US Open Tennis: Draws Posted


11am CST
With great anticipation, I sit down to take in the US Open Draw Announcement Special on ESPN2!

11:45am, CST
What a disappointment.  That’s my reaction 45 minutes into the event.  According to Chris McKendry (along with Mary Joe Fernandez & Brad Gilbert), the women’s draw is complete.  Great.  But I haven’t seen it.  Not on ESPN2, and not on the US Open Website.  The whole thing seems underdone and underwhelming.  Would it be too much to ask to actually SEE the draw?  And not that across-the-room camera shot of the draw board, which ends up coming across as though written in 4-point font; it’s completely unreadable, AND totally out of context.

I’m fairly certain the technology to enable this sort of thing exists.  Back in my school teaching days they used a very sophisticated device historians refer to as an “OVERHEAD PROJECTOR” for this sort of thing.

I know budgets are probably as tight at ESPN as they are elsewhere, but one would think there exists the capability to generate a bracket than can actually be seen.  Perhaps, for a few extra dollars, the players names could even be written on them?  Dry erase markers.  Transparency sheets.  This seems very doable to me, and I would hope that in future events, this can be addressed.  Unless of course it’s just me and my beyond reasonable expectations that thinks it’d be a good idea to actually be able to SEE the draw unfold?

I’ll move on now.

12:10pm
Finally, the women’s draw is available.

2010 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds (Top Half of the Bracket)

1. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
4. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
7. Vera Zvonareva, Russia
8. Li Na, China
9. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
11. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
14. Maria Sharapova, Russia

15. Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium
17. Nadia Petrova, Russia
18. Aravane Rezai, France
22. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Spain
23. Maria Kirilenko, Russia
25. Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania
26. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic
30. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan
31. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia

If my hunches are correct, the top-half of the women’s draw is the tougher half. There look to be about 5 serious contenders in the top half, versus about 3 in the bottom half:

2010 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds (Bottom Half of the Bracket)

2. Kim Clijsters, Belgium
3. Venus Williams, United States
5. Samantha Stosur, Australia
6. Francesca Schiavone, Italy
10. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus
12. Elena Dementieva, Russia
13. Marion Bartoli, France
16. Shahar Peer, Israel
19. Flavia Pennetta, Italy
20. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
21. Zheng Jie, China
24. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovak Republic
27. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
28. Alisa Kleybanova, Russia
29. Alona Bondarenko, Ukraine
32. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria

How ’bout a Kim Clijsters vs Maria Sharapova showdown in the finals? The way those two are playing, I think it’s theirs to lose.

12:20pm
And now the men’s draw is available as well.

2010 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds (Top Half of the Bracket)

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain
4. Andy Murray, Great Britain
7. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic

8. Fernando Verdasco, Spain (maybe)
10. David Ferrer, Spain
12. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia
14. Nicolas Almagro, Spain
15. Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia
18. John Isner, United States
20. Sam Querrey, United States
23. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
24. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia
25. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland
28. Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic
29. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
31. David Nalbandian, Argentina

That is one tough half of the draw.  Nadal, Murray, Berdych, Verdasco…lots of dangerous players up here. Hell, even Wawrinka, Kohlschreiber & Nalbandian are legitimate threats. Nalbandian has beaten Nadal and Federer in the same tournament before, so it’s not unthinkable. (C’mon Dah-Veed, you can make it to the 2nd week, I know you can!)

2010 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds (Bottom Half of the Bracket)

2. Roger Federer, Switzerland
3. Novak Djokovic, Serbia (<– won’t make it in the NY heat)
5. Robin Soderling, Sweden
6. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia
9. Andy Roddick, United States
11. Marin Cilic, Croatia
13. Jurgen Melzer, Austria
16. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus
17. Gael Monfils, France
19. Mardy Fish, United States (maybe)
21. Albert Montanes, Spain
22. Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spain
26. Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil
27. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile
30. Juan Monaco, Argentina
32. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia

Personal Opinion: The bottom half of the draw pretty much belongs to Federer. With Nadal, Murray & Berdych in the top half, the only guys he has to seriously get his A-game ready for are Djokovic, Roddick or Fish. Maybe Cilic, but still, the bottom half appears to be Fed’s for the taking.

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