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Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2003 7:12:00 PM
Starts this coming FRI, AUG 25th.
Featuring top WTA and ATP players.
Last Grand Slam tourney of the year.

p.s. no Serena slam, since it's going to be Williams'-free G.S.

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Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2003 1:31:00 PM
former U.S. Open champ Safin pulled out from the tourney, citing same wrist inj that kept him from playing since April where he played only one match of this year. =(
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 12:52:00 PM
Kafelnikov Wears Down Ace Vliegen
by Elizabeth Schatz
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Yevgeny Kafelnikov waited patiently across the court from Belgian Kristof Vliegen like a parent waiting for an overactive child to finally fall asleep.

The 29-year-old Kafelnikov, who contemplated retiring after finishing 27th in 2002 (his lowest since 1993), chuckled and shook his head as the sparky Vliegen, 21, spent the first set winking at the crowd, raising his hands in victory, and serving ace after ace at the lumbering Russian.

Vliegen played paddle ball with Kafelnikov's serve in the first set, sending returns back that could have left smoke on the baseline. The lanky 6'4" Belgian won the first three games before being broken at 3-0. Kafelnikov, 6'3", finally held serve at 3-2, but couldn't contain the firepower of the younger Vliegen, who seemed to surprise even himself with a mix of gentle dropshots and searing backhands.

The battling blondes stayed on serve in the second set, with Vliegen scrambling for a drop shot in the sixth game and dumping it behind a stunned Kafelnikov, only to crash into the net with momentum and lose the point. He then served up an ace to win the game. Added bonus: the love of the crowd.

But Vliegen's forehand soon took on a mind of its own. When it went in, it was incredible. When it went out, it went way, way out. His mishits handed Kafelnikov the tiebreak in the second set and became an omen of what lay ahead.

Kafelnikov, who has two Grand Slam titles (French Open in 1996 and Australian Open in 1999) used his baseline power to move Vliegen side to side during the final sets, wearing down the inexperienced Belgian playing in his first US Open. Vliegen's unstoppable energy soon faded and the veteran Russian capitalized on the Vliegen's 59 unforced errors to win the match 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-2.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 12:54:00 PM
No. 7 Anastasia Myskina defeats Henrieta Nagyova
by Jason Brown
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

No. 7 Anastasia Myskina shook off a lackluster second-set, turned on the jets, and defeated Henrieta Nagyova in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, to advance to the second round where she will play Antonella Serra Zanetti of Italy.

After quickly racing out to claim the first set in 30 minutes, the 22-year-old Myskina hit a stumbling block midway through the second set on serve at 4-3.

Rushing in between points, Myskina seemed disinterested, lacking concentration and patience.

Seizing the rare instance when a top ten talent is off their gameplan, Nagyova, a Slovak who has won eight career singles titles, broke Myskina to go up a break in the set, just her third break of the match.

Opening the third set on her serve, Myskina quickly fell behind in the game Love-40, and the crowd gathered at Court 7 sensed an upset in the making.

Miraculously, Myskina refocused and reeled off five consecutive points to hold serve. Startled by the change in circumstances, Nagyova lost her own focus and was broken, giving Myskina a 2-0 lead that she would never lose.

The number seven seed converted on six of 12 break point opportunities, the main difference in the match.

Myskina, making her fifth appearance at the US Open, reached the third round of the tournament in the 2002 US Open, her best result at Flushing to date. Nagyova was making her eighth consecutive appearance at the US Open.

The last time Myskina and Nagyova played each other was at this year's Wimbledon, another first round match won by Myskina in straight sets after Nagyova was forced to retire from the match.

The highest-ranked Russian in the world has won four WTA singles titles, including at Doha and Sarasota this year.

Myskina is a current member of the Russian Fed Cup team that has advanced to the Fed Cup Semifinals to be played in November.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 12:58:00 PM

Sharapova Shreds Ruano Pascual
by Brad Falkner
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Making her US Open debut, Maria Sharapova played sharp as a tack and looked pretty in pink, routing Virinia Ruano Pascual 6-1, 6-1.

Ruano Pascual was no match for the overpowering Sharapova who blasted 24 winners during the course of the match.

Sharapova was unfazed by Ruano Pascual's feathery slice backhand and heavy topspin forehand. When she wasn't hitting clean winners, Sharapova patiently played well-angled balls to open up the court. In addition to her potent groundstrokes, Sharapova's serve is a serious weapon which she can rely on for many easy points.

Maria Sharapova is becoming as well known for her Monica Seles-esque grunt as she for her lazer like groundstrokes. As tonight's match wore on, both her stokes and grunts became more pronounced.

In her rookie season on the WTA tour, Sharapova has posted some very impressive results, most notably her standout 4th-round performance at Wimbledon.

In the second round, Sharapova will meet up with France's Emile Loit, who earlier today upset 31st seeded Alexandra Stevenson in three sets.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 12:59:00 PM

Allez Justine, Silvija is next on the do to list !
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 1:02:00 PM
Да все это фигня а вот как вчера Дима с 174 места в мировой табели выбил Куэртэна вот это был матч . Я бы сказал что он напоминал Агаси образца 95 года на US Open. Самый лучший матч за вчера
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 1:04:00 PM
for now it seems it's a pretty sweet draw schedule for lots of russian women.

Russian Dementieva Rules Over Vaskova
by Elizabeth Schatz
Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Looking like another famous Russian with a trademark golden pigtail, Elena Dementieva, 21, played her way to the second round of the US Open in straight sets over 27-year-old qualifier Alena Vaskova from the Czech Republic. Clearly, she brought her 'A' game and not just her sense of style.

In her fifth appearance at the US Open, the 11th-seeded Dementieva joins six other seeded Russian women left in the tournament. She reached the semifinals here in 2000 and took Kim Clijsters to three sets in the fourth round in 2001, proving that she is one more Russian to be reckoned with.

Dementieva relied on a strong forehand passing shot to throw Vaskova, who lost in the first round of the US Open in 2000, off balance. She succeeded in winning at every net approach and attacked Vaskova's equally impressive forehand, often catching it mid-air at the service line. The Russian continued her aggressive streak, climbing to a 5-1lead before lobbing two shots out of bounds and giving Vaskova the break. But the Czech failed to turn the match around, and Dementieva broke her serve to win the first set 6-2.

After a few double faults and lazy errors in the beginning of the second set, Dementieva found her game again, achieving a 5-3 lead and a chance to serve for the win. At 40-15, she served the only ace of the match to seal her position in the second round, where she will face Tatiana Perebiynis of the Ukraine.


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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 1:05:00 PM
Леф да это было сильно.
но и то, что я постю не фигня.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 1:09:00 PM
Не Тор нет вопросов , просто я до сих пор под впечатлением , так принимать подачи с лету . Он вообще с Куэртэном в последних сетах а особенно на тайбрэйке. Это просто у меня такое впечатление большое от красивого тенниса. Ну и к тому же не являюсь большим поклонником женского тенниса . Поэтому такая эрекция . Пис
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 1:13:00 PM
Ясно, да такое может быть. Он же кволифайер вообще.
А то что Гуге задницу надрал молодец, Гуга энд энноин бразилиан фэнс гоу хоум !

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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2003 1:50:00 AM
Women's champ should be Justine Henin-Hardenne.
only other players she should be concerned of are :
Kim Clijsters (who is a heavy fav to defeat Kuznetsova(that might take a U.S.Open G.S. with Navratilova in doubles)
(we'll see if Kim can take care of the russians, whereas JuJu had to take 7 out 8 in 2 (out of 6) titles she won this year, b/c Kim will face lots of russkies such as Kuznetsova, prolly Zvonareva, Petrova, Likhovtseva down to Justine at the bottom of the draw.
It'll be a massacre.

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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2003 8:56:00 AM
Looks like it is going to be an intetresting tournament. I have been only keeping up with the scores.
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2003 11:43:00 AM
Агаси молодец, всё ещё в рассвете сил, интересно, сможет ли он взять ещё один Гранд Салами ?

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Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2003 1:16:00 PM
Elena Dementieva advanced to the fourth round of the US Open today, with a 7-6, 7-6 victory over Amy Frazier in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Other Day 6 winners include Paradorn Srichaphan and Mary Pierce. Jennifer Capriati is up next in stadium court, taking on Emilie Loit, and Andre Agassi will follow against Yevgeny Kafelnikov.


Лена молодец! Так держать! Думаю следующий матч будет против Каприатти, а она сейчас выглядит сильно. Ну а Кафельников скорее всего сольёт Агасси.
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