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Paes' Doubles Delight

paes1.jpgLeander Paes showed a welcome return to form by reaching the finals of both the Mixed Doubles and the Men's Doubles events at the US Open.

Partnering with Cara Black a six time grand slam champion in her own right, Paes turned back the clock a few years winning a fairly competitive semi-final encounter against Jonas Bjorkman & Nadia Petrova 6-4, 6-4. They will play Liezel Huber (Cara's women's doubles partner) and young Scot Jamie Murray in the final scheduled as the second match on day 11 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

In the Men's doubles semi-finals Paes playing alongside the Czech Republic's Lukas Dlouhy annihilated Juan Monaco & Maximo Gonzalez 6-2, 6-0. The young Argenitnes looked a shadow of their former selves having pla


Five Set Drama

fedex.jpgA night of thrilling matches kept us completely compelled to our television sets as Roger Federer pulled off an excellent five set victory over the number 23 seed Igor Andreev and Novak Djokovic dug deep to beat Tommy Robredo also in five sets to stay on course for a dream semi-final against each other.

To get there however Novak will need to run through the American destroyer that is Andy Roddick, who continued to annihilate opponents through the draw. Federer next plays qualifier Gilles Muller who upset 5th seed Nikolai Davydenko in straight sets. The large Luxemburg left-hander has now won 7 matches in the US Open so far and has in the past beaten top 10 players including Rafa Nadal and Andy Roddick.

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The Usual Suspects

usual_suspects_ver2.jpgWith Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy and Nikolai all making the last 16, there have been no major upsets in the US Men's draw as we head into week 2 of the last Grand Slam of the year.

Rafael Nadal seems to be enjoying his number 1 status and after a fairly tiring first round match against Bjorn Phau where he was appearing jaded, Nadal has rebounded well to demolish his opponents in rounds 2 and 3. He next faces 6ft 6 inches of American Sam Querrey who has beaten No.22 seed Tomas Berdych in Round 1 and 14th seed Ivo Karlovic in Round 3.

A victory for Nadal could setup an interesting clash against super fast retriever Gael Monfils in the quarters. Ofcourse Monfils will first need to find a way past another America


Coin makes short change of Ana

188th ranked French qualifier Julie Coin created perhaps the greatest upset in the history of tennis beating World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at the US Open Championships today.

coin1.jpgCoin (pronounced Kwaa) a part-time pro who has been on-and-off the tennis circuit since 1999 (when Ana was only 11 years old) has never been ranked anywhere near the top 150 and has career prize money of under a $100,000 got her few hours of fame as she stormed out of the blocks early in the 1st set playing some absolutely immaculate tennis.

Ivanovic didn't help her own cause dropping her serve in the 7th game of the first set after two double faults. In fact, Ivanovic struggled with her serve throughout the match commiting 8 double faults in all. Coin


Back on Tsonga

Another day of no major upsets at the US Open as the seeds continued to completely dominate the draw. Novak Djokovic and Nikolai Davydenko the two highest men's seeds in action today, raced through their matches comfortably to post straight sets wins and advance to round 2. Djokovic beat French veteran Arnaud Clement 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 while
Davydenko made quick work of Dudi Sela of Israel 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

No.8 seed Andy Roddick overpowered another French stalwart Fabrice Santoro 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 to also book a place in Round 2.

tsonga_by_john_togasaki_ss.jpgPerhaps the most heartening sight of the day was to see Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in action after a four month lay off. He struggled throu


Top Seeds Sail Through

us_open_tom_mascardo_ss.jpgRoger Federer, the Williams sisters and Ana Ivanovic all booked their place into Round 2 of the US Open posting contrasting wins.

Four time champion Federer, seeded 2nd in a Grand Slam after eons, made light work of Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina, easily winning 6-3, 6-0, 6-3. Also advancing as per the form book in the Men's draw were Ivo Karlovic, Tommy Robredo, Igor Andreev, Olympic silver medalist Fernando Gonzalez, Andreas Sippi, Paul-Henri Mathieu and Fernando Verdasco.

There were however two upsets as the 22nd seed Tomas Berdych was annihilated by 20-year- old giant Sam Querrey (he's 6'6") in under an hour and a half 6-3, 6-1, 6-2. Also on the flight home was talented Frenchman Richa


An Interview with Sanaa Bhambri

We caught up with Sanaa Bhambri, a young Indian Tennis player to know a little more about her game. Following are the questions posted by, which Sanaa answered earnestly.

How easy was it to turn pro and what is the procedure to do so?
Sanaa: Turning pro really means when you are playing world ranking tournaments with greater prize money. So your results actually decide on whether or how soon you turn pro. Kids doing college in the United States have to play as an amateur as they cannot receive their prize money while they are studying and hence can only turn pro after their degree is complete.

Where are you currently training?
Sanaa: I am currently training in Sirifort Complex, New Delhi.

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