Olympic Tennis Roundup: Team USA and World Notables

Any other time of year, and not having Bravo in my cable lineup wouldn’t be such a huge issue. Other than the occasional “House” marathons, I don’t really have a burning desire to keep tabs on the real housewives of New Jersey, if they are – in fact – “real.” But right now, the absence of Bravo from our TV back home here in Mississippi has got me jonesing for some Olympic tennis action.

Luckily, this year’s Olympics are streaming live, so I’ve been able to catch some of the action from Wimbledon here and there. Here’s a summary of how Team USA is doing in the tournaments, and where some of the other world notable players stand. And how cool is it that Wimbledon is hosting the Olympics?!

Team USA

First, meet Team USA!

Men:

  • Bob and Mike Bryan (doubles), twins world ranked ATP No. 1 in men’s doubles
  • John Isner (singles/doubles), ATP No. 11-ranked in the world
  • Andy Roddick (singles/doubles), ATP No. 21-ranked in the world, former U.S. Open Champion
  • Donald Young (singles)

Women:

  • Liezel Huber (doubles), naturalized South African with multiple doubles Grand Slam championships, one with current partner Lisa Raymond
  • Varvara Lepchenko (singles), naturalized Uzbek-American
  • Christina McHale (singles), New Jersey native and current WTA ranked No. 26 player in the world
  • Lisa Raymond (doubles), former Florida Gator and 11-time Grand Slam doubles champion, formerly No. 1 ranked doubles player
  • Serena and Venus Williams (singles/doubles), many-time Grand Slam singles and doubles champions and top-ranked in the world

Notes:  Mixed doubles pairings have not yet been determined. Also, all matches, men’s and women’s, are played in the best-of-three format. Generally in international play, men’s matches are played in best-of-five format.

Team USA In Action:

Men

  • Roddick defeated Slovakia’s Martin Klizan in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, in his first round match. The story there was unforced errors, where Roddick’s were limited to 5 and Klizan had 21. Roddick moves on to a power match-up in Round 2 against World No. 2 Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
  • Isner has had a little more trouble, needing tiebreakers to win the first set in each of his matches. Isner took down Belgian Olivier Rochus, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, in the opening round. In his second round match against Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri today, he emerged victorious, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2. Isner will play Serb Janko Tipsarevic for the right to advance to the quarterfinals.
  • Young lost to Italy’s Andreas Seppi in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round.
  • Bryan/Bryan took down Brazilian pair Belucci/Sa in three sets, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, in the first round. They will face Russian pair Davydenko/Youzhny on Court 18 tomorrow.
  • Isner/Roddick, not known for their doubles play, fell to another pair of Brazilians – Melo/Soares –  in straight sets, 2-6, 4-6.

Women

  • Lepchenko took three sets to down her first opponent, Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg, in the first round, 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2. The epic 2nd set lasted 75 minutes. Lepchenko meets Germany’s Julia Goerges in the second round tomorrow.
  • McHale lost in the first round to former world No. 1 and former French Open champion, Serb Ana Ivanovic, in straight sets, 4-6, 5-7.
  • Serena Williams has dominated in her first two rounds, defeating both European opponents in straight sets. She dispatched Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic, 6-3, 6-1, and Poland’s Urszula Radwanska, 6-2, 6-3. She will face Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in the third round and is set up to meet the winner of world notables Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) and Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) if she reaches the quarterfinals.
  • Venus Williams dispatched her first round opponent, Italy’s Sara Errani, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. She’ll face Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak in the second round tomorrow.
  • The Huber/Raymond pairing enjoyed a first round bye and will face their first opponents, Poland’s Radswanka sisters, tomorrow in the second round.
  • The Williams sisters defeated Romania’s Cirstea/Halep in straight sets today, 6-3, 6-2. The match was played a day late due to weather delays from the previous day. They will play their second round opponents, Germany’s Kerber/Lisicki, tomorrow.

World Notables

Men

  • Wimbledon champ Roger Federer (Switzerland), has returned to the venue in fine fashion. Federer has advanced to the third round, defeating  Colombia’s Alejandro Falla in the first round, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, and France’s Julien Benneteau, 6-2, 6-2. He plays Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomen next.
  • Djokovic beat his first round opponent, Italy’s Fabio Fognini, 6-7 (9-7), 6-2, 6-2.
  • Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro has advanced to the third round and awaits Frenchman Gilles Simon.
  • Hometown favorite, Brit Andy Murray, plays Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen in the second round.
  • Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Olympics with an injury.

Women

  • No. 2 in the tournament and the world, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, was ousted by Goerges in the first round.
  • Russia’s Maria Sharapova defeated Israel’s Shahar Peer in the first round and takes on Britain’s Laura Robson next.
  • Belgium’s Kim Clijsters is set up for a thrilling power match-up in the third round against Ivanovic. Clijsters is re-retiring from international competition after this year’s U.S. Open.
  • Wozniacki and Hantuchova meet in a third round match-up featuring two players formerly ranked in the WTA top 5, with Wozniacki a former No. 1 and Hantuchova reaching No. 5.
  • Russia’s Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko meet China’s Peng/Zeng pairing in the third round.
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