, despite a nice win in Paris earlier this year, seems on the last legs of her career. A good showing this week would boost her confidence.

And James Blake? He’s not even playing in his “hometown” tournament as he is preferring to rest before the Open. Blake has had a disappointing year results wise and has faded from view a bit in the wake of Roddick’s resurgence and Querrey’s great summer. In fact the only real news from Blake this week was the launch of his new clothing line from Fila that will bear his father’s name.

Do you think Blake can ever return to the top ranks? Let me know in the comments.


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Summer Hard Courts – More Fizzle than Sizzle

Rather than do a preview of the women’s event in Toronto and the men’s event in Cincinnati, I thought it would be easier to just look at some of the highlights (and lack thereof) of the summer hard court season so far.

The Frontrunners
For the men, Sam Querrey, Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray have so far been the most consistent this summer. Murray just played one event, Montreal, but he won it, and I expect him to at least get to the finals of Cincinnati this week.

For the women, Flavia Pennetta won L.A. and has played well in other events. Jelena Jankovic surprised a few people by winning Cincinnati. Elena Dementieva has also been consistent despite some tough loses in the semis of both Stanford and Cincinnati.

Shaking off the rust

Most of the top players have looked downright shaky for the summer. Roger Federer failed to close out his match against Tsonga in Montreal. Serena Williams has played spotty at best. Dinara Safina, usually very consistent in getting to the semifinals of any event she plays, has only gotten to one final this summer. Even Andy Roddick, who got to the finals of D.C. and semis at Montreal needs to get into an extra gear.

Predictions this week
For the ladies in Toronto, the event is still wide open with Safina, Venus, and Kuznetsova all losing early. A key match is wildcard Kim Clijsters playing Jelena Jankovic. If Clijsters wins, look for her to do very well at the Open. She could beat Serena should they meet, but I’m sure Serena would want to send a message that she’s still the player to beat
Winner – S. Williams.

For the guys in Cinncinati, a key match will be Andy Murray v. Roger Federer if they both make it to the semis. If Murray can win that match, which I think he can, Federer will have a lot to worry about before the Open. On the other side of the draw, if Nadal can get to the finals, he should be in pretty good shape for the Open.

Winner – A. Murray

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Safina to face Jankovic in Cincy Final

Dinara Safina continues her consistent play by reaching the finals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open. (say that four times fast) She handily beat rising star Flavia Pennettta 6-2, 6-0. Pennetta, who admitted to being tired after a lot of play this summer, will enter the top ten next week, being the first Italian women to do so.

Safina will play in the finals Jelena Jankovic who survived an almost three hour slug fest against Elena Dementieva. J.J. won 7-6, (2), 0-6, 7-6 (6) after she blew three match points in the third set and then was down 4-6 in the breaker, before somehow pulling through in the end.

I thought Jankovic could make her way into the final this week but if she will have enough left against Safina remains to be seen. I expect Safina to win, but that is never a sure thing.

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