US Open – Day 7
Can you believe it, we are already in the 4th round of the last slam of the year. This US Open continues to produce amazing matches and day 7 certainly did not disappoint. The first match on was between Schwartzman and van de Zandschulp. van de Zandschulp played some great tennis and founf himself up 2 sets to love and 5-4 trying to break to take the match. Schwartzman held serve and went on to break at 5-5. The Argentine managing to take the 3rd set 7-5. The 4th set was very similar to the 3rd set but this time at 4-5. Schwartzman found himself 15-40 and needing to save 2 match points. The 11th seed did just that and once again broke at 5-5 and once again won the set 7-5. This match was going the distance. Surprisingly, it was not the 11th but rather the unseeded van de Zandschulp who started the better of the 2 players in the deciding set. He raced away eventually taking the deciding set 6-1. The first match on Arthur Ashe was between 5th seed, Svitolina, and 12th seed, Halep. Both players started off well and Halep was the first to break and led 2-1. Svitolina then broke back immediately and held serve and now she led 3-2. Halep held easily and we were level at 3-3. Then what turned out to be a crucial 7th game occured. Halep had 2 break points at 15-40. Svitolina though held her nerve and won 4 points in a row and she led 4-3. Svitolina then used that momentum and broke Halep and served out the set at 6-3. In the 2nd set, Svitolina, was the 1st to break and led 2-1. Halep though hit straight back and we were level at 2-2 then again at 3-3. Then once again at 3-3, an important game was played. 3 deuces occured and eventually on the 3rd break point, Svitolina broke. Svitolina then held serve easily and managed to break Halep to book her spot in the quarter-finals. 16th seed, Kerber, was up against 18 year old Fernandez. Kerber broke in the first game and that set the tone in the first set as she took it 6-4. Kerber then got the early break in the 2nd set and was serving at 4-3. Fernandez though broke to love to get back on level terms at 4-4. Both players then held serve twice to take us into a 2nd set tiebreak. The game at 5-6 though was a long one where Kerber had to save a set point. Fernandez raced away to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak. Kerber though as she does, found a way back into the tiebreak and the score was now 5-4, Kerber serving. Fernandez stopped the run of points and brought up 2 set points. She managed to take the 2nd one and we were going the distance. The 18 year old managing to beat Kerber 6-2 in the third set. Another stunning win for her. She will now face 5th seed, Svitolina. Medvedev came through in straights against 24th seed, Dan Evans. 18 year old Alcaraz played against another unseeded player, Gojowczyk. The German led Alcaraz 2 sets to 1 but just ran out of steam in the final 2 sets. Alcaraz coming through and booking a spot in the quarter finals. Alcaraz became the youngest US Open quarter-finalist at 18 years and 4 months. 12th seed, Auger-Aliassime came back from a set down against unseeded crowd favourite, Tiafoe to book his spot in the quarter-finals where he will face Alcaraz. Sabalenka made light work of 15th seed, Mertens and Krejcikova battled through pain to beat Muguruza in straight sets. Lets hope she is fit to play her quarter-final.
Onto the fantasy league. On the male side, only Tiafoe and Schwartzman went out and on the ladies side Halep, Kerber, Mertens and Muguruza all went out. Medvedev and Auger-Aliassime were the best male picks on day 7 and Sabalenka was the best female pick.
Lorna’s Leaderboard extends their lead at the front to 8 points over 2nd place which is currently a tie between ‘Dropshots’ and ‘Wine Snob 2’. ‘Stentastics’ moved back up into the top 5 and ‘Chalk dust’ remained in 5th. ‘Game Set Snack’ dropped 3 places down to 6th. Still very close at the front with the gap between 2nd and 9th just 14 points.
Some results from Day 7:
- Svitolina(5) beat Halep(12) – 6-3; 6-3
- Fernandez beat Kerber(16) – 4-6; 7-6(5); 6-2
- Sabalenka(2) beat Mertens(15) – 6-4; 6-1
- Krejcikova(8) beat Muguruza(9) – 6-3; 7-6(4)
- van de Zandschulp beat Schwartzman(11) – 6-3; 6-4; 5-7; 5-7; 6-1
- Medvedev(2) beat Evans(24) – 6-3; 6-4; 6-3
- Alcaraz beat Gojowczyk – 5-7; 6-1; 5-7; 6-2; 6-0
- Auger-Aliassime(12) beat Tiafoe – 4-6; 6-2; 7-6(6); 6-4
Some matches to watch Day 8:
- Zverev(4) vs Sinner(13) – (18:00)
- Opelka(22) vs Harris – (19:00)
- Bencic(11) vs Swiatek(7) – (17:00)
- Rogers vs Raducanu – (20:00)
- Pliskova(4) vs Pavlyuchenkova(14) – (23:00)
- Sakkari(17) vs Andreescu(6) – (03:00)
Jared matriculated in 2020 from Wynberg Boys High School in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. His passion for tennis afforded him the opportunity of travelling to Europe. He is a quizmaster and a fantasy organiser.