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Day 4 Recap: The Seeds Hold | Site

Day 4 Recap: The Seeds Hold

Written by Brandon Lawrence on .

So far none of the top seeds on either the men's or women's side have been tested that much, The top men have been clinical in their matches, all in straight sets. The women, however, have been downright cruel to their opponents. Sharapova, in two matches, hasn't dropped a game yet, Serena's barely dropped a couple, and so has Azarenka. Even though there hasn't been any drama with the top players, in the end, this really isn't a bad situation, with blockbuster matches later on in the tournament. That's also not to say that there hasn't been great tennis played so far. The matches involving lower ranked players have been very entertaining to watch, and it should only get better, 

The biggest other story of the say involved the US women. Long devoid of hope beyond the Williams sisters, a few Americans have shown some great promise. While Vavara Lepchenko lost today to Elena Vesnina, herself a tough player, both Jamie Hampton and Sloane Stephens advanced today. Both won in straight sets rather convncingly, and set up great third round matches. 

Other than that, the two young guns, the troubled Bernard Tomic, and the ultra professional Milos Raonic both advanced. It was good to see from both of them, and they're doing what they have to to get through the draws with minimal trouble. 

The most wild match of the day came on Hisense Arena, where Gael Monfils and Yen-Hsun Liu fought for over three and a half hours. Monfils looked to be in serious pain a lot of the match, calling the trainer for his knee. Monfils won the first set in a tiebreaker, but then lost the next one 6-4 and then appeared to completely collapse, losing the third 6-0 and appearing to have knee problems. He then somehow turned the match around, winning the fourth set 6-1,. Liu, for his part, is a fighter, and played well in the fifth before getting broken at 6-6. The following game was one of the most surrreal games I've ever seen. Monfils had four match points on his own serve and double faulted on all of them. Finally, on the fifth match point, hit an unreturnable serve to close it out. t was a crazy match.


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