Today in new York will begin in the last year the tournament series “Grand slam” — the Open championship of the USA. Ukrainian troops at the tournament looks impressive — the fight in the basis of male and female single digits will start seven players. The last time so many of our players had seven years at Roland Garros, but then the number has not turned into quality. Let’s hope that this time the Ukrainians will perform better, all the more so to take an example there is nobody.
BOND IN THE CASE
In 2009 Kateryna Bondarenko reached in new York in the quarterfinals, setting the bar for Ukrainians on the American “slam”. Now she is back in the saddle. It is symbolic that the first tournament of “Grand slam”, which was held Bondarenko after returning to the tour, became the US Open. Katia, which was performed older sister Alyona three-month old son Eugene, a whirlwind passed three rounds of qualifying and the first round will play against “harmful” Yulia Putintseva, which represents Kazakhstan. Putintseva try to knock the opponent off balance, but Kate, I think, are quite able to pass this barrier.
Samyu little cheerleader Katie – three-month nephew Eugene
You should not have problems in the first round and the leader of the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina tennis (No. 17 of crops), which dropped out to start the match against the Russians Kulichkova (No. 107 in the ranking). For Kateryna Kozlova, which for the first time in his career, will play at the heart of “slam”, it was drawn rival the American Mattek-Sands.
Elina in new York preparing pizza and went to the football
But the most difficult challenge will Lesia Tsurenko. In the opening match her opponent will be fifth “racket” peace Lucie Safarova from the Czech Republic. Rehearsal this battle took place in polufinale of the WTA tournament in new haven on Friday. The Czech has won — 6:2, 7:6. But the mood Lesya should still be good — in today’s WTA rankings, she will rise to a record 37th place.
Men to Alexander: to exclude and Sergei Stakhovsky in the basis of added Ilya Marchenko. In the first round opponent of Donetsk will be extravagant French Gael the Gael (No. 16 seeding). However, the rival Ukrainian often gets excited, and this can benefit Ilya. And Long and Stach bookmakers derive the second round. Their opponents — the Australians Millman and Grotto is quite passable.
HELMET FOR SERENA
The main intrigue of the current US Open — will Serena Williams to repeat the achievement of Steffi Graf in 1988 to win the “Grand slam” (all four tournaments per year). Specialists say that in current form, Serena can only play herself. Yes and Maria Sharapova decided to skip the tournament due to injury. Let’s see…