Im hoping its tuesday serena is scheduled to play tomorrow according to flashscore so I wonder if she will drop out...
No clue as yet, but we should know something soon.
Masha on cover of Russian weekly "Sports Daily" № 30 (10 - 16 August)
Maria Sharapova -- ВНОВЬ САМАЯ ВЫСОКООПЛАЧИВАЕМАЯ СПОРТСМЕНКА МИРАNEWLY MOST HIGHLY-PAID SPORTSWOMAN OF THE WORLD
No. 11 seed Agnieszka Radwanska has withdrawn from the 2011 Western & Southern Open with a right shoulder injury.
The withdrawal of a seed prior to the release of the first order of play causes the seeds to be shifted. Here's what changes:
Y'know what they've done here? Here's one reason they didn't quickly release the revised draw, follow:
Young Petra Martic beat the Bruja of Barcelona (MJMS) in qualies--was NOT supposed to happen. So they've grabbed MJMS as a LL & set her against Makarova. PROBABLY THE SAME PLACE they would've put her if she'd gotten thru qualies, so as to have a go at Zvonareva in the next round. Petra Martic was then deployed against Vesnina in the same quarter.
However, Katya is up a set & a break over MJMS. LOL! Davaiii! Better to fall to the clean hands of a compatriot than to the Spaniard, hunh? ;)
That match, Kuzi v Craybas & other matches are now BEING PLAYED per the REVISED DRAW they WILL NOT RELEASE. At 14:30 EDT this is now an ISSUE!
Now you must start to wonder: Will they "adjust" the draw AGAIN, based on who WINS the first day? Why not? The Yanks can do anything they please now & no one says a word.
So why do we care? Well, you should note that Kuzi just won 63 64 against Craybas & will next play qualifier Cetkovska (none of this reflected in the draw posted at this hour) -- so Kuzi very likely faces Masha in round of 16. Does it not bother anyone this is all pursuant to a revised draw they won't post?
Five hours of play now without a legal drawsheet posted.
Maria's first opponent appears to be qualifier Anastasia Rodionova, expat Russian of Oz.
It seems we do--oddly enough, since they can't get up the ACTUAL draw for TODAY!
A partial order of play for Center Court on Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open has been announced.
CENTER COURT – Day Session starts 11:00 am – Match times TBD(5) Li Na (CHN) vs Lucie Safarova (CZE)Serena Williams (USA) vs Lucie Hradecka (CZE) CENTER COURT – Night Session starts 7:00 pm – Match times TBD(4) Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs (Q) Anastasia Rodionova(3) Roger Federer (SUI) vs Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) All first round matches that have not been scheduled for Sunday or Monday will also be on Tuesday’s schedule. The full schedule for Tuesday will be released later Monday evening.http://www.cincytennis.c...sday_schedule_announced/
Look, something is going on--but I'll admit I don't know what's up. "A-Rod" whacked Hercog 60 60. We all know Polona ain't that bad & Anastasia ain't that good, but it was in the dark so who knows what happened. Not the only off-the-wall result today.
More: conditions are heavy & humid, so you KNOW Serena's people are demanding that evening spot. Why don't they have it wrapped up?
Western & Southern Open 2011 -- Cincinnati
Marţi (16 August) EDT
The Tennis Channel will continue Cincy coverage on Tuesday at 11:00-23:00 EDT. Encores will continue around the clock until it begins again Wednesday. ESPN2 will take back over 11:00 Thursday.
Eurosport replaying Petko-Gajdo now. http://www.sportlemon.tv/v-2/8/84/v-288568.html
Li Na v Safarova at the top of the hour.
Tournament sponsor W&S financial group has brought a gang of Chinese tennis kids to Cincy for the week. To see Li Na roll over for Serena? Doesn't sound right. Maybe not. This is NOT a major, after all.
This is interesting. Tennis Channel did NOT expand on thr group's composition:
First youth delegation from China to experience Western & Southern Open, Greater Cincinnati community
CINCINNATI — August 11, 2011 — Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern) today announced it will host aspiring tennis students from the Mountain Flowers Foundation in China during the Western & Southern Open Aug. 13-21, 2011.
The Mountain Flowers Foundation is part of China’s National Sports Foundation and is dedicated to the development of Chinese ethnic minority girls through education and the sport of tennis. The Foundation is home to 12 Chinese girls between the ages of 8 and 13 from over four ethnic minority groups in China, including Moso, Naxi, Pumi, and Tibetan. This will be the first trip to the United States for students of the Mountain Flowers Foundation.
“We are delighted to host the Mountain Flowers Foundation,” said John F. Barrett, Western & Southern chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Throughout my visits to China, I have been able to learn more about this special foundation and their honorable cause. Having them visit our tournament, which is one of the premiere tennis events in the world, is a natural way to deepen our relationships in China while making a positive contribution to the citizens of China. I am looking forward to their visit and grateful to our associates and tournament partners who are helping to make this trip a reality.”
The visitors will attend the Western & Southern Open and participate in a number of cross-cultural activities, which may include the opportunity to watch several tennis matches, hit a few practice balls with tennis pros, meet China’s top-ranking tennis player and French Open champion Li Na, and visit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as well as some of Cincinnati’s entertainment attractions like the Cincinnati Zoo and Kings Island.
“We are honored and thankful for this kind gesture, and we are looking forward to meeting the Greater Cincinnati community,” said Yang Xi, Mountain Flowers Foundation co-founder and 1984 Olympic volleyball gold medalist. “Our mission is to leverage the game of tennis to help young ethnic minority girls in China complete primary and secondary school, and receive a university education. Cultural exchanges such as the Western & Southern Open and the events surrounding the tournament have the potential to leave a positive, long-term impact on our kids and open new opportunities for future collaboration with Western & Southern Financial Group.”
yup the irish guy said he was going to cincinati after the majors last week because 'he heard it was nice down there'. pfff give us a break we all no your riding the princess lol
If she plays like she did last week definitely
Can't close it out because of double faults.
Just noticed, Maria went down 2 places from the ranking. From #5 to #7. Was it due to the points she lost last week?
So that means she'll earn points this week?
Yes, she can only gain points this week. She went down two places because they removed the points she gained last year at Cincinnati where she reached the finals (it took place earlier than this year).
So Maria won easily but it was a poor second set in my opinion. Still quite a few doubles and she let Rodionova break her twice in the second set. She needs to step it up quickly.
So Maria won easily but it was a poor match in my opinion. Still quite a few doubles and she let Rodionova break her twice in the second set. She needs to step it up quickly.
Agree. Everything was going well, until double faults started clinging in that one service game of Maria. All doubles in the second set came from that game I think...
She's playing good somehow, although she's missing some combination shots. Tough match ahead I should say, tricky Kuznetsova.