RORY SABBATINI HOLE-IN-ONE ON THE 12TH!!! (119th U.S Open)
Highlights of the 12th day of the US Open
Azarenka made it to the final again
The main dish of the next playing day at the US Open was the women's singles semifinals. In the first match, Victoria Azarenka and Flavia Pennetta clashed . For the Belarusian, this stage at the Grand Slam tournaments has already become familiar, but Flavia, at the age of 31, first reached the semifinals at such a competition. The Italian was unable to cope with the excitement and in the end did not show the game that allowed her to get to this stage. A large number of inaccuracies on the part of Flavia made life easier for Victoria. In the first game, the advantage of the second seeded was quite small, but in the second set it had already won confidently. Azarenka reached the US Open finals for the second year in a row.
Victoria Azarenka and Flavia Pennetta
Williams gave Lee no chance
And again in the decisive match, Victoria will play with Serena Williams . The American is holding another outstanding tournament, and so far no one can stop her. In the semi-finals, she got the first truly formidable opponent - Li Na . The Chinese woman showed a decent game in this tournament. In the semi-finals, Serena simply did not allow her to show all her best qualities. In the starting set, the first racket of the world generally dominated the court and did not give up a game. In the second game, Lee began to impose a fight, took a break, took a marathon game, playing several match points. But in the end, the first seeded won anyway.
Mirny and Glavachkova conquered the mix
On Friday, the first final at the 2013 US Open took place. The mixed doubles title was played. In a tense final, Max Mirny and Andrea Glavachkova surpassed Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez . Mirny won the US Open in mixed doubles for the third time. And for the first time he excelled in this tournament in the mixed category back in 1998. His partner then was Serena Williams herself. And in 2007, Max won this competition together with Victoria Azarenka. So Mirny got a taste of victory side by side with both finalists of the current women's singles tournament. As for Glavachkova, she won the Grand Slam tournament in the mixed category for the first time.
Max Mirny and Andrea Glavachkova
Max Mirny and Andrea Glavachkova
Williams is not destined to do a take
At the same time, Glavachkova managed to upset the Williams sisters on the same day. The Czech woman, together with her permanent partner Lucy Hradecka , confronted the most powerful couple in the world. Czech women managed to demonstrate that on one individual skill in doubles timea number of you will not reach the final. Of course, the two sisters have enough teamwork by nature, but they do not play in pairs very often. But Czech women play almost every week. On Friday, they were noticeably stronger and reached the final, where they will play against Australians - Casey Dellaqua and Ashley Barty.
Glavachkova and Hradetska beat the Williams sisters
The Williams sisters
Before the start of the first semifinal, Dutch wheelchair tennis player Esther Verger took part in the pitching ceremony. In her form, she won all possible awards and recorded all records in her name. Vergere has 42 Grand Slam victories and seven Paralympic gold medals. You can read more about this amazing tenacious tennis player in our story Legend from Legends .
The patrol is over
Throughout the tournament, the husband of Li Na - Shang Jiang closely watched his wife's matches from the podium. The mentor Carlos Rodriguez was always nearby, writing various facts in his notebook. At Grand Slam tournaments, coaching time-outs are still prohibited, so the Chinese team could not help her during the match. Or maybe some good advice from Rodriguez would help Lee play a little better.
Li Na's husband - Shang Jiang
Legend of the Day
Billie Jean King is at home at the US Open. In 2006, the current tennis center, which hosts the tournament, was renamed the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Usually King does not stay in the stands, but on Friday she watched the matches a little longer than usual. By the way, she has four singles wins at the US Open, as well as Serena Williams, who on Sunday can beat the famous compatriot.
Billie Jean King
Propaganda of the Day
September 7, the attention of many sports fans will be riveted not only to New York, but also to Buenos Aires, where the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics will be announced. At the moment, Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid remain among the candidates. Rafael Nadal is an active supporter of the application of the capital of Spain and in support was captured along with the flag of the Spanish application.
Rafael Nadal is an active supporter of the Spanish capital's bid for the 2020 Olympics
Celebrities of the day
Not without celebrity guests in the stands. British supermodel Naomi Campbell attended the US Open. She is known not only for her success in the professionand, but also by various scandalous acts. Naomi was in the company of American singer Maxwell. In addition, the semifinals were attended by American actor John Lithgow, who is not so easy to recognize given the beard he has grown. John is best known for his work on the Third Planet from the Sun and Dexter, for which he received a Golden Globe.