A fairly random and interesting week of results. Szavay and Wozniaki crashed out of Bad Gastein, opening the door for Pauline Parmentier to prevail over a qualifier in the final.
But more importantly, this week marked the first week of the Olympus US Open Series. A few big names were in action (namely, James Blake, Serena Williams, and A Chak) but at the end of the day it was a couple of relative unknowns that hoisted the trophies.
Gilles Simon, who I had never seen play until today and who Jimmy Arias called "the most anonymous #25 in history, beat Dmitry Tursunov at Indianapolis. Simon is a true counter-puncher who has a weak serve and no kill shot, but against Tursonov he was able to hang with the hard hitting Russian until Dima lost his patience and his nerve and started spraying UFEs everywhere. Simon's reward? A potential second round matchup with Roger in Montreal.
On the Ladies' side, I think everyone assumed that Marion Bartoli would walk all over the Aleksandra Wozniak, the Canadian qualifier. But Wozniak hung in there and battled back to win the first set 75. After that, the French Donut started to have some hip problems and hobbled all over the court. On one hand, all credit to her (if the injury was real) to stay on the court and let Woz actually win the match. On the other hand, it looked a little fake and at times, like gamesmanship. I'll give Le Donut the benefit of the doubt though.
Despite Bartoli's difficulties, all credit to A Woz. She came out with a simple gameplan, hit it deep and hit the corners, and she executed beautifully. She also moved surprisingly well. She'll move up to #45 now and if she can maintain her fitness and keep this level of play, there's no reason she shouldn't be a top #25 player. She's solid.
- ATP: Rogers' Cup (Masters) in Toronto
- WTA: East West Bank Classic (Tier II) in LA
- All the guys will be in Toronto.
- Jankovic, Kuznetsova, Serena (though doubtful), Vaidasova, Safina, and other top 20ers will be in LA.