Serena! Serena (28) was able to beat back a second set surge from Victoria Ararenka (4) to take her out in two 6-1, 7-6. we did not see much of the beat down of set one but set 2 was an excellent example of professional women’s tennis. Williams vs Ararenka. The match was settled in the second set tiebreaker after Serena had failed to close it out with 4 previous match points. Congratz to Serena for advancing after losing a full year of tennis activity due to illness and injuries. Victoria on the other hand got no love as number 4 seed and having to face Serena in the third round. The USO seeding committee, unlike the Wimbledon committee, does not have a history of adjusting seeding outside of ranking and Victoria paid the price.
Vania King had the unfortunate luck of the draw to come up against the number one ranked tennis player in Caroline Wozniaki. Caroline still got stress for not yet winning a major but she is not number one for nothing. Vania who is a major winner in doubles with Yaroslava Shvedova and is seeded number 3 at the Open so she is not done yet. The other three youngsters, Stephens, McHale and Falconi all looked excellent in their debuts in the second round of the Open and I’m sure we will see them again. Big time tournament experience is a must for up-and-coming players and almost no one gets it right the first time. Of the three, McHale impressed me as being the closest to being ready and Stephens demonstrated the most potential. Falconi is older because she has done some college but, as in most sports, college and the pros are two different ballgames.
The American men are guaranteed two in the fourth round because top American Mardy Fish(8) has already advanced and two Americans ( Bogomolov vs. Isner(21)) square off in the third round today. Two Americans lost to fellow Americans yesterday, Robby Ginepri and Jack Sock. Jack played his idol and mentor in the night session and was not able to make an impression on Andy’s game. Andy Roddick(28) and Donald Young must get past veterans to make their way into the next round. If we have two American men in the second week of the Open I would consider it a successful year. And if Donald Young steps up and demonstrates the potential many thinks he has American men tennis is looking much better in the coming years.
Good Luck to all the Americans going into the second week of the US Open!