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|Aug-26-16|| ||HeMateMe: Nick Kyrgios
Go serena! break Graf's record at this open.
|Aug-31-16|| ||HeMateMe: strange numbers. At this year's Open Serena will have played 72 grand slam opening round matches, most ever for a woman, breaking the record held by...Amy Frazier. Who is Amy Frazier? The name is vaguely familiar, played in the 80s? She must have been playing in qualies at age 35.|
|Aug-31-16|| ||saffuna: OK, it's Venus not Serena who has played 72 majors.|
Amy Frazier was a good-but-not-great tour player for many years. She spent a fair amount of time in the top 20 (not top 10). She made a few Slam quarters, never further. She turned pro at 15 I believe, which is difficult for players today with the restricted schedule.
Wayne Ferreira of South Africa held the record for most consecutive Grand Slams for a while. Frazier and Ferreira were around the same level, maybe Ferreira a little better.
|Aug-31-16|| ||HeMateMe: a recent espn article mentioned someone else, a Spanish name, a guy who holds the record for either most GS tournaments played, or most GS matches. He is just a little in front of Federer.|
|Sep-02-16|| ||saffuna: I think that's French player Fabrice Santoro, a smallish player with fantastic touch and great variety, but not enough power to challenge the top player.|
|Sep-04-16|| ||HeMateMe: OMG, this is too funny. Federer in a car commercial, as tennis legends from the past.|
I love the McEnroe and Agassi bits. I'm not sure if Mac and Agassi agree--it's just a little too real?
|Sep-04-16|| ||Keyser Soze: <hmm> Hilarious. Good catch!|
And today Nadal lost to Pouille at 4th round. I wonder if Nadal will win another slam outside RG.
|Sep-05-16|| ||Keyser Soze: Potro-Wawrinka clash heading up for Wednesday quarterfinals. Will be a treat.|
|Sep-06-16|| ||saffuna: Bryan-Bryan playing Lopez-Lopez at the US Open. I wonder how often both teams in a match had matching last names.|
The Lopezes aren't related, though. Feliciano is a long-time tour player from Madrid; Marc is a childhood friend of Nadal's, from Barcelona.
|Sep-06-16|| ||Keyser Soze: I expect Monfils - Djoko at one semis.
The other I have no idea about Murray- Potro. Too close.
|Sep-07-16|| ||HeMateMe: Hingis still working it, she's in the quarters of doubles with American Coco Vandeweghe. Didn't Coco once play small forward for the Knicks?|
Anyway, nice to see Martina still in the game.
|Sep-07-16|| ||sac 4 mate: Yeah, she's really reinvented herself as a doubles player. Four straight Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, three out of the last four women's doubles and an Olympic silver medal is not a bad return for the past year. Tough to say what would have happened without those ankle injuries earlier in her career, but at the very least I think Serena wouldn't have been in line to pass Steffi Graf's majors mark this week.|
|Sep-07-16|| ||saffuna: <Didn't Coco once play small forward for the Knicks?
That was her uncle Cucu.
|Sep-07-16|| ||HeMateMe: I don't think it was ankle injuries, so much as she was no longer able to hit with the power girls like Serena, Venus, all the big Russian bangers. They're all 5-10 or larger, big hitting girls.|
Hingis is a touch player, like McEnroe was. The change in equipment--lighter racquets and more lively strings took some of the subtlety out of tennis, especially on the woman's side. You don't see anyone like Monica Seles, Aranxta Vicario, or Jana Novotna anymore. everyone's an amazon who can hit the ball through a brick wall.
I'd love to see tennis go back to wooden racquets, slow down the game a bit, bring some point construction back into the game.
|Sep-07-16|| ||saffuna: Hingis lost her last three matches with Serena. In truth the lighter-hitting Hingis no longer could play consistently against the "Big Babes" Venus, Serena, Davenport, Clijsters and Capriati. Too bad, she was fun to watch.|
I would put Seles in the big hitting category, especially before she was attacked. She wasn't real big but hit the ball very hard and took it early.
|Sep-07-16|| ||HeMateMe: Hingis was fun too, because she had a bit of a mouth, liked to yap about players she didn't like. I think it's fun to have a few players like that around. I don't want everyone to be like Pete Sampras and Wozniaki. I like seeing Serena smash a racquet (I wish I could do that!) now and then or some of those crazy eastern European men cursing in regional dialects.|
|Sep-08-16|| ||moronovich: <Keyser Soze: I expect Monfils - Djoko at one semis. |
The other I have no idea about Murray- Potro. Too close.>
But no close call.Both are duly eliminated.
|Sep-09-16|| ||Keyser Soze: Wft is Monfils doing? Utter disgraceful. A potential of a great game became a joke.|
|Sep-10-16|| ||saffuna: That has to be the worst major final I've seen since Evonne Goolagang couldn't hit a ball against BJ King. Pliskova looked nervous all the time, almost scared, throughout the match. She made four easy errors in the final game to give it away.|
|Sep-11-16|| ||HeMateMe: the USA semis and finals lost a bit of the pizazz from recent years. Forgettable stuff. Anyway, Germany has their first ladies GS champ since Graf, 1998. Bin awhile.|
|Sep-11-16|| ||MissScarlett: She's Polish.|
|Sep-11-16|| ||HeMateMe: Isn't it Kerber? I guess I read the headline wrong.|
|Sep-11-16|| ||saffuna: Kerber is German. She was born in Germany and plays for the German Fed Cup team. She lives in Poland.|
|Sep-14-16|| ||valiant: <saffuna: That has to be the worst major final I've seen since Evonne Goolagang couldn't hit a ball against BJ King. Pliskova looked nervous all the time, almost scared, throughout the match.>|
Well, she won 13 games in a 3 sets match. I watched the last two sets and it was an excellent final.
Women's Singles final:
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
|Sep-14-16|| ||saffuna: I didn't think the quality was particularly high, and thought Pliskova looked nervous, certainly compared to the way she just hit out against Serena. But maybe I am expecting too much.|
Pliskova definitely just folded in the final game, where she lost her serve to lose the match.
Psychologically I don't see how any but the very best can play tennis in a stadium that big. So intimidating.
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