2003 US Open Tennis WTA Singles Results     Justine Henin-Hardenne, Champion

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  WTA Aug 25-Sept 7

US Open
Flushing Meadows, NY
Grand Slam
128 players
outdoor: hard (Deco Turf II)
Prize $: $ 7,586,000 (women's share)
WTA draws, .pdf
37 Real Video interviews
2003 US Open interview transcripts
#1 s1 Kim Clijsters
#3 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne
#4 s3 Lindsay Davenport
#6 s5 Amelie Mauresmo
#7 s6 Jennifer Capriati
#8 s8 Chanda Rubin
#9 s9 Daniela Hantuchova
#10 s7 Anastasia Myskina
#11 s11 Elena Dementieva
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#3 Justine Henin-Hardenne
5' 5¾", 126 lbs, RH, 1H-BH

2nd Grand Slam, 7th '03 Singles Title
14th Career WTA Singles Title

    On Saturday night, in the US Open final, 2nd seed Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium defeated her compatriot, top-seeded Kim Clijsters, 7-5, 6-1 (photos shown). Justine had only 20 unforced errors to Kim's 40, and Justine won 83% of her 1st serve points, while Kim won only 48% of hers.
    In her semifinal Friday night, Justine defeated Jennifer Capriati 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4). The match, acclaimed as the best of the tournament, women's or men's, took 3½ hours, and ended after midnight. Justine was suffering from painful dehydration cramps during the match, and needed an IV to recover. Justine did not get to sleep until 3:45 AM, woke up at 8:30 AM, and tossed and turned until 11:30. She was listed as "questionable" for the final.
    When Justine did play, she immediately went up 2 breaks in the 1st set. Although Kim recovered to 5-5, Justine broke her again, and Justine completely dominated the 2nd set.

    Justine said: "...it's such a great moment. I mean, I always thought that the first win in a Grand Slam would be the most important one. But today, it's a great feeling because it's very different victory from the French Open. What I did last night was great, simply great. I'm so happy right now. It's just amazing, you know, two Grand Slams in the [same] year for myself. I couldn't believe I could do it this year, but I feel much more stronger than I've been in the past. It gives me a lot of confidence, so it's great." interview

    Kim said: "...the first six matches that I played coming into the final, I definitely played a lot better and I definitely got a much higher level than I got today. On the other hand, I played an opponent who was the best one out there today... definitely the best one out of the whole tournament.
    "...Justine, because she moves so well, makes you go for a lot of things... you feel like you have to hit the balls close to the lines. If you're not at your best, you're a little bit off, then it's very hard against her... you have to play your best tennis to beat her. You have to play aggressive... And if you don't have that against her that day, it's very tough to beat her." interview

"No tennis player is more entertaining to watch than Justine Henin-Hardenne." -- John McEnroe

    Kim still leads Justine 8-6 in career matches, but Justine won last time, won 4 of their last 5 meetings, and has won 5 of the 6 times they have met in finals, including this years French Open. Kim has not yet won a Grand Slam title.

    It's the shoes: You've heard it here before-- 20-year-old Kim comes from the Fila-ish part of Belgium; 21-year-old Justine is from the adidas-speaking part of that fine land. Kim has won 16 WTA titles in 29 finals; Justine has won 13 out of her 21 WTA finals. Justine has been slowly gaining on Kim, and Justine will move up to # 2 in the WTA next week, and might well take over # 1 before the end of the 2003 season.

WTA SCOREBOARD: The US Open at Flushing Meadows, New York
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
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From US Open's WTA Photo Gallery:
photo links may not function; in Jan 2004 the WTA discarded their original photo gallery

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Maria Sharapova
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Mary Joe Fernandez
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Jennifer Capriati

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Anastasia Myskina
Anna could not play due to injury, but was at the Open-- click to see larger photo
Anna Kournikova
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Meghann Shaughnessy

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Justine Henin-Hardenne
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Kim Clijsters
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Lindsay Davenport

US Open, 1st Round, Mon-Tues Aug 25-26:
losers prize: $12,500
#1 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #290 wc Amber Liu USA 6-2, 6-3   highlight video low - high
#3 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL v #129 q Aniko Kapros HUN 7-5, 6-3   highlight video low - high
#4 s3 Lindsay Davenport USA d #80 Els Callens BEL 6-1, 6-0   highlight video low - high
#6 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #68 Angelique Widjaja INA 6-0, 6-2
#7 s6 Jennifer Capriati USA d #105 Cristina Torrens Valero ESP 6-0, 6-1   highlight video low - high
*#84 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN d #8 s8 Chanda Rubin USA 6-4, 6-4
#9 s9 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #46 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 6-2   highlight video low - high
#10 s7 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #118 Henrieta Nagyova SVK 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
#11 s11 Elena Dementieva RUS d #161 q Alena Vaskova CZE 6-2, 6-3
*#55 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #12 s10 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-4, 6-3

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Shinobu Asagoe

#13 s12 Conchita Martinez ESP d #95 Sarah Taylor USA 6-3, 6-4
#14 s13 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #104 Lubomira Kurhajcova SVK 6-3, 6-2
#15 s15 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #102 Con. Martinez Granados ESP 6-1, 6-0

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Ai Sugiyama

#16 s14 Amanda Coetzer RSA d #225 q Gabriela Lastra USA 6-0, 6-2
*#100 Claudine Schaul LUX d #17 s21 Anna Pistolesi ISR 7-6(5), 6-2
*#73 Ludmila Cervanova SVK d #18 s16 Elena Bovina RUS 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4
#19 s19 Nadia Petrova RUS d #149 q Catalina Castano COL 6-4, 6-0
#20 s20 Silvia Farina-Elia ITA d #158 q Maria Emilia Salerni ARG 6-4, 6-1
#21 s17 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #66 Karolina Sprem CRO 6-3, 6-2
#22 s18 Patty Schnyder SUI d #130 wc Bea Bielik USA 6-1, 6-4
#23 s22 Jelena Dokic YUG d #61 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 6-3, 6-2

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Jelena Dokic

    Jelena said: "It was a little bit difficult at the beginning, but she played well. I think she seemed to be hitting everything, and she really went for everything. Made it a little bit difficult. But I played well. I mean, I did well to pull out the first set. You know, I was happy with the game." interview

#24 s23 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #125 wc Bethanie Mattek USA 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
#25 s24 Paola Suarez ARG d #148 Angelika Roesch GER 6-3, 6-3
*#72 Myriam Casanova SUI d #26 s25 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-3, 6-1
#27 s30 Magui Serna ESP d #51 Yoon Jeong Cho KOR 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
*#65 Anca Barna GER d #28 s26 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS 6-1, 0-6, 6-3
#29 s27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #58 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-1, 6-1
#30 s28 Lisa Raymond USA d #128 q Tatiana Poutchek BLR 6-3, 7-6(1)
#32 s29 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #98 Eva Fislova SVK 6-4, 6-4
*#49 Emilie Loit FRA d #33 s31 Alexandra Stevenson USA 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
#34 s33 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #120 q Maureen Drake CAN 0-6, 7-6(2), 6-1
#35 s32 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI d #60 Marlene Weingartner GER 6-3, 6-1
#36 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #91 Iva Majoli CRO 6-1, 6-1
#37 Fabiola Zuluaga COL d #76 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-1, 6-4
#38 Maja Matevzic SLO v #219 wc Corina Morariu USA 6-3, 7-5
#39 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #59 Rita Grande ITA 6-0, 7-5
*#45 Petra Mandula HUN d #40 Cara Black ZIM 7-5, 6-2
#41 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #111 LL Adriana Serra Zanetti ITA 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
#42 Amy Frazier USA d #143 wc Shenay Perry USA 6-3, 6-1
#44 Alicia Molik AUS d #82 q Jelena Kostanic CRO 7-6(4), 6-3
#47 Laura Granville USA d #90 Ansley Cargill USA 6-4, 6-0
#50 Tina Pisnik SLO d #221 wc Angela Haynes USA 6-4, 6-2
#52 Ashley Harkleroad USA d #141 q Vera Douchevina RUS 6-4, 6-2
#53 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP d #145 q Yulia Beygelzimer UKR 7-6(10), 7-5
#54 Maria Sharapova RUS d #62 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-1, 6-1
#56 Virginie Razzano FRA d #97 Gala Leon Garcia ESP 6-1, 6-0
#57 Nicole Pratt AUS d #74 Jill Craybas USA 7-5, 6-0
*#89 Arantxa Parra ESP d #63 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
#64 Mary Pierce FRA d #191 q Stephanie Gehrlein GER 6-3, 6-2
#67 Stephanie Cohen Aloro FRA d #107 q Alina Jidkova RUS 6-2, 6-4
#69 Barbara Schett AUT d #78 Janette Husarova SVK 7-6(3), 7-5
#70 Silvija Talaja CRO d #81 Dally Randriantefy MAD 6-3, 6-0
#71 Dinara Safina RUS d #223 wc Carly Gullickson USA 7-5, 6-2
#75 Saori Obata JPN d #195 q Tian Tian Sun CHN 6-2, 7-5
*#93 Melinda Czink HUN d #77 Clarisa Fernandez ARG 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
*#87 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA d #79 Stephanie Foretz FRA 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
#83 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #103 Marta Marrero ESP 6-1, 6-4
#85 Samantha Reeves USA d #86 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-1, 6-1
*#92 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #88 Daja Bedanova CZE 6-4, 6-0
#94 Julia Vakulenko UKR d #96 Barbara Rittner GER 7-5, 6-2
*#117 q Milagros Sequera VEN d #99 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-2, 6-1
*#121 Martina Sucha SVK d #108 Marissa Irvin USA 6-2, 7-6(5)
#110 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #124 q Mara Santangelo ITA 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4
#170 q Maria Kirilenko RUS d NR wc Theresa Logar 6-4, 6-2

US Open, 2nd Round, Weds-Thurs Aug 27-28:
losers prize: $23,000
#1 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #47 Laura Granville USA 6-1, 6-1   highlight video low - high
#3 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL v #70 Silvija Talaja CRO 6-1, 6-2
#4 s3 Lindsay Davenport USA v #92 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-2, 6-4   highlight video low - high
#6 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #67 Stephanie Cohen Aloro FRA 6-2, 6-2
#7 s6 Jennifer Capriati USA d #121 Martina Sucha SVK 6-1, 6-1   highlight video low - high
#9 s9 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #94 Julia Vakulenko UKR 6-0, 7-6(5)   highlight video low - high

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Daniela Hantuchova

    Daniela said: "...In the first set I think I played well and I was really pleased the way things were going. Then I just... stop to play my proper game and that's where I got into trouble little bit. But then I fought my way back, and I'm really glad that I got through in two sets." interview

#10 s7 Anastasia Myskina RUS v #87 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(3)
#11 s11 Elena Dementieva RUS d #83 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
*#44 Alicia Molik AUS s #13 s12 Conchita Martinez ESP 7-5, 6-4
#14 s13 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #52 Ashley Harkleroad USA 6-3, 4-6, 6-1   highlight video low - high
#15 s15 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #56 Virginie Razzano FRA 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
#16 s14 Amanda Coetzer RSA v #69 Barbara Schett AUT 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
#19 s19 Nadia Petrova RUS d #41 Denisa Chladkova CZE 6-1, 6-2
*#57 Nicole Pratt AUS d #20 s20 Silvia Farina-Elia ITA 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1
#21 s17 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #38 Maja Matevzic SLO 6-3, 7-5
*#39 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #22 s18 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-4, 6-3

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Tammy Tanasugarn

*#64 Mary Pierce FRA d #23 s22 Jelena Dokic YUG 6-2, 6(5)-7, 7-6(5)   highlight video low - high

    Mary said: "Jelena hasn't been playing as well as she had in the past. But needless to say, she has been starting to play better again. I'm starting to play better. So, you know, I just thought it was real important in the beginning to just start off really well and, you know, maybe that issue of her confidence level would come up and that would be a good thing for me, so positive for my side. But, you know, definitely in the third set I thought that she looked pretty confident. I think that she thought she pretty much had the match." interview

*#42 Amy Frazier USA d #24 s23 Nathalie Dechy FRA walkover
#25 s24 Paola Suarez ARG d #117 q Milagros Sequera VEN 6-1, 6-0
*#53 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP d #27 s30 Magui Serna ESP 7-5, 6-1
#29 s27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #45 Petra Mandula HUN 6-3, 6-3
*#93 Melinda Czink HUN d #30 s28 Lisa Raymond USA 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
#32 s29 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #89 Arantxa Parra ESP 6-4, 6-3
*#50 Tina Pisnik SLO d #34 s33 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 7-5, 6-0
*#75 Saori Obata JPN d #35 s32 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI 7-5, 6-4
#36 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #84 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN 7-5, 6-3
#37 Fabiola Zuluaga COL d #72 Myriam Casanova SUI 7-5, 6-3
#49 Emilie Loit FRA d #54 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-3, 6-4
#55 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #110 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
*#170 q Maria Kirilenko RUS d #65 Anca Barna GER 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-5

    Asked if she was intimidated by playing larger, stronger players, Maria said: "No, no. Why? Just go and play. So I'm just 16 now, so maybe in the future I will stronger." interview

#71 Dinara Safina RUS d #73 Ludmila Cervanova SVK 6-4, 6-1
*#100 Claudine Schaul LUX d #85 Samantha Reeves USA 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

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Claudine Schaul

US Open, 3rd Round, Friday:
losers prize: $37,500
#1 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #29 s27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-3, 6-2   highlight video low - high
#4 s3 Lindsay Davenport USA d #93 Melinda Czink HUN 6-4, 6-2   highlight video low - high
#6 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA v #170 q Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-4, 6-2

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Maria Kirilenko

*#39 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #9 s9 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-2, 6-4   highlight video low - high

    Tammy said: "...in the second set [Daniela] played very, very well and be more aggressive. And she never give up. She try to come back to win the set... I just tell myself that it's not gonna be over yet and she's playing much, much better. So I try to be like focus and be more aggressive on that." interview

Daniela said: "I was just not good enough on the day. I mean, she played pretty well. She was moving well and she hit a lot of winners. I just didn't really, you know, get any rhythm out there. Didn't hit my ground strokes properly; nowhere near how I did it in the practice. It was nowhere near that. But, you know, that's tennis. Sometimes that happens. You know, I felt like I had a couple of chances in the second set which I haven't used. But she played well and she deserved to win." interview

*#21 s17 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #14 s13 Vera Zvonareva RUS 4-6, 6-4, 6-2   highlight video low - high

    Meghann said: "I just kept telling myself to keep fighting. And the crowd was great, it was pretty full and everyone was cheering for me. They were there, rooting me on. So they helped out a lot. I just kept fighting, tried to start playing more aggressive because the first set she played great. The first set she was controlling most of the rallies and running me around a lot. I just tried to just change the momentum of the match a little bit... I definitely felt like the momentum changed right there at the end of the second set. I picked it up there. She got a little bit discouraged. I started playing better, I started moving better, looking more for my forehand and doing more with the point." interview

*#19 s19 Nadia Petrova RUS d #16 s14 Amanda Coetzer RSA 6-0, 6-1   highlight video low - high

    Amanda said: "What really got me was that [Nadia] served so well. If she got some small opportunity, she could get a break. That put a lot of pressure on my serve. That first set slipped away and I just couldn't get it back."

#25 s24 Paola Suarez ARG d #44 Alicia Molik AUS 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
#36 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #37 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 7-6(4), 6-4

US Open, 3rd Round, Saturday:
#3 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #75 Saori Obata JPN 6-1, 6-2
#7 s6 Jennifer Capriati USA d #49 Emilie Loit FRA 6-2, 2-6, 6-2   highlight video low - high

Jennifer said: "...maybe I wasn't moving her as well in the second set, so I did that a little bit better [in the third]. You know, I was hitting more to her forehand instead of letting her just get grooved on running it around all the time, because that's what she was hitting her best shot. She didn't hit it on the run that well. I was just trying to move it around and still be aggressive." interview

#10 s7 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #53 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 2-6, 6-4, 6-3   highlight video low - high

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Anastasia Myskina

    Anastasia said: "The first set, I think she played really, really well. She crash the ball, and I was just not ready maybe. I played first time against her, and I had no idea how she played. But then I found a way to win and it was pretty good." interview

#11 s11 Elena Dementieva RUS d #42 Amy Frazier USA 7-6(1), 7-6(3)

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Elena Dementieva

#15 s15 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #57 Nicole Pratt AUS 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
#32 s29 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #50 Tina Pisnik SLO 7-5, 7-6(9)
*#64 Mary Pierce FRA d #55 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 6-4, 6-1   highlight video low - high

    Mary said: "I think the important thing was just to know and expect a tough match and that Shinobu is a fighter. Every point she's gonna be there. She has the type of game that's more challenging for me, that really takes me out of my comfort zone. I have to do a little bit different things. Think a little bit more. So I just tried to really just stay, you know, focused for every point. And, you know, the first set was a battle. Just glad that I got to win the first set.
    "It was hot out there, too, today. Just tried to stay cool on the changeovers, to really just expect a close match and just play every point the best that I can." interview

#71 Dinara Safina RUS d #100 Claudine Schaul LUX 6-4, 7-5

US Open, 4th Round, Sunday:
losers prize: $65,000
#1 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #21 s17 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-2, 6-4   highlight video low - high

Kim said: "...in a lot of my previous matches that I played Meghann, I really tried to go for a lot of serves. She, a lot of times, prefers the faster serves. Today I really tried to mix it up and make sure I put some slice on there. She made a lot of mistakes today definitely with her forehand return. I created a lot of opportunities for myself to win, to have short points and to keep them short. I was really happy with the way I served... Yeah, definitely." interview

#4 s3 Lindsay Davenport USA d #19 s19 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-0, 6(6)-7, 6-2   highlight video low - high

    Lindsay said: "...the first set was how I wanted to play. I played real aggressive, was in control of the points, then slowly through the middle of the second till the end I stopped being in control of points. I was making a lot of careless errors, I thought. Then she started serving a lot better.
    "But, you know, the first set gives me a lot of encouragement. I was hitting the ball, attacking it, and they were going in. Just slightly got off that game plan and turned into being a much tougher battle.
    "...after losing the tiebreak. I sat down thinking, 'Oh, okay, I'm fine.' You know, sometimes you're really down about those things, and sometimes, you know, it doesn't really affect you. I was fine.
    "...towards the end, my foot was starting to get a little bit sore; not major. But then I just wanted to get off the court, so I just wanted to like try and end the match." interview

#6 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #39 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-2, 6-2   highlight video low - high
#25 s24 Paola Suarez ARG d #36 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-2, 3-6, 7-5

US Open, 4th Round, Monday:
#3 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #71 Dinara Safina RUS 6-0, 6-3   highlight video low - high

Justine said: "[Dinara] served well to come back at 5-1 [in the 2nd set], and then the crowd was getting excited a little bit, was behind her 100 percent. They wanted more tennis. It wasn't so easy... I lost a bit my aggressivity at the end of the match. But finally I came through, so that's good news." interview

#7 s6 Jennifer Capriati USA d #11 s11 Elena Dementieva RUS 6-2, 7-5   highlight video low - high

    About the rain delays, Jennifer said: "It was very tough. After the first, second time, I was all right. But then the third, and I didn't know if it was gonna happen again, it was just getting pretty annoying. I was just getting tired. You know, it's hard to play matches like that once you actually do get out there, because your rhythm is broken up. You know, you're worrying if you're gonna get the match in. You're thinking ahead, like tomorrow if you don't have to play ... I mean, if you don't finish, you have to come back tomorrow. So it is very difficult." interview


US Open, 4th Round, Thursday:
unfinished from Mon-Weds due to rain
#10 s7 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #64 Mary Pierce FRA 7-6(2), 6-1

    Anastasia said: "Longest one [match, because of rain delays] in my career, for sure. Hardest one because it's really tough conditioning. You on and off all the time. You never know what's gonna happen in the next 10 minutes. It's hard." interview

*#32 s29 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #15 s15 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6(5)-7, 7-5, 6-2

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Francesca Schiavone

    Francesca said: "It was very, very nice and very important for me, for my life, everything." interview

US Open, QFs, Thursday:
losers prize: $125,000
postponed from Tuesday due to rain:
#1 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #6 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 6-1, 6-4   highlight video low - high
#4 s3 Lindsay Davenport USA d #25 s24 Paola Suarez ARG 6-4, 6-0   highlight video low - high

postponed from Wednesday due to rain:
#7 s6 Jennifer Capriati USA d #32 s29 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-1, 6-3
#3 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #10 s7 Anastasia Myskina RUS 6-2, 6-3   highlight video low - high

US Open, SFs, Friday:
losers prize: $250,000
#1 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #4 s3 Lindsay Davenport USA 6-2, 6-3   highlight video low - high

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Kim Clijsters

    Kim said: "I felt really good. I was definitely really motivated and, you know, I was really looking forward to it. This is definitely, I think, as a player, is always something you really enjoy. You know, playing a night match, and, you know, seeing, you know, the crowd and, you know, the atmosphere is just different I think than a day match. It was really a lot of fun out there." interview

#3 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #7 s6 Jennifer Capriati USA 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4)   highlight video low - high

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Justine Henin-Hardenne

    Despite the win, Justine did NOT feel "really good" during her SF. She was suffering from cramps. Justine said: "I think I was very brave today. I gave everything I had. I was cramping. Serving was very hard. I did my best. I could have lost this match."

    Jennifer said: "I hope Justine feels better. There's not much rest time and Kim had a pretty easy time. It comes down to how Justine can come back." interview

US Open, Final, Saturday:
winner's prize: $1,000,000
runner up: $500,000
*#3 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #1 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL 7-5, 6-1   highlight video low - high

US Open, Doubles Final, Sunday:
winners' prize: $75,000 each
runners up: $90,000 each
s2 Virginia Ruano Pascual & Paola Suarez d s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova & Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-3
   highlight video low - high

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Paola explains to Virginia how they will crush their opponents.


US Open, Mixed Doubles Final, Sunday:
winners' prize: $200,000 each
runners up: $35,000 each
*s8 Katarina Srebotnik & B. Bryan d s5 Lina Krasnoroutskaya & D. Nestor 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(5)


US Open, Withdrawals/Non-Entries:
#2 Serena Williams USA left knee
#5 s4 Venus Williams USA stomach muscle strain
#31 Monica Seles left foot stress fracture
#43 Iroda Tulyaganova UZB
#48 Tatiana Panova RUS
#146 Anna Kournikova lumbar spine strain


US Open, Qualifying Finals, Friday Aug 22:
ranks are for the week of August 18)
#75 qs1 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #206 Bianka Lamade GER 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
#107 qs4 Alina Jidkova RUS d #137 qs27 Jelena Jankovic YUG 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
*#172 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #110 qs6 Adriana Serra Zanetti ITA 7-5, 6-1
*#152 Catalina Castano COL d #113 qs7 Kristina Brandi PUR 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
#119 qs12 Milagros Sequera VEN d #178 Teryn Ashley USA 6-4, 6-2
#122 qs14 Maureen Drake CAN d #156 Anne Keothavong GBR 7-5, 6-1
#126 qs18 Tatiana Poutchek BLR d #184 Rita Kuti Kis HUN 6-4, 6(4)-7, 6-2
#127 qs19 Mara Santangelo ITA d #153 Barbora Strycova CZE 6-2, 6-2
#130 qs21 Aniko Kapros HUN d #241 Jarmila Gajdosova SVK 6-3, 6-2
#143 qs32 Vera Douchevina RUS d #168 Maret Ani EST 6-2, 7-6(6)
#147 Yulia Beygelzimer UKR d #173 Christina Wheeler AUS 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
*#197 Tian Tian Sun CHN d #149 Selima Sfar TUN 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
#161 Maria Emilia Salerni ARG d #201 Kelly Liggan IRL 6-1, 6-3
#163 Alena Vaskova CZE d #223 Magdalena Zdenovcova CZE 6-2, 6-4
#225 Gabriela Lastra USA d #188 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 6-2, 6-2
#192 Stephanie Gehrlein GER d #210 Virginie Pichet FRA 4-6, 6-0, 6-0

TIME Magazine, September 17, 1951, p. 52:

SPORT: Young Queen
    Women's tennis had been in the doldrums since 1941, when Alice Marble left the scene. Its perfectly commendable roster of entirely adequate players seemed unable to turn up anyone in the legendary tradition of May Sutton or Helen Wills. But a Forest Hills gallery last week stood up and cheered with new hope for a sturdy, rosy-cheeked girl who will not turn 17 until next week. Second youngest women's national singles champion on record,* Maureen ("Little Mo") Connolly clearly was a good notch above her tournament competition.
    Her style distinguishes her from most of the ladies. Nimbly toe-dancing on the baseline, she suddenly stops bouncing and slugs scorching drives--forehand or backhand--deep into enemy territory. Less outstanding are Maureen's service and volleying: she has the bone and muscle (130 lbs.) but not quite the height (5 ft. 4 in.) to bang in cannonball aces and smashing kills.

    A Real Find. When Maureen was much shorter and only ten, back in San Diego, her widowed mother, a church organist, moved into a modest home only half a block away from the courts run by Tennis Pro Wilbur Folsom. Graduating from fence-peeking, Maureen began retrieving balls in exchange for lessons. Folsom converted her from a left-hander, taught her a strategy of baseline defense.
    When Maureen was eleven, Folsom knew he had a real find on his hands, persuaded one of his well-heeled patrons to subsidize Maureen's lessons with famed Eleanor ("Teach") Tennant, who coached Helen Wills, Bobby Riggs and Alice Marble to glory. Teach, who has tutored Maureen ever since, began developing the dainty little baseliner into a hard-driving attacker.
    In 1949, at 14, Maureen beat all the other little girls, became the youngest U.S. girls' champion. Last year she kept her crown--and ranked tenth among the big girls: the women's division. This spring Teach decided that more junior competition would simply dull Maureen's game, coached her to a berth on the Wightman Cup team which beat Britain.

    "Yeeow!" ...In breezing through to the final without dropping a set, Maureen bowled over Veteran Doris Hart, three-time U.S. runner-up. Only Akron's steady Shirley Fry then stood between Little Mo and the big crown. After a battle fought mostly from the baselines, Loser Fry surveyed the result (6-3, 1-6, 6-4), then ruefully said: "No one can duel with her at the baseline... Go up to the net against her?... Ridiculous."
    As her last shot forced an out, the new queen uttered an unqueenly "Yeeow!" Then she scampered to the net for a proper handshake, grabbed a towel near the umpire's chair and sobbed into it for joy over beating all the big girls at last.

* The youngest: May Sutton, who, when she won the title in 1904, was 2½ months younger than Maureen was on her day of triumph.

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