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Tennis

Serena Sunday

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

While most of the country’s eyes were glued to opening day of football, it was just as monumental  a day for tennis. Due to severe weather conditions Saturday evening, the last men’s semi-final and women’s final were played Sunday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Before the women’s match, Andre Agassi was inducted into the US Open Court of Champions. In Flushing, football became an afterthought.

Wild and Windy Men's Semifinal

by Julian Atienza

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After a tornado touched down just off Queens and with more bad weather forecasted at around 5:00PM, tournament officials decided to move the Women's final between Victoria Azarenka(1) and Serena Williams(4) to Sunday at 4:30 PM. They hoped to have both Men's semifinal's completed before the rain, only one match was finished.

Serena and Azarenka to play in finals

by Amit Badlani

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The final four in the women's draw were narrowed down to two earlier today. #1 seed from Belarus Victoria Azarenka and #4 seed American Serena Williams will face in the finals scheduled for tomorrow night.

And Then There Were 4

by Kenny Ducey

The semifinals are set for Saturday afternoon; after Berdych and Murray advanced yesterday to set up one matchup, David Ferrer and Novak Jokovic moved on today, but for Ferrer it didn’t come easy.

Roddick Is Officially Retired, Berdych Upsets Federer

by Julian Atienza

Amit Badlani

The crowds at day ten of the U.S. Open saw Andy Roddick play his final match, a loss to 7th ranked Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, (6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4). Roddick only had 3 break opportunities after the first set and could not convert any of them. Despite being broken twice in the third set, Roddick continued to play hard. He served in 130MPH range at many points through out the match, and saved a match point on his serve. 

Rainy Day at Flushing Meadows

by Amit Badlani
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Well, the effects of Hurricane Isaac were bound to travel up the east coast and ruin at least one day of the US Open. Viewers of day nine saw only two singles matches get completed because of the rain.

Upsets Galore on the Women’s Side

by Kenny Ducey
The Radwanskas won’t want to hear the name “Roberta Vinci” brought up at the dinner table anytime soon.
 
Urszula was knocked out in the first round by the 29 year-old Italian, and #2 Agnieska was upset today 6-1, 6-4, eliminating yet another big name from the Open field.

Day 7: Halfway Home

by Jake Kring-Schreifels, Ben Kelly

Just two days after what may have been Andy Roddick’s most emotional match, it wasn’t unforeseeable that Sunday could have been his last. Like a baseball team that plays lethargic on a Sunday afternoon following a late night walk-off win, Roddick had to quell Friday Night Lights residue. After four sets however, retirement was delayed once more.

Roddick defeated Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 and continued his fight against putting down the racquet. Once again, even in a half-filled Arthur Ashe stadium, the Flushing fans made their presence felt for their American.

One on One Talks Tennis

by Kenny Ducey

On a warm, breezy, and most importantly, sunny day in Flushing Meadows, Amit Badlani, Jake Kring-Schreifels, and I hosted One on One live from the US Open. On a day filled with American tennis, we had much to discuss regarding the direction of the sport in our country. Just hours after Andy Roddick had shaken Arthur Ashe Stadium, we sat outside the venue with special guests discussing his impact on tennis and what chances he has to excite the fans a little while longer.