U. S. Open, 2015

Top Seven Takeaways from the 2015 U. S. Open

By DownTheTee | September 15, 2015

The 2015 edition of The U. S. Open was chock-full of news. Here are the top-six takeaways, according to Down The Tee. 1. Serena Williams Fell Short of a Grand SlamWhether the pressure got to the 21-time major champion, her game fell apart at the moment she needed it most, or the heavens didn’t align, Serena didn’t…

Finals Words On Men’s U. S. Open Final

By DownTheTee | September 13, 2015

The newly crowned men’s singles champion of the 2015 U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic, will end the year ranked No. 1 for the fourth time. The points he has earned are far and away more than any other number-one player has accumulated since the ATP began its tracking in 1973.   “It’s a fantastic feeling to…

Flavia Pennetta Wins First Grand Slam, Then Announces Her Retirement

By DownTheTee | September 12, 2015

This was not the U. S. Open women’s singles final most expected. No big names. No top-ten seeds. No one named Serena Williams.  Yet it was big on heart and drama. The heart was most visibly recognized when finalists Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci hugged at the net seconds after the last ball was hit…

The Aftermath

By DownTheTee | September 9, 2015

It’s over.  Serena Williams beat big sister Venus in their quarterfinal last night in a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.  The sisters walloped the ball like no two other women can in tennis. The match was an honor to witness, although the sympathetic Venus, at 35, was left to feel the full force…

Slowing Down the US Open Train

By DownTheTee | September 7, 2015

All of this is happening way too fast. Serena Williams is three wins away from a Grand Slam, but first she has to beat her beloved older sister, Venus, in the quarterfinals. Never mind that Venus is diverting attention away from the story of the Open — Serena. The elder sister is now on course…

First Day Chaos … Kei Nishikori Leads Exit

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2015

Wasn’t this U. S. Open supposed to be special, considering the monumental goal in front of Serena Williams? Guess everyone didn’t get the memo. If you want to blame someone, might as well point your finger at the 2006 U.S. Open Champion Maria Sharapova. Yesterday she withdrew, citing a leg injury sustained in practice weeks…