Angelique Kerber Wins 3-Set Battle With Venus Williams On Night 4 Of 2012 US Open; Ana Ivanovic Advances

Angelique Kerber (click to enlarge)

It wasn’t always the best shot execution under the lights of the night session on day 4 of the 2012 US Open, but in the end it was high drama from Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams in their much anticipated second round showdown. Let’s put it bluntly, Venus served terribly. She had 1 ace and 16 double faults. I’ve never seen Venus serve so poorly. But despite never holding her serve in the first set, she still managed to push Angelique to the edge before Kerber finally prevailed, 6-2 5-7 7-5. What makes Kerber great is her movement. She kept making Venus play extra ball after extra ball. You’d think Venus had a point won when Angelique would run a ball down few others on tour could and extend the rally, often causing Venus to commit one of her 60 unforced errors. Relatively speaking, Angelique doesn’t really hit the ball that hard, but what separates her from a more passive counterpuncher like Caroline Wozniacki is her will to step in and move forward through the court. She doesn’t really go to the net that often, but she will attack and move forward when the opportunity is there. But it’s all predicated on her defense, which was spectacular against Venus. After so many bagels and breadstick 6-0 6-1 type sets in the early rounds of the night session, finally we were treated to a match that could have gone either way.

Ana Ivanovic (click to enlarge)

And as I continue my Ana Ivanovic watch, waiting to see if she will ever return to being a top 5 player, I celebrate anytime she advances, which she did easily against Sofia Arvidsson, 6-2 6-2. I think tennis needs all the stars it can get to play well. Players capable of pushing the needle and attracting media coverage need to win. At least in America, anyway. When Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova wins, it’s great for the sport. Unfortunately, women’s tennis just lost another media darling in Kim Clijsters. Ana Ivanovic has all the attributes to pull in more media coverage and new fans for the sport. She’s done it before when she was #1. She needs to win titles to do it again. I hope she can.

Singles – Second Round
(2) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 46 63 60
(4) Serena Williams (USA) d. María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 62 64
(6) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Venus Williams (USA) 62 57 75
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 60 61
(12) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 62 62
(13) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 76(3) 76(3)
(14) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Greta Arn (HUN) 63 62
(20) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 36 75 75
(30) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (Q) Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) 64 62
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 63 64
Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (Q) Tatjana Malek (GER) 57 64 62
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 75 62
Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 64 76(5)
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (Q) Johanna Konta (GBR) 26 62 75
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 67(3) 63
(Q) Olga Puchkova (RUS) d. Kiki Bertens (NED) 57 62 75











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