nodot nodot
Pro Tennis Showcase
September 3, 2009

Subscribe to Match Reports

Pro Tennis Showcase Archive

Player Profile Index (Men)
Player Profile Index (Women)

Contact Tennis Server

Tennis Server

Do You Want To Be A Better Tennis Player?

Then Sign Up For A Free Subscription to the Tennis Server INTERACTIVE
E-mail Newsletter!

Tom Veneziano You will join 13,000 other subscribers in receiving news of updates to the Tennis Server along with monthly tennis tips from tennis pro Tom Veneziano.
Best of all, it is free!

Tennis Features Icon TENNIS FEATURES:

TENNIS ANYONE? - USPTA Pro John Mills' quick player tip.
TENNIS WARRIOR - Tom Veneziano's Tennis Warrior archive.
TURBO TENNIS - Ron Waite turbocharges your tennis game with tennis tips, strategic considerations, training and practice regimens, and mental mindsets and exercises.
WILD CARDS - Each month a guest column by a new writer.
BETWEEN THE LINES - Ray Bowers takes an analytical and sometimes controversial look at the ATP/WTA professional tour.
PRO TENNIS SHOWCASE - Tennis match reports and photography from around the world.
TENNIS SET - Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D. looks at tennis science, engineering and technology.
MORTAL TENNIS - Greg Moran's tennis archive on how regular humans can play better tennis.
HARDSCRABBLE SCRAMBLE - USPTA pro Mike Whittington's player tip archive.

Tennis Community Icon TENNIS COMMUNITY:

Tennis Book, DVD, and Video Index
Tennis Server Match Reports
Editor's Letter
Become a Tennis Server Sponsor

Explore The Tennis Net Icon EXPLORE THE TENNIS NET:

Tennis News and Live Tennis Scores
Tennis Links on the Web
Pro Tennis Showcase Banner
Green Dot
Tennis Warehouse Logo
Green Dot

2009 US Open
New York, USA - September 3, 2009
Editorial by Jane Voigt. Photography by Harvey Rubin.


Jane Voigt Photo
Jane Voigt

Dementieva and Jankovic Out -- Other Seeds Fall
September 3, 2009 -- It was a day for tragic endings and a day for new faces, as two of the women's top seeds -- Elena Dementieva (#4) and Jelena Jankovic (#5) -- lost back-to-back second-round matches on Arthur Ashe Stadium court. At the lower end of the women's draw, Sabine Lisicki (#23) and veteran Patty Schnyder (#19) were defeated later in the afternoon by women most ardent tennis fans have never heard of.
With Dementieva and Jankovic out, the floodgate is wide open for Dinara Safina. She is the lone seed left in that quarter of the draw. Her road to the semifinals now seems assured, but one can never tell especially after today's outcomes. Safina triumphed, however, in her three-set struggle against German Kristina Barrois. Safina committed fifteen double faults, but kept her winners/errors ratio about even, a step up from the dismal performance in her first match of the Open.
On the bright side, Melanie Oudin's win over Dementieva has to rank right up there with her upset of Jelena Jankovic at Wimbledon earlier this summer. The 17-year-old Oudin, who hails from Marietta, Georgia, kept up a steady offensive as she moved Dementieva around stadium court and pressured her normally aggressive game into submission. In the third set, Dementieva held serve once while the firecracker Oudin, with her left thigh heavily wrapped, ran away with the win 57 64 63.
Dementieva was expected to penetrate deep into the second week or, even, win her first Grand Slam title. Jankovic was the Open's 2008 runner up. Expectations for her this year were high, too. Both players had also won titles this summer. Dementieva won the Rogers Cup in Toronto in August, and Jankovic won in Cincinnati. They were thought to be primed for the fortnight.
The battle between Jelena Jankovic and Yaroslava Shvedova kept fans guessing up to the last minute. Both women played their best tennis as the match came to an end.
Shvedova won the first set and Jankovic tied up the match, winning the tiebreak in the second. In the final set, Shvedova went up a break and had a match point, but Jankovic's defensive skills and champion's mindset sent them into a tiebreak where Jankovic got up a mini-break. However, a one-point advantage against a player going for broke is not enough. Defensive play has to yield to offensive tennis and Jankovic, like Dementieva, couldn't quite get the job done. In all fairness, though, Shvedova hit like there was no tomorrow. She drilled the Serb with baseline-deep groundstrokes that left her flatfooted. Shvedova won the match 63 67 (4) 76 (6).
Sabine Lisicki's day proved tragic for the 19-year-old German who rightfully could have made it to the second week. She'd won her first title this spring at the Family Circle Cup, was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon, and had just returned to the tour after rehabbing a sore right shoulder. But unfortunately, she didn't close today's match when she had it on her racquet at 5/4 in the third. So in what would turn out to be the last point of the match as she ran down a ball, she rolled her left ankle and fell to the court in tears. Her opponent, qualifier Anastasia Rodionova, returned Lisicki's improbable shot softly into the open court and won the match 63 36 75.
Patty Schnyder's loss was less traumatic. The 31-year-old lefty, playing in her 12th U. S. Open, has had an up and down year. In a good season, Schnyder can fall from grace without cause; her matches are erratic and unpredictable. Today, the Swiss player lost to Sara Errani, a feisty Italian who has stood at the doorstep of a major breakthrough for some time.
Grand Slams, and all other tournaments, can be transformed in a single day. Today could be that mysterious one Safina heralds as her lucky one while Sabine Lisicki may have months of rehab ahead, unfortunately. The 19-year-old was a force to contend with a serve that matched both Williams' sisters.
Maybe the word is out, a murmur in the ranks of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour that it's shaky on top, that bright light can shine on those prepared to set aside fear and pressure. However, there was little pressure on these women matched against the top seeds. This is one reason why early rounds are tricky and difficult for them. Their opponents have nothing to lose. They risk more and possibly gain more. Today was such a day for them. We will see if their energy, intentions, and skill can remain consistent... the essential quality of champions.

[22] Sam Querrey (USA) [white cap] d Kevin Kim (USA) 75 67(6) 64 64
Tennis - Sam Querrey
Tennis - Kevin Kim
Tennis - Sam Querrey
Tennis - Kevin Kim
Tennis - Sam Querrey
Tennis - Kevin Kim
Tennis - Sam Querrey
Tennis - Kevin Kim
Tennis - Kevin Kim
Tennis - Sam Querrey
Tennis - Kevin Kim
Tennis - Kevin Kim
Tennis - Sam Querrey

[21] James Blake (USA) [blue shirt] d Oliver Rochus (BEL) 64 36 76(6) 63
Tennis - James Blake
Tennis - Oliver Rochus
Tennis - James Blake
Tennis - Oliver Rochus
Tennis - James Blake
Tennis - Oliver Rochus
Tennis - James Blake
Tennis - Oliver Rochus
Tennis - James Blake
Tennis - Oliver Rochus
Tennis - James Blake
Tennis - Oliver Rochus
Tennis - James Blake

Earlier Columns from this Event:
September 2, 2009 US Open Coverage: Rising and Falling Stars
September 1, 2009 US Open Coverage: Is Women's Tennis Worth the Watch?
August 31, 2009 US Open Coverage: The Big Grand Slam

Green DotGreen DotGreen Dot

Player Profile Index (Men) | Pro Tennis Showcase Archive | Player Profile Index (Women)


join our mailing list
* indicates required

All Tennis Server photography is copyrighted by the photographer and/or the Tennis Server, and all rights are reserved. You may not copy these images without permission. While you are welcome to create hyperlinks to Tennis Server web pages, you may not embed these images into other web pages or blogs without permission. To request permission, please use this contact form. Please be sure to clearly indicate exactly which photograph(s) you are requesting permission to use, as terms and conditions will vary depending on the photographer and the photograph.


Web tennisserver.com
nodot nodot
The Tennis Server
Ticket Exchange

Your Source for tickets to professional tennis & golf events.
Australian Open Tickets
Dallas Open Tickets
Delray Beach Open Tickets
ATX Open Tickets
Mexican Open Tickets
BNP Paribas Open Tickets
Miami Open Tickets
Credit One Charleston Open Tickets
US Men's Clay Court Championships Tickets
Wimbledon Tickets
Citi Open Tennis Tournament Tickets
Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Tickets
National Bank Open Womens Tennis Canada Tickets
Odlum Brown Van Open r Tickets
Tennis In The Land Tickets
US Open Tennis Championship Tickets
Laver Cup Vancouver Tickets


Popular Tennis books:
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis-Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance by Jeff Greenwald
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
Most Recent Articles:
October 2022 Tennis Anyone: Patterns in Doubles by John Mills.
September 2022 Tennis Anyone: Short Court by John Mills.




"Tennis Server" is a registered trademark and "Tennis Server INTERACTIVE" is a trademark of Tennis Server. All original material and graphics on the Tennis Server are copyrighted 1994 - by Tennis Server and its sponsors and contributors. Please do not reproduce without permission.

The Tennis Server receives a commission on all items sold through links to Amazon.com.


Tennis Server
Cliff Kurtzman
791 Price Street #144
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Phone: (281) 480-6300
Online Contact Form
How to support Tennis Server as a Sponsor/Advertiser
Tennis Server Privacy Policy