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Reflections: US Open Day 2

Upset of the day:’s “Player of the Day” Simona Halep defeated [6] Li Na 6-2, 7-5. The French Open champion said she played like “****.” Halep’s response? “Yeah, maybe she played like ****, but it’s OK.”

Other seed upsets: Pauline Parmentier defeated [21] Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-3; Ernests Gulbis defeated [16] Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

Untimely nightmare: Irish qualifier retired due to illness (food poisoning) to [1] Novak Djokovic (who was leading 6-0, 5-1) but not before melting our hearts in this ATP piece about his dream realized.

Fashion pick of the day: Anne Keothavong’s Wilson dress.

Number of retirements: Three - Marinko Matosevic (to [24] Juan Ignacio Chela); Frank Dancevic (to Marcel Ilhan); Jamie Hampton (to Elena Baltacha).

Sportsmanship of the day: After Jamie Hampton fell to the court in pain, Britain’s Elena Baltacha joined the trainers huddled around the young American to help.

Went the distance: Nikolay Davydenko upset [32] Ivan Dodig 6-7, 6-3, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2; Steve Darcis defeated Dmitry Tursunov 6-7, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, 7-6; Nicolas Mahut defeated Robert Farah 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0; Igor Kunitsyn defeated Matthias Bachinger 2-6, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Match point of the day: James Blake roared his way into the second round after smashing the forehand on match point to defeat Jesse Huta Galung 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

In memory: Despite still mourning the death of her grandfather, who passed away over the weekend, [16] Ana Ivanovic defeated Ksenia Pervak 6-4, 6-2. Near the end of the match, she said emotions got the best of her. “I had quite a tough weekend. When I was serving for the match, I kept thinking, ‘I’m doing it for him.”’

Young Americans through: Vania King, Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe and Donald Young all advanced to the second round.

Future politician?:
Q. When are you gonna run for prime minister?
Andrea Petkovic:  That takes a while, like another 10 years.

Guest Reflections from my Grandfather (who sent me an email this morning with the following):
You might have guessed–but
I was watching the Federer match last night and I heard
the interview with Tony Bennett—he looked pretty good
for an 85 year old–
What did you think of the Sharapova match?
This Watson gal really gave her a run for her money–
Thought it was a good match.
Tony Bennett said everything about Federer that I believe.

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  1. Why doesn’t conor count as retired

  2. e-slice says:

    Great catch. Guess I wasn’t thinking clearly when I wanted to link to that ATP story but you’re correct, 4 retirements.