Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Top seeds upset in U.S. Open mixed doubles

Unseeded Americans Carly Gullickson and Travis Parrott are enjoying quite a run at the U.S. Open. In the first round, they upset 6th seeds Nadia Petrova and Max Mirnyi. In the 2nd round, they defeated Sania Mirza and Daniel Nestor, and in the quarterfinals, they upset 3nd seeds Lisa Raymond and Marcin Matkowski.

Today, Gullickson and Parrott upset number 1 seeds Liezel Huber and Mahesh Bhupati to get to the final. Their opponents will be 2nd seeds Cara Black and Leander Paes.

Gullickson entered the women's doubles competition with partner Alexa Glatch. They were defeated in the third round by the 10th seeds, Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina, after upsetting the 7th seeds, Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai, in the second round.


Todd Spiker said...

Hmmm, I'm wondering if once Chelsey leaves the Georgia tennis program and turns pro if we'll have another all-sisters doubles team on tour. The Gullicksons did play a bit on the ITF circuit last year before Chelsey went to college, reaching the final of the first tournament they played (they actually almost played each other in the singles final, as well). Mallory Cecil just turned pro after winning the NCAA title as a freshman, but Chelsey was actually the top-ranked freshman for the majority of the college season. So she might not be an amateur for much longer

It could be that it'll be happening sometime next year. Carly and Julie Ditty have done quite well as a doubles team in ITF events the last year or two, but I've noticed they've stopped playing together the last few months. Might Carly maybe not be willing to commit to a future partnership because her sister could soon be on tour, and now Ditty is trying out other players to team up with? It would seem a decent possibility.

Diane said...

I wondered why Carly and Julie weren't playing together. I think you may be on to something. I haven't heard any news yet about Chelsey's plans, but I kind of expect her to go pro, too.