US Open Quarter-Finals – Day 9
Day 9 produced a disappointing a night session for the fans and another upset. The first quarter-final was a men’s quarter-final between 2nd seed, Medvedev and the unseeded van de Zandschulp. Medvedev raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set before van de Zandschulp got 1 break back and held serve. The Dutchman couldn’t get the 2nd break back and Medvedev had the first set 6-3. Medvedev then raced away in the 2nd set eventually winning it 6-0. The Dutchman though had been playing some of the best tennis of his career and used that form to hit back and take an unlikely third set 6-4. A tight 4th set occurred where both players were holding serve until Medvedev broke to win the set and the match. The 2nd seed was once again through to a US Open semi-final. The 2nd day session quarter-final was between 5th seed, Svitolina, and unseeded sensation Fernandez. The first set was decided by 1 break. Fernandez continuing where she left off in her 2 previous matches and taking the first set 6-3. Svitolina though fought back in the second and raced to a 5-1 lead before Fernandez made it uncomfortable at 5-3. A long game pursued in which Svitolina had to save 3 break points before eventually taking the 2nd set 6-3. Fernandez impressively at just 19 years of age didn’t look flustered at all and broke first in the third to lead 3-1. Svitolina though broke straight back to make it 3-2. A very poor game for the 5th seed and she was once again down a break 4-2. Fernandez then held and was a game away from the semi-finals leading 5-2. Svitolina held to 30 and forced the youngster to serve it out. At 30-30, the 5th seed played some clutch tennis and managed to get the break back. The job wasn’t done yet though because she was still down 5-4. Once again it was a 30-30 game and once again Svitolina hit 2 winners and we were level once again at 5-5. Fernandez needed to hold now and she went up 40-15 before being pegged back to deuce. 2 great points, this time from the 19 year old and she led 6-5. Svitolina for a 3rd service game in a row found herself at 30-30 and for a third service game in a row won the game 40-30. A deciding tiebreak was needed. Fernandez started the better of the 2 and led 4-1 with 1 mini break. Svitolina importantly won her 2 service points to make it 4-3. An unforced error from the Canadian and it was level at 4-4. Svitolina then made an unforced error and trailed once again at 5-4. An unreturned serve and it was 5-5. A good point from Svitolina but an even better pass from Fernandez meant the 19 year old had the first match point and it was on her serve. An backhand error off the return and Fernandez was through to her first grand slam semi-final. She has beaten, Osaka then Kerber then Svitolina. Could she go all the way? The night session began with Krecjikova and Sabalenka. Sabalenka stormed away in the first set taking it 6-1. The 2nd seed broke early in the 2nd set and that was enough as she went on to take the set 6-4 and book a semi-final meeting against Fernandez. The last quarter-final was between 12th seed, Auger-Aliassime and Alcaraz. The 12th seed led 6-3; 3-1 before the youngster had to retire.
Day 9 saw the loss of Svitolina and Krejcikova. Sabalenka, Medvedev and Auger-Aliassime all managed to score 9 points on Day 9.
‘Lorna’s Leaderboard’ is enjoying the top spot as she once again opens up her lead to 8 points. In 2nd place is ‘Chalk Dust’ who have the best males team. ‘Guys and Dolls’ move up 4 places and into the top 5 for the first time. They lie in 3rd place. ‘Stentastics’ move back into the top 5 and lie in 4th spot. There is a 3 way tie for the last prize position between ‘Dropshots’, ‘Wine Snob 2’ and ‘Not the Djok’. What will Day 10 bring?
Results from Day 9:
- Medvedev(2) beat van de Zandschulp – 6-3; 6-0; 4-6; 7-5
- Auger-Aliassime(12) beat Alcaraz – 6-3; 3-1 ret
- Fernandez beat Svitolina(5) – 6-3; 3-6; 7-6(5)
- Sabalenka(2) beat Krejcikova(8) – 6-1; 6-4
Matches to watch Day 10:
- Raducanu vs Bencic(11) – (18:00)
- Zverev(4) vs Harris – (19:30)
- Pliskova(4) vs Sakkari(17) – (01:00)
- Djokovic(1) vs Berrettini(6) – (02:30)
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.