Week 1 of U.S. Open tennis draws to a conclusion at the end of the day, and with few upsets, we’re looking at an incredibly promising second week. Top seeds today all moved to the next round fairly easily.
Rafael Nadal won in straight sets, making very quick work of up-and-comer Viktor Troicki, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.
Serena and Venus Williams appear headed toward a titanic quarterfinal match with the two sisters defeating Ai Sugiyama and Alona Bondarenko, respectively, by a score of 6-2, 6-1. Both are playing great, according to everyone except them.
("I think I’m definitely at my best now," said Venus after her match. "I’m definitely not at my best, but I hope to get there," said Serena after her match.)
If they get past the fourth round, which they should, give us Serena for that match.
In other news, Andy Murray had a scare today, but prevailed in five sets over Austrian Jurgen Melzer. And Gael Monfils, back playing after his phenomenal run at the French Open, defeated David Nalbandian in straight sets.