At The Open With Marcia Frost...
Friday, August 22nd-Qualifying Day Three
The luck of the draw. In this case it's bad luck. NCAA winner Amber Liu has the misfortune of playing top-seeded Kim Clijsters in the first round.
As we all know, anything can happen in the game of tennis, but the odds are not in favor for the Stanford sophomore. She is not the only unlucky NCAA winner in the women's singles. Just below her in the draw is Laura Granville (2000, 2001) who will most likely face Kim in the second round. And, in the same half, 2002 winner Bea Bielik is pitted against eighteenth-seeded Patty Schnyder. I wouldn't put money on that match, though, I think the hard-serving Bea has got a good shot at it.
One lucky wildcard holder is Girls' 18 Super National Hardcourt winner Theresa Logar. She will face a still unknown qualifier. The only immediate challenge after that should she win is No. 26 Lina Krasnoroutskaya.
On the men's side, this year's NCAA winner Amer Delic drew another NCAA winner (1995) Sargis Sargsian. That could be a very exciting match. Boys' 18 Super National Hard Court winner Robert Yim, who just decided to turn pro and skip UCLA, will face crowd favorite Todd Martin first up.
The 2003 US open looks to be another exciting Grand Slam. With the absence of Serena Williams and Pete Sampras, we will have no repeating champion and room for a wide open field of newcomers -- maybe a college or junior player.
Until Tomorrow... Arthur Ashe Kid's Day
College And Junior