There's probably only one person in the world who wasn't impressed with Venus Williams thoroughly swift dispatch of Ana Ivanovic. Her dad.
“I don’t think she played that great today,” said Richard Williams. “The second serve wasn’t doing anything. Venus wasn’t turning. She wasn’t meeting the serve return. She hit too many serves out.” Read More
It’s the match of the tournament: the streaking Venus Williams versus the future star Ana Ivanovic.
The Serbian has never beaten Venus—or Serena for that matter.
“They both play very powerful,” she told me two weeks ago. “It’s still something I have to practice hard on because they don’t give me much time to Read More
After last night's exhilarating action, we've got some great tennis to follow up.
At 11am, Justine Henin plays at Ashe while Novak Djokovic plays at Louis Armstrong. In the afternoon, Ana Ivanovic, Tim Henman, Marion Bartoli and Serena Williams all play.
Lleyton Hewitt will play on Louis Armstrong at night, while Venus Williams and Read More
Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Marat Safin have all cruised to straight-set victories.
Venus looked a little shaky — she had six double faults — and Ivanovic was broken early before both settled down and steamrolled their opponents.
The most impressive performance of the afternoon goes to American Robby Ginepri, now ranked 64th, Read More
After a slow day yesterday, we’re back to a really strong lineup of matches today.
Rafael Nadal debuts at the Open at Arthur Ashe, right after Ana Ivanovic and Venus Williams finish up against their unknown opponents.
Streaky Marat Safin plays at 11 this morning on Louis Armstrong, followed by Justine Henin. Next door, Read More
Welcome to the New York Observer's U.S. Open blog.
For the next 14 days, Spencer Morgan and I will be in and around the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing gathering stories, game analysis and observations from the tournament.
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We’ve written about Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic, but we haven’t mentioned the other Serbian making a major impact on the current field: the 22-year-old no. 3 player in women’s tennis, Jelena Jankovic.
Jankovic’s ranking has rocketed this year due to a remarkably extensive playing schedule. She’s played 80 matches in 2007, compared to Read More
Ana Ivanovic, the modest 19-year-old Serbian tennis player, spent this past weekend traveling between the players’ hotel, at the Le Méridien on 57th Street, and the U.S. Open Tennis Center in Queens on a bus that departs once an hour. She is sharing a room with her mom. She’ll be in bed by 10:30, reading Read More