Sunday, September 13, 2009

U.S. Open miscellany

Be sure to check out the classic match highlights on the U.S. Open website. You can watch Billie Jean King, Rosie Casals, Evonne Goolagong, Lindsay Davenport, and Katarina Srebotnik.

USTA Executive Director Gordon Smith said yesterday that constructing a roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium would be too expensive, and not that practical, considering that it does not rain often at the tournament.

Contrary to what some are saying, Serena Williams was not defaulted from her semifinal match, but for those who enjoy trivia: The last player who was defaulted at the U.S. Open was Caroline Wozniacki. In 2006, Wozniacki, a junior, won the first set of her first round match against Alexandra Panova, but then was disqualified when she allegedly shouted obscenities as a linesperson. Wozniacki denied saying anything inflammatory.

Kim Clijsters is the first wild card to ever reach the U.S. Open final.

Elena Dementieva, winner of the U.S. Open Series, has received the Order of Honor, which is awarded to Russian citizens for high achievement in government, economic production, scientific research, and sociocultural, public, and charitable activities. The award also recognizes merits in training highly skilled personnel, training the growing up generation, and the maintenance of legality and law.


Todd Spiker said...

You know, Wozniacki was talking the other day about how she used to have trouble controlling her anger. At the time, it was hard to imagine the CURRENT player being one with that problem when they she younger.

Of course, Federer was a bit of a terror with anger issues as a junior, too. I guess certain players just grow out of it.

Diane said...

Woz can be pretty fiery, so I imagine--when she was younger--she hadn't yet learned how to channel that fire. It is hard to imagine her having a temper tantrum now, though.