10th Seeds Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng are through to the semi finals of the women’s doubles event. 4th seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek have an uphill task of facing the top seeds Bryan Brothers in the Semi final clash.
Quick Recap of Day 10
Good News for Indian Fans! 10th Seeds Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng are through to the semi finals of the women’s doubles event. Richard Gasquet beat 4th seed David Ferrer in a five set marathon while Rafael Nadal thrashed Tommy Robredo in straight sets. Both Nadal and Gasquet have reached the top four. In women’s singles, Flavia Pennetta beat 10th seed Roberta Vinci to reach the semis while 2nd seed Victoria Azarenka is also through to the top four after beating Daniela Hantuchova.
Indian Presence on Day 11
Only Two Indian’s are left at the 2013 US Open and both of them will be in action today. 4th seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek have an uphill task of facing the top seeds Bryan Brothers in the Semi final clash. Bryan Brothers have already won the three grand slam events this year and they are determined to win the US Open to make it four grand slams in a calendar year. Paes and Stepanek will have to play their best to beat the Bryan Brothers. In the women’s doubles semi finals, 10th seeds Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng will face 8th seeds from Australia, Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua. After beating the fourth seeds in the quarterfinals, Mirza and Zheng are the favorites to win this one and reach the finals.
Two Quarter final matches are scheduled today at the US Open. In the morning session at the Arthur Ashe stadium, defending champion and 3rd seed Andy Murray will face the 9th seed Stanislas Wawrinka. In 13 matches between the two, Andy Murray leads with 8 wins. Murray has faced Wawrinka seven times on hard courts winning five of them and losing only twice. Wawrinka beat Murray in their last encounter earlier this year at the Monte-Carlo Masters, but that was on clay. They have met once at the US Open before, in 2010, Wawrinka beat Murray in four sets. Murray has matured a lot since 2010 and one expects Murray to go through to the semis. But Wawrinka will surely not make it easy for the defending champion.
In the other quarterfinal match that will take place in the evening session at the Arthur Ashe stadium, top seed Novak Djokovic will face Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. Djokovic leads the head to head with 5 wins while the Russian has won thrice. On hard courts, Djokovic has won all the three matches between the two. This is the first time they will be facing each other at the US Open. Their last encounter was at the Monte-Carlo Masters earlier this year; Djokovic won that battle as well. Djokovic has not dropped a set so far at the US Open this year and expect the Serbian to sail through past Youzhny.
No Women’s singles are scheduled today. The semi finals will be played tomorrow.
Djokovic and Murray should be able to win today and set up a semi final clash. Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng are favorites to win as well. Leander Paes, though, will find it difficult to beat the rampaging Bryan Brothers.