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tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2011, 07:46 PM
We are few days away form the USO'11. but I am a little taken aback by the amount of excitement, anticipation and enthusiasm I am seeing and feeling.


Yet, I kind feel it is "undeserved" or "misplaced", given what has been going on in the WTA.

But that seems to have been put away quickly when the seeding were announced and gone up another notch when the draw came out.


I am not saying we are in 200/2001/2002 atmosphere again , but whatever it is, it is good for USO'11.


Hope it will continue during the competition..

tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2011, 08:18 PM
US Open 2011: The big build-up at Flushing Meadows

Some sights and sounds from New York as the build-up to the final Grand Slam of the year gets under way





Imagine it’s the eve of your five-year-old’s birthday. The cake is made, the presents are bought, the fridge is overflowing with goodies for the big day—and the excitement is steaming and bubbling under the surface like a volcano about to erupt.



That same barely-contained excitement is beginning to infuse Flushing Meadows in this, the build-up week to the main event.





Almost everything is in place: The seeds are set and the qualifiers are fighting for their chance to be in the game when the US Open takes off on Monday next.
There’s a buzz, though the crowds are still light. There’s activity in every direction, but without the frenetic atmosphere that makes the air hum when the grounds are filled to bursting.
For some, the biggest pleasure is found around the strings of green and blue courts, where glowing faces of tennis enthusiasts watch the ambitions of qualifiers fulfilled or dashed.
For others, the chief pleasure is found around the more palatial courts, watching the already-made-its go through their paces.
Here, conversations between old friends who have enjoyed these simple pleasures for 25 years mingle with gaggles of teenagers sharing stories of their own exploits with a racket.






Wide-eyed kids, with arms barely long enough to embrace their giant yellow balls, bustle around the practising stars and are rewarded with long signing sessions: It’s not only the spectators who are chilled at this stage of the tournament.
Come Monday, with the gloves off, things may be rather different for those same players. They will be different for the kids, too, as their laughter turns to jaw-dropping amazement at the power and the fury of the real deal in the biggest and brightest, hottest and happiest Slam of all.
On Monday, then, the party will begin and presents will be unwrapped one exciting match at a time. Meanwhile, there are morsels aplenty to satisfy—just—the biggest appetite. Here are a few tasters…



.....





source: http://www.thesportreview.com/tsr/2011/08/us-open-2011-the-big-build-up-at-flushing-meadows/

cowsonice
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Probably the rise and return of Serena Williams is the biggest factor.
Also Maria Sharapova having pre-shoulder-injury-like results.

And on the men's side, the decline of Nadal and Federer, the rise of Djokovic, and for American interests, Mardy Fish.

tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:20 PM
Probably the rise and return of Serena Williams is the biggest factor.
Also Maria Sharapova having pre-shoulder-injury-like results.

And on the men's side, the decline of Nadal and Federer, the rise of Djokovic, and for American interests, Mardy Fish.
Beside Serena and Maria, there is also Na Li, Kvitova the 2 previous GS winners.
Thi could also be the year when Azarenka, Vera, Caro make a breakthrough, despite their summer record. And there you have young threats such a Aga, Petko, etc..


I do think each fan base secretly thinks their fave has a chance to make a break through.

Purple_Rain
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:27 PM
Remember Toronto a few weeks ago? :lol:

But we can't possibly see that kind of massacre here. Plus, we have a Federer-Djokovic SF to look forward to if the women's draw falls apart.

More importantly, there will actually be decent streams.

tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:31 PM
Remember Toronto a few weeks ago? :lol:

But we can't possibly see that kind of massacre here. Plus, we have a Federer-Djokovic SF to look forward to if the women's draw falls apart.

More importantly, there will actually be decent streams.
I hope not.

In Toronto, many players were still rusty , now they have few matches under their belt, I doubt that will happen at the USO.

vozas
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:32 PM
Remember Toronto a few weeks ago? :lol:

But we can't possibly see that kind of massacre here. Plus, we have a Federer-Djokovic SF to look forward to if the women's draw falls apart.

More importantly, there will actually be decent streams.

I hope so but Tsonga and Fish are looming... That quarter is a nightmare.

hdfb
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:34 PM
It's what happens when the HBIC GOAT Sarin Williams is back to snatch all the weaves in the business.

Purple_Rain
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:40 PM
I hope not.

In Toronto, many players were still rusty , now they have few matches under their belt, I doubt that will happen at the USO.

I know one fave of yours who's still rusty... ;)

But yeah, most of them will be ready. Knowing the WTA, we'll see 1/3 of the seeds out after R2, but that's 10x better than what we had at Toronto.

Linguae^
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:42 PM
There's no anticipation for me. I can only see Serena beating all of the Serbian girls en route to the title. :coffee:

tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:44 PM
I know one fave of yours who's still rusty... ;)

But yeah, most of them will be ready. Knowing the WTA, we'll see 1/3 of the seeds out after R2, but that's 10x better than what we had at Toronto.
Yes, to tell you the truth, I have no idea what to expect from Venus.
Refusing the NH wild card pose more questions than answers.

But lie any other fans who use more faith and heart than their mind, I am hopeful that she will do fine.:)

AcesHigh
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:47 PM
I don't know anyone who is excited for either side. Only question I get is if Serena is playing followed by "who else?" to which I reply "no one you'd care about"

tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:48 PM
I am also hoping some young Americans will come out of nowhere and have a breakthrough to second week.
With Serena and Venus nearing retirement, we need something to look forward to

LightWarrior
Aug 25th, 2011, 09:57 PM
It's not odd : Serena Williams is back. Makes perfect sense.

danieln1
Aug 25th, 2011, 10:40 PM
With Kimberly Out, the chances are WAY better we wont have another dull, uninteresting and boring final like in 09, 10 and 05!

Hopefully it will be something like 08! :drool:

Ryan
Aug 25th, 2011, 10:47 PM
I'm actually not excited for this tournament at all. :o Not sure why; I'm sure I'll get into it as it goes on though.

DefyingGravity
Aug 25th, 2011, 10:51 PM
Well, having the return of Serena to the USO since the 2009 debacle is a big buzz, no Kim means that it's more wide open than it already is....Maria is looking to at least play decently, and with her draw, she could make it very far. The defending finalist, Zvonareva, on the other hand, has been less than stellar. There's Kvitova, Azarenka, and Lisicki who will be looking to prove their Wimbledon runs (and Kvitova strikes me as a Borg-type player who would hate the noise and spectacle of the USO), Li hoping to rebound from a dismal Wimbledon and US hard court season, Stosur and Radwanska are really rebounding from weird patches of awful play. Ivanovic and Jankovic are looking to salvage their careers and continue promising form from San Diego and Cincy respectively. I mean, this is an exciting list of players to watch:

1. Serena
2. Venus
3. Maria
4. Kvitova
5. Li
6. Ivanovic
7. Jankovic
8. Zvonareva
9. Azarenka
10. Stosur
11. Radwanska
12. Petkovic

And on top of it all, will we see Caroline rebound well from her 3R and 4R losses at the European slams.

13 different players at different stages, and you still have the potential of surprises from Kuznetsova (former champ and finalist), Zheng, Safarova, and some other of the looming players who could catch form and go on a hot streak.

tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2011, 10:53 PM
Well, having the return of Serena to the USO since the 2009 debacle is a big buzz, no Kim means that it's more wide open than it already is....Maria is looking to at least play decently, and with her draw, she could make it very far. The defending finalist, Zvonareva, on the other hand, has been less than stellar. There's Kvitova, Azarenka, and Lisicki who will be looking to prove their Wimbledon runs (and Kvitova strikes me as a Borg-type player who would hate the noise and spectacle of the USO), Li hoping to rebound from a dismal Wimbledon and US hard court season, Stosur and Radwanska are really rebounding from weird patches of awful play. Ivanovic and Jankovic are looking to salvage their careers and continue promising form from San Diego and Cincy respectively. I mean, this is an exciting list of players to watch:

1. Serena
2. Venus
3. Maria
4. Kvitova
5. Li
6. Ivanovic
7. Jankovic
8. Zvonareva
9. Azarenka
10. Stosur
11. Radwanska
12. Petkovic

And on top of it all, will we see Caroline rebound well from her 3R and 4R losses at the European slams.

13 different players at different stages, and you still have the potential of surprises from Kuznetsova (former champ and finalist), Zheng, Safarova, and some other of the looming players who could catch form and go on a hot streak.
I APPROVED:bounce:

Not sure about Venus though

it-girl
Aug 25th, 2011, 11:00 PM
I have to admit I am looking forward to this tournament. I am really excited about seeing Venus play again. Ironically I had a few conversations today about Venus and Serena playing, it is amazing how many more people I can talk to about tennis when Venus and Serena play. I hope to see some Williams magic at the Us Open this year.

dsanders06
Aug 25th, 2011, 11:16 PM
Actually, I feel this is the LEAST excitement there's been for a Slam in years. On both the men's and women's sides, most of the top players are out of form.

young_gunner913
Aug 25th, 2011, 11:22 PM
I'm actually not excited for this tournament at all. :o Not sure why; I'm sure I'll get into it as it goes on though.

Cause all your bitches are going down. :oh:

tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2011, 11:27 PM
Cause all your bitches are going down. :oh:
Not exactly, Ryan has taken a liking to Serena.

I believe he was was converted during one of Serena recent matches in the scoring thread.

He confessed he did not know what has happened to him, but he likes Serena more and more.

tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2011, 11:31 PM
Please let's keep this thread lighthearted and good nature.
We already too many high volume, high intensity, high tension threads

Break My Rapture
Aug 25th, 2011, 11:46 PM
Actually, I feel this is the LEAST excitement there's been for a Slam in years. On both the men's and women's sides, most of the top players are out of form.
I think so too. Plus this GS barely produces any good quality matches on the women's side lately. It will be hard, if not impossible, to top Wimbledon 2011 in that regard.

HRHoliviasmith
Aug 26th, 2011, 02:15 AM
I'm not seeing the excitement that you're talking about. I personally am, but there isn't that buzz around the city that one normally experiences with this event.

tennisbum79
Aug 26th, 2011, 02:20 AM
I'm not seeing the excitement that you're talking about. I personally am, but there isn't that buzz around the city that one normally experiences with this event.
Well other posters disagree with you.

But I should confess that was like you until the ranking came out, then the excitement started.
It went up around 11ish when people started speculating about the draw, and when the draw came out, I was even more excited.

ESPN was discussing during the commentaries of the men matches.

shoparound
Aug 26th, 2011, 02:44 AM
There's also a lot of US Open commercials and sponsor commercials that are on tv right now.
People are definitely buzzing about this!

Jane Lane
Aug 26th, 2011, 02:45 AM
If we don't drown and still exist on Monday, the city will have more excitement.

Ryan
Aug 26th, 2011, 02:55 AM
Cause all your bitches are going down. :oh:



I'll bump this if one of them (somehow) wins. :fiery: It's not that though; they haven't won a Slam in...awhile haha. Most of its me being busy - moving, starting school again etc. :p

iGOAT
Aug 26th, 2011, 03:58 AM
I'm not sure if it's abnormal :unsure: but there is excitement for the Open, like other majors.

Personally, I have a lot of questions, such as players like Sunshine, JaJa, Sarin, Cake. However, I'm also used to the WTA, where questions get answered with a new question: "WTF?"

I also find myself missing Lena dearly considering this time last year was her last slam :sad::sobbing::tears::bigcry::hysteric:.

Ntosake
Aug 26th, 2011, 04:24 AM
If we don't drown and still exist on Monday, the city will have more excitement.

I know. Hopefully Hurricane Irene will not be as damaging as predicted and things return to normal asap along our eastern coasts.:sad:

But win, lose, or draw, I'm looking forward to the Open.:bounce:

The Witch-king
Aug 26th, 2011, 07:21 AM
As usual there will be tons of database errors as the draw falls apart and you all will cry and moan about the WTA and the player that ends up winning. That's all I know.

bandabou
Aug 26th, 2011, 07:32 AM
It's good...wide open now. Let's see how it plays out.

moby
Aug 26th, 2011, 07:39 AM
It's only because we all know Sarin is going to win, and we want to see her break down during the trophy presentation and have a dramaqueen emotional moment, which by the way, she is all too well-deserving of and has definitely definitely earned over her phoenix-from-ash summer, but still.

tennisbum79
Aug 26th, 2011, 12:21 PM
As usual there will be tons of database errors as the draw falls apart and you all will cry and moan about the WTA and the player that ends up winning. That's all I know.
I wish they would fix that.
But it would take more that to rin my fun. There will be extensive coverage.

The only thing I am not looking forward too is Mary Carillo
But there is always Brad to offset MC downer with his colorful tennis lingo.
There is also Chris Fowler unique expression. "taking a player to the woodshed" which mean badly beat a player.

Juju Nostalgique
Aug 26th, 2011, 01:37 PM
What makes it great for me:

-No Push Open this year. :woohoo:
-No Clijt title again. :yawn: :zzz:
-Serena playing great! :yeah:

LUVMIRZA
Aug 26th, 2011, 03:28 PM
With that draw not at all...

Break My Rapture
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:25 PM
Well, having the return of Serena to the USO since the 2009 debacle is a big buzz, no Kim means that it's more wide open than it already is....Maria is looking to at least play decently, and with her draw, she could make it very far. The defending finalist, Zvonareva, on the other hand, has been less than stellar. There's Kvitova, Azarenka, and Lisicki who will be looking to prove their Wimbledon runs (and Kvitova strikes me as a Borg-type player who would hate the noise and spectacle of the USO), Li hoping to rebound from a dismal Wimbledon and US hard court season, Stosur and Radwanska are really rebounding from weird patches of awful play. Ivanovic and Jankovic are looking to salvage their careers and continue promising form from San Diego and Cincy respectively. I mean, this is an exciting list of players to watch:

1. Serena
2. Venus
3. Maria
4. Kvitova
5. Li
6. Ivanovic
7. Jankovic
8. Zvonareva
9. Azarenka
10. Stosur
11. Radwanska
12. Petkovic

And on top of it all, will we see Caroline rebound well from her 3R and 4R losses at the European slams.

13 different players at different stages, and you still have the potential of surprises from Kuznetsova (former champ and finalist), Zheng, Safarova, and some other of the looming players who could catch form and go on a hot streak.
Sounds more like crazy optimism in my book. That didn't get me excited at all. :lol:

stevos
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:49 PM
I don't know anyone who is excited for either side. Only question I get is if Serena is playing followed by "who else?" to which I reply "no one you'd care about"

Why do you even stay on this board if you're always so fucking pessimistic. No one gives a shit that you think every match for the last six years was the worst one ever played.

Londoner
Aug 26th, 2011, 09:58 PM
I don't know anyone who is excited for either side. Only question I get is if Serena is playing followed by "who else?" to which I reply "no one you'd care about"

This is my experience too. There's not a huge amount of interest over here, and what there has been in the newspapers has been for the men's. I think the OP is having a bout of wishful thinking, particularly if he/she thinks anyone other than the Williams, Sharapova or Clijsters means anything to the general public!

tennisbum79
Aug 26th, 2011, 10:02 PM
This is my experience too. There's not a huge amount of interest over here, and what there has been in the newspapers has been for the men's. I think the OP is having a bout of wishful thinking, particularly if he/she thinks anyone other than the Williams, Sharapova or Clijsters means anything to the general public!
I drenched in optimism

It is people like you I want to bring aboard to share in the fun

dsanders06
Aug 26th, 2011, 10:30 PM
I just went through the draw and predicted, and now I feel even more apprehensive about this Slam than before... I'm predicting a Paszek-Petkovic quarterfinal. :facepalm: It's actually depressing the state the sport is in.

Craig.
Aug 26th, 2011, 10:31 PM
Why do you even stay on this board if you're always so fucking pessimistic. No one gives a shit that you think every match for the last six years was the worst one ever played.

PREACH IT BABY :hysteric:

tennisbum79
Aug 26th, 2011, 10:37 PM
I just went through the draw and predicted, and now I feel even more apprehensive about this Slam than before... I'm predicting a Paszek-Petkovic quarterfinal. :facepalm: It's actually depressing the state the sport is in.
Are you making this prediction to re-enforce or bolster your point that the sport is depressing?

What is the prediction based on?

Mightymirza
Aug 26th, 2011, 10:39 PM
Is there?? I am really nonchalant about it :shrug:

dsanders06
Aug 26th, 2011, 10:45 PM
Are you making this prediction to re-enforce or bolster your point that the sport is depressing?

What is the prediction based on?

No, I meant when I realised that could be a quarterfinal, it reinforced just how bad this Slam is going to be. Even if that particular QF doesn't happen, I really think we're going to end up with most of the top 10 seeds falling early and thus no huge match-ups in the whole tournament at all. Again.

tennisbum79
Aug 26th, 2011, 10:55 PM
No, I meant when I realised that could be a quarterfinal, it reinforced just how bad this Slam is going to be. Even if that particular QF doesn't happen, I really think we're going to end up with most of the top 10 seeds falling early and thus no huge match-ups in the whole tournament at all. Again.
Have you though about that maybe, those players who will emerge by beating the seeded players might be able to give us spectacular matches on the way to the later rounds.


Frankly some of the seeded players are not that exciting. Caro. Vera, even Azarenka. Let the chips fall where where they may, that is sports.
Yes the certainty of big names to stick around may be good for anticipation and build-up, but it is not always the case.


A breakthrough players can do the same.

tennisbum79
Aug 29th, 2011, 05:56 PM
D-Day bump

tennisbum79
Sep 5th, 2011, 11:55 PM
The atmosphere is electric at the at the USO.

Just look at the crowd waiting to enter Ashe stadium

ZODIAC
Sep 6th, 2011, 12:46 AM
this Open has been great in terms of behavior and enthusiasm...the fans have been cheering on everybody.