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USO Day Two: Upsetastic

Posted by gauloises1 on September 2, 2009

A bit of seed spillage and general surprises going on today. Possibly the biggest, for sheer obscurity of the upsetter and perceived reliability of the upsettee? Probably Jesse Witten, a 26 year-old ranked 276, beating twenty-ninth seed Igor Andreev – who took Federer to five sets here last year, let us not forget – in straight sets, 64 60 62.


This is seriously Jesse Witten. WTF.

Also representing for the home nation was Kevin Kim, who took out Dudi Sela in four, and Taylor Dent, who beat Feliciano Lopez in four dramatic sets that were frankly great fun to watch.


Scary, scary man.

Seed-wise, we also lost Ivo Karlovic, the twenty-seventh seed, who fell to Ivan Navarro in straight sets, and Stanislas Wawrinka was NOT the man. The nineteenth seed dropped to Nico Lapentti, who came back from two sets to love down to take the match 63 in the fifth. But I’m rather fond of Nico, so that’s OK.


Both Karlovic and Wawrinka were in Murray’s quarter, so allow me a quiet ‘yay’, please.

On the WTA side, twenty-seventh seed Kleybanova fell to Petra Kvitova in three, and sixteenth seed Virginie Razzano was shown the door by NB fave Yanina Wickmayer, who is finally beginning to deliver on some of her promise.


And in a pulsating three-set encounter, Kateryna Bondarenko put out Ana Ivanovic. I have never seen Ana fight so desperately to win a match. Kudos to K-Bond, though, who started off dreadfully and battled fatigue and injury to take the third-set tiebreaker and with it the match.


9 Responses to “USO Day Two: Upsetastic”

  1. irefusetotellyou said

    That Dent photo is utterly HILARIOUS. And, yes, terrifying.

    And that Witten guy? Are we sure he’s not really just a [n American] football player masquerading as a tennis pro?

  2. AmyLu said

    I kinda think Witten looks like Uncle Toni…not sure if I’m nuts, or if there really is a resemblance!

  3. irefusetotellyou said

    Actually — and I was too embarrassed to say this before — I think Witten almost looks like a certain DEL POTRO, albeit a shorter, stockier version. (Having fuzzy vision and standing 10 feet away from the screen might also help.)

  4. linz said

    THAT’S Jesse Witten?? I seriously had no clue who he was. I think I got him confused with both Jesse Levine and Devin Britton whenever I saw his name- I never realized he was his own unique (and rather large) person. But seriously- WTF Igor?

    That Taylor Dent match was kind of life changing. The whole evening at the Open was just incredible- so much more fun than I even thought. I have a really crappy camera but I took some bad pictures- maybe I’ll e-mail some to you tomorrow night G with some somewhat coherent thoughts? I’m too sleepy/overwhelmed to make any sense at all right now. (Not that that’s ever stopped me from commenting before, haha)

  5. irefusetotellyou said

    YAY LINZ! Excited to see your reportage / photogz.

  6. naughtyT... said

    Terrifying Dentures. That is all.

  7. lauren said

    I’ve missed Dent’s Incredible Hulk pictures; welcome back, Taylor.
    IRTTY – I saw a Witten pic the other day and thought exactly the same thing. Take one Elf and compress. Voila! Though this pic my first thought was Tony Curtis.

  8. neil in toronto said

    He looks a bit like Ricky Gervais as well. In the nose area

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