American Men Own Top Five Spots in US Open Series Standings
Andy Roddick defeated James Blake 7-5, 6-3 in an All-American singles final at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. today to take the lead in the US Open Series Bonus Challenge Standings after three weeks of play.
Mary Pierce overpowered Ai Sugiyama in the final of the Acura Classic in San Diego, 6-0, 6-3 to win her first title in more than a year and take over first place in the US Open Series Bonus Challenge women's race.
Roddick's win over Blake gives American players a sweep of the first three men's singles titles in the 2005 US Open Series. After three weeks, American men own the Top 5 spots in the US Open Series Bonus Challenge Standings. Robby Ginepri, who won the RCA Championships in Indianapolis during the first week of the 2005 US Open Series, is in second place. Andre Agassi, who won the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles last week, is third followed by Blake and Taylor Dent, who are tied for fourth.
The men's and women's winners of the US Open Series will compete for double prize money at the 2005 US Open. The US Open Series leaders after Week Three are as follows:
2005 US Open Series Bonus Challenge Standings (as of August 7, 2005)
Position - Men’s Standings - Points
1. Andy Roddick, USA - 50
2. Robby Ginepri, USA - 48
3. Andre Agassi, USA - 35
4. James Blake, USA - 28
Taylor Dent, USA - 28
6. Paradorn Srichaphan, THA - 26
7. Gilles Muller, LUX - 24
8. (T) Karol Beck, SVK - 18
Tomas Berdych, CZE - 18
Greg Rusedski, GBR - 18
Position - Women’s Standings - Points
1. Mary Pierce, FRA - 100
2. Kim Clijsters, BEL - 75
3. Ai Sugiyama, JPN - 70
4. Patty Schnyder, SUI - 47
5. (T) Akiko Morigami, JPN - 45
Shuai Peng, CHN - 45
7. Venus Williams, USA - 35
8. Nathalie Dechy, FRA - 27
Jelena Jankovic, SCG - 27
10. (T) Anna Chakvetadze, RUS 25
Sesil Karatantcheva, BUL 25
Next on the US Open Series: The US Open Series continues this week with the men playing in Montreal at the Rogers Masters. The women remain in California for the JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles. ESPN2 will provide 30 hours of live coverage this week starting with first round action from Montreal on Monday from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. ET. The men's final will air at 3 p.m. ET Sunday followed by the women's final at 5 p.m.