U. S. Open, 2013

Rafael Nadal, Toughest Game on the Planet

By DownTheTee | September 9, 2013

By Jane Voigt Rafael Nadal has his lucky number 13. He set his sights on it way back in 2012, at Wimbledon, when he lost to a little-known player ranked way outside the top 100 in the second round. He left Centre Court with his head down, his heart heavy, and his left knee in…

Serena Wins 17th Grand Slam

By DownTheTee | September 8, 2013

By Jane Voigt Through wind, and more wind, plus a cameo jumbo-tron flash of Bill Clinton that came mid-game on her serve, Serena Williams survived to win her 17th major title at the U. S. Open this afternoon.  It is her fifth Open and the first time she has won back-to-back titles in New York. …

Djokovic Wins, A Good Case for Eliminating 5-set Matches

By DownTheTee | September 7, 2013

By Jane Voigt Novak Djokovic came out limp. Stanislaus Wawrinka stood tall. The match would not end that way. The second-best Swiss player had absolutely nothing to lose today. He was playing in his first-ever major semifinal. He had gone farther in this Open than the guy whose shadow he has stood in for his…

Azarenka Gets Another Shot at Serena Williams for U. S. Open Title

By DownTheTee | September 5, 2013

By Jane Voigt Victoria Azarenka controlled the last game of her semifinal match, plus a couple others. It was enough, though, as she won the privilege of advancing to her second consecutive final at the U. S. Open over Flavia Pennetta.   Azarenka’s gushy demeanor after she shook Pennetta’s hand and kissed checks at the…

Flavia Pennetta, an Unlikely Semifinalist

By DownTheTee | September 4, 2013

By Jane Voigt If you or someone you know picked Flavia Pennetta to be in the semifinals of the U. S. Open, please stand up. You deserve a seat next to Billie Jean King in the parade that honors your vision. Ranked 83 in the world, Pennetta wham-bammed her way through her friend, Roberta Vinci,…

So What Happened to Federer This Time

By DownTheTee | September 3, 2013

By Jane Voigt Tennis is weird. It’s more about the loser than the winner. More about Roger Federer than Tommy Robredo. Yet in this instance, weird fits.  The two 30-somethings had played 10 times prior to last night; Roger won them all. Of those matches, he had won 24 of 27 sets. The odds were stacked…

A Day To Talk Roof

By DownTheTee | September 2, 2013

By Jane Voigt Imagine you buy four tickets for Labor Day admission to the U. S. Open. But the year is 2017. You would feel pretty darn lucky because the USTA should have installed a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium by then.  It’s about time it got the party started. For five years the men’s…

The Serena Sloane Event

By DownTheTee | September 1, 2013

By Jane Voigt Aside from the clash, battle, epic-to-be quarterfinal match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer anticipated by pundits worldwide that thrive on projection, there was the hype around Serena Williams’ chance to even the score with Sloane Stephens. Twenty-year-old Stephens defeated Williams at the Australian Open in the quarterfinal, this year. The upset…

The Long and Short of U. S. Open Fashion

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2013

By Jane Voigt Victoria Azarenka usually wears skirts that are so short you can see what shouldn’t been seen. No doubt she has a well-maintained figure. But every so often, Nike goes beyond the pale … at least for its women’s lines.  This year, though, the No. 2 seed is dressed in a rather conservative…

The Aging Tennis Population

By DownTheTee | August 30, 2013

By Jane Voigt Let’s blame Roger Federer. He’s the one who always gets the attention anyway. Seventeen grand slams, longest stint at number one, 36 consecutive quarterfinals at majors. Stats like that. He’s the one who has brought on all this talk about age, and aging tennis players. The fact is, he is not the…