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Upsets and Routine Business

August 29, 2011 | 10:57 PM

Results are in now that Federer has finished off the clay-courter Giraldo (in his 3rd hard court match of the summer), and pronounced the courts slower than last year, perhaps to explain the number of unstylish errors his racquet started spewing at 5-1 in the 1st when he blew 2 service games. I assume everyone's seen at least the BIG news - #5 seed Wimbledon champ Kvitova was beaten in straight sets by #48 Alexandra Dulghero, and 15th seed Troicki lost to Alejandro Falla in 5 sets.

With only 3 American men seeing action today, there isn't a lot to report on that front:

Fish took care of business to start the action in Ashe, winning 2, 2, and 1 over German Tobias Kamke. Neither of the possible upsets happened:

- Cilic took care of Harrison in 3 sets; the sets got progressively closer, ending with a 3rd set breaker.

- Tomic took care of Yani in straight sets, also

But American women started well:

- Venus won 4 and 3 over Dolonts, and at least go off on the right foot (her outfit: dressy from the front, curious choice of a skirt that flies up at the least provocation to reveal tightie whities)

- 19 year old Christina McHale defeated Aleksandra Wozniak 6-4 in the 3rd

- 17 year old Madison Keys upset 37 Jill Craybas in an all-American spectacle for the ages

- Vavera Lepchenko upset 13 seed Shuai Peng 6-3, 6-4

- Irina Falconi upset Czech Zakapolova 6-2 in the 3rd.

Other US women experienced minor upsets:

- Oudin lost 0 and 6 to Oprandi

- Mattek-Sands was routed by Slovakian Hercog, 1 and



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