These 16 players are guaranteed 85,000 US dollars in prize money and 280 WTA ranking points for making the round of 16. Those players who were knocked out in the 3rd round took home 48,000 US dollars, including the best performed qualifier, Anastasia Rodionova.
Of the top dozen seeds; (1) Safina, (4) Dementieva, (5) Jankovic, (8) Azarenka, (11) Ivanovic and (12) A.Radwanska have all been knocked out.
The No.1 seed Dinara Safina’s match was the last one match to be completed. Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic is playing in her first US Open. The 19 year old left-hander upset Safina by winning the final set tie-break by 7 points to 5 in yet another match going to a final set tie-break.
The following is the list of players who are still undefeated, who they play next and which part of the draw they are in.
Top half of the draw:
(1) Safina Petra Kvitova versus Yanina Wickmayer (16) Razzano
(11) Ivanovic Kateryna Bondarenko v. Gisela Dulko (5) Jankovic
(4) Dementieva Melanie Oudin v. (13) Nadia Petrova
(9) Caroline Wozniacki v. (6) Svetlana Kuznetsova
In the top half of the draw only 3 of the 8 seeds remain with 5 direct acceptances: Kvitova (World No.72), Wickmayer (No.50), K.Bondarenko (No.52), Dulko (No.40) and Oudin (No.70) winning through instead.
Bottom half of the draw:
(8) Azarenka (26) Francesca Schiavone v. (18) Li Na (12) A.Radwanska
(14) Bartoli (WC) Kim Clijsters v. (3) Venus Williams
(7) Vera Zvonareva v. (10) Flavia Pennetta
(15) Stosur (22) Daniela Hantuchova v. (2) Serena Williams
In the bottom half of the draw 7 of the 8 seeds made it through, with the one exception being Wild Card entrant Kim Clijsters whose progress we have been following at OnCourt Advantage.
Clijsters can upset Venus if she can blunt her opponent’s power and keep her constantly on the move. Venus has been suffering with a left knee injury, so it will be very interesting to see how these two players try to beat each other.
Pictured above is 30th seed Alona Bondarenko whose best singles result in a Grand Slam is the 3rd round (6 times!) Her younger sister, Katernya who is unseeded, just became the first Bondarenko sister to make it to the 4th round in singles at a Grand Slam tournament.
Katernya has a great opportunity to reach the quarter finals with her next match being against another unseeded player, Gisela Dulko. The picture captures Bondarenko displaying good positioning with her head and shoulders in preparation for this forehand drive.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further updates about the 2009 US Open singles events. Click this link to see an index of all 2009 US Open posts -> US Open 2009: Aug 25 – Sep 14.
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