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US OPEN 2011 (29 August - 11 September)
Valkyre
#1 Posted : Monday, August 22, 2011 7:32:20 AM(UTC)
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After that beautiful and extremely satisfying win in Cincinnati Maria is heading for this year's US Open, hopefully to continue right where she left off!


Kim Clijsters will not be defending her title due to injury and we are still waiting to see the extend (if any) of Williams-Azarenka respectively. Both of them are seeded though. Maria now 4th in the world ranking and with the top place in 2011 Championships, comes in as the 3rd seed. Below follows the complete seed list with the points that each player has to defend:


 


             Seed No                                      Points to defend




  1. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki                       900

  2. Russia Vera Zvonareva                            1400

  3. Russia Maria Sharapova                            280

  4. Belarus Victoria Azarenka                          100

  5. Czech Republic Petra Kvitová                                  160

  6. People's Republic of China Li Na                                                    5

  7. Italy Francesca Schiavone                    500

  8. France Marion Bartoli                                 100

  9. Australia Samantha Stosur                           500

  10. Germany Andrea Petkovic                            280

  11. Serbia Jelena Janković                             160

  12. Poland Agnieszka Radwańska                 100

  13. People's Republic of China Peng Shuai                                      160

  14. Slovakia Dominika Cibulková                      500

  15. Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova                   280

  16. Serbia Ana Ivanović                                   280

  17. Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova         280

  18. Italy Roberta Vinci                                   5

  19. Germany Julia Görges                                   100

  20. Belgium Yanina Wickmayer                        280

  21. Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová                      160

  22. Germany Sabine Lisicki                                100

  23. Israel Shahar Pe'er                                  280

  24. Russia Nadia Petrova                                  5

  25. Russia Maria Kirilenko                             160

  26. Italy Flavia Pennetta                             160

  27. Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová                               5

  28. United States Serena Williams                             0

  29. Australia Jarmila Gajdošová                         5

  30. Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues            5

  31. Estonia Kaia Kanepi                                    500


For even more details click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_US_Open_(tennis)#cite_note-8


Last year Masha reached the 4th round of the tournament. Lets hope Maria can continue her good run this year, especially in Grand Slam events and that she will keep getting better and better! Stay tuned for the draw once it is available + videos, schedule and coverage of the event.


Official USO webpage: http://www.usopen.org/en_US/index.html


And we mustnt forget:



DAVAI MARIA!


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#2 Posted : Monday, August 22, 2011 10:27:00 AM(UTC)
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Great start for USO, Valkyre. I haven't recovered from yesterday's win. Incredible feeling, I'm sure you'll all agree.

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#3 Posted : Monday, August 22, 2011 11:00:20 AM(UTC)
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Ditto.  


It's noon in NYC. Qualie draw should appear soon now:


http://2011.usopen.org/e.../scores/draws/index.html 

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#4 Posted : Monday, August 22, 2011 12:45:53 PM(UTC)
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Great post Valkyre better than I would have ever done it!!!!


Ditto Ditto - Yeash I would expected the qualie draw now
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#5 Posted : Monday, August 22, 2011 3:58:37 PM(UTC)
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Interesting spec from Andrei Olhovsky, prominent coach on Tarpischev's Team Russia crew, Olympic coach, coached Dementieva & others: 


Olhovsky Mary showed a very solid tennis 


http://www.championat.co...ennis/article-93414.html 


Q. In Toronto, Maria did not show a convincing game, but in Cincinnati won the title. What do you think awaits Sharapova in New York?


AO: - I think we can expect of Maria a similar result for US Open. She is one of the favorites to win the main. In this same situation her and Serena. But then a lot will depend on the draw, because now she (Serena) is on the 29th line in the rankings. It is possible on a certain scenario, they may play each other for the 1/16 (he may mean third round rather than Round of 16, usually designated 1/8). Maria  showed pretty solid tennis in Cincinnati. I think that in the final her famous self-confidence played a role at crucial moments. 

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#6 Posted : Monday, August 22, 2011 4:05:10 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: paul_pipkin Go to Quoted Post


Interesting spec from Andrei Olhovsky, prominent coach on Tarpischev's Team Russia crew, Olympic coach, coached Dementieva & others: 


Olhovsky Mary showed a very solid tennis 


http://www.championat.co...ennis/article-93414.html 


Q. In Toronto, Maria did not show a convincing game, but in Cincinnati won the title. What do you think awaits Sharapova in New York?


AO: - I think we can expect of Maria a similar result for US Open. She is one of the favorites to win the main. In this same situation her and Serena. But then a lot will depend on the draw, because now she (Serena) is on the 29th line in the rankings. It is possible on a certain scenario, they may play each other for the 1/16 (he may mean third round rather than Round of 16, usually designated 1/8). Maria  showed pretty solid tennis in Cincinnati. I think that in the final her famous self-confidence played a role at crucial moments. 



Hehe Paul that was clearly pun intended from Olhovsky haha! And he is absolutely right in everything. Maria is strong but what happens behind the curtains is not hers to control. Lets hope she will overcome all kind of "obstacles" she meets! 

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#10 Posted : Monday, August 22, 2011 5:55:40 PM(UTC)
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USO QUALIE DRAW IS UP: http://www.usopen.org/en...ores/draws/us/usdraw.pdf 

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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It has been a great day today. Maria and all of us have been walking around with a smile on our face ! Let's hope Maria can continue this performance . Not waiting for a Serena in round 3 but I just have that feeling it will happen. Authum can be the time to regain the number 1 spot, as there are not many points to defend in the weeks to come. Nice she can play the YEC again. It's good to know already, she will be playing in Istanbul. Knowing that Sasha will be there to support , I expect great results. No, no , no pressure !!
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#11 Posted : Monday, August 22, 2011 6:47:59 PM(UTC)
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I agree. Nella--I like this Istanbul/Sasha deal myself.


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Schedule for Qualifying Day 1: Tuesday, August 23 2011  http://www.usopen.org/en...schedule/p_schedule1.pdf


At first glance, I can't find a lotta shit to pick with this.  


Lotsa interesting players. Hey, Val, gotcha Greek: GEORGATOU, Eirini GRE


Canucks: DUBOIS, Stephanie CAN, FICHMAN, Sharon CAN, EL TABAKH, Heidi CAN, WOZNIAK, Aleksandra CAN


Franco-Belarusian, lol: BREMOND, Iryna FRA



BRATCHIKOVA, Nina RUS

GAVRILOVA, Daria RUS

PANOVA, Alexandra RUS

SAVINYKH, Valeria RUS

DIATCHENKO, Vitalia RUS

IVANOVA, Ekaterina RUS

RODIONOVA, Arina RUS

KULIKOVA, Regina RUS

BYCHKOVA, Ekaterina RUS

SIROTKINA, Marta RUS

 


 



BEYGELZIMER, Yuliya UKR

SAVCHUK, Olga UKR

KORYTTSEVA, Mariya UKR

LUZHANSKA, Tetiana UKR

TSURENKO, Lesia UKR

 


 



VOSKOBOEVA, Galina KAZ    Russian Kazakhstani

KARATANTCHEVA, Sesil KAZ Bulgar  Kazakhstani

DIYAS, Zarina KAZ             Kazakh  Kazakhstani

SHVEDOVA, Yaroslava KAZ  Russian Kazakhstani

 

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#13 Posted : Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:25:49 AM(UTC)
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No shit, really? Well, maybe the shit will come when they'll place them into the main draw?


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#7 Posted : Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:29:11 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: paul_pipkin Go to Quoted Post


Interesting spec from Andrei Olhovsky, prominent coach on Tarpischev's Team Russia crew, Olympic coach, coached Dementieva & others: 


Olhovsky Mary showed a very solid tennis 


http://www.championat.co...ennis/article-93414.html 


Q. In Toronto, Maria did not show a convincing game, but in Cincinnati won the title. What do you think awaits Sharapova in New York?


AO: - I think we can expect of Maria a similar result for US Open. She is one of the favorites to win the main. In this same situation her and Serena. But then a lot will depend on the draw, because now she (Serena) is on the 29th line in the rankings. It is possible on a certain scenario, they may play each other for the 1/16 (he may mean third round rather than Round of 16, usually designated 1/8). Maria  showed pretty solid tennis in Cincinnati. I think that in the final her famous self-confidence played a role at crucial moments. 


hear, hear!!!!!



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#14 Posted : Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:37:14 AM(UTC)
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Thank you Paul! Now lets see what happens with the main draw! haha! things are going to get interesting I guess! :)
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:14:00 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: CROUCHING TIGER Go to Quoted Post


Originally Posted by: paul_pipkin Go to Quoted Post


Interesting spec from Andrei Olhovsky, prominent coach on Tarpischev's Team Russia crew, Olympic coach, coached Dementieva & others: 


Olhovsky Mary showed a very solid tennis 


http://www.championat.co...ennis/article-93414.html 


Q. In Toronto, Maria did not show a convincing game, but in Cincinnati won the title. What do you think awaits Sharapova in New York?


AO: - I think we can expect of Maria a similar result for US Open. She is one of the favorites to win the main. In this same situation her and Serena. But then a lot will depend on the draw, because now she (Serena) is on the 29th line in the rankings. It is possible on a certain scenario, they may play each other for the 1/16 (he may mean third round rather than Round of 16, usually designated 1/8). Maria  showed pretty solid tennis in Cincinnati. I think that in the final her famous self-confidence played a role at crucial moments. 


hear, hear!!!!!






Serena seeded 28th at U.S. Open; Wozniacki No. 1


AP - Tuesday, August 23, 2011









 




Serena Williams was seeded 28th for the U.S. Open, which stuck with its policy of following the rankings instead of taking into account players’ past performances.


It means Williams could face one of the Grand Slam tournament’s top eight seeded players as early as the third round.


The 29-year-old American leads active women with 13 major championships, including three at Flushing Meadows—in 1999, 2002 and 2008. She recently won consecutive hard-court tuneup tournaments at Stanford and Toronto, making her one of the favorites to win the U.S. Open, which starts next Monday.


A former No. 1, the American is ranked 29th this week. That’s up from 175th in July, a few weeks after she returned to the tour following nearly a year off because of a series of health problems.


“After careful deliberation regarding Serena Williams’ seeding, we decided to maintain the objective criteria in place to determine the women’s singles seeds at this year’s U.S. Open,” tournament director Jim Curley said in a statement released Tuesday by the U.S. Tennis Association.


In the past, Grand Slam tournaments have taken into account factors other than the official rankings when determining seedings.


At the most recent major tournament, Wimbledon, two-time defending champion Williams was moved up to No. 7 in the seedings, 19 spots higher than her ranking at the time, even though it was only the second tournament of her comeback. She wound up losing in the fourth round at the All England Club.


Her older sister Venus, a five-time Wimbledon champion, also was bumped up in the seedings there. But Venus Williams isn’t seeded at all for the U.S. Open, which she won in 2000 and 2001; she’s ranked 36th this week. 


Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, the 2009 U.S. Open runner-up, is also No. 1 in the women’s singles seedings announced Tuesday, followed by Vera Zvonareva, last year’s losing finalist.


Two-time reigning U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters, who is ranked No. 3, will miss the tournament this year with a stomach muscle injury. Fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova, the 2006 champion in New York, moves up to third in the seedings.


The men’s seedings are to be announced Wednesday, and the draw for the year’s last Grand Slam tournament is Thursday. 


 http://tennis.com/articl...leid=13811&zoneid=25 






 

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Interesting spec from Andrei Olhovsky, prominent coach on Tarpischev's Team Russia crew, Olympic coach, coached Dementieva & others: 


Olhovsky Mary showed a very solid tennis 


http://www.championat.co...ennis/article-93414.html 


Q. In Toronto, Maria did not show a convincing game, but in Cincinnati won the title. What do you think awaits Sharapova in New York?


AO: - I think we can expect of Maria a similar result for US Open. She is one of the favorites to win the main. In this same situation her and Serena. But then a lot will depend on the draw, because now she (Serena) is on the 29th line in the rankings. It is possible on a certain scenario, they may play each other for the 1/16 (he may mean third round rather than Round of 16, usually designated 1/8). Maria  showed pretty solid tennis in Cincinnati. I think that in the final her famous self-confidence played a role at crucial moments. 


hear, hear!!!!!






Serena seeded 28th at U.S. Open; Wozniacki No. 1


AP - Tuesday, August 23, 2011









 




Serena Williams was seeded 28th for the U.S. Open, which stuck with its policy of following the rankings instead of taking into account players’ past performances.


It means Williams could face one of the Grand Slam tournament’s top eight seeded players as early as the third round.


The 29-year-old American leads active women with 13 major championships, including three at Flushing Meadows—in 1999, 2002 and 2008. She recently won consecutive hard-court tuneup tournaments at Stanford and Toronto, making her one of the favorites to win the U.S. Open, which starts next Monday.


A former No. 1, the American is ranked 29th this week. That’s up from 175th in July, a few weeks after she returned to the tour following nearly a year off because of a series of health problems.


“After careful deliberation regarding Serena Williams’ seeding, we decided to maintain the objective criteria in place to determine the women’s singles seeds at this year’s U.S. Open,” tournament director Jim Curley said in a statement released Tuesday by the U.S. Tennis Association.


In the past, Grand Slam tournaments have taken into account factors other than the official rankings when determining seedings.


At the most recent major tournament, Wimbledon, two-time defending champion Williams was moved up to No. 7 in the seedings, 19 spots higher than her ranking at the time, even though it was only the second tournament of her comeback. She wound up losing in the fourth round at the All England Club.


Her older sister Venus, a five-time Wimbledon champion, also was bumped up in the seedings there. But Venus Williams isn’t seeded at all for the U.S. Open, which she won in 2000 and 2001; she’s ranked 36th this week. 


Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, the 2009 U.S. Open runner-up, is also No. 1 in the women’s singles seedings announced Tuesday, followed by Vera Zvonareva, last year’s losing finalist.


Two-time reigning U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters, who is ranked No. 3, will miss the tournament this year with a stomach muscle injury. Fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova, the 2006 champion in New York, moves up to third in the seedings.


The men’s seedings are to be announced Wednesday, and the draw for the year’s last Grand Slam tournament is Thursday. 


 http://tennis.com/articl...leid=13811&zoneid=25 






 


Think it's not good for women's tennis that Serena is ranked 28 !! What if she meets Maria in the 3rd round !?!? They could have ranked her number 16 , as I think she will make it to the quarters anyway !!

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By Nick Georgandis

Maria Sharapova is back in the Top 5, with designs on moving even higher as the US Open looms in one week's time.

By wining at Cincinnati on Sunday, Sharapova leaped from seventh to fourth in Monday's newly released WTA rankings, and is now within 155 points of injured No. 3 Kim Clijsters, and 474 points behind world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva.

Sharapova will ascend to No. 3 for sure, as an injury has forced Clijsters out of the US Open field. Zvonareva made the final last year, and will need a strong repeat performance to keep Sharapova off her heels.

No. 1 ranked Caroline Wozniacki remains just shy of 3,000 points ahead of Sharapova, but is in a  a slump of late with back-to-back first round defeats at Cincinnati and the Rogers Cup. Wozniacki has 470 points to defend at New Haven this week, where she is the defending champion and a further 900 at Flushing Meadows after reaching the semifinals there in 2010.

Sharapova earned 280 points for her fourth-round appearance at last year's US Open. If she goes a lot further, and if Wozniacki continues to struggle, the gap between them could be considerably smaller come early September.

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Maria is the one with a good chance to become the number on at the end of the year.

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Any bets that Serena ends up in Maria's quarter????
The advantage having a spectacularly bad fall last year is that she can really make up some ranking points this year! Masha at #1 sounds about right to me!!!!!
Stephanie Dubois double bagelled some young Ameriv=can today and Sharon Fichman is also thru.
Masha is my #1!!
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Now, now, al that sarcasm i don't like. This is the USO, considered by "those who can know it" as

the most meaningfull tenniscontest of the year. I understand and respect that. This is the blockbuster

of tennis; action, thrills, adventure, the best tennis, the best of the best and above all honesty high

in that star-spangled-banner!! Even more this year, since the final is played on that terrible date of

9/11...10th anniversary already of the day Amerika's proud and soul was never hit before...let's humbly

our heads and cry out loud...HAIL AMERIKA...HAIL THE USO...


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Well I made the mistake to visit wtatennis.com after almost one week of boycotting it... the reason was that I wanted to find news regarding USO and because -I admit it- I had the curiosity to see what the articles would look like.

Suffice to say, I was not disappointed... guess who was the top news.... aaaaawwww yeaaaaah Serena Williams! She is seeded No.28, its all wtatennis.com apparently cares about lol. Well I learned my lesson...AGAIN! Will try not to repeat the same mistake...my next goal is to go for 2 weeks of boycotting! lol


EDIT: In other news, here you can find a video from the official US website, with the 1st day of qualifying:


http://www.usopen.org/en...131f8e791d800000154.html

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LOL Val--suggest that for the next two weeks, searches for info are best served directly to the USO site:


http://www.usopen.org/en_US/index.html 


Not that it will be a whole lot better:


Aw yeah, Tiger--recall that during last year's ceremony they put the Chinese players front & center so that Christiane Amanpour could berate them to their faces from the podium--extolling the putative role of tennis in bringing the "fall of communism".  


One can only imagine the cluster-yankoff that will ensue with a 911 connection to work with. 

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(Full article on Cincy thread) Yesterday, Tarpischev commented on Masha to Soviet Sport:


Next week begins the last tournament of the season "Grand Slam" - the U.S. Open. Can we call Sharapova favorite "number one" in  US  Open?


"Number One" - no, but one of the key - definitely. In the women's tennis right now there is no clear leader, and for victory in major tournaments are contending six or seven athletes. It's not just about SharapovaZvonareva, Wozniacki  - those girls who are leaders in the ranking. Can not be discounted Petra Kvitova , German women Julia Görges and Andrea Petkovic .


In New York, much will depend on the draw. Determining what conditions under which Sharapova will come to the quarterfinals. Ideally, she should save her strength and try to avoid protracted fights, although it will be difficult. But if you're lucky with a net of Maria and she will win the U.S. Open, I'm sure - Sharapova will finish the year number one player in the world.


The last time Sharapova led the championship race in 2008 when she won the Australian Open.  You can compare this and the Maria who won in Melbourne?


During these three years a lot has happened. Australia has won a young, ambitious, audacious and arrogant in a good tennis player, with fantastic confidence in their abilities. Now Maria is suitable only to the psychological state. Of course, now and in flow Sharapova is not as good as she was before the shoulder injury, before the Olympics in Beijing. But Masha added significantly to the performance of intermediate (havkorta) strikes in the game since the summer, the variability of her game on the baseline. So when the serve gets better (and it is getting better!) With psychology and everything will be alright, we'll see even more Sharapova than the one that won in Melbourne:ok:




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