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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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S8 Week 29, US Open, USA, Grand Slam!







Welcome to Flushing Meadows, New York, for the season's final Grand Slam. It has been an exciting US summer Harcourt swing with the top players performing well and Kournikova impressing on her comeback season. Last year’s finalists Schiavone and Davenport have big points to defend and will hope to repeat their magic of last season. With not long to go until the Year End Championships, this tournament will be crucial in players' campaigns for the season-ending Top 8. Let's check out the big guns here in New York....



The Favourites


#1 Patty Schnyder – Schnyder has compiled an impressive hard-court season, coming out second best in LA & Montreal, as well as last 4 showings in Cincinnati & Portoroz. She will be eager to do well here after a disappointing effort last year and knows she has the game to go all the way.


#2 Li Na – After winning in LA & Portorz, as well as being a finalist in Cincinnati, the #2 seed will be well prepared for an assault on the New York trophy. She also has a chance to grab the #1 ranking should she win the tournament, but how will she cope with the pressure?


#3 Ana Ivanovic – She is twice a finalist in this event, but this was way back in Seasons 1 & 2. However, after winning Montreal, posting RU finishes in New Haven & Portoroz, as well as last 8 showings in Cincinnati & LA, the #3 seed should be brimming with confidence that she can go one better and win the title here.


#15 Anna Kournikova –Kournikova is a former #1 and recently made her comeback to the tour and has been in hot form during the hard-court swing, collecting the title in Cincinnati as well as QF finishes in four other events. She has fire in her belly and is hungry to go all the way here at Flushing Meadows.




The Contenders



#6 Francesca Schiavone – The tenacious Italian is a two-time defending champion here in New York and will be hoping to reproduce the magic on Arthur Ashe Stadium once again. She won the title last week in New Haven and so enters the tournament full of confidence which makes for a dangerous player!


#8 Bethanie Mattek-Sands – Beth has compiled some good results lately, including SF finishes in her last two events. Buoyed by the home crowd, she has the potential to go very deep into the tournament and challenge the favourites.


#9 Lindsay Davenport – The veteran American is still playing great tennis, with a last 4 finish in Montreal and a quarterfinal finish last week in New Haven. She has won Slams before so knows what it takes to go all the way. With the right draw expect Davenport to be in the latter stages.




The Dark Horses



#4 Nicole Vaidisova – Vaidisova is enjoying a great season once again, having been back up as high as #2 a few weeks ago. She made the last 8 in Cincinnati & LA and will be disappointed not to have done better, but she knows that when she is at her best, she is so so tough to beat.


#5 Jelena Jankovic – Jankovic is enjoying a return to the Top 5 after several season outside of the elite and she will be boosted by that fact. She posted a SF last week in New haven as well as a QF in Stanford. Jankovic could really do some damage here.


#7 Karolina Sprem – The Croatian is at her career high ranking right now and with a SF showing in Los Angeles she knows she has a good game for the hard-courts. The big guns should definitely watch out for her if she brings her A-Game this week.


#10 Sabine Lisicki – Lisicki has really slipped down the rankings this season, finding herself at the very edge of the Top 10 now. Although she is having a poor season by her standards, she did pick up the title in Stanford and could produce that form once again this week.


#23 Kristyna Pliskova – Newcomer to the tour this season, the youngster shocked the tour by winning Wimbledon. With a SF in LA and a QF in Portoroz, Pliskova seems to have found her feet on the hard-courts too. With recent back-to-back wins over #2 Li, she could produce another shock here in New York – definitely one to watch!







S1 – Zvonareva def. (Q) Ivanovic 6-4 5-7 6-0
S2 – (1) Azarenka def. (4) Ivanovic 6-0 0-6 6-4
S3 – Sharapova (ret) def. Jankovic 6-0 0-6 6-4
S4 – (10) Clijsters (ret) def. (3) Molik (ret) 0-6 6-0 6-4
S5 – (4) V.Williams def. Radwanska (ret) 6-1 6-3
S6 – Schiavone def. Benesova 7-6(9) 3-6 6-4
S7 – (5) Schiavone def. Davenport 6-3 0-6 6-4



Points to Defend

Sprem – 75
Cirstea - 75
Seles – 75
Martinez-Sanchez – 75
Vaidisova – 75
S.Williams – 75
Benesova – 75
Zvonareva – 75
V.Williams – 150
Hantuchova – 150
Li – 150
Schnyder – 150
Karatantcheva – 150
Cibulkova – 150
Mattek-Sands – 250
Jankovic – 250
Lisicki – 250
Bartoli – 250
Ivanovic – 450
Davenport – 700
Schiavone – 1000


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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 12:09 AM   #2
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Draw


(1) Schnyder Vs. Bye
Craybas Vs. Cibulkova
Hantuchova Vs. King
Bye Vs. (16) Benesova
(12) Bartoli Vs. Bye
Wozniacki Vs. Azarenka
Safarova Vs. Seles
Bye Vs. (8) Mattek-Sands

(6) Schiavone Vs. Bye
(PC) Kuznetsova Vs. Pliskova
Oudin Vs. Szavay
Bye Vs. (10) Lisicki
(15) Kournikova Vs. Bye
Cirstea Vs. Shvedova
Gajdosova Vs. Dulko
Bye Vs. (3) Ivanovic

(4) Vaidisova Vs. Bye
Zheng Vs. Karatantcheva
Arvidsson Vs. Zvonareva
Bye Vs. (14) S.Williams
(9) Davenport Vs. Bye
(PC) Petkovic Vs. Robson
Bondarenko Vs. Clijsters
Bye Vs. (5) Jankovic

(7) Sprem Vs. Bye
Dementieva Vs. Tanasugarn
Stosur Vs. Harkleroad
Bye Vs. (11) V.Williams
(13) Martinez-Sanchez Vs. Bye
Peng Vs. Kvitova
Peer Vs. Sharapova
Bye Vs. (2) Li



Points due Thursday 4pm

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Predictions

R16

(1) Schnyder def. King
(8) Mattek-Sands def. (12) Bartoli
Pliskova def. (10) Lisicki
(15) Kournikova def. (3) Ivanovic
(4) Vaidisova def. (12) S.Williams
(9) Davenport def. (5) Jankovic
(11) V.Williams def. Tanasugarn
(2) Li def. (13) Martinez-Sanchez

QF

(1) Schnyder def. (8) Mattek-Sands
(15) Kournikova def. Pliskova
(4) Vaidisova def. (9) Davenport
(2) Li def. (11) V.Williams

SF

(1) Schnyder def. (15) Kournikova
(2) Li def. (4) Vaidisova

F

(2) Li def. (1) Schnyder

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Rankings with US Open Pts Off

1. (1) Patty Schnyder – 6159
2. (2) Li Na – 5407
3. (4) Nicole Vaidisova – 4680
4. (3) Ana Ivanovic – 4595
5. (5) Jelena Jankovic – 4435
6. (7) Karolina Sprem – 4244
7. (8) Bethanie Mattek-Sands – 4060
8. (10) Sabine Lisicki – 3885
9. (11) Venus Williams – 3512
10. (9) Lindsay Davenport – 3500
11. (13) Maria-Jose Martinez-Sanchez – 3370
12. (6) Francesca Schiavone – 3340
13. (14) Serena Williams – 3315
14. (12) Marion Bartoli – 3254
15. (15) Anna Kournikova – 3251
16. (16) Iveta Benesova – 2639
17. (17) Maria Sharapova – 2590
18. (18) Laura Robson – 2565
19. (19) Gisela Dulko – 2435
20. (20) Dominika Cibulkova – 2255
21. (21) Monica Seles – 2250
22. (22) Sorana Cirstea – 2210
23. (23) Kristyna Pliskova – 2015
24. (25) Jill Craybas – 1965
25. (26) Victoria Azarenka – 1945
26. (24) Vera Zvonareva – 1920
27. (28) Vania King – 1815
28. (27) Daniela Hantuchova – 1760
29. (29) Sesil Karatantcheva – 1595
30. (30) Lucie Safarova – 1395
31. (31) Zheng Jie – 1235
32. (32) Caroline Wozniacki – 1190
33. (33) Ashley Harkleroad – 1130
34. (34) Tamarine Tanasugarn – 960
35. (35) Kim Clijsters – 935
36. (36) Samantha Stosur – 711
37. (37) Elena Dementieva – 700
38. (38) Sofia Arviddson – 581
39. (39) Yaroslava Shvedova – 565
40. (40) Agnes Szavay – 506
41. (41) Alona Bondarenko – 435
42. (42) Jarmila Gajdosova – 355
43. (43) Petra Kvitova – 230
44. (44) Shahar Peer – 195
45. (45) Peng Shuai – 180
46. (46) Svetlana Kuznetsova - 135
47. (47) Andrea Petkovic – 115
48. (48) Melanie Oudin – 80
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Yaroslava Shevdova outraged over not being one of the favorites, but happy she has a possible R2 with ANNA K.




You have said recently that your consider yourself a contender for the USO, but CEO champion88 seems not. What are your thoughts?


I am not happy about it, but it means I have nothing to lose and people like Tranikova have the world on their shoulders. Again I said this before and I will say it again I feel like I can beat anybody in the world and if people don't believe I just dont give a F##K!!!


You also said on twitter that you want Anna K in her first round and the CEO gave you it. Thoughts?


You mean Tranikova. Yeah I am exicted, I feel like she gets the easiest draws in the world and she is overated. Now that she doesn't, her ass is getting spanked. If it is not by me, than certinely it will be somebody else in our section.

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R16

(1) Schnyder def. King
(8) Mattek-Sands def. (12) Bartoli
Pliskova def. (10) Lisicki
Shevdova def. (3) Ivanovic
(4) Vaidisova def. (12) S.Williams
(9) Davenport def. (5) Jankovic
(11) V.Williams def. Tanasugarn
(2) Li def. (13) Martinez-Sanchez

QF

(1) Schnyder def. (8) Mattek-Sands
Shevdova def. Pliskova
(4) Vaidisova def. (9) Davenport
(2) Li def. (11) V.Williams

SF

Shevdova def. (1) Schnyder
(2) Li def. (4) Vaidisova

F

Shevdova def. (2) Li

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I am probally going to regret this, can we get the results now?
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I am probally going to regret this, can we get the results now?
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Round of 64





Cibulkova def. Craybas
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Round of 64





Hantuchova def. King
0-6 6-3 7-6(9)



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Wozniacki def. Azarenka
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