Thursday, September 3, 2009

US Open Day 4: A Cavalier Performance

Curtain Call
Player: Somdev Devvarman
Nation: India
Age: 24
Current Ranking: #162
Tour Page:
Today's Match: loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) in 4 sets

Devvarman is another qualifier playing in his first ever Slam tournament. He won his first round match and fell in the second round to the 23rd seeded Kohlschreiber. He is a former two-time NCAA singles champion at the University of Virginia and the first Indian male to play in the singles draw of a Slam since 2002.

The third round begins in the women's singles tournament tomorrow. The third round is a magical moment in a Slam as it is the round when the seeds begin to play each other. There used to be 16 seeds in the Slams which would protect them from playing one another before the fourth round but now, with 32, it happens one round earlier.

Unfortunately, there are only two matches tomorrow which pit seeds against each other. Amazingly to me, one of them isn't even on a show court. Vera Avonareva (Russia, 7th seed) vs. Elena Vesnina (Russia, 31st seed) has been relegated to Court 13, still a TV court though for the folks back in Moscow.

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