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2019 US Open Update: Day 3, Round 2 (Men’s and Women’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:

  • Despite falling to Dominik, Americans should think very highly of the prospects for larger than life Reilly.
  • Dmitrov walks all over Coric.
  • Federer dissembles Dzumbur in 4.
  • The humanoid Gumby comes up a bit gimpy in his 2nd round win.
  • Serena has to rally to take care of McNally; another warning sign that she may not be sharp enough to take this year’s title.
  • The luster from star Venus is rapidly beating a retreat, as apparent from today’s elimination by Elina.
  • No. 2 Ash Barty strong-arms her opponent in Armstrong.
  • Prohibitive underdog Zhu gets locked out after Round 2 by Keyes.

2019 US Open Update: Day 2, Round 1 (Women’s Singles)

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2019 US Open Update:

  • Sloane looked more than a little slow and phlegmatic in getting schooled by Yulia.
  • Considerable strife for Strycova, who’s upset by Bolsova
  • Pliskova doesn’t tarry against Parry.
  • It was definitely Kontaveit’s night against a tormented Tormo.
  • Hey No. 19 … it’s Caroline Wozniacki advancing.
  • Underage Gauff smokes Potapova.
  • They considered calling a Belarus truce before Sebelenka slugged her way past Azarenka; it appears to be the first match ever where both women wore the exact same get ups.
  • Parmentier packs it in against Pavly.
  • Halep lives against Nicole Gibbs.
  • Monstrous win for Riske against Mugsy.

2019 US Open Update: Day 2, Round 1 (Men’s Singles)

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2019 US Open Update:

  • At closing time of tonight’s Prime Time overtime smack down by Nick and his big serving stick, “Stevie” Johnson looked a lot like Sgt. O’Neill in Platoon after being told by Barnes that he had to go back out on patrol … crestfallen and perturbed
  • Other than the near miss by Cecchinato, Day 2 was a major Italian Job, with straight setters for Berrettini and favorite son Sonego, and a truly fabulous conquest of this year’s French Open finalist/runner up by Fabbiano.
  • Isner isn’t above some impressive grandstanding in the Grandstand.
  • Great tennis from Tennys, who outlasts Tsonga in five on Court 5.
  • German sports fan hasn’t partied like this since the last World Cup, with Sasha squeezing by Albot, Struff stuffing Ruud, and Filip stubbing his toes against Marcel-Stebe.
  • Little Big Man Diego whips out his mobile speed pass in blowing by Robin Haase.
  • A really ripe Paire sure looked self-assured against Schnur.
  • Slovenia socks it to Slovakia when Bedene cleans Kovalik’s clock.
  • Humbert can’t cope with Copil, and Khachanov can’t foot the lovely bill against Pospisil.
  • Ivo with the evil good serve fails to make the curve against Tiafoe.
  • Shapavalov flattens fellow Maple Leafer Felix.
  • Egor turns Court 13 into Gerasimov Park.

2019 US Open Update: Round 1 (Women’s Singles)

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2019 US Open Update:

  • In a virtual carbon copy of any number of their recent confrontations in majors, Serena burns Sugarpova to a crisp at Arthur Ashe.
  • Dolehide has nowhere to run and hide against Q. Wang.
  • Keys toys with Doi.
  • Once again, Vandeweghe goes away disappointed and outpointed.
  • Yastremska hits a home run against nickel and diming Niculescu.
  • Kerber’s slow motion car crash continues against Kristina.
  • Su-Wei Hsieh has much to say against Cepelova.
  • Heavy favs Svitolina, Konta, Pliskova and Barty had no need for jump starts.

2019 US Open Update: Round 1 (Men’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:
  • Newby Jenson Brooksby jettisons Berdy in a startling upset.
  • Not-so-lazy Dusan defeats Darcis
  • Kudla keeps a tipsy Tipsarevic decidedly off balance in the deciding 4th set.
  • It took a Basilashvili to beat Fucsovics.
  • Fognini doesn’t get suitably riled up to resist Reilly.
  • Soon Woo has to retire too soon.
  • Grigor survives the rigors of Seppi.
  • Questionable result for Sam, the pride of Uncle Sam
  • Koepfer’s Munar landing was a resounding success.
  • Sinner’s no winner against Wawra.
  • Ho hum, as 2 of the big three, plus No. 7 Kei and No. 5 Daniil had little to fear from underdogs in the field
  • In the words of Frank Booth, Feliciano Lopez looked quite “suave” in slipping by Taylor Fritz.

US Open Tuneup Circuit Update: Citi Open

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Little Nicky may not be all grow’sed up, but he’s definitely one of the best swingers out there; today, he was all money, honey, as he pumped big ace after big ace down the throat of Daniil, he of the slightly stodgy wheels. Kyrgios continues to hone his craft in anticipation of a possible coming out party in early September, and his brash, in-your-face bravado may be a perfect fit for a NYC tennis community that has embraced the likes of Jimbo Connors, Johnny Mac and the man they call Nasty.

Recommendation — get a coach, a therapist and a trainer who can work on your posture and flexibility … the latter is probably contributing to the back issues.

Wimbledon 2019 — Men’s Singles Final (Day 13)

Wimbledon 2019 — Men’s Singles Final (Day 13):

  • He may not be retiring, but No. 2 is finally put to rest well past his bedtime by No. 1.
  • Needless to say, it was quite an acerbic ending for the competitor who was not a Serb. The clear fan favorite loses to the betting favorite in a match that was probably (almost) as exhausting to watch as it must’ve been to play. Who can ever remember Federer failing to take advantage of so many key opportunities, whether it be in the first set or in the fifth set? He dominated this match with his serve, won more game and more points, but most unfortunately, he did not win either the first set or the final point. This was possibly his last, best chance to get a major, given the reality that grass is his best surface and he caught his opponent on a somewhat off day. But nevertheless, he did not have the power to win those precious match or set points, and all you need to do is give the World’s No. 1 a little opening, and it’s over. When all is said and done, this may be the win that propels ND on to become the greatest victor of all time. He has a ways to go, but who can say after this one that anything is not within his reach.

Wimbledon 2019 — Women’s Singles Finals (click for audio)

Wimbledon 2019 — Women’s Singles Finals:

  • Simona Halep plays the match of her life, and takes what is rightfully hers … a Wimbledon Championship. You can probably count her unforced errors on one hand. She had the eager, hungry look of a cheetah on the savanna hunting some big game, and played with positive energy that radiated from every pore. This is what competitive sports is all about. You don’t just win because you are the biggest, the strongest or because you are the heavy favorite. You win because you have the confidence, focus, desire and fitness to get it done, and that is exactly what she had today.
  • By contrast, Serena seemed to go through the motions, in a kind of mental check-out mode that must be bewildering to her many fans. For the third time in a row, she didn’t get it done, and with each advancing year, it isn’t getting any easier. She can no longer rely on the intimidation factor alone, along with her obvious physical gifts, to get it done. She knows full well what she needs to do to get back on top, but does she really want it badly enough? Even for those who aren’t fans, it would be nice to see her regain some of the joy from just competing at a high level, which seems very clearly to be missing (just listen to her in the press conference). She seem resigned, a bit bitter, and cranky. The strong suggestion is there that she really needs to “change the game” if she wants the desired results, but denial is a long river in Africa, and it’s not clear she’s disembarking.

 

Wimbledon 2019 — Men’s Singles Semifinals (Day 11)

Wimbledon 2019 — Men’s Singles Semifinals (Day 11):

  • A cruel Djoker chokes the life out of his Bautista Agut goo goo doll with some relatively straightforward blood and guts backboard action, but let’s be clear, he’ll need more than just boundless, dogged determination to stop the mostly stylish and talented champion to ever traverse the green grass of Wimbledon.
  • Roger reminds his critics (including yours truly) that Rafa’s a lot more vulnerable when the when the festivities move out of the dust and into the dirt. Nadal made the mistake of backing up too much on the return of serve, which immediately gave his opponent all the room he needed … and more … to maneuver. All the Swiss needed was just a smidge of success in the return of serve games, and that was all she wrote.Ignoring all the road work he’s done to get her and the daunting task that lies ahead, Fed may now have his last best chance to cash in at his favorite venue; let’s see some more sparkling offensive tennis, and a fantastic win for him over the human Gumby in fffffive!

Wimbledon 2019 — Women’s Singles Semifinals (Day 10) (click for audio)

Wimbledon 2019 — Women’s Singles Semifinals (Day 10) (click for audio):

  • Serena bores through Barbora like a drill bit though European Silver Fir… not much resistance from the Strycova ball striker
  • Halep doesn’t have to break much of a sweat to squash Svitolina
  • Thanks god this isn’t the World Cup, and thus we don’t have to watch a third place game
  • Coming in with a 9-1 career disadvantage, there’s ample grounds for concern for the Romanian maiden of Munchkinland

 

Wimbledon 2019 — Men’s Singles Quarterfinals (Day 9)

Wimbledon 2019 — Men’s Singles Quarterfinals (Day 9):

  • Fed overpowers Nishikori with typical, surgical precision.
  • Bautista Agut is just too steady for a very game Guido.
  • Djokovic takes down Goffin in a 3-set demolition that included a rather routine bageling of the Belgian.
  • Nadal tolerates slightly quarrelsome Querrey to start things off, before ripping the American to virtual shreds.
  • No surprise then that we have the Big 3 in the last four slots, with a very worthy, if notably modest wild card, along for the ride.
  • Look for another Rafa-Novak major final, though neither of their wins should be of the straight setter variety.

Wimbledon 2019 — Women’s Singles Quarterfinals (Day 8) (click for audio)

Wimbledon 2019 — Women’s Singles Quaterfinals (Day 8):

  • The only things shorter than Konta’s short, short tennis skirt was her short, short memory about all those set up forehands she blew, in addition to her short temper when it comes to a bunch of very fair questions from reporter seeking to delve into the reasons for her collapse. Yes, indeed, Jo, you need to lighten up and take some fair criticism in stride, without either being rude or breaking into a torrent of tears. Other tennis player prima donnas (over and above Prima Johanna) would be similarly well advised to get off their high horse and take tough post-match interviews with more class and professionalism.
  • Riske assessment is Alison may be more ready for marriage than she is for a major title. Serena snatches back control of the match when she has to with a brutally authoritative comeback in the deciding set. Look for her to bore through Barbora and head for Saturday’s final.
  • Halep easily shoes away Shuai, tennis shoes manufactured in China and all.
  • And in the Eastern/Central European quarter, the Czech is nuked by the Uke.

Wimbledon 2019 — Round of 16 Men’s Singles (Day 7)

Wimbledon 2019 — Round of 16 Men’s Singles (Day 7):

  • Down at the Ct. 12 quarry, Querrey was really rocking, as he shook off the Sandgren challenge in an epic, 5th set tie breaker.  This was a match without the big brand names, but clearly worthy of center court attention.
  • Natives crying crocodile tears as there won’t be anymore French mustering up resistance … Humbert and Paire say au revoir.
  • Pella continues to play stupendous, lights out tennis, disconnecting powerful Raonic in a rather startling upset.
  • Mr. Consistency, David Goffin, grinds his way into the final 8 with clean groundies and a mean attitude that belies his nice guy veneer.
  • Not surprisingly, Joao had no interest in jousting too seriously with Rafa.
  • Matteo gets ruthlessly pinned to the grass mat by Roger.

Wimbledon 2019 — Round of 16 Women’s Singles (Day 7)

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Wimbledon 2019 — Round of 16 Women’s Singles (Day 7):

  • Unseeded Ally stops the No. 1 Barty train dead in its tracks, setting up a confrontation with the Williams express.
  • Halep abruptly ends the opening chapter of the Cori story
  • No chance for Navarro, who forgets that pretty top spin can be pretty ugly on grass, particularly against Serena.
  • In the battle of Karolinas, Muchova just had too much staying power for Pliskova, but for the fans who stuck around, there’s sadly no need for the first ever 3rd set, 12-12 breaker.
  • Zhang comes through in the home stretch against Yastremska.

Wimbledon 2019 — Third Round Women’s Singles (Day 6)

Wimbledon 2019 — Third Round Women’s Singles (Day 6):

  • Sloane motion just can’t cut it against Konta.
  • Dart was noticeably off target against Barty.
  • Bertens strikes out against Czech striker Strycova.
  • Serena gorges once again on Goerges, in a match that wasn’t as close as the score indicated.
  • Wang collapses under the weight of the Mertens burden.
  • Riske loses the opener, but to her credit successfully presses on against Bencic.
  • No tomorrow for Lauren Davis after falling to Navarro.

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