Were Rafael Nadal’s struggles in the first round simply a case of opening-night jitters or something more serious? Time will tell. Either way, his first match as defending U.S. Open champion had plenty of rough edges.
Venus Williams takes big tournaments like the U.S. Open one match at a time. Not a bad plan for a player who’s played only one match since Wimbledon.
The three-time major champion picked up her game in time to avoid an upset against 102nd-ranked Heather Watson, rallying for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory Monday in the opening round.
Kim Clijsters’ withdrawal was the latest bit of news that — on paper, at least — appeared to open things up for Maria Sharapova, a three-time major winner who, of late, has been playing her best tennis since shoulder surgery derailed her in late 2008.
Sean Hartnett previews the women’s side of the 2011 U.S. Open. Check out his opinion on tournament contenders and 2011 champion prediction.
Serena Williams at No. 28 doesn’t make sense. She’ll face top players early in the women’s draw and prevent better players from getting to the later rounds — where they should be competing. That is what the seeding system is all about!
Serena Williams was seeded 28th for the U.S. Open, which stuck with its policy of following the rankings instead of taking into account players’ past performances.
Three-time major champion Maria Sharapova lost to top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-4 Monday in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.
American upstart Beatrice Capra got blown away Saturday – by the excellence of Maria Sharapova and the bad, blustery conditions caused by the remnants of Hurricane Earl.
Eyes were on Kim Clijsters, Andy Murray and a hurricane named Earl as play began Friday under gray skies at the US Open.
Maria Sharapova’s next match at the US Open will come against 18-year-old Beatrice Capra, the 371st-ranked American who, with a win in that third-round match, would be one step closer to becoming the 2010 version of Melanie Oudin.
Past U.S. Open champions Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova have been placed in the same quarter of the tournament draw as No. 1-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.
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