August 18, 2010

US Open Series: Week 5

The countdown to the U.S. Open continues as we enter Week 5 of the Olympus U.S. Open Series. Here's what I thought was interesting last week:
  • Maria Kirilenko and Victoria Azarenka won in doubles at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinnati Ohio, beating doubles specialists Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs. I thought that was pretty impressive since Azarenka is not known for being all that great at doubles.
  • Azarenka now moves into a tie for 4th place in the women's U.S. Open Series standings with Svetlana Kuznetsova and behind Maria Sharapova in 1st place, Kim Clijsters in 2nd and Agnieszka Radwanska in 3rd. Yes, that's right - Maria Sharapova is currently in 1st!
  • Andy Murray leads on the men's side with David Nalbandian at 2nd (!) and Roger Federer in a 3-way tie for 3rd with Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey (!!!).
  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands is blogging about the U.S. Open Series for USA Today. I love Bethanie so this should be good! Click on this post to see what she's got to say: Tattoos, tennis, sky-high heels: Behind scenes on WTA Tour.
The Series continues this week with the men moving onto Cincinnati for the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and the women in Montreal for the Rogers Cup. Here's the Week 5 TV schedule:

Tuesday, 8/17/10
1-9 pm – Men, Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, Cincinnati, Ohio, Tennis Channel

Wednesday, 8/18/10
1-9 pm – Men, Western & Southern, Tennis Channel

Thursday, 8/19/10
12-4 pm – Men, Western & Southern, ESPN2
7-9 pm – Men, Western & Southern, ESPN2

Friday, 8/20/10
12-4 pm – Men, Western & Southern, ESPN2
6-10 pm – Women, Rogers Cup, Montreal, Canada, Tennis Channel
10 pm-12 am – Men, Western & Southern, ESPN2

Saturday, 8/21/10
12-2 am – Women, Rogers Cup, ESPN2
2-4 pm – Men, Western & Southern, ESPN2
4-6 pm – Women, Rogers Cup, ESPN2
7-9 pm – Men, Western & Southern, ESPN2
9-11 pm – Women, Rogers Cup, Tennis Channel

Sunday, 8/22/10
12- 2 pm – Men, Western & Southern, CBS
3-5 pm – Women, Rogers Cup, ESPN2

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sam said...

Top 10 latest ATP Tennis Rankings

1. Rafael Nadal,Spain,10,925 points

2. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 7,215

3. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 7,085

4. Andy Murray, Britain, 5,305

5. Robin Soderling, Sweden, 4,830

6. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia, 4,195

7. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 3,950

8. Fernando Verdasco, Spain, 3,430.

9. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 3,170

10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, United France, 3,095
(As on August 16, 2010)

Kim at TennisFixation said...

Sam - Thanks for your comment. I just want to clarify - what I'm talking about in my post for the leaders for the Olympus U.S. Open Series. These are definitely not the same as the rankings for the ATP or the WTA. But these point totals for the U.S. Open Series will hopefully pay off for some of these players during the U.S. Open.