US Open 2014: Labor Day Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD This is a great slate of matches Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [11] vs. Casey Dellacqua (AUS) [29] – Flavia has gotten better as her career has progressed.  I think she wins another match here. Serena Williams (USA) [1] vs. Kaia Kanepi (EST) – Serena may have a problem or two with Cobra Kaia Kanepi, but Serena…

US Open 2014: Labor Day Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD 4 Heavy Weight Prize Fights Big Time Matches on Tap Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [9] vs. Andy Murray (GBR) [8] – Tsonga’s conquest of Toronto and Murray’s first round cramping make this close to a 50-50 match.  Murray even gave up a break lead in the 3rd set to let Tsonga off of the hook.  I…

US Open 2014: Quick Hits Dimitrov and Goffin Serve Up Fun

I wish I could do more of this type of writing for Tennis Abides, but I am finishing a major project for graduate school so through the end of 2014 my writing has to be strategic in terms of how much time I can dedicate. Grigor Dimitrov and the youthful David Goffin put on a…

US Open 2014: Day 7 Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD The Women’s Draw Has had a Lot of Upsets, but Opportunity Lurks for the Survivors Jelena Jankovic (9) vs. Belinda Bencic – I kept doubting JJ, but she has proven me wrong so I am picking her. Lucie Safarova (14) vs. Shuai Peng -This could go either way, but I like…

US Open 2014: Day 7 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD This is a great slate of matches as one would expect at a slam Grigor Dimitrov (7) vs. David Goffin – Goffin has been impressive in NY.  His youthful appearance should not fool anyone.  He can play and has a Davydenko style of taking the ball early and robbing time from…

US Open 2014: Day 6 Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Serena Williams (1) vs. Varvara Lepchenko – Lepchenko is a lefty and is not a push-over, but if Serena is not too error prone she should advance in a straightforward match. Carla Suarez Navarro (15) vs. Kaia Kanepi – Cobra-Kaia Kanepi pulls off an upset.  Having said that, I love Saurez Navarro’s game….

US Open 2014: Day 6 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD This is a great slate of matches! Tommy Robredo (16) vs. Nick Kyrgios – This is a classic match-up of a very solid, prepared and fit veteran facing a more powerful and talented young player.  Kyrgios’ firepower could overwhelm Robredo, but if fitness becomes a factor I think the match swings to…

US Open 2014: Day 5 Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD 5 M. Sharapova vs. 26 S. Lisicki – This could be an excellent match, but I think it will underwhelm a bit and be a routine win. I’m not expecting a repeat of this result or quality 10 C. Wozniacki vs. 18 A. Petkovic – Woz keeps rebuilding her ranking. 14 L. Safarova…

US Open 2014: Day 5 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Sam Groth (AUS) vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [2] – I will just say I like Federer’s chances. I. Karlovic vs. M. Granollers – This is a hard one to predict.  Granollers is a solid player, but Karlovic has reached 4 finals this year and has a serve that will keep every set close….

US Open 2014: Day 4 Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD I have to make these quick so no video clip C. Bellis vs. Z. Diyas – The good times keep rolling. 17 E. Makarova vs. P. Hercog 3 P. Kvitova vs. P. Cetkovska – Will Petra learn to love NY? 24  S. Stosur vs. K. Kanepi – Mild upset 27  M….

US Open 2014: Day 4 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD 8 A. Murray vs. M. Bachinger – Murray would like a quick win to put any concerns about cramping further behind him. 31 F. Verdasco vs. A. Kuznetsov – Verdasco is fit and had a day of rest, but I think round 1 probably took something out of him and Kuznetsov is a…

US Open 2014: Great Videos – Federer, MJ, McGee & Salzenstein

Roger Federer, a Tweener and Michael Jordan!?! James McGee’s Reaction to Qualifying for the US Open Jeff Salzenstein described the event as follows: James McGee qualified into the US Open with a win over Ze Zhang, 6-4 in the third set. Check out this amazing match point and post match celebration. McGee battled for over…