US Open Qualifying Day 2 Report
I had an amazing day yesterday at the US Open Qualifying DAY 2. I got to see so many matches and so many players, for free and there were so few people at the venue. It was so different since I usually go the first week and it is loaded with people and all the stands are open.
I arrived a little late so I missed one of the matches I was really looking foreword to seeing which was Olga Savchuk vs. Agnes Szavay. It went quick because I was not that late and Olga won 6-2 6-3. I saw Agnes later with her coach watch the Kyra Nagy vs. Henrieta Nagyova match and she seemed in good spirits. She should have entered the junior tournament.
Shikha Uberoi def. Yulia Beygelzimer 0-6 7-5 6-3
When I arrived Shikha was down 0-6 3-4. I thought this was not going to be good because she has so many points to defend. Shikha began to turn things around and was really aggressive. She would hit every return and try and come in or hit a moon ball and sneak in. Beygelzimer would hot some passing shots here and there, but she really did not have anything consistent enough to hurt Shikha. When Beygelzimer would pass Shikha, it did not affect she. She would just do it again and either force and error or hit a volley winner. Shikha is going to have to step it up if she wants to go father. Beygelzimer was nothing near the level she was at vs. Capriati at the French the one year. She did not hit as hard and did not seem as confident.
Ekaterina Makarova def. Vanessa Henke 6-2 3-6 6-4
I was very happy to see that Ekaterina made it into the qualifying draw. She could be the Chakvetadze of 2005. Ekaterina has a very similar game to the Chakvetadze of 2004. She is very consistent and continues hitting a lot of balls crosscourt unit she has an opening. She really plays the percentages well, but she has to because she does not have a big weapon. She does everything well, but nothing really stands out. I saw Chakvetadze play last year and it was the same type of game, only Makarova is a lefty. Makarova could do what Chakvetadze did if she continues playing this way and does not get nervous. Henke did not really impress me. She did not have the consistency to stay with Katya.
Elena Vesnina def. Maria Kondratieva 2-6 6-2 6-4
I really like Elenaís game. She hits big off of both sides and the forehand is the weapon. Her only problem is that she is inconsistent and that is why she lost the first set. She made a lot of errors and Kondratieva did not have to do much. When Elena raised her game she won the second set easily. The errors picked up a little bit in the third but she controlled it enough to win. Kondratieva had nothing to hurt Elena with and looked very dead out there. Elena is going to really shoot up the rankings when she learns how to control all that great ball striking ability she has. She was practicing with her coach feeding her some balls later in the day and she was just trying to work on her consistency and depth.
Viktoriya Kutuzova def. Madison Brengle 6-1 6-2
I love Viktoriya. She is my favorite player and I was so happy that I got the chance to see her. The last time I saw her was at Advanta last year when she was hitting with Salome Devidze. She really has improved since then. Viktoriya smacks the ball. She has such an amazing ability to just strike the ball so well. She did not look like she was swinging very hard but she hit SO HUGE!! The serve has really improved and she just blew Madison off of the court. She is defiantely going to be challenging Vaidisova, Ivanovic and all the other young players soon. She looked bored out there. Madison has a very nice game and could be something in the future (really like her backhand), but she had nothing to hurt Vikti. She came out nervous, and that did not help and she tried to out hit Vikti, which she had no chance with. Madison enjoyed the moment and that was nice, but maybe she could have a good chance in to win a round or two in the juniors. Julia Cohen came to see Madison warm up and Elizabeth Kobak watched her play. Vikti played awesome and should qualify!
Kaia Kanepi def. Ryoko Fuda 6-4 6-4
I was really upset that two players I really like were playing each other in the first roind just like Savchuk and Szavay. Kaia is a really big girl. She is tall, but needs to get in better shape to break the top 50. I think she is extremely talented and has the game to be top 20! She hits HUGE! She was totally out hitting Ryoko in this match. Kaia has great groundies and a big serve, which got her out of trouble on a few occasions. Ryoko has a really nice game too and could have beat a lot of other players in the draw. Ryoko is very tiny. She has to be about 5í3, but she does not play like such a tiny girl. Shge has great variety and very nice groundies. She is quick, but lacks a major weapon. She was just out powered by Kaia. I sat next to Kaiaís coaches and they seemed very happy with her performance. If Kaia can stay healthy she will be going up the rankings very fast. Ryoko also can go up in the rankings, but she needs to develop that one weapon to break the top 50. There were only about two breaks in the match. Both girls served very well. They both came at 4-4 for Kaia, so Ryoko was definitely in the match. Rika Fujiwara and Shiho Hismatsu were watching Ryoko.
Emma Laine def. Maureen Drake 6-3 6-1
This match went very fast. Emma was consistent and Maureen just pushed the ball. She was getting angry as always. Emma was just too good. I think she can break the top 100, but she needs to work harder if she was to be top 50. She would need to be in better shape and get that forehand to be bigger. She has a nice game and whipped through Maureen.
Marina Erakovic def. Maret Ani 6-3 6-2
Good for Marina. Her first US Open. She played well. Maret made errors while Marina kept it in. Marina has a nice game. If she keeps working she will go far.
Asha Rolle def. Sandra Kleinova 6-2 6-3
Did not see much, but Asha dictated. She will have a tough one against Chan next round. Lori McNeil seems to be helping with Ashaís coaching as she was discussing the match with her after it was over.
Sunitha Rao def. Chia Jung Chuang 4-6 6-4 6-1
Saw the last few points. Chia just collapsed and the crowd was all for Sunitha. Her coach seemed very happy.
Martina Muller def. Stanislava Hrozenska 6-2 6-4
Saw a few points while watching Marina. Martina ran everything down and Stanislava made the errors. No one was watching this one.
Seiko Okamoto def. Nika Ozegovic 7-5 7-6 (0)
Saw a few points. Very evenly matched. Seiko must have played the big points better.
Edina Gallovits def. Meng Yuan 6-3 1-6 6-4
Edina played nicely. The forehand is her weapon and she hits heavy topspin from both sides. Meng really tries to hit every ball as hard as she can. She screams really loud when she hits the ball too. Both of Mengís thighs were taped. Very streaky match.
Tara Snyder def. Marie-Eve Pelletier 6-3 6-2
Nice to see Tara back. She was too aggressive for Marie and dictated play. Looks to be in good shape and hopefully can finally stay healthy.
Lubomira Kurhajcova def. Hanna Nooni 6-3 6-2
Long rallies. Lubomira too good in the end. Sofia Arvidsson was watching.
Yung-Jan Chan def. Elena Baltacha 6-1 6-0
WOW! I did not expect this one. Chan played excellent. I really like her. I was always some what of a fan, but not as much as I am now. I was very happy to see that she got in and she definitely made the most of it. She was aggressive and consistent. Her groundies are fantastic. She sometimes hits that forehand a little late, because the western grip is very extreme, but she will only get better with it. Elena did not play poorly. She was simply out played from every aspect of the court. I was expecting Chan to have a weak serve, but she didnít. She served great! She just did everything right. Ashsa Rolle better be very nervous. I think Chan has a very bright future. She trains in Florida and her coach seemed very happy. Her Dad was prowling around smoking so many cigarettes, but he was very happy after her win. Elena walked right into him with her shoulder when she was leaving the court. She was very very upset. I donít think Chan will qualify with Bondarenko in her draw, but to get to the final round in her first grand slam qualy draw with no WTA events under her belt would be fantastic.
Kateryna Bondenko def. Margit Ruutel 6-0 6-1
THRASHING!!!!! Bondarenko totally dominated. She made Ruutel look like se did not belong anywhere near the US Open qualifying level. The last time I saw Bondarenko play was when she was practicing with her sister at the NASDAQ 100 tourney earlier this year and I knew she was going to be good. She really has improved a lot in a short period of time and should qualify with no problem. She should also be top 100 very soon. Great power off the ground and a solid serve. She also defended very well. When Margit came off the court she went to her team took a really deep breath and just smiled. That is all she really could do. She knew she was completely outplayed.
Vilmarie Castellvi def. Virginie Pichet 6-2 6-4
Boring Match. Both girls just tried to keep the ball going and one with eventually make an error. Nothing special from either of them. Vilamrie will most like lose to Talaja.
Vania King def. Ivana Abramovic 6-2 5-7 6-0
I am a big fan of Vania King now. She has a great future. Loved her game. So many of the USTA development coaches were watching this match. Vania has such smooth groundies and can do basically everything on court. She seems so calm on the court and does not get upset at all. She moves very well and can volley well. She takes the ball nice and early on returns and groundies and she also mixes it up very well will some heavy topspin balls and slices. She just played with out nerves except for the hiccup in the second set, but just came on so strong in the third. I really think she has a huge future and could do a lot for American tennis. She has everything that is takes.
Lepchenko practicing and a few points vs. Kachlikova- she looks like she needs to be in better shape to go farther; Kachlikova is very thin and it should be interesting between her and Vania
Saw Sfar throw her massive racket
Gagliardi on match point
Foretz for one point
Voskoboeva walked next to me
Shuai Peng and Janet Lee practicing
Poutchek and Abramovic practicing
Liga Dekmejiere practice with some tiny blonde haired girl for SO LONG
Sequera walking around
Pratt and Cohen-Aloro practicing
Muesberger watching Nooni vs. Kurhajcova
Akgul Amanmuradova walking around; she looks like a guy
Paula Garcia and Ruano-Pascaul walking to their match
Ekaterina Bychkova walking around
Shinobu Asagoe walking around
Marcio- great groundies; hopefully a good future. Looks like she has a chance to be good for the US
Cohen- nice groundies, but no mental game at all
Nguyen- nice ball striker, should do well at Stanford next year