- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game13 hrs ago
NEW YORK – There was no off-day for Genie Bouchard after her second-round singles win over Polona Hercog of Slovenia, as she kicked off the women’s doubles event with partner Elena Vesnina before an enthousiastic crowd on smaller Court No. 4 Thursday.
Bouchard and Vesnina, who forms one of the best teams in the world with regular partner Ekaterina Makarova (who is sitting this one out), defeated Tatjana Maria of Germany and Madison Brengle of the U.S. 7-5, 6-2 to advance to a meeting with the No. 6 seeds, Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game14 hrs ago
NEW YORK – You might find a player at the US Open happier just to be here than Erin Routliffe. But you’d have to look pretty hard.
The 20-year-old, who is from Caledon, Ont., just northwest of Toronto and a member of Tennis Canada’s national centre program for several years, went the college route and has had a standout NCAA career so far in winning back-to-back national doubles titles at the University of Alabama with partner Maya Jansen.
On Saturday, after winning four matches at the US Tennis Association’s national US Open wild card playoff (and more earlier in the summer at a regional qualifier), Routliffe and Jansen hopped the train from New Haven, Conn., alit at Grand Central station in midtown Manhattan, checked in at the official hotel next door, and began their US Open experience.
The tennis side was probably as expected; they drew experienced No. 6 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, both 15-year pros in their 30s, and were beaten 6-2, 6-1.
But as they hopped a flight back to Birmingham to catch up on their missed schoolwork, they had, as Routliffe’s partner said, “the experience of a lifetime.”
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game18 hrs ago
NEW YORK Toronto’s Adil Shamasdin faced one of the most accomplished teams he’s ever played against in his career on Thursday, on one of tennis’s biggest stages and with a partner he was joining forces with for the very first time.
Not a great recipe for success.
But Shamasdin and tall, big-serving Austrian Philipp Oswald make quick work out of the No. 10 seeds, Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil, in a 6-3, 6-3 first-round win. Their vastly more experienced opponents were as high as No. 3 in the world at this time a year ago, winning five ATP Tour titles and reaching five other finals together in 2014
But on this day, everything clicked.
“I think we just played solid; we didn’t do anything too crazy, we didn’t really force anything, We played within ourselves. We had a tactic coming into the match and we execute it. I think that was the main thing,” Shamasdin told Eh Game. “We came out to a 4-1 lead, double break, I was like, ‘What’s going on here?’. We weren’t thinking too much about the score. I don’t know if they weren’t playing that well or we were playing well. But I felt pretty comfortable.”
- Neate Sager at Eh Game22 hrs ago
Graham Brown knows from leading a national sports organization out of obscurity. True believers and cynics alike would say that makes him well-suited to helming Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
The new chief executive officer of CIS had to pull together stakeholders spread from coast to coast across his decade-plus with Rugby Canada. Now Brown is taking the reins of the overseer of university sports, which has reach into nearly every major city but is overshadowed in almost all of them.
"I see CIS as being already on an escalator," Brown, who replaces Pierre Lafontaine, who resigned early in the year after fewer than two years on the job, said at a news conference in Toronto on Thursday. "We have an opportunity to make sport at the CIS level relevant. The student-athlete will always be paramount, but we will create a higher level of awareness. The time is right.
Two more Canadians out former Wimbledon champs Pospisil and Sock ousted in the first round of doublesStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
NEW YORK – They certainly had their chances to put it away in straight sets, and they certainly made every effort to come back in their first-round match Wednesday at the US Open.
But the 4-6, 7-6 (8) 7-5 loss to Leonardo Mayer of Argentina and Joao Sousa of Portugal was another disappointment for the doubles team of Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock Wednesday at the US Open.
The 2014 Wimbledon champions, seeded No. 11 here, are out in the first round – and Pospisil is out of the tournament altogether after losing his first-round singles match in dramatic fashion. You have to think that the possibility of taking part in the year-end championships is getting rather remote.
Pospisil and Sock never go down without a fight, though. As they did at WImbledon this year when they went down two sets and pushed it to the limit against the team of Jamie Murray and John Peers, they came back. Pospisil and Sock were down two breaks of serve early in the third set at 0-3, got it back to 5-5, but then the comeback petered out.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
NEW YORK – When this happened Wednesday afternoon, you wouldn't have given too much for Milos Raonic's chances in the second round of the US Open against Fernando Verdasco.
But the 24-year-old Canadian managed. He took a medical timeout to have it worked on before the back spasmed out, and had a couple of other rubdowns later on. The tournament physician came out with a painkiller. He barely sat down on changeovers, preferring to stretch out the back as much as he could.
Somehow, Raonic did more than enough to get past Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6(1) and move into the third round of the US Open, where he will face another veteran Spanish lefty in Feliciano Lopez.
"When I saw that I was able to hold serve, I guess I was always going to give myself some kind of a chance. There were sometimes doubts, should I keep going or not. The worst part was it was sort of getting worse and worse," Raonic said. "It is what it is. Deal with it and move on."
For the first time since March, Eugenie Bouchard has put together back-to-back wins and is in the US Open third roundStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
NEW YORK – Happy 63rd birthday, Jimmy Connors. Your new protégée came up with a pretty good gift.
That would be Genie Bouchard, who managed to overcome a second set collapse Wednesday at the US Open and prevail 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 over Polona Hercog of Slovenia.
“The way I kept my nerve at the end of the third. This year I've had a couple matches where it's been tough to close out. I just tried to block that out of my mind, block the outcome as well out of my mind, you know, and just keep playing tennis. Keep trying to play good tennis,” Bouchard said. “Got tough there at the end, so I'm proud of that.”
Hercog is a tall, rangy athlete with a big serve and a tricky slice backhand who in the end, just wasn’t consistent enough, and perhaps didn’t have enough belief.
Bouchard was down a break early in each of the first two sets, but came roaring back and for the second consecutive match, showed some of the fire and dogged defence that characterized her best efforts of a year ago.
But when it came time to close it out, the 21-year-old Canadian faltered.
- Ian Denomme at Eh Game2 days ago
Lost in the Toronto Blue Jays' dramatic 5-3 walkoff win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night was Edwin Encarnacion’s 26-game hitting streak coming to an end.
Encarnacion went 0-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly, bringing the second-longest hitting streak in Blue Jays history to an end. While the streak itself is over Encarnacion is putting together one of the best stretches in club history.
Encarnacion won’t break Shawn Green’s franchise record 28-game hitting streak, but his numbers over the length of his streak are superior to what Green provided during his run. From June 29, 1999 to July 31, Green slashed .366/.434/.750 with 12 home runs and 27 RBIs in 112 at-bats. Impressive numbers for a team that was 10 game above .500 but already six games behind the first-place Yankees.Fri, 4 Sep7:07 PM EDTBaltimore at TorontoPreview Game
A somewhat subdued Nick Kyrgios behaves, but Andy Murray remains a better tennis player in a four-set victoryStephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
NEW YORK – Despite all of the media attention heaped on 20-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios in the tennis universe the last few weeks, it seemed most of the fans at Tuesday's US Open night session either weren't aware, or had an idea and came to see a show.
What did they get from the current enfant terrible of men's tennis? A little bit of everything, but a whole lot of not much.
The crowd's verdict was rather inconclusive, too, during a 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 loss to No. 3 seed Andy Murray that only showed flashes of potential when Kyrgios took the third set to extend it.
If you had to boil it down to one word, it was probably "perplexed".
Kyrgios, 20, hit a tweener and ended up winning one point. He leaped into the air in the patented airborne two-handed backhand stance ... only to hit a delicate backhand drop shot down the line for a winner. He took a few mid-match mini-naps.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
NEW YORK – Imagine you're sitting in your office after your work's done for the day, chatting with a few colleagues as you lean back in your chair. Normal stuff, right?
Now imagine you're doing just that, and there are a thousand people sitting there watching you – glaring at you, practically – just hoping you'll be done with it soon so you can give them a nanosecond of your time.
That's Roger Federer's life. And since it has been that way for such a long time, it seems he's learned to just ignore it and get on with what he wants to do.
Federer, coaches Severin Luthi and Stefan Edberg, and the Belgian David Goffin and coach Thierry Van Cleemput had a long conversation after their practice on this day, a chat punctuated by a lot of laughing with the relaxed, unshaven No. 2 seed. No matter how much the crowd was screaming for him on this day, a few days before the US Open began, Federer was undaunted.
He was going to get up when he decided to get up.