US Open – Day 8
Day 8 began with the 11th seeded Swiss, Bencic, against the Polish 7th seed, Swiatek. A mouthwatering contest on paper. Bencic got the early break and never looked troubled on serve up until she was serving for the set at 5-4. Swiatek capitalised on the weak game from Bencic and broke to level the scores at 5-5. Swiatek then held and brought up a break/set point on Bencic’s serve. Bencic pulled out a good serve to save the break/set point and then went on to win the game. A tiebreak it was then. Swiatek led the tiebreak 5-2 and it was her serving. 2 very weak errors let Bencic back in the tiebreak and it was in fact Bencic who had the first set point at 6-5. Bencic then led 7-6 but once again Swiatek saved the set point. Bencic then brought up another set point at 8-7 which she lossed with an unforced error and still we went on. Swiatek then hit a backhand winner and now she had a set point on her serve. A big serve and a good approach shot but Bencic pulled out an amazing backhand pass and it was 9-9. Swiatek though brought up her second set point with a forehand winner. Swiatek then played the perfect point but hesitated with the volley and that caused it to go wide and still we played on 10-10. A double fault from Swiatek and Bencic had another chance on her serve. 2 errors from Bencic though meant that Swiatek saved a set point and brought up her third set point. But this time is was Bencic’s turn to play 2 outstanding point and now Bencic led 13-12. A forehand forced error from Swiatek and the 87 minute 1st set was complete – 14-12 in the breaker. Bencic used that momentum and took the 2nd set 6-3 to book her spot in the quarter-finals. The first match in Arthur Ashe was between the 4th seed Zverev and the 13th seed Sinner. 1 break was enough in the first 2 sets for Zverev. The third set Zverev had the break but lost it and found himself 5-6 and 15-40 down. Some great serving and he forced a third set tiebreak. Sinner had a chance to close out the breaker with a forehand but he mishit it and allowed Zverev back in. Zverev took the opportunity and went on to win the breaker 9-7 and book his spot in the quarter-finals. Harris was up against 22nd seed, Opelka, in his 4th round match. Harris managed to break Opelka in the 9th game of the set and was serving for the set at 5-4. The pressure got to him as he hit 3 double faults and a forehand error and was broken to love. Opelka eventually taking the set in a breaker. Harris though stayed positive and knew he was making a lot of returns. Once again he got the break but this time he held onto it as he took the 2nd set 6-4. The third set flew by as Harris put pressure on the big man’s serve. Harris managing to break Opelka an astonishing 2 times as he took the third set 6-1. Harris continued to ride the wave as he took the 4th set 6-3 and booked his spot in the quarter-finals where he will face 4th seed, Zverev. Raducanu started off very slowly against American Shelby Rogers. She was broken and trailed 2-0. She saved off 2 break points in her next service game and was on the board. From that game onwards, the 18 year old was just to strong for Rogers as Raducanu dropped just 1 more game in the entire match. Berrettini managed to come through German, Otte, in 4 sets. Djokovic lost the first set 6-1 but that never fazed him as he came back to win in 4 sets. This means there is a mouthwatering quarter-final between Djokovic and Berrettini. 4th seed Pliskova continued her good form as she knocked out 14th seed Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets. Sakkari vs Andreescu’s match was the latest finish of a ladies match in US open history. Sakkari managing to come through that match in 3 sets.
On Day 8, Harris scored a very impressive 10 points while Raducanu scored a very impressive 9 points. Well done to all the teams that have those players. Day 8 saw Sinner, Opelka, Andreescu, Swiatek, Rogers and Pavlyuchenkova all go out. 6 of the 8 mens quater-finalists were picked and 7 of the 8 ladies quarter-finalists were picked. The unpicked players are van de Zandschulp, Alcaraz and Fernandez.
‘Lorna’s Leaderboard’ stays in the top spot but her 8 point lead has been reduced to just 1 point. ‘Game Set Snack’ has moved up 4 places and is the team in 2nd place. ‘Chalk Dust’ is the only team to have all 4 of their original males still in and they lie 3rd. ‘Dropshots’ are still in the top 5 in 4th and ‘Wine Snob 2’ and ‘The Name of the Game’ are sitting in 5th. We have officially lost our first team. ‘Wine Snob’ has been eliminated which means that they have won the wooden spoon for the US Open.
Results on Day 8:
- Bencic(11) beat Swiatek(7) – 7-6(12); 6-3
- Sakkari(17) beat Andreescu(6) – 6-7(2); 7-6(6); 6-3
- Harris beat Opelka(22) – 6-7(6); 6-4; 6-1; 6-3
- Djokovic(1) beat Brooksby – 1-6; 6-3; 6-2; 6-2
Matches to watch Day 9:
- Medvedev(2) vs van de Zandschulp – (18:00)
- Svitolina(5) vs Fernandez – (20:00)
- Krejcikova(8) vs Sabalenka(2) – (01:00)
- Auger-Aliassime(12) vs Alcaraz – (02:15)
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.