American Yield is 16 Wins in 26 Matches
September 01, 2011 | 10:59 AM
Even more than McHale and Falconi, the starry performances of 16 year old Madison Keys in her 3set, 2nd round defeat to #27 seed Lucie Safarova captured headlines.
If you didn't read too much about it already today, here's a link to the NYT story which is largely about 'Maddy' madness (the girl and her parents, both lawyers, already have a star studded entourage including NBA Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo; this story may not endue to top the hype 2 years ago about Georgia peach Melanie Oudin, who reached the quarters in NY before losing to Wozniacki, and is partnered with Jack Sock in this year's mixed):
Madison Keys Is Among U.S. Youngsters Following Williams Sisters - NYTimes.com
Other US women gaining attention were Coco Vandeweghe, who gave #9 seed Sam Stosur difficulty in yesterday's 2nd round, and hard serving Lauren Davis, who lost a close 1st round match to Kerber.
Fish had the easiest time of his 1st round, downing Kamke with the loss of 5 games. He'll take on Malik Jaziri on Armstrong today after 3pm.
Other action saw:
- Vets James Blake and Robby Ginepri won 4 set contests, along with #22 seed John Isner, who took out Baghdatis for the second tim in 3 weeks
- 28 year old Alex Bogomolov, having a career year and reaching a high ranking of #44, came back from 2 sets down to beat 21 year old Californian Steve Johnson, ranked 525 and looking for his first ever tour level win. Johnson had his chances in the 4th set, which ended badly for him a tie-breaker when he cramped and could barely serve or move (he did well to win 3 points).
- Our 18 and Under national champion, 18 year old Jack Sock, upset 34 year old Marc Gicquel, ranked 97th, in 4 sets
- Roddick managed to lose a set to 33 year old Michael Russell (ranked 97th), while Donald Young managed to beat Lucas Lacko in 4 sets
Three of the four US men losing went down to higher ranked players:
- Ryan Harrison (#66) lost to #27 seed Cilic 2-6, 5-7, 6-7
- Michael Yani (#206) lost to #60 Bernard Tomic in 3 sets
- Bobby Reynolds (118) lost to Nalbandian (#76) in 4 sets
- Ryan Sweeting, currently ranked almost a career high #69 - higher than his opponent, #95 Denis Istomin - lost in 4 sets (Istomin was ranked #39 a year ago)
US Open 2011