US Open: Sharapova Shines

Even a nonchalant sports fan like me gets excited arriving at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens to watch tennis at the U.S Open.

I was 8 years old the first time I saw the 12-story high Unisphere,   a stainless steel replica of the Earth, that was commissioned for 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.  I remember walking through the fair, overwhelmed by the crowds and the exhibits.

Now, I attend the US Open with my husband, a tennis player and avid fan.  While I learned to play tennis in college, I haven’t stuck with the sport.   And I’m not much for spectator sports, beyond watching our daughter play tennis, now in her last year on her college team.  I know enough about the professional players and understand the game and the scoring.

We had time before the evening segment began to stroll around the grounds and watch parts of several matches, some with famous players, some with young contenders.  We caught a men’s fast-paced doubles match; a marvel at teamwork communication.

Ball kids protecting players from the sun.

Entering Arthur Ashe Stadium, seating capacity over 23,000, we bought the obligatory Coney Island foot-long frankfurters and glasses of beer, and were ushered to our seats.  Early in the two-week competition, the matches are designed to narrow the players. We’re in luck; we’ll see Maria Sharapova and later Andy Murray. 

Russian born, Sharpova, 25, 6’2”, easily defeated her opponent, Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain, in two sets, 6-0, 6-1. Graceful as a gazelle, she’s strong and confident. An American resident since 1994, she spoke to a television reporter after, without any trace of an accent, saying what New Yorkers love to hear: that of the four tournaments comprising the Grand Slam, the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon,  and the US Open, this is her favorite.

(Charles Krupa, AP)

Scottish Andy Murray, also 25, won  6-2, 6-1, 6-3, defeating Ivan Dodig of Croatia.

The matches will get more nerve-wracking as the week progresses. We’ll catch some on television; yet there’s nothing like being there, if only once a year.

Until then, I’ll try to get to as many of Lydia’s matches as I can, knowing that after this year, I’ll miss them the most.  


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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7 Responses to US Open: Sharapova Shines

  1. restlessjo says:

    Funny, I’ve just commented on the Aussie Open! I’ll say the same thing again. Would love to attend the end of year tournament in London this November, which coincides with my birthday ,but I’m not certain that Rafa will be playing and I’d be distraught to miss him.


  2. Liked the post. There is a unisphere in Kenosha. I was calling it a globe water fountain. Now I know it’s a unisphere. 🙂


  3. Jo Bryant says:

    great post…i would love to be at Wimbledon one day…I shall just dream on in the meantime


  4. Thanks for sharing these awesome photos, Lisa! We also went to the U.S. Open when we lived in Connecticut. And your picture of the World’s Fair site brought back many memories…I had just started dating my husband in 1964 and went to the 1964 World’s Fair…and had a meal at a restaurant where we asked the waiter who didn’t speak much English what kind of wine he had served us…he picked up the bottle…held it to the light…and pronounced…”Red wine, Sir!” Have a beautiful week, Lisa…hope you will come and visit my blog:


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