Day 9 dawns – and then retreats

Sep 6, 2011

Day 9 has gone out with a damp fizzle, after heavy rain blighted Flushing Meadows and meant that a whole day’s schedule was washed away. The heavy rain has been predicted, but the organisers saw not a single rain break in the weather reports they were given, and so decided to remove the day’s schedule completely.

For anyone who has followed the US Open recently, this really isn’t a surprise. It means, for the third year in a row, that the final will be on Monday. Surprise, surprise, there have been the usual calls for the American tournament to invest in a roof. These will only increase as the delays start to back up.

Seeing as I have been seriously absent of late – which I can only grovel for forgiveness for – this round up may take a while, but here are some of the major things that have been going on since the start of the US Open. In fact, so many, that I am going to crack out the bullet points…

  • Andy Murray beats Feliciano Lopez; Murray made his way into the third round after beating the Spaniard on Monday. He won comfortably, beating the 25th seed 6-1 6-4 6-2. He seemed at ease with the hard court, and the win will be a good confidence boost for his match against the wildcard Donald Young. He has already lost to Young this year, so will appreciate the strong form beforehand.
  • Rafael Nadal beat David Nalbandian on Monday. It looked like it took his toll on him – he slid under the table with an agonised expression in his post-match conference. It wasn’t anything to do with the boredom that (surely) these post-match conferences bring on, but with a bad case of cramp that got him at an unfortunately public time. Still, he assured everyone that it was nothing serious, and he is to play Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller after the rain subsides
  • Otherwise, on the men’s side of things , things are going with few major casualties. At Juan Martin del Potro was a big casualty, although not necessarily a surprising one. It would have been fantastic to see the former champion go further on his return to the tournament, but he still has a long way to go with his form after his long stretch of injury.
  • Sam Stosur recovered from a short wobble to beat Maria Kirilenko. The pair managed to prolong the tie break so much that it was only at the seventeenth game Kirilenko managed to finish things off. She couldn’t keep the momentum though, and ended up losing the deciding stuff 6-3.
  • Flavia Pennetta has reached the last eight for the third time, after beating Maria Sharapova and Shuai Peng.
  • Serena Williams beat Ana Ivanovic in straight sets, pulling in the black clouds over Ana Ivanovich’s career. They have been amassing for a while, and they are surely doing some serious damage after so long casting a shadow over her game. Williams will now play Pavlyuchenkova.
  • Venus Williams is in the news a lot recently, giving some more detail to the reasons she pulled out of the tournament. She cites a recent diagnoses of the little known autoimmune disease (Sjogren’s syndrome), and has been shedding some light on what that has meant for her.

So Wednesday is going to be a bit of a dud day at Flushing Meadows. The courts will be awash and the poor stewards will be out with their mops and towels. At least the players can rest up and sort their minds out as they know for definite they are not playing, and will not have to be in and out of the locker room with their anoraks.

So far, so normal. Now we have hit the quarter finals, that is when things should start heating up…

Written by: SophieG

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