Rain is poised to wreak havoc on the second week of the US Open, as prolonged showers disrupted play today and promise to do so again tomorrow. One quarterfinal match was completed, one was suspended after four games, and the two others were moved to Wednesday's slate.
Victoria Azarenka d. Samantha Stosur 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(5): This blockbuster match lasted nearly two and a half hours, with the world #1 toughing it out. Stosur will take a hit as she's failed to defend her US Open title from last year, but a near win against the world's top player is a good sign for the Australian. As for Azarenka, she's fortunate to have advanced today as she'll have an extra day of rest to prepare for the winner of today's other rain-shortened quarterfinal.
Marion Bartoli leads Maria Sharapova 4-0: Bartoli is obviously off to a great start, and she should emerge with the first set, but the stoppage in play gives a huge advantage to Sharapova. Two breaks of serve is a comfortable but by no means safe lead in women's tennis, and expect Sharapova to make use of the reprieve she was given today. Expect Sharapova to break serve at least once in the first set, and claim some of the momentum that she couldn't find today.
Roberta Vinci vs. Sara Errani: This fascinating matchup of compatriots and doubles partners (they reached the semis together today as the #2 seeds) will not only present a huge sense of accomplishment to its winner, but will also go down as one of the most significant matches in the history of Italian tennis. Errani is the higher-ranked and more experienced player, but Vinci will be riding high after a career win over Aga Radwanska. In this matchup of two players who are intimately familiar with each other's tennis game, there's bound to be a lot of intrigue and excitement.
Serena Williams vs. Ana Ivanovic: Ivanovic seems to have rediscovered some of her previous form, but she still should be overmatched by the dominant Serena. Ivanovic is able to hit some big shots, but her game is plagued by inconsistency and poor shot selection. In all likelihood, Williams will be the only American to reach the quarterfinals in the men's or women's draw, and she'll be lifted up by the full support of the home crowd. Not that she needs their help - this one will be a rout in the American's favor.