Olympic Weekend Wrap-Up: Sept. 4, 2012
Andy Roddick has embarked on a farewell tour of sorts at the U.S. Open
There was no rest for Olympic and Paralympic athletes over the Labor Day weekend. The London 2012 Paralympic Games continue through Sunday, and, as of Tuesday, Team USA had claimed 40 medals — 12 gold, 11 silvers and 17 bronze — including seven medals alone on Monday. NBC Sports Network will air one-hour highlight shows on Sept. 4, 5, 6 and 11 at 7 p.m. ET. NBC also will air a 90-minute Paralympic special at 1 p.m. on Sept. 16. For full coverage throughout the Games check out U.S. Paralympics. Elsewhere, U.S. athletes were busy competing around the globe.
Two-time Olympian Andy Roddick continues pursuit of a U.S. Open title in his final professional event.
After announcing his retirement, Roddick dominated a second-set tiebreaker Friday night on the way to a 7-5, 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-4, third-round win over Australia’s Bernard Tomic.
Roddick is back in action Tuesday at 7 p.m. against 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in a fourth-round match to try to advance to the quarterfinals.
Serena Williams, the women’s singles and doubles gold medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, is already in the quarterfinals. She won two weekend matches, taking the last four sets without losing a game.
Williams defeated Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, 6-4, 6-0, Saturday before taking out Czechoslovakia’s Andrea Hlavackova, 6-0, 6-0, Monday.
“I felt like I hit better today than I had in my other matches,” said Williams, who is pursuing her fourth U.S. Open title. “You know, I like to play better during the second week.
“Hopefully, I can do that.”
Williams will face Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals.
The Russian team of Maria Kirilenko-Nadia Petrova avenged a loss while winning a rematch of the Olympic final in women’s doubles, beating Serena and Venus Williams, 6-1, 6-4.
Olympic men’s doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan will face Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut of France in the quarterfinals tonight. The Bryans beat Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky, in a dramatic 6-7 (8), 7-6 (5), 6-3 match to advance to the quarterfinals. The Bryan brothers have won 11 Grand Slam titles, in addition to their Olympic crown in London and a bronze medal in Beijing four years ago.
The revamped AVP Tour made its debut with the Cincinnati Open, which resulted in a women’s final made up entirely of U.S. Olympians Sunday.
Olympic silver medalists Jennifer Kessy and April Ross defeated Kerri Walsh and Nicole Branagh, 21-11, 21-18.
Kessy-Ross earned the silver medal in London. Walsh won her third gold with Misty May-Treanor but has since partnered with Branagh, a 2008 Olympian, following May-Treanor’s retirement.
In an all-American men’s final, John Hyden-Sean Scott won 21-17, 21-16 over Matt Fuerbringer-Nick Lucena after eliminating 2008 Olympic gold medalists and 2012 Olympians Phil Dalhausser-Todd Rogers in the semifinals.
The AVP Tour went bankrupt in 2010 and had just one event in 2011 before returning this weekend under new ownership.
Elsewhere, Americans Summer Ross-Sara Hughes finished fourth at the FIVB Swatch Junior World Championships for players under 21 in Halifax, Canada.
U.S. women’s soccer gold medalist Abby Wambach scored two goals and was named Budweiser Woman of the Match Saturday night back home in Rochester, N.Y., when the United States defeated Costa Rica, 8-0, to open its 10-game Fan Tribute Tour.
Playing for the first time since winning an Olympic gold medal in London, the U.S. women posted their third-highest scoring performance of the year in front of a sellout crowd of 13,208 at Sahlen’s Stadium.
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe scored two first-half goals.
The United States used the same starting lineup as in its Olympic gold-medal match against Japan at Wembley Stadium.
Wambach, a forward, also assisted on an Alex Morgan goal while the United States opened a 5-0 halftime lead.
Before the game, coach Pia Sundhage announced that she will be returning home to coach in Sweden. Sundhage will coach two more games for Team USA: the next stop of the tour, Sept. 16 in Carson, Calif., and again Sept. 19 in Commerce City, Colo., both against Australia.
Elsewhere, the United States defeated South Korea, 2-1, Friday and advanced to the semifinals Tuesday against Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Tokyo, Japan.
TRACK AND FIELD
Matthew Tegenkamp and Metivier Baillie won titles at the USA 20-Kilometer Championships Monday in New Haven, Conn.
Tegenkamp, a 2012 Olympian in the 10,000-meter run, finished in 58 minutes, 30 seconds — 18 seconds ahead of early leader Luke Puskedra.
Baillie won in 1:07:08, 13 seconds better than Molly Pritz.
Richard Rude claimed the first medal for the United States at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Sunday in Leogang, Austria, with a second-place finish in the junior men’s downhill.
Rude, 17, finished in 3:32.260, three seconds behind France’s Loic Bruni.
Austin Warren finished 10th. Melissa Buhl was sixth in the Elite Women’s Four-Cross. Jacqueline Harmony was 15th in the Elite Women’s Downhill.
The championships continue through Sept. 9.
• Lily Zhang, the youngest table tennis player at the recent London 2012 Olympic Games, won the Women’s Singles and Junior Girls’ titles Sunday at the ITTF-North American Championships in Cary, N.C. Zhang, 16, led the United States to the Women’s and Junior Girls’ team titles earlier in the event.
• The United States won two golds and three other medals at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series event in Lake Placid, N.Y., during the weekend. Joshua Farris landed his first quadruple jump, a quad toe, en route to the men’s title. Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton won their first gold in ice dance. Courtney Hicks and Angela Wang were second and third among ladies while Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage took the bronze in pairs.
• The United States won the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship for Under-21 volleyball teams with a 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 21-25 win over Canada in the final Saturday in Colorado Springs. Ben Patch had a team-high 19 points in the final and was named Most Valuable Player. Greg Petty was named Best Server and Micah Christensen Best Setter.
• Dominic Taccolini struck out eight in six shutout innings of relief to lead the United States past Venezuela, 3-2, Monday in the IBAF 18-Under/AAA World Baseball Championships in Seoul, South Korea. The United States is 3-1 heading into the conclusion of pool play today with a game against Venezuela. The tournament runs through Saturday.
• The U.S. Elite, Junior and Senior teams each earned overall team silver medals while 13 U.S. athletes combined for 29 individual medals at the Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, which concluded Sunday in Waco, Texas. Elsewhere, the U.S. Under-17 and Under-13 Water Ski Teams each won titles at the 5th Can Am Challenge, Saturday and Sunday in Jerseyville, Ill.
• Shawn Flarida won the Adequan/United States Equestrian Federation National Reining Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.