Monday, September 3, 2012

US Open Day 8: Klizan

Curtain Call

Player: Martin Klizan
Age: 23
Nation: Slovakia
Current Ranking: 52
Notable Conquests: Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (France, 5th seed) and Jeremy Chardy (France, 32nd)
Today's Result: loss to Marin Cilic (Croatia, 12th) in straight sets

Photo via Saturdays in the Fall

Klizan has had a fantastic year.  He began 2012 ranked #117 in the world.  Since then, he has won four Challengers and made the second rounds of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, his first main draw in either tournament.  He has played world conqueror in New York, taking out two seeds and making the second week of a Major for the first time.

Catching Up with Old Friends

Yaroslava Shvedova (Curtain Call, Roland Garros Day 11) - Shvedova made it to the second round in singles, losing to Roberta Vinci (Italy, 20th).  As she did not make the main draw last year, she'll get yet another rankings boost.  She and partner Vania King (USA) won the US Open doubles title in 2010 and were runners-up last year.  This year was a bit of a disappointment as the team lost in the third round to Julia Goerges (Germany)/Kveta Peschke (Czech Republic) (11th).

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