The 2010 U.S. Open came within a whisker of losing two of its top players in the first round of the men’s singles draw this afternoon. The fifth-seeded Robin Soderling was almost bounced by Austrian qualifier Andreas Haider-Maurer and French rebel-rouser Gael Monfils nearly succumbed to New York Sportime Robert Kendrick.
At 5-1, 40-15 in the third set, Aussie Samantha Stosur miss-hit a windy forehand return, but followed it up with a backhand winner down the line to punctuate her first-round win over Ukrainian Elena Vesnina. After dropping the first set, Stosur managed to take the second in a tie-breaker and turn the tables on the #64th ranked player in the world. In the end, Stosur—this year’s French Open runner-up—advanced to the second-round of the U.S. Open, 3-6, 7-6, 6-1.
America’s No. 1 tennis player, Andy Roddick, sent Frenchman Stephane Robert packing this afternoon. It took 9th-seeded Roddick only 1 hour and 42 minutes to finish the straight-sets win at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The final score was 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
American tennis sweetheart Melanie Oudin cruised through her opening round match with ease this afternoon at the National Tennis Center. Her opponent, Olga Savchuk of the Ukraine, managed to win a mere three games in the first match of the 2010 U.S. Open played on Arthur Ashe stadium. It took Oudin only 56 minutes to polish off the Ukrainian, 6-3, 6-0 (a.k.a…a bagel!)
Our U.S. Open blog, "The Net Post," is here to help you track the top players, the underdogs, the upsets, and the storylines of the fortnight. And there are some surprising ones developing already. Amy Eddings and Nate Chura get the conversation started.
During the 2010 U.S. Open, WNYC will be talking with players taking part in the tournament and we want to ask them your questions.
American tennis twins Bob and Mike Bryan became the world's winningest men's doubles team earlier this year in Los Angeles, beating the long-standing record of 61 career titles held by Aussies Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, aka "The Woodies." Since that time, the Bryans have racked up three more titles and are seeking number 65 here at the Open.
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