Monday, August 27, 2018

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Let me preface by saying I didn't have time to write this yesterday -- before the start of the U.S. Open -- and "World No. 1" Simona Halep has already lost in the first round (again). (By "defending" her points, she'll remain number one.) When I saw Chris Evert the other evening she "reluctantly" picked Halep to win it and this is exactly why. [Sigh.]

Daniil Medvedev beat Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday in the Winston-Salem Open for his second career ATP World Tour title. The 22-year-old Medvedev, ranked No. 57 in the world and unseeded in the event, didn't drop a set in six matches in the final U.S. Open tuneup event.

Meanwhile in New Haven, rising Belarusian star Aryna Sabalenka capped off a massive summer in emphatic fashion, lifting her maiden WTA title at the Connecticut Open with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Carla Suarez Navarro -- rocketing up to the WTA’s Top 20 ranking. Despite being unseeded, Sabalenka was one to watch coming into the tournament after a string of big wins over names like Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova, Julia Goerges and more during the U.S. Open Series.

I wonder if the USTA is hiring inexperienced massage therapists?

Here's a fun group on Arthur Ashe Kids Day ...

Diego Schwartzman never disappoints ...

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