Tennis is an isolating sport for players at the top, and it's always nice to see a player win a major tournament in front of a crowd made up of his or her fellow compatriots. However, this has proven to be an elusive sight in men's tennis at the U.S. Open in recent years.
For the 11th year in a row, there will be no chance of host-country hero in the men's singles section of the 2014 U.S. Open. Novak Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber bested the final two Americans, Sam Querrey and John Isner, on Day 6. The last time an American male won this competition was when Andy Roddick defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero back in 2003.
Of course, there is always plenty of hope for United States tennis fans on the women's side thanks to the incomparable Serena Williams, who defeated Varvara Lepchenko in two sets on Day 6 to move on to the round of 16.
It would be a shame for any good tennis fan to miss any of the action on Sunday as the tournament heads into the latter stages. Here is a look at the complete TV schedule for Day 7 in New York.
|Breakfast at the U.S. Open||6am-11am||Tennis Channel|
|Today at the U.S. Open||10am-11am||CBS Sports Network|
|Men's Third Round/Women's Round of 16||11am-6pm||CBS/CBS Sports Network|
|Men's Third Round/Women's Round of 16||7pm-11pm||Tennis Channel|
Top Match to Watch on Day 7
No. 5 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki
Women's tennis at Grand Slam events has proven to be much more entertaining than the men's tournament for fans interested in upsets and a dose of anarchy.
No. 19 Venus Williams is out of the competition, as are No. 2 Simona Halep, No. 3 Petra Kvitova and No. 6 Angelique Kerber.
No. 5 Maria Sharapova is one of the few giants of the game still fighting in Flushing. She will face some very stiff competition in the round of 16 in the form of Caroline Wozniacki.
Sharapova noted her return game wasn't quite up to her usual standards against Sabine Lisicki, whom she defeated on Day 5 of the competition.
"She was a really tough opponent, a very aggressive big server. I just tried to concentrate on my return. I wasn't serving as well as I wanted to," she said, via a report from The Telegraph.
Lisicki may have been tough, but Sharapova wasn't making things any easier on herself. She totaled 24 unforced errors in the match, per USOpen.org.
ESPN Tennis also noted she wasn't at her beset in her three-set, Round 2 win over Alexandra Dulgheru:
Despite all of the struggles, this tournament looks like it's setting up quite nicely for Sharapova, who won this competition back in 2006. However, the ever-dangerous Serena Williams lurks in the draw and should be considered the favorite going forward.
ESPN's John Buccigross noted that it has been a few trips around the sun since Wozniacki has made it this far at the U.S. Open:
Caroline Wozniacki: advances to US Open 4th round for first time since 2011---lost to Kim Clijsters in final in 2009— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) August 30, 2014
She caught a break in Round 1, moving past a game Magdalena Rybarikova only after the latter withdrew due to injury in the third set. Wozniacki was up 2-0 at the time, but the athletic Slovak had just crushed her 6-1 in the second set. Wozniacki then cruised to simple two-set victories over Aliaksandra Sasnovich and No. 18 Andrea Petkovic in the second and third rounds, respectively.
She made especially quick work of Petkovic, winning the match in 79 minutes and committing just 11 unforced errors to the German's 34, per USOpen.org.
She is quite relieved to have made it this far into a tough competition.
"I think every match I get into a better groove out there and I'm playing better," she said, via The Telegraph. "It's nice to be through to the fourth round again."
What will be the outcome of Sharapova-Wozniacki?
All of these events should allow a refreshed Wozniacki to put up a strong fight against Sharapova, who has proven to be quite a tough opponent for the Dane in the past.
Wozniacki is 2-5 all-time against the Russian, per WTATennis.com. However, both of those victories against Sharapova have come on hard courts, so there is precedent for a minor upset here.
Look for Wozniacki to score another upset for the tournament in this match and take advantage of Sharapova's shaky play. It would be a signature win for Wozniacki considering her struggles at this tournament, although in the end it may just clear the field for Williams' likely run at a third consecutive U.S. Open title.