flyctory.com

US Open (Tennis) – 1st September 2018

I was looking forward to my second day of visit at the US Open. Divij Sharan’s match was of course in special focus of my attention, but there were also some other interesting matches on schedule. Due to the prolonged weekend, prices were significantly increased. The weather was more summer-like again. The worse started my day as I could not get passed the security with my sunblocker spray, which I had with me the two days before, too. Hoped that this was not bad omen – and Saturday would become as good as Friday.

The match of the day from a German perspective was likely the German Men’s Singles battle, in which Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Alexander Zverev. There were less singles matches on the outer courts and some of the doubles matches were really crowded. Here are the tennis matches I visited.

There is a larger-size US Open 2018 match picture gallery on Flyctory.com.

Women’s Singles: Vondrousova – Bertens 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(1)

I have to admit that I was neither looking forward that much to see Czech Marketa Vondrousova nor Kiki Bertens. I simply felt that I should have seen the completely rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium, which is open to Ground admission in the highest tier. In her second US Open, Vondrousova gave Bertens a tough time and advanced to the Round of 16.

  

  

  

  

  

 

Men’s Doubles: Chardy / Martin – Kontinen / Peers 7-6(4) 3-6 7-6(3)

After my Louis Armstrong Stadium experience, I went on to Court 11. Quite a lot of people saw the second-seed doubles team struggling against the French. Even after Henri Kontinen and John Peers won the second set, they did not get sufficient confidence and finally lost in a third-set tie-break.

  

  

  

 

Practice Pics: Divij Sharan (India)

As said, Court 11 felt quite crowded and the match did not catch me that much. Thus I decided to have a look at Divij Sharan. The Indian Davis Cupper prepared for its 2nd round doubles alongside New Zealand’s Artem Sitak. Took some pictures here.

  

  

  

  

 

Men’s Singles: John Millman – Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3

As said before, I targeted to see the major courts on my second day of visit. Thus, I headed on to Grandstand. Mikhail Kukushkin just won the second set against Australian John Millman. The match had quite some long rallies. Though I felt the Kazakh was back in the match, the Australian took his chance and finally won in four sets.

  

  

  

  

 

Mixed Doubles: Atawo / Grönefeld – Azarenka / Chan 4-1 ret.

To me, Anna-Lena Grönefeld is one of the most underrated German players. Starting her career strongly in singles, she is now likely Germany’s finest in Women’s Doubles. Alongside US-American Raquel Atawo, the 33-year old from Hanover was seeded and thus the favourite in that match – even though Victoria Azarenka and Latisha Chan were doubles hot shots on the other side. Atawo / Grönefeld won the first four games of the match, which showed a lot of interesting rallies. I felt to stay on Court 7 for a while, when surprisingly Chan retired after winning the fifth game. No chance to guess what really happened there.

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

Women’s Singles: Cibulkova – Kerber 3-6 6-3 6-3

I went back to Louis Armstrong after this short tennis episode. I felt that I should have a look at Germany’s #1 in Women Singles, Angelique Kerber. This time I chose the standing area in the beautiful arena. Kerber broke Daniela Cibulkova early in the first set and coverted – afterwards, she got into more trouble and finally lost as fourth seed, so that all German ladies (in singles tennis) had finished their Grand Slam duties for 2018 already a bit earlier than expected.

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

Men’s Doubles: Kubot / Melo – Sharan / Sitak 6-3 3-6 6-3

Sharan and SItak gave a great fight against 7th seeded Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot. Especially in the second set, they have been the stronger team in a very entertaining doubles tennis match. However, they failed in transitioning to the third match, where the Brazilian-Polish combo took an early break and made use of all their experience to advance to the round of 16. Nevertheless, Divij played a great match and showed some very decent shots. It will be fun seeing him along Rohan Bopanna at the Davis Cup in Serbia.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

Practice Pics: Leander Paes (India)

During the match, just on the other side of the stands, my idol had his daily practice session. I just had to watch him for a while. Finally, it was Leander who made me wear the “My passport is German, but my heart is Indian” shirt. It was Leander (alongside Mahesh Bhupathi) who gave me that plus to tennis, which made me become an Indian tennis and Davis Cup fan. And of course, it was Leander who made me travel to the US Open for the fifth time in my life. I felt very gifted that I at least saw some final points by rushing from JFK to the grounds in 80 minutes. That was the dream making me travel there. Felt it was my duty to just be there when he was preparing for his next stage in his amazing career. Will miss his amazing (and maybe still unique) touch on the net in Serbia, but undoubtedly Rohan and Divij are currently our #1 choice. Thank you!

  

  

  

 

Mixed Doubles: Melichar / Marach – Grönefeld / Gonzales 6-4 6-4

After Grönefeld’s first appearance that day had been successful, but limited in effort, I wanted to have a look at her mixed doubles appearance. Austrian Oliver Marach and Nicole Melichar played a very leveled and thereby strong mixed doubles team. Especially the 25-year old American Melichar played some very impressive shots while I was there.

  

  

  

  

  

  

There were still some matches ongoing – I might have saved a spot at Armstrong to see the German battle – but I just did not feel to much like it any more – so I left a bit earlier than expected.

 

US Open 2018 – Match Picture Gallery

To see more match pictures (also in larger size) of the two days of my visit, please visit the gallery:

There is also a designated article about how the US Open are like from a spectator’s perspective.

 

I just used my point and shoot / bridge cameras for the pictures, as I had ordinary tickets for this event. Thus, please excuse the limited picture quality.

 

 

Postings about Tennis

Here are postings which are related to tennis on Flyctory.com

International Tennis Hall of Fame & Hall of Fame Open 2019

International Tennis Hall of Fame & Hall of Fame Open 2019

On the fourth day of my Weird Al & Grass Court Tennis trip in July 2019, I visited the Tennis ...
Read More
Weird Al & Grass Court Tennis 2019 (Day 4 - 20th July 2019)

Weird Al & Grass Court Tennis 2019 (Day 4 – 20th July 2019)

After having two Weird Al Yankovic concerts on the second and third day of my trip, tennis was in focus ...
Read More
Weird Al & Grass Court Tennis 2019 (Preview)

Weird Al & Grass Court Tennis 2019 (Preview)

After I did my very first trip report on Flyctory.com about following Weird Al Yankovic on his "Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised ...
Read More
Davis Cup Serbia vs. India: Day 3

Davis Cup Serbia vs. India: Day 3

With the suprising Serbian doubles rubber upset on Day 2, the Sunday match just featured a dead rubber. It was ...
Read More
Davis Cup Serbia vs. India: Day 2

Davis Cup Serbia vs. India: Day 2

Trailing 0-2, India was under pressure for the second day which features the doubles. However, the guests having the best-ranked ...
Read More
Davis Cup Serbia vs. India: Day 1

Davis Cup Serbia vs. India: Day 1

The first day in Kraljevo: The teams' number ones were under special pleasure as it more or less their "mandatory" ...
Read More
Davis Cup Serbia vs. India: Preview

Davis Cup Serbia vs. India: Preview

Thursday evening in Kraljevo. The city some two hours away from Belgrade is ready for the Davis Cup playoffs. It ...
Read More
Davis Cup World Group Playoff 2018 - More complex than ever!

Davis Cup World Group Playoff 2018 – More complex than ever!

Though I am a huge opponent of the Davis Cup reformations becoming active in 2019, I have to give in ...
Read More
Visiting the US Open 2018

Visiting the US Open 2018

Many of you might watch the Tennis US Open at Flushing Meadows  on TV. Some take-outs like interviews on the ...
Read More
US Open (Tennis) - My Day - 31st August 2018

US Open (Tennis) – My Day – 31st August 2018

My fifth visit at the tennis US Open is the shortest one - arriving on Thursday afternoon by British Airways ...
Read More
Ode to my Superhero - Leander Paes

Ode to my Superhero – Leander Paes

Tianjin, China. Tennis Davis Cup, one of my most beloved sports competitions. He was intended to be the hero, the ...
Read More

 

USA – More Postings

More postings which deal with the USA:

Sound of Nashville Press Event & Logan Mize Concert (11th Sep 2019, Cologne)

Sound of Nashville Press Event & Logan Mize Concert (11th Sep 2019, Cologne)

Quite surprisingly, there seems to be a quite sudden competition about the promotion and management of country music concerts in ...
Read More
Lucas Oil Stadium Tour (Indianapolis)

Lucas Oil Stadium Tour (Indianapolis)

Spontaneously after I visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway & Museum, I went to Lucas Oil Stadium to do a stadium ...
Read More
Jillian Jacqueline & Lauren Jenkins (9th September 2019, Cologne)

Jillian Jacqueline & Lauren Jenkins (9th September 2019, Cologne)

The Sound of Nashville series of concerts more and more established in the German country music scene. While I visited one ...
Read More
Black Star Riders - Another State of Grace

Black Star Riders – Another State of Grace

I saw the Black Star Rides some years ago as a support act of Def Leppard and Whitesnake on their ...
Read More
Thompson Square (5th September 2019, Cologne)

Thompson Square (5th September 2019, Cologne)

September 2019 is a country music concert months full of highlights. Just one day after I returned from my Aschaffenburg ...
Read More
Replay Amusement Museum (Tarpon Springs - Florida)

Replay Amusement Museum (Tarpon Springs – Florida)

The city of Tarpon Springs on the Nothern edge of the Tampa Bay area is famous for sponge fishing. Gamers ...
Read More
Eric Paslay (3rd Sep 2019, Aschaffenburg)

Eric Paslay (3rd Sep 2019, Aschaffenburg)

Eric Paslay and his song Friday Night was one of the first songs, which really made me get in touch with ...
Read More
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell

Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell

30th August had quite a couple of album releases. While I published my view on Sheryl Crow's Threads and Tarja's In The Raw ...
Read More
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando At Sea World

Hilton Garden Inn Orlando At Sea World

I originally booked a Home 2 Suites close to one of the Premium Outlets, but a very competitive rate made ...
Read More
National Postal Museum (Washington)

National Postal Museum (Washington)

One amazing feature of Washington D.C. is the massive number of museums driven by the Smithsonian Institution: they are typically ...
Read More
Trisha Yearwood - Every Girl

Trisha Yearwood – Every Girl

Trisha Yearwood - definitely one of the very big names in country music business. Nowadays the wife of Garth Brooks, ...
Read More
Weird Al Yankovic - "Strings Attached", Indianapolis (29th August 2019)

Weird Al Yankovic – “Strings Attached”, Indianapolis (29th August 2019)

As part of my Weird Al and Grass Court Tennis 2019 trip, I already visited two concerts of Weird Al ...
Read More

2 thoughts on “US Open (Tennis) – 1st September 2018

  1. Pingback: Visiting the US Open 2018 - flyctory.com

  2. Pingback: Very Important Postings - July to December 2018 - flyctory.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.