September 1st, 2008
New York City, USA
The 8th day of the Us Open kicked off today with enticing matches between Dinara Safina and Anna Lena Groenefeld as well as Venus Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska. Serena Williams and Amelie Mauresmo were also in action in their Round of 16 matches. All the women were trying to fill in the Quarter-Finals on the women's side.
Dinara Safina had a tough first set against the German Groenefeld but it was all Safina in the second set as she cruised to a 7-5, 6-0 victory. Safina now moves on to the Quarter-Finals of the US Open against Flavia Pennetta who took out Amelie Mauresmo 6-3, 6-0. Safina is expected to reach her first US Open Semi-Final with not much trouble. Who will she meet will be the big question come Wednesday.
Venus Williams was up against the number 9 seed, which many thought would provide a tough, entertaining match up. Williams had other plans as she out powered and out ran her Polish opponent to a 6-1, 6-3 victory. Venus is looking sharp heading into the Quarter-Finals as she did last year. Younger sister Serena Williams also is looking sharp, not having any trouble whatsoever in her Round of 16 match against Severine Bremond of France. Serena, much like Venus just outhit and out played her opponent. Serena moved on with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Now the All Williams Quarter-Final is set. It will be a tough one to call, Serena will be looking to get revenge for her Finals loss at Wimbledon to Venus.
Tomorrow the Quarter-Finals kick off with Elena Dementieva taking on Patty Schnyder and Jelena Jankovic facing off against Sybille Bammer. Expect Dementieva and Jankovic to move on to the Semi-Finals.
Arthur Ashe Stadium:
(7)Venus Williams d. (9)Agnieszka Radwanska - 6-1, 6-3
(4)Serena Williams d. Severine Bremond - 6-2, 6-2
Louis Armstrong Stadium:
(6)Dinara Safina d. Anna Lena Groenefeld - 7-5, 6-0
(16)Flavia Pennetta d. (32)Amelie Mauresmo - 6-3, 6-0
Top 10 Seeds:
1. Ana Ivanovic - Lost in Round 2 (Coin)
2. Jelena Jankovic - Quarter-Finals
3. Svetlana Kuznetsova - Lost in Round 3 (Srebotnik)
4. Serena Williams - Quarter-Finals
5. Elena Dementieva - Quarter-Finals
6. Dinara Safina - Quarter-Finals
7. Venus Williams - Quarter-Finals
8. Vera Zvonareva- Lost in Round 2 (Perebiynis)
9. Agnieszka Radwanska - Lost in Round of 16 (V. Williams)
10. Anna Chakvetadze - Lost in Round 1 (Makarova)