Wednesday, September 5, 2012

US Open 2012 - Almost There!

So much is going on during this year's last Grand Slam Tournament in Flushing Meadows...
Couple of surprises, goodbyes, early exits, withdrawals and more!

1. Kim Clijsters participated in her last professional tennis tournament and as announced earlier, the former number one from Belgium is retiring. She lost to 18 year old rising star from Britain, Laura Robson, in the second round of the tournament, and with losses in women's doubles with Kirsten Flipkens and mixed doubles with Bob Bryan, the amazing career of the four Grand Slam winner, 41 career titles holder and a very entertaining and unique athlete came to an end (this time it's final!)

2. Andy Roddick surprised everyone at the beginning of this year's event when on Thursday, during the press conference he announced that US Open 2012 would be his last and final tournament before his retirement."I just feel like it's time", was Andy's first answer to the reporter's question "why?", "I don't know that I'm healthy enough or committed enough to go another year".
You'll definitely be missed! 

Today, Andy will be fighting against Del Potro for the chance to stay in the tournament since yesterday's match was postponed.

3. Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament with a knee injury (again... poor Rafa!) following his decisions not to play at the Olympics, after the shocking second round exit at Wimbledon this year, and couple other tournaments before the US Open 2012... Get well soon!

4. Laura Robson probably made her career breakthrough at this tournament, sending two seeded players packing at this year's US Open. The Brit, ranked 89th in the world ended Kim Clijsters' hopes to play a little longer before her retirement after beating the former number one in two sets 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) in 126 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium: "I didn't have any expectations because she's so experienced. Kim has been such a great player for so many years and a role model for all the younger girls coming up."
In third round Robson continued her game with the 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 win over 9th seeded Li Na to reach US Open Last 16 before losing to defending champion, Samantha Stosur, in two sets 6-4 6-4.

5. Roger Federer gets a walk over to the quarter finals in Flushing Meadows since Mardy Fish withdrew from the tournament because of undisclosed health concerns: "I regret that I have to withdraw from the US Open for precautionary measures, I was reluctant to do so, but am following medical advisement." ... Roger Federer: "I am really sorry for Mardy. I just want to wish him a speedy recovery. We all want to see him back on tour soon."
This means that world number one advances to his 34th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final and will now play Tomas Berdych on Wednesday.

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xo K

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