It’s been a busy weekend for tennis. The US Open continued this weekend. And the major players are still in the game.
Maria Sharapova- The still not pregnant Sharapova beat Nadia Petrova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals. Sharapova seems to be on streak right now.
Serena Williams- There is no getting rid of Serena. She easily passed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, 6-4, 6-0. Sadly Venus Williams did not make it. Venus lost to Angelique Kerber, 6-2, 5-6, 7-5.
Andy Murray- Murray is trying to get his first Grand Slam. He just barely passed No. 30 Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4). We are hoping he makes it far enough to square off again against Roger Federer.
Roger Federer- Although he is 30 too there is no talk of retirement for Federer. He cruised past No. 25 Fernando Verdasco, 6-3,6-4, 6-4. He is just licking his chops waiting for that Murray rematch.
Andy Roddick- So he is going to have to put off retirement for a little longer. Roddick beat Fabio Fognini of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 . Let’s hope he goes out on a high note. If anything he definitely has the most fans in New York.
Novak Djokovi- He cruised easily in the fourth round with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over Frenchman Julien Benneteau. Djokovic will next face 18th seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.
The time of year is upon where mid-day drinking out of the back of pick-up truck is no longer just a red neck thing to do, it’s a point of college pride. Yes college football season has begun. If you didn’t watch all the games here is what you missed:
Ohio State vs. Miami (Ohio), 56-10
After the first quarter when Ohio trailed Miami this game got much less interesting. Ohio has a new coach Urban Meyer,previously coached the Florida Gators to two National Championship victories, got off to a good start. Ohio quarterback Braxton Miller had 350 yards and led three straight second-quarter touchdown drives.
Ohio University vs. Penn State, 24-14
Poor Penn State as if things couldn’t get any worse for them. It was looking up for Penn State who lead by 11 at halftime. But slowly that lead was chipped away by Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton who had three touchdowns in the second half. Penn State hasn’t lost an opening game since 2001. Penn’s new coach Bill O’Brien told everyone it was his coaching that was lacking, although I’m not sure anyone really blames him.
Alabama vs. Michigan, 41-14
I can tell you one person who is crying over Michigan’s loss. Boxer Floyd Mayweather bet $2.9 million on Michigan winning in Vegas. Everyone is hoping that Mayweather will go broke so he will have to face Manny Pacquaio. But it’s going to take a lot of betting to make that happen. Mayweather got $32 million for his last fight. I’m not sure why Mayweather beat that number 8 ranked Michigan would take down number 2 Alabama. Despite losing Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson on offense Alabama seemed to do just fine. It was a crushing loss for Michigan who only had 269 yards while Alabama finished with 431 yards. Maybe Michigan should get new uniforms to start because they are really not working on so many levels.
Univ. of Southern California vs. Hawaii, 49-10
This was just a sad match up. USC sacked Hawaii’s quarterback Sean Schroeder five times. USC’s quarterback Matt Barkley passed for 372 yards and four touchdowns. It was a strong start for the number 1 ranked USC.
Tennis star Andy Roddick announced Thursday he will be hanging-up his
racquet after the US Open. This surprised me at first, considering
Roddick is only 30 and still a top player, but it makes sense when you
think about it. He used to hold the #1 ranking back in 2003, which is
around the time Roger Federer arrived and began his ascent to the top
of the tennis record books. A few years later, Rafael Nadal with his
sleeveless tee/clam-digger pants combo came along. It has to be
disheartening to lose to these guys year after year. Much like Andy
Murray, Roddick is a great tennis player who probably would have
racked-up multiple Grand Slams if he happened to play in another era
without Fed and Rafa.