Sunday, September 5, 2010

US Open Report: Day 6

The oppressive heat is gone and rain is out of sight, but on Day 6 of the US Open, everyone had to deal with lots of wind creating havoc and sometimes lopsided results.

Slated to meet each other next, both Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki handled the wind like pros giving up on ONE game total versus their less experienced opponents including talented Beatrice "Tracy" Capra who ended up getting double-bageled by Sharapova. While that wasn't by any means shocking, 4th seed and former finalist Jelena Jankovic going out in straight sets to Kaia Kanepi was, giving us the biggest upset of the day. Other winners include Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva, and Yanina Wickmayer. The latter defeated former top 10 Patty Schnyder in a third-set tiebreak 8-6.

The men had a similarly predictable day despite the unpredictable gusts of wind they all had to endure. Top men Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Robin Soderling won in straight sets. Djokovic took out James Blake who had his chances, but was just unable to follow through. All was not bad news for Americans as 19th seed Mardy Fish yet again won in five thrilling sets to reach the fourth round. Other winners include Jurgen Melzer, Richard Gasquet, Albert Montanes, and Gael Monfils. Monfils beat Janko Tipsarevic, the man who took out Andy Roddick the previous round. Tipsarevic, hampered my a hamstring issue, just could not deal with the wind and Monfil's superb defensive skills.

Tomorrow, the ladies begin the Round of 16s while the men finish up the third round.

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