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USTA FL Friday Blog: American US Open Openers; Maria Sells Candy

August 24, 2012 08:37 AM
The Friday USTA Florida blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach

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It's been a busy week of tennis news including the NCAA retracting their college tennis scoring changes, Maria Sharapova selling candy, the US Open Series wrapping up the week prior to the US Open at New Haven (women) and Winston-Salem (men), and the release of the US Open men's and women's draws.

Hand it to grassroots activism, as the outcry from players, coaches and tennis fans has led to the NCAA backing off its plan to change the third set scoring in college singles to a "super tiebreak." "On Wednesday, less than a week after tennis insiders balked at the proposal, the men's and women's Division I tennis committee rescinded the recommendation to add a third-set super tiebreaker in the final set of singles matches and a new doubles tiebreaker at 6-all," reported the Associated Press.
 
The US Open draws were released on Thursday, and American players drew some interesting and/or challenging first round assignments. Here are all the American men and women (listed first, all seeds in bold) in the draw and their first-round opponents:

Men:
(9) John Isner vs. Xavier Malisse (BEL)
(20) Andy Roddick vs. qualifier
(23) Mardy Fish vs. Go Soeda (JPN)
(27) Sam Querrey vs. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Donald Young vs. (1) Roger Federer (SUI)
Michael Russell vs. (16) Gilles Simon (FRA)
Brian Baker vs. Jan Hajek (CZE)
Ryan Harrison vs. Benjamin Becker (GER)
Jesse Levine vs. (14) Alexandr Dolgopolov
(WC) Robby Ginepri vs. Albert Ramos (ESP)
(WC) Jack Sock vs. (22) Florian Mayer (GER)
(WC) Denis Kudla vs. (24) Marcel Granollers (ESP)
(WC) James Blake vs. Lukas Lacko (SVK)
(WC) Steve Johnson vs. Rajeev Ram (USA)
(WC) Dennis Novikov vs. Jerzy Janowicz (POL)

Women:
(4) Serena Williams vs. Coc Vandeweghe (USA)
(21) Christina McHale vs. Kiki Bertens (NED)
(31) Varvara Lepchenko vs. Mathilde Johansson (FRA)
Venus Williams vs. (WC) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
Jamie Hampton vs. (11) Marion Bartoli
Irina Falconi vs. qualifier
Vania King vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
Sloane Stephens vs. (22) Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
(WC) Victoria Duval vs. (23) Kim Clijsters
(WC) Julia Cohen vs. qualifier
(WC) Mallory Burdette vs. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
(WC) Melanie Oudin vs. (15) Lucie Safarova (CZE)
(WC) Nicole Gibbs vs. Alize Cornet (FRA)

Today is the final day of men's and women's US Open qualifying (shown live on CBS Sports Network), and Americans one match away from the main draw are Rhyne Williams (USA) vs. Peter Gojowczyk (GER), Florida's Samantha Crawford (USA) vs. (4) Eleni Daniilidou, Bradley Klahn (USA) vs. (9) Florent Serra, Tim Smyczek vs. (3) Ricardas Berankis, Maria Sanchez (USA) vs. (18) Kristyna Pliskova (CZE), (30) Bobby Reynolds (USA) vs. Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol (ESP), Daniel Kosakowski (USA) vs. Hiroki Moriya (JPN), and (31) Alexa Glatch (USA) vs. (11) Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP).

Players are also still getting last-minute match preparation in at Winston-Salem and New Haven.

Yesterday No. 3 seed John Isner and No. 7 Sam Querrey advanced into the semifinals, Isner in straight sets over Belgian David Goffin, and Querrey edging No. 4 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in a third-set tiebreak 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(3). Today at 3 p.m., Isner will face top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and at 6:30 p.m. Querrey will face No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych. The Isner match will be live on ESPN2, and the Querrey match on tape at 9 p.m. on Tennis Channel.

No American women remain at the New Haven Open at Yale, where the semifinal match-ups are (3) Caroline Wozniacki vs. (7) Maria Kirilenko, and (2) Petra Kvitova vs. (4) Sara Errani (Wozniacki is shooting for a record fifth straight New Haven title), nor at the WTA Texas Tennis Open in Dallas, where the final is down to (2) Jelena Jankovic vs. (3) Roberta Vinci. New Haven will be on ESPN2 today from 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Also at the New Haven at Yale tournament this week is golfer Rory McIlroy, watching his girlfriend Wozniacki play that sport where you have to run -- tennis. McIlroy didn't have a lot to do during the week, so he tried to smack tennis balls through the tunnel of the Yale Bowl with a driver from the middle of the football field.

Have a great weekend everyone, especially you league players salivating for the 2013 USTA Florida Early Start Ratings which will be posted on Monday at 9 a.m.

 
 

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