Wednesday, September 5, 2012

US Open Day 10: Bartoli

Curtain Call

Player: Marion Bartoli
Age: 27
Nation: France
Current Ranking: 11
Notable Conquest: Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic, 5th seed)
Today's Result: loss to Maria Sharapova (Russia, 3rd) in three sets

Photo via SportChalk

This was Bartoli's first time to reach the quarters at the US Open.  She is one of very few players who uses two hands for both her forehand and backhand, a choice made to sacrifice power for the sake of control.  Bartoli is a former junior champ at the US Open.

Catching Up with Old Friends

Marin Cilic (Curtain Call, Roland Garros Day 6) - Cilic matched his career-best at the US Open by reaching the quarters.  His finish was an improvement on last year's third round exit so his ranking will get a boost.  He lost today to Andy Murray (UK, 3rd) in four sets.


  1. Great. Glad to see someone new win it. Hope she makes it to the final

    1. The best chance for a breakout performance on the women's side is Sara Errani (Italy). She is the only one of the remaining semifinalists who has never won a Major. The men's side is a bit more open - sort of. Only Djokovic and Del Potro have won Majors before and they play each other in the quarters. However, Djokovic is still probably the world's best player on hard courts - the man to beat.