US Open 1st day best matches, picks, stats

It’s time for the last slam of the year!Exciting!It might be just the first day of the US Open, but there are a lot of very interesting matches, possible upsets to look forward to! Simona Halep, Stan Wawrinka, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Jo- Wilfried Tsonga, Nick Kyrgios, Jelena Jankovic headline the action, but for some, the road to the 2nd round is far from straight forward and upsets are definitely possible! In my opinion, these players are: Wawrinka, Sharapova, Murray, Kyrgios, Jelena Jankovic!
Wawrinka is up against a very exciting,promising young gun the 21 year old Jiri Vesely, who has definatly come up with results this year, reached the Semi finals of Dusseldorf, reached the 3rd round at Wimbledon and should have won against Murray in Indian Wells,having been up a set and a break, and then up a break in the 3rd as well! Wawrinka has struggled to replicate his Australian Open form, losing realatively early in the French Open and Wimbledon, but he likes playing here, reached the Semi final stage here last year, so he should win, but wouldn’t be surprised if Vesely knicks a set!
Sharapova vs Maria Kirilenko, my match pick of the day! Head to Head:Sharapova leads 5:2, but their matches always have been very close and entartaining, Kirilenko has lost form due to knee injury, but could be very motivated to perform here! I wouldn’t want to pick the winner of this match!
Murray has a very tough opening match against Robin Haase,to whom he has lost before, H2H Murray leads 2:1, but Haase was up 2:0 in the 2011 US Open! This could be a very close one, but i do expect that Murray will come trough, but it might be in 4 sets!
Kyrgios is up against Youzhny, this could be a very interesting one, as Youzhny has been quite inconsistent, playing brilliantly in some matches, poor in others he should win, but Kyrgios on the other hand could face a little bit of pressure, after his good run in the Wimbledon, he now could feel that he needs to prove something, because he is expected to win, although i don’t think it will be the case, as Kyrgios is a very ”chill” guy!
Tsonga showed suddenly very good form out of practicaly nowhere to win the Rogers Cup, but struggled in Cincy, losing in his first match, he is up against an out of form Juan Monaco, but this still could potentially be an upset, although i don’t think it will, but let’s see!

Jelena Jankovic is playing against another promising Serbian Bojana Jovanovski, to whom she has lost befor, she still leads the H2H 2:1 though! I think this one has a very potentional upset, i actually think that Jovanovski will cause an upset and come through here!

Other interesting matches:A very big day for Irish tennis, Ireland’s Jame Mcgee makes his Grand Slam debut, he is up against Alexandr Nedovyesov!

The young swiss star Belinda Bencic is up against Yanina Wickmayer, this might be a gripping one, H2H Bencic leads 1:0

So enjoy the first day of the last Grand Slam of the year, and watch out for upsets! 🙂

Full Schedule:
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Danielle Rose Collins (USA)
vs.
Simona Halep (ROU) [2]
In Progress
Not Before: 1.00pm
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)
vs.
Venus Williams (USA) [19]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [3]
vs.
Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Arthur Ashe Stadium
7:00pm
US OPEN 2014 OPENING CEREMONY

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Maria Sharapova (RUS) [5]
vs.
Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1]
vs.
Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
Louis Armstrong Stadium
11:00am
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Sharon Fichman (CAN)
vs.
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4]
In Progress
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Robin Haase (NED)
vs.
Andy Murray (GBR) [8]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Sloane Stephens (USA) [21]
vs.
Annika Beck (GER)
Not Before: 5.00pm
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Taro Daniel (JPN)
vs.
Milos Raonic (CAN) [5]
Grandstand
11:00am
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Angelique Kerber (GER) [6]
vs.
Ksenia Pervak (RUS)
In Progress
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [9]
vs.
Juan Monaco (ARG)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Blaz Kavcic (SLO)
vs.
Donald Young (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
vs.
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [10]
Court 17
11:00am
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [21]
vs.
Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
In Progress
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)
vs.
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [9]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
vs.
Tommy Robredo (ESP) [16]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Julia Glushko (ISR)
vs.
Madison Brengle (USA)
Court 5
11:00am
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Andrea Petkovic (GER) [18]
vs.
Ons Jabeur (TUN)
In Progress
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Simone Bolelli (ITA)
vs.
Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Amandine Hesse (FRA)
vs.
Alize Cornet (FRA) [22]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Michael Llodra (FRA)
vs.
Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
Court 11
11:00am
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Benoit Paire (FRA)
vs.
Julien Benneteau (FRA) [24]
In Progress
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Johanna Konta (GBR)
vs.
Shahar Peer (ISR)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Bradley Klahn (USA)
vs.
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Sara Errani (ITA) [13]
vs.
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
Court 13
11:00am
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)
vs.
Kurumi Nara (JPN) [31]
In Progress
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Shuai Peng (CHN)
vs.
Jie Zheng (CHN)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
James McGee (IRL)
vs.
Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Francoise Abanda (CAN)
vs.
Sabine Lisicki (GER) [26]
Court 4
11:00am
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Lucie Safarova (CZE) [14]
vs.
Timea Babos (HUN)
In Progress
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Matthias Bachinger (GER)
vs.
Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [22]
vs.
Facundo Bagnis (ARG)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Roberta Vinci (ITA) [28]
vs.
Paula Ormaechea (ARG)
Court 6
11:00am
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) [23]
defeats
Albert Montanes (ESP) 6-2 3-0 Ret.
Complete
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Romina Oprandi (SUI)
vs.
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)
vs.
Camila Giorgi (ITA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Alejandro Falla (COL)
vs.
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) [30]
Court 7
11:00am
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
vs.
Andreas Seppi (ITA)
In Progress
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) [31]
vs.
Blaz Rola (SLO)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [25]
vs.
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
vs.
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
Court 8
11:00am
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Saisai Zheng (CHN)
vs.
Stefanie Voegele (SUI)
In Progress
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Ying-Ying Duan (CHN)
vs.
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kiki Bertens (NED)
vs.
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Gilles Muller (LUX)
vs.
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Court 10
11:00am
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Belinda Bencic (SUI)
vs.
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
In Progress
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Tereza Smitkova (CZE)
vs.
Monica Puig (PUR)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Virginie Razzano (FRA)
vs.
Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Peter Gojowczyk (GER)
vs.
Benjamin Becker (GER)
Court 14
11:00am
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Matthew Ebden (AUS)
vs.
Tobias Kamke (GER)
In Progress
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
vs.
Andreas Beck (GER)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Anna Schmiedlova (SVK)
vs.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)
Court 15
11:00am
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Jana Cepelova (SVK)
vs.
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP)
In Progress
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Karin Knapp (ITA)
vs.
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
vs.
Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)
vs.
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)

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Week in review

While most of the tennis fans were busy wondering how the US Open draw will turn out, who will be the qualifying winners, there were still two pre US Open tournaments going on:Winston Salem, Connecticut Open! There were also a lots, lots of ice, but about that later on!

Icebucket

Winston Salem was the last US Open series tournament, befor the start of the US Open, Home favourite was Isner, who was bidding to win the US Open series bonus, he seemed to playing pretty well, but had to withdraw from his quarterfinal match and gift Rosol the chance, to reach his third final this year! Meanwhile an incredable 25 match winning streak ended for the Belgian David Goffan, who lost in the hands of Jerzy Janowicz! Jerzy Janowicz hasn’t been playing anywhere near to the level he did last year, in fact dropped out of the top 50 after he failed to defend those semi final points from Wimbledon the year before, but the signs were definatly better! In the semi finals it was Rosol against Yen- Hsun Lu, who usually plays his best on grass! Both players are slightly underachieved in my opinion, as Yen- Hsun Lu, has a great game, but has struggled with injurys and Rosol, who has tremendous amount of firepower struggles at times to keep his unforced errors down! Rosol went on to win the match in three sets  7:5 4:6 6:4 and reach his third final this year!The other semi final was Janowicz against the home favourite Sam Querrey! Janowicz made it through in three sets to just his second ATP tour final! So a big hitting, massive serving final was to be played between Janowicz and Rosol, wouldn’t have thought that at the start of the week, when the top 3 seeds were Isner, Anderson and Robredo!

Janowicz had 2 championship points, but couldn’t convert, Rosol stayed tough and won his second ATP tour title!

Rosol wins it

Connecticut Open-the two top seeds for the tournament were the French Open finalist Simona Halep and the two time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova! Simona fell in her first match, to M. Rybarikova, a very big win for the slovak! But even more impressive was that she managed to back up her win and reach her first WTA final ! Petra Kvitova had lost her form just a little bit since her (a little surprising) Wimbledon triumph, but the form seems to have arrived just in time for the US Open, as she reached the final of the Connecticut Open and to play the surprise finalist Rybarikova!

Kvitova wins

Besides the serious side of tennis there were loads of offcourt activities, like the #icebucketchallenge, fun preperation for the US Open!

#icebucketchallenge-global, entertaining trend to raise awareness for ALS, for people to donate money for the research of this horrible dissease, of which tennis world was greatly saddened, because it lost a great person and a great ATP Executive Chairman & President Brad Drewett!

This week a lot of tennis stars were envolved in this great cause and not only did they raise awareness of others, but also donated a lot of money themselves!

These challenges went from small ice cups, to big buckets full of ice, but it’s not about how they did it, it’s the cause that matters the most!

Novak Djokovic #icebucketchallenge

Roger Federer #Icebucketchallenge

Rafael Nadal #icebucketchallenge

Murray- Gimbelstob #icebucketchallenge

Nick Kyrgios #icebucketchallenge

Ana Ivanovic #icebucketchallenge

Victoria Azarenka #icebucketchallenge

These are all very fun to watch, but they are for a cause! You can donate, learn more about ALS here

http://www.alsa.org/donate/

Here are also some practice photos, some slightly unorthodox ways of preparing for the US Open!

Due to copyrights i can’t upload the practice photos, but you can check them out here

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/galleries/2014-08-23/201408231408803793865.html

Preparation for the US Open Gulbis Thiem style

Novak Djokovic practice Few seconds from my practice today 🙂 #video Getting ready for the #USopen #nolefam https://t.co/Nca1rz0ar1 — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 24, 2014   Great pic of Vika

All smiles Stan practices with Novak

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