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2013 US Open

mykel14mykel14 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
It's August already. :bounce:

Welcome to the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. :D

Defending champions:

Men's Singles: Andy Murray
Women's Singles: Serena Williams
Men's Doubles: Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan
Women's Doubles: Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci
Mixed Doubles: Ekaterina Makarova and Bruno Soares
Fantasy League: kapuso

August 26 - September 9
http://www.usopen.org/

Cheer for your favorite players and talk about the matches and events leading to the Grand Slam tournament in this thread. Don't forget to place your bets and score points in our 2013 US Open PEx Fantasy League.
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  • caitdawncaitdawn Clay Court Specialist
    Pa-subscribe. :glee:
  • bolickylickybolickylicky Member PEx Expert 🎖️
    malapit na!

    go masha!

    excited to see jimmy connors in her corner!
  • Hi Everyone,

    It's my first time joining the fantasy league. Can someone explain the rules? :)

    Thank you.
  • mykel14mykel14 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    :wave: roomforsquares

    This post contains the mechanics used in previous FLs. :)
  • Thank you, mykel14. :)
  • Expelliarmus_27Expelliarmus_27 Moderator PEx Moderator
    US Open! :bounce:
  • honey4evrhoney4evr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    excited much! :bounce:
  • Expelliarmus_27Expelliarmus_27 Moderator PEx Moderator
    TORONTO, Canada - Serena Williams ended the giant-killing run of Sorana Cirstea in the final of the Rogers Cup on Sunday afternoon, overpowering the Romanian for the 54th WTA title of her career.

    Watch highlights, interviews and much more video from Toronto this week by clicking here!

    Williams came out of the blocks with three straight games for 3-0, and, after Cirstea got on the board with a pair of games herself to close to 3-2, the No.1-seeded American shifted back into cruise control, reeling off the next nine games in a row to complete a 62 60 championship win in 65 minutes.

    "I knew she had had a lot of big wins and a lot of momentum going into this match," Williams said. "She also had nothing to lose out there, so I knew it wasn't going to be an easy match for me today.

    "I knew I had to play better today than last night. With that in mind, I just tried to do that."

    "I think the start wasn't as bad as the score showed - I actually had really good chances in all of the first three games," Cirstea said. "Sadly I found myself down 3-0 a little bit too quick. I managed to get back to 3-2, but 4-2 was an important game, and I had kind of an easy ball to get to 4-3 but missed it.

    "She got better as the match went along. And I wasn't able to pick up my game as I was in the past few matches. But all credit to her - there's a reason we have the rankings and why she's on top of those rankings. She's the No.1 player, and she's proving that every single time she steps on court."

    Williams took home her third Rogers Cup, also winning the Premier-level event in 2001 and 2011. And she now has 54 WTA titles to her name, breaking a tie with Monica Seles for standalone ninth place on the all-time list for WTA titles. The only eight players who have more career WTA titles than Williams are Martina Navratilova (167), Chris Evert (154), Steffi Graf (107), Margaret Court (92), Evonne Goolagong-Cawley (68), Billie Jean King (67), Lindsay Davenport (55) and Virginia Wade (55).

    The American also had some star support in the crowd as she went for that 54th WTA title. "Drake came out today," she said. "We are really good friends. We have always been good friends. It was good to see him come out and good to see him in Toronto. So I was excited that he made it today."

    She also had kind words for Cirstea in her trophy speech, after the Romanian was visibly emotional.

    "You're so young, I wish I was 23, don't be sad!" Williams said to Cirstea after giving the Romanian a big hug. "You've beaten so many top players this week and you're really such a good player."

    She then turned to the crowd: "Sorana's one of the nicest girls on tour and has such a bright future."

    Cirstea has a lot of positives to take away. Firstly, she recorded her 10th, 11th and 12th Top 10 wins along the way over Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Li Na, her win over the No.5-ranked Li matching her previous-best wins over No.5s Jelena Jankovic and Sam Stosur. Secondly, she reached her first Premier-level final - her other two finals both came at International-level events. And finally, she is projected to reach a new career-high No.21 on Monday, just inches from her Top 20 debut.

    "It's been a really positive week, and I'm going to take everything that's been going well with me to the next tournament," Cirstea said. "I think I've made great steps in the past weeks - I've played semis, quarters, finals here - so I'm looking forward to everything coming up and also the US Open."
  • Expelliarmus_27Expelliarmus_27 Moderator PEx Moderator
    Rafael Nadal captured his 25th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown on Sunday as he defeated home hope Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Coupe Rogers in Montreal.

    "To win here, I have to be playing my top level," said Nadal." Very happy the way that I played almost every match in this tournament. Is very important for me, this title. Just very happy for everything."

    Victory gives Nadal another boost in the battle for year-end World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He already leads the year-to-date standings and adds another 1000 Emirates ATP Rankings points and $547,300.

    Nadal moves to second place behind John Isner in the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge standings. Raonic is in fourth position.

    The Spaniard lifted the trophy in Canada for the third time, having triumphed in Montreal in 2005 (d. Agassi) and in Toronto (d. Kiefer). He won his fourth Masters 1000 title of the year, having also prevailed in Indian Wells (d. del Potro), Madrid (d. Wawrinka) and Rome (d. Federer).

    Nadal improved to a 4-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Raonic as he exposed a 50 per cent first serve conversion rate from the Canadian. Raonic, who leads the ATP MatchFacts in service games won and in first serve points won, was broken four times by Nadal as the Spaniard claimed victory in 68 minutes. Nadal hit 17 winners to just seven unforced errors, while Raonic committed 22 unforced errors.

    "I did a lot of things well," said Nadal. "My return was huge this afternoon. I returned a few first serves of his in important moments, decisive. Then I think he play with more mistakes than usual. That helped me."

    The 27-year-old Nadal lifted his eighth tour-level trophy of the season. After returning to the ATP World Tour in February following a seven-month injury lay off, he has compiled a 48-3 match record (10-0 on hard courts), including victory at Roland Garros (d. Ferrer).

    Nadal is looking to finish as the year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since 2010, and for the third time overall.

    "I feel I have an advantage, but not enough to say that I am the favourite," he said. "On this kind of surface, Novak is really good. [There] remains three Masters 1000s, one Grand Slam, [Barclays ATP World Tour Finals] - more favourable surfaces for him than for me. So we are talking about 6,500 points.

    "We have to realise how many points I have to win to be No. 1. I think I will not be No. 1 if I have less than 10,000 points at the end of the season. Today I have 8,000. I need to win minimum 2,000 more. That's very difficult in this part of the season, but I'm going to try."

    Raonic was attempting to become the first homegrown champion at the Canadian Masters since Robert Bedard in 1958. By reaching the final, he is set to become the first Canadian to break the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. He had beaten countryman Vasek Pospisil in the first all-Canadian semi-final on the ATP World Tour since 1990.

    "There's a lot of things, a lot of steps, a lot of professionalism that is not optional really to get to this level, stuff I really pride myself in, I put a lot of emphasis on," said Raonic. "To do it here is really special for me, but also it's very motivating for the next steps to sort of know that I've made that step to where I want to be. It makes me want to push harder and work more to make the next step to go down that line and try to get as close as I can to my goals."

    The 22-year-old Toronto native was chasing his second ATP World Tour title of the season, after victory in San Jose (d. Haas), and dropped to a 4-4 finals record.
  • jerichopaul1jerichopaul1 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Ang daming nakikipag split sa coach ahh. Sharapova and Stosur
  • jerichopaul1jerichopaul1 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Congrats kay Azarenka :-) Finally, may nakakatalo pa rin kay Serena. Hehehe
  • jerichopaul1jerichopaul1 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Excited na ako sa US Open :-))))) :love::love::love: Sana makabawi na si Roger
  • bolickylickybolickylicky Member PEx Expert 🎖️
    malapit na!

    go masha!

    excited to see jimmy connors in her corner!

    dafuq nag-breakup agad. hindi umabot sa US open :lol:
  • Expelliarmus_27Expelliarmus_27 Moderator PEx Moderator
    CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Victoria Azarenka beat Serena Williams in an absolute nail-biter in the final of the Western & Southern Open on Sunday, edging the World No.1 in a third set breaker, 26 62 76(6).

    Watch highlights, interviews and more video from Cincinnati all week by clicking here!

    Having lost 12 of their 14 previous meetings, things weren't looking so peachy for Azarenka going into the match, and dropping a lopsided 6-2 first set in just 26 minutes certainly didn't help. But from there Williams lost her edge just a little bit - she hit 26 unforced errros to lose the middle set by the same 6-2 scoreline, and Azarenka broke for a 4-2 lead in the third, getting to 30-0 in that service game too.

    Of course, counting Williams out of any match is a huge mistake, and she definitely lived up to that reputation, winning 11 of the next 14 points to break back, hold and break again, serving for the match at 5-4. But Azarenka pushed the set to a tie-break - the first to seven points would clinch the title.

    Azarenka brought up the first match point at 6-5, hitting a big serve out wide on the deuce side, to which Williams replied with a huge crosscourt backhand return that drew an error. But Azarenka would clinch the title on her second match point at 7-6, as Williams hit one last forehand into the net.

    At the end of the day Williams was by far the aggressor during the match, hitting 47 winners and 49 unforced errors, while Azarenka had a more conservative 20 winners to 30 unforced errors. But despite the favorable differential for Williams - and the fact that she actually won more points in the match, 104 to 102 - the World No.2 just had the upper hand against the World No.1 when it mattered most.

    "Obviously a big win," Azarenka said. "It was a great match. I'm really, really pleased with the way I pulled it out. It was a great battle. Nothing was given away. It was pure fight. I'm really happy.

    "The important thing is how I adjusted after the first set. I really stepped it up. I was fighting hard and changed my game and I just have to take that into consideration the next time we play against each other, to try to be there right from the beginning, because it's crucial. You don't want to give any chances at any point because Serena is such an incredible player that she will take everything."

    "She played really well," Williams said. "She was really aggressive the last two sets, which changed the momentum. She's a great player. There's a reason she's winning Grand Slams and doing so well."

    Azarenka comes away with her third WTA title of the year, having also won the Australian Open and Doha. It was the 17th WTA title of her career, and 16th on hardcourt (Marbella in 2011 was on clay).

    This was also Azarenka's second career win over a reigning World No.1 - her first came against the very same opponent, beating Williams in the final of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami back in 2009.

    Azarenka clearly announced herself as Williams' biggest competition for the upcoming US Open title.

    "I will not be a favorite," Azarenka said. "We're in the United States, and Serena is No.1 in the world, a great champion, the defending champion, so I still think that she's going to be a favorite there.

    "Second favorite, third favorite, I don't care about that. But this is a great boost of confidence."

    Even though she still leads the head-to-head, 12-3, Williams said they have a very strong rivalry.

    "We go against each other really tough," Williams said. "I think it's a good rivalry. I'm No.1. She's No.2. So we have a rivalry that consists of meeting in the final, which makes it even more exciting.

    "It's good to have someone out there that can play hard and fight so tough out there."

    And Williams would also call herself an Azarenka fan. "I'm a big Victoria fan. Whenever I'm not at a tournament, I root for her. I think she's just the ultimate competitor on the court and just really nice too. She leaves everything on the court and nothing personal, and everything off the court she's just so professional and so nice. I mean, I really get along with her. She's definitely just a great person.

    "So once the match was over today, we kind of went into our regular relationship again, which is just cool, like, 'What's up girl? How are you doing?' kind of thing. She's just a really cool person."

    - See more at: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3365659/title/azarenka-conquers-serena-cincy#sthash.85yjRVrI.dpuf
  • Expelliarmus_27Expelliarmus_27 Moderator PEx Moderator
    Rafael Nadal’s resurgent 2013 campaign continued on Sunday with a 7-6(8), 7-6(3) victory over John Isner to clinch his maiden Western & Southern Open title. Nadal claimed a 26th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and 59th overall.

    Nadal extended his career-best hard court winning streak to 15-0 in 2013, while joining Novak Djokovic as the only players to win five Masters 1000 crowns in a single year. After hoisting the trophy in Montreal last week, this marks the first time Nadal has won back-to-back hard court titles in consecutive weeks. The Mallorcan is 53-3 overall this season, including nine titles.

    By becoming the second Spaniard to win in Cincinnati (Moya in 2002), Nadal receives $583,800 in prize money and 1000 Emirates ATP Ranking points. The result means that he will return to World No. 2 on Monday. Isner, who is now 2-2 in finals this year, picked up $286,240 and 600 points.

    With Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray losing in the quarter-finals, Nadal further strengthened his claim to year-end World No. 1.

    "It means a lot, being able to win two straight titles, two Masters 1000 on hard back to back is just amazing for me," Nadal said, reflecting on his accomplishment. "I never did something like this in all my career. So it was an emotional moment for so many different facts. First of all, I won a very important tournament, Masters 1000. Second thing, after all the problems that I had, I mean, it was just two weeks in a row on hard playing at the highest level. Then the ranking is there. I was playing for a lot of points this week. And I'm in a good position."

    Both players cruised on serve in the first set until 6-5 when Isner forced two set points at 15/40. Nadal would escape behind clutch serving, firing two consecutive aces to set up game point. The Spaniard would hold and go on to crack Isner’s impressive 32-12 tie-break record in 2013, winning an eventual tie-break on his second set point.

    The second set progressed much like the first, with both players mired in a serving stalemate until a deciding tie-break. Nadal staved off a break point at 3-3 30/40 with a beautiful drop volley off a dipping defensive slice from Isner (see Hot Shot below). Nadal would earn an immediate mini-break for a 2-0 lead and never looked back, converting on his first match point with a looping forehand passing shot.

    Despite the loss, Isner often found success in mixing up his serve direction, using his kicker out wide to pull Nadal off the court. Nadal gained traction in the return game as the match wore on, but nonetheless failed to garner a break point. The 6’10” American was unable to dent Nadal’s serve, however, winning just 20% of his return points.

    Isner took solace in defeat. “I played extremely well all week. Thought I played well again today. Unfortunately, it just wasn't good enough. As I said on the court, [I'm] going to hold my head up high after today's match and after this whole week. But Rafa was better than me today.”

    Isner, who returns to the Top 20 with his run to the final, entered today having registered three consecutive Top 10 victories, defeating Milos Raonic and Djokovic before scoring a valiant comeback against Juan Martin del Potro. It was the 6’10” American’s second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final, with a runner-up finish in Indian Wells last year. Isner continues his Emirates Airline US Open Series this week at the Winston-Salem Open, where he will look to three-peat.

    This was the first meeting between the Spaniard and the American since the first round at Roland Garros in 2011, when Isner pushed Nadal to the brink, the first time Nadal had been taken to five sets there.
  • Expelliarmus_27Expelliarmus_27 Moderator PEx Moderator
    MEN'S

    1. DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)
    2. NADAL, Rafael (ESP)
    3. MURRAY, Andy (GBR)
    4. FERRER, David (ESP)
    5. BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE)
    6. DEL POTRO, Juan Martin (ARG)
    7. FEDERER, Roger (SUI)
    8. GASQUET, Richard (FRA)
    9. WAWRINKA, Stanislas (SUI)
    10. RAONIC, Milos (CAN)
    11. NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN)
    12. ISNER, John (USA)
    13. HAAS, Tommy (GER)
    14. JANOWICZ, Jerzy (POL)
    15. ALMAGRO, Nicolas (ESP)
    16. FOGNINI, Fabio (ITA)
    17. ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA)
    18. TIPSAREVIC, Janko (SRB)
    19. ROBREDO, Tommy (ESP)
    20. SEPPI, Andreas (ITA)
    21. YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS)
    22. KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp (GER)
    23. LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP)
    24. PAIRE, Benoit (FRA)
    25. DMITROV, Grigor (BUL)
    26. QUERREY, Sam (USA)
    27. VERDASCO, Fernando (ESP)
    28. MONACO, Juan (ARG)
    29. MELZER, Jurgen (AUT)
    30. GULBIS, Ernests (LAT)
    31. BENNETEAU, Julien (FRA)
    32. TURSUNOV, Dmitry (RUS)


    WOMEN'S

    1. WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)
    2. AZARENKA, Victoria (BLR)
    3. SHARAPOVA, Maria (RUS)
    4. RADWANSKA, Agnieszka (POL)
    5. ERRANI, Sara (ITA)
    6. NA, Li (CHN)
    7. WOZNIACKI, Caroline (DEN)
    8. KVITOVA, Petra (CZE)
    9. KERBER, Angelique (GER)
    10. JANKOVIC, Jelena (SRB)
    11. VINCI, Roberta (ITA)
    12. STOSUR, Samantha (AUS)
    13. FLIPKENS, Kirsten (BEL)
    14. IVANOVIC, Ana (SRB)
    15. KIRILENKO, Maria (RUS)
    16. STEPHENS, Sloane (USA)
    17. LISICKI, Sabine (GER)
    18. CIBULKOVA, Dominika (SVK)
    19. SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP)
    20. CIRSTEA, Sorana (ROU)
    21. PETROVA, Nadia (RUS)
    22. HALEP, Simona (ROU)
    23. VESNINA, Elena (RUS)
    24. HAMPTON, Jamie (USA)
    25. MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS)
    26. KANEPI, Kaia (EST)
    27. CORNET, Alize (FRA)
    28. KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana (RUS)
    29. BARTHEL, Mona (GER)
    30. RYBARIKOVA, Magdalena (SVK)
    31. ROBSON, Laura (GBR)
    32. ZAKOPALOVA, Klara (CZE)
  • Expelliarmus_27Expelliarmus_27 Moderator PEx Moderator
    The 2013 US Open men’s and women's singles draw will be revealed on Thursday, Aug. 22.
  • AquamanAquaman PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Julia Cohen defeated Tadeja Majeric. Long game. 3 sets. Puro reklamo pa both players. Wala kasing replay sa qualifying.
  • Expelliarmus_27Expelliarmus_27 Moderator PEx Moderator
    Are you ready for the last Grand Slam of the Year? :naughty:

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