Thursday, August 29, 2013

Robson and Murray wins, Williams loses epic

Laura Robson

At a rain hit Flushing Meadows British success is still continuing. Laura Robson faced talented young Frenchwomen and world number 75 Caroline Garcia. The match was a very tight two setter which gradually ended up in Robsons favour as she won 64 76 (75)
During the second set Robson battled with some magnificent ground strokes against Garcia stiff defensive play but in the tie-break Robson fought to a 6-2 lead which gave her enough of a space to go on and take the tie break and match. After the match Robson said to BBC Radio 5:-"I thought I played really well and I served really well, and I'm looking forward to the next round,"
In the third round it is a case of Deja vu as a rematch of last year third round again with Robson facing Li Na. Robson will surely use the confidence gained from beating Li Na last year and there is no reason why it can't happen again.

Andy Murray had a equally convincing win in his first round match again France's Michael Llodra. In the late night match (ending 11.33pm NYC time) Murray converted 6/8 break points along with 78% first serve first serve wins and 65% second. Another impressive statistic in the match for the defending champion was the fact he only produced 5 unforced errors compared to Llodras 29. The final result was 62 64 63. After the match quoting the BBC Murray said:-"It was a good start, I played well today," "He's a very tricky opponent to play against, he's unpredictable.
"He's a fun guy to watch but he can be a bit of a nightmare to play against, so it's good that I got off to a good start, especially after waiting around all day."

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Meanwhile one of the most talked about matches yesterday was Venus Williams marathon three hours and two minutes loss to Chinas Zheng Jie.Williams who won the tournament last in 2001 has been recently plagued with a niggling back injury was outplayed and outlasted by Jie losing 62 26 76 (75). After the match Williams told usatoday that Jie played really well and she wasn't consistent enough. Elsewhere in the women's draw there were wins for Jamie Hampton (df Mladenovic 75 64),A. Radwanska (df Torro-Flor 60 75), Li Na (df Avidsson 62 62), Stephens (df U.Radwanska 61 61) and Suarez-Navarro (df Vandeweghe 63 64).

Over in the men's draw Wimbledon semi finalist Juan Martin Del Potro battled in a close four setter against Spain's Garcia-Lopez. The heavily rain affected 4 hour and 13 minute match gradually went Del Potros way with the Argentinian edging to a 63 67 64 76 victory. Fabio Fognini who recently reached three consecutive ATP tour finals and was tipped to be a outside threat in the lead up to the tournament suffer a disappointing 16 26 26 loss to American Rajeev Ram. Another seed to fall was France's Paire who lost a close five setter against Bogomolov jr. Day three also saw wins for Warwrinka, Baghdatis, Smyczek, Anderson and Youzhny. 

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