It’s the first day of the Open, which means chaos. Lots of matches, all courts full and crowds–everywhere, crowds.
Here’s what we’re most looking forward to today:
Viktoriya Kutuzova vs. Kim Clijsters; Arthur Ashe, 11am:
The former Open champ returns for the first time in three years! And she might be more than respectable.
Bethanie Read More
In an all-American first-round matchup under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium, 9th-seeded James Blake had to slog through five dramatic sets against the promising 19-year-old Donald Young before finally prevailing, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Blake’s serve held strong and his net game remained impressive, though the number of unforced errors from both of Read More
So much for our match of the day.
Richard Gasquet is withdrawing from the tournament due to a fever, giving untested prospect Donald Young a ticket to the third round.
Two things to say about this:
(1) It’s a big break for Young, who now, unbelievably, has a shot at the fourth round. In Read More
No surprises so far today. Martina Hingis and Lleyton Hewitt both won easily and Novak Djokovic is cruising.
A young American contender, Sam Querrey, lost easily in straight sets, so he won't join unheralded countrymen Donald Young and John Isner in the second round.
Pay attention to James Blake's match, which is playing Read More
The first week of a major tennis tournament is usually judged by who loses.
But in a development that should be of some interest locally, yesterday was a big day for American tennis: John Isner and Donald Young, young hopefuls both playing in their first U.S. Open, managed fairly easy victories.
As for today’s matches Read More
Each morning here at the Observer's U.S. Open blog we're going to tell you what to look out for in the day's action. Today's tip: arrive early!
The heavy-hitters — Jelena Jankovic, Justine Henin, Roger Federer — will steal the spotlight at Arthur Ashe today. But you know how these first-round matches go: some of them Read More