So exited that it’s here! Like Maggie, I’m also headed to the USO this week for a couple days of tennis viewing, and I’ll try to update when possible!
(As I write this, I’m watching the replay of the 2011 USO final between Djokovic and Rafa on The Tennis Channel. Such intense playing! Rafa will be sorely missed in my book this year at the Open; though I’m sure every player is doing a happy dance in his absence.)
Federer vs Berdych
Murray vs Tsonga
Tipsarevic vs Ferrer
Del Potro vs Djokovic
Federer vs Murray
Ferrer vs Djokovic
Murray vs Djokovic
I’m mostly choosing Murray to win because during my O-M-GEE-Andy-Murray-just-won-an-Olympic-gold-medal euphoria in July, I boldly declared, “This is Andy’s time! Finally! He is ready to win a Grand Slam! He’ll win the US Open!!” So, you know. I’m sticking with it, even though Federer is looking like the better player at this point. But I want to see more Happy Andy, so my fingers are crossed.
Azarenka vs Clijsters
Sharapova vs Kvitova
Wozniacki vs S. Williams
V. Williams vs A. Radwanska
Azarenka vs Sharapova
S. Williams vs A. Radwanska
Sharapova vs S. Williams
Winner: SERENA WILLIAMS
Really, it’s anyone’s guess who will be in the lead-up matches to the final, though I think we can all agree that we believe Serena will be the winner. She’s played beautiful, dominating tennis throughout this summer, and if she can hold it together for the next two weeks, I can’t imagine anyone able to challenge her level of play.
In other news, I would love to see Kim Clijsters make a solid run at the US Open and retire (for the second time) with some wins under her belt. Let’s shoot for next week, shall we Kim?
In other other news, it felt SO GREAT to see Andrea Petkovic’s name on the draw! Missed ya, kid.
Before I get to my predictions a little speech about how I’m feeling about tennis…
Before yesterday I had not written a post here in a long time and, I’ll be honest, it’s because I lost interest with tennis. For a long time Twitter and blogs allowed me to follow something I had loved since childhood much more closely, and it was great. But some time over the past year Twitter and blogs actually made me dislike tennis. I have nothing but respect for those of you who watch every single match and follow every single thing that’s happening in the tennis world, but that’s apparently not me and I found it overwhelming. So I unfollowed many tennis people on Twitter and stopped reading blogs. Then, this summer, after pretty much watching zero tennis from January-July (with the exception of major finals), I found myself wanting to watch tennis again.
Keeping on with the honesty, I am really happy Roger Federer is doing well again. I know Federer isn’t hurting for fans, but I feel like, among the tennis Twitterers and bloggers I used to follow, and even among my friends, Federer is persona non grata. Which, honestly, is a really strange thing to me. He is, in my opinion, probably the greatest player ever; he’s amazing to watch. And yes, I admit I sometimes find his total dominance a bit of a bore, but look at what he’s given the game of tennis, it’s pretty remarkable. So, spoiler alert, Roger is my pick to win the US Open and I really hope he does it.
Next, I couldn’t care less that Rafael Nadal isn’t playing in the US Open. Yes, it’s sad that the best in the world won’t be there. Yes, it’s sad one of the best in the world might possibly have an injury that doesn’t allow his career to reach the peak of what many thing he’s capable. But, honestly (theme!), I am so happy the semifinals won’t be Federer vs. Djokovic and Murray vs. Nadal. We’ve been there and done that for several years and while I’m the first to bemoan the women’s tour for their lack of consistency, I’m also really tired of the abundance of consistency on the men’s side. I want someone new to break through, I want someone new to give the guys at the top a run for their money. And I don’t mean a Rosol who takes advantage of an injured player.
I’m not even going to get into the WTA. But I will say, as much as those women drive me crazy, they haven’t been as bad as in past year.
Really all I want is to see competitive matches. I want to see two people out there both fighting to WIN. So often in tennis other people seem to find a match “competitive” or “close,” but the way I see it (probably because I’m a massive bitch) is that it’s two people fighting not to lose. And that makes me want to to scream and never watch tennis again.
So those are my feelings on the state of tennis and my state with tennis. Now to my US Open predictions…
Normally I am all over attending the Open, but this year for many factors (lack of interest, lack of money, lack of vacation days) I will only be attending three sessions and one of those I am only attending because of a work obligation. The only thing I am sad about is not attending the semifinals because I am excited to see some different semifinals than the past few years.
Quarterfinals: Federer vs. Berdych / Murray vs. Tsonga (in a battle for my heart) / Isner vs. Ferrer / Del Potro vs. Djokovic
Semifinals: Federer vs. Murray / Ferrer vs. Djokovic
Final: Federer vs. Djokovic
I am not very confident about my picks. Berdych looked like dead man walking when I watched him play in Cincy, Canada tried to kill Tsonga, Ferrer looked completely disinterested in Cincy, Del Potro’s wrist is about to fall off his body, and Djokovic is obviously fighting some demons of his own. I’d love to be right, but a big part of me hopes the draw is blown apart and there is chaos and anarchy.
Interesting first round matches (in my opinion):
Federer vs. Donald Young: how many times can the commentators talk about D. Young’s potential? Potential is great, but at some point you have to meet it. I predict a breadstick and bagel feast.
Almagro vs. Stepanek: I’m calling the upset.
Jack Sock vs. Florian Mayer: Another upset? Jack Sock is still allowed to have potential and I was impressed after watching him play last year at the Open.
Del Potro vs. Nalbandian: Obviously I’m predicting Del Potro will win, but with his wrist who knows? Interesting for sure.
Quarterfinals: Lisicki vs. Stosur / Sharapova vs. Kvitova / Stephens vs. S. Williams / Kerber vs. Radwanska
Semifinals: Lisicki vs. Sharapova / S. Williams vs. Kerber
Finals: Sharapova vs. S. Williams
Champion: S. Williams
Who the hell knows, right? Lisicki is injured, I was impressed with Stosur’s second and third sets versus Venus in Cincy, Sharapova is a fighter, Kvitova could be hot or cold, I was really impressed with Sloane Stephens versus Randwanska in Cincy and her draw is very favorable, Serena is obviously the winner if she doesn’t self destruct, Kerber can be great if she’s not too tired after her long year, and Radwanska might be injured.
Interesting first round matches (in my opinion):
Schiavone vs. Stephens: Based on my predictions above you obviously know who I’m picking.
Mattek-Sands vs. V. Williams: Two old Americans…(just kidding)…I’d like to see Venus do well, and I’m picking her to win here, but Mattek-Sands is a fighter. Either way, there’s a tough second round opponent in Angelique Kerber (most likely) waiting for one of them.
And that’s all I have. Enough? Too much? Probably too much. Enjoy the next two weeks, I’m going to attempt to write some posts after I go this week.
Ashley did her post with Cincy pics and I figure a week later it’s time to do mine.
Here’s Serena’s hitting partner Sasha. He didn’t wear a shirt while Serena was practicing. So I obviously had to take a picture of that.
My friends and I LOVE Spidercam. The first year it debuted at the US Open we were really creeped out by it (#simpletons) but now it’s so much fun. I was happy to see them unwrapping it.
Del Po, looking good. Sucks about the wrist. Let’s fix that for the Open, yes?
I was super impressed with Angelique Kerber. I watched her play twice and I felt like she really played to win. (Side note, she’s the only person I’ve ever seen who appears smaller on TV than she does in person.) Her exhaustion at the end of the tournament was disappointing, but hopefully she spent the week resting to get ready for the Open.
Hi Andy! I was glad you lost so you can rest up for our time together in NYC.
Venus, so nice to see you back. I really hope you can keep this level of play up.
Kei Nishokori, are you never going to live up to the hype? I’m thinking no. Too bad.
Had to include a picture of Roger, right? He looked dialed in.
Berdych appeared to be sleepwalking through his match. But he does love West Virginia, so I’ll forgive him.
Some of Venus’s Eleven clothing is a wee bit too much, but I thought this dress was fab. I would wear it, just, you know, in life.
It’s ok Serena, you’ll win the US Open.
And, in all serious, the tennis is great, but the best thing in Mason, OH is Graeter’s ice cream. The UDF stuff they have on-site is fine, but you haven’t lived until you’ve had ice cream from Graeter’s.
We’re baaaaack! As always, Mason doesn’t disappoint. Just the best tiny tournament ever.
- Andy Murray made this face. I felt the same way. Better luck at the US Open, you gold medal winner, you!
2. DelPo was there! But he lost. But I was still happy to see him!
3. Rafa was NOT there, and it was depressing. A lovely lady asked Maggie and I to sign a “Get Well Soon, Rafa” poster which was sweet. AND – the best part – Andy Murray signed it, riiiight between the “E” and the “T” in GET.
4. And since Rafa was not there to bring me smiles, I had to stalk out Marc to bring me joy.
5. Venus is probably the only person that can pull off these pants, right?
6. And! Venus still has Olympic hair!
7. Venus jumping for joy; adorable.
8. Sammy Stosur. THE ARM.
9. SERIOUSLY guys, THE ARM!
10. THE ARM IS FISTPUMPING!
11. Venus & THE ARM. So sweet.
12. Serena is a beautiful player.
13. Serena is a beautiful player Part 2.
14. Serena attitude.
15. Serena frustration.
16. I’ve decided I like Milos Raonic’s legs.
17. Rafa poster sighting!
18. Sometimes people have swordfights on court.
19. This is No Djok.
20. Friday Night Cincy fireworks, a tradition.
Today, Maggie and I will depart for Mason, OH for the third consecutive summer… which is officially one of the cutest spots to watch some summer tennis!
Things I’m excited for:
1. LIVE tennis!
2. Graeter’s ice cream. The best ice cream I’ve ever eaten.
3. Friendly Midwestern people.
4. How you can drive from the tennis stadium to your hotel in under 7 minutes.
5. The opportunity to (awkwardly) run into Judy Murray, my dream bff, just shopping in the Midwestern Sports tent. Just like it happened in 2010. Fingers crossed, people. I’ll be sure to make another “Deliciano” reference to get her attention.
Things I’m not excited for:
1. No Rafa. #hugeeesadface
(Get well soon.)
Also, tennis world, remember when THIS happened?!
Heyyyy, you crazy kids!
It’s Wimbledon Eve; such an exciting time of year! The grass is still perfect and green, the queue is full of the desperate ticket seekers, and the English people still like Andy Murray.
The next two weeks (really, the next month) are just full of glorious moments of Wimbledon tradition and Olympic history.
So, on to my predictions:
Men’s Winner: Nadal (over Djokovic)
— Obviously this is a toughie with Federer still a huge contender on grass, with Djokovic’s obvious talents and happy memory of last year’s victory. But I think Rafa may be able to pull this off. It’s a place where he has positive feelings, and I think (hope) he’s coming out of Paris with renewed energy and confidence.
(Sidenote: I do feel like this is Federer’s best chance at a major this year, so I’ll be interested to see his outcome.)
Women’s Winner: Sharapova (over Azarenka)
— Though usually I can’t pinpoint a clear favorite on the WTA side, Maria seems like a good choice. Her confidence is high right now, she’s already tasted success at Wimbledon, and she is focused and ready. This feels like old school Maria, and I think she’ll be able to dismantle Vika (or Serena, for that matter).
I’m just hoping for a repeat winner. Prove us wrong, WTA!
Wimbledon is the tournament that made me love tennis, and it brings me such joy and nostalgia every year. I bet I won’t be able to fall asleep tonight.
So, happy geeking out, tennis geeks.