Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Venus makes Grandslam milestone.

Playing her first match in more than two months, since her quarterfinal loss at the All-England Club, Venus Williams looked sharp during a 6-4 6-1 first round win over Roberta Vinci under the lights on Monday.

Williams, the No.3 seed and a two-time former champion at the Open, had a tough time closing out the first set - she let a 4-1 lead get to 4-all before tucking it away - but she was brilliant in the second set, 18 winners to just five errors.

"I definitely missed being on the court this summer," said Williams, who missed the summer hardcourt lead-up due to a knee injury. "I did land on my leg, but thankfully after that she did most of the running, so that helped me a lot."

Williams fired a 124mph ace on the first point of the match, not such a bad return to match play: "It was a great way to start off. I love playing the night match. It was fun - even more fun when the points were going my way."

World No.1 Serena Williams had to withdraw from this year's Open with a foot injury. Her big sister was asked about that, too: "It definitely affects the doubles draw, too. It's just not the same, but that's sport. Sometimes you have to deal with injury, but you just come back stronger. I know she will."

With her win over Vinci, Williams became the fifth player in the Open Era to record 200 Grand Slam match wins (Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario also surpassed that milestone).
The highest-ranked American not named Williams, Melanie Oudin, the darling of last year's Open, also advanced, putting on an impressive mix of aggression and counterpunching to beat Olga Savchuk in the morning, 6-3 6-0.

"It was a real honor to start the US Open off on Ashe, first match. It was cool. I didn't expect that," said Oudin, who made a Cinderella run to the quarters here last year. "I thought I had a really solid match. I was really nervous at the start but I got it out in the first set. In the second set I played really well."

Oudin lost two points in the second set and was asked about the near golden set during her post-match press: "I didn't think about it until I was up 4-0, but then I did. I shouldn't have. I think maybe I would have gotten it."

Other seeds advancing included No.10 seed Victoria Azarenka, No.12 seed Elena Dementieva, No.13 seed Marion Bartoli and No.16 seed Shahar Peer. No.24 seed Daniela Hantuchova avenged a first round loss in New Haven a week ago, beating Dinara Safina, 6-3 6-4. Another former No.1, Ana Ivanovic, made a solid start, snapping a four-match losing streak to lefties by beating Ekaterina Makarova comprehensively in straight sets, 6-3 6-2.


Carlos said...

No signs of fatigue for Demetieva. It helped to dispose her opponent easily. My prediction of her losing in the second round looks bleak.

Azarenka not so sharp, second set glitch.

Good win for Oudin, but I think A. Bondarenko will end her run in the second round.

20 unforced errors to 27 winners for the "Fist Pumping Imbecile". I still see Jie taking her out, if not, it would be left to "Sponge Bart Square Pants".

I have Venus win it all, but that is what I said at Wimbledon 10.

Emily or as Carlos likes to call me "Captain" said...

Dementieva's fatigue might just catch up to her in the 2nd round.

Azeranka will have a tough one against Dulko after she did take her out at Roland Garros.

"The Fist Pumping Imbecile" will lose it Zheng, I can feel it. Hahaha.

Im not to sure about venus, I decided no more predictions for me Li lost in the 1st round! :(

Carlos said...

"Captain" you think you are doing bad, I had "Lickitongue" in the 4th round haha. I'll shall now stand in front of a mirror and Booo myself. :P

I use the model of March Madness when it comes to predictions: A)Predict all games B)Have fun even in every wrong prediction, the so call bracket busters C)Wish the very worst for the ones I don't like. :P D)Never bet money in any game. If I were right all the time it would be boring, but it is sweet to be right even if it is once in awhile.

Emily or as Carlos likes to call me "Captain" said...

Hahahahahaha. Maybe we could predict who we dont want to win, and they will lose? that works!

I like your system Carlos! I think im happy using that one!

Carlos said...

HAhaha "Captain" that is a good way at predicting. You know if I'm having a bad streak in predictions I pick the the players/teams that I don't like to win, so they will lose; or I just send bad vibes to them. :P

Well Dulko won, but so did "The Fist Pumping Imbecile" crushing Jie. Is up to "Sponge Bart Square Pants" to taker out.*Sending all my bad vibes to "The Fist Pumping Imbecile" as I write this* Haha.

Emily or as Carlos likes to call me "Captain" said...

Hahahahahahaha, well now Bartoli is gone aswell! Its all up to Clijsters!

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