WEBWIRE – Saturday, August 26, 2023
The US Open in New York will start on Monday with the Porsche Friend Iga Swiatek as the title holder. Porsche Team Germanys Tatjana Maria and Anna-Lena Friedsam are both assured of a place in the main draw.
It has been a good year for Iga Swiatek. The Pole, who has headed the world rankings since 4 April 2022, has already won four tournaments this season in addition to her successes in Doha and Warsaw, she celebrated her second triumph in succession at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and claimed her third French Open title. At the US Open, where she will be defending her title, she is one of the top favourites.
For sure, its not going to be easy to successfully defend my title, said the four-time Grand Slam champion. After reaching the semifinals at the Masters 1000 tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati, where Porsche Cars North America was a sponsor and the exclusive vehicle partner, she is nevertheless keeping her cards close to her chest. Like for most players, New York and with it the tournament is however something very special for her. Theres no city to match it on the Tour. It all makes the US Open so incredibly fascinating.
A look at the statistics underlines her status as the favourite for the years final Grand Slam. Since her defeat in the round of the last 16 at the Australian Open, she has reached at least the quarterfinals at every tournament she has played this season. At six of here seven hard court events, she has made it to the semifinals at the very least.
Tatjana Maria and Anna-Lena Friedsam main draw certainties
As currently Germanys top player, Tatjana Maria is a US Open main draw certainty. Thanks to a brace of WTA titles in Columbia on clay in in Bogota in April and last week on a hard court in Barranchilla she is momentarily the world No. 49. Even though she only progressed past the first round in 2012, 2017 and 2018, the 2022 Wimbledon semifinalist is looking forward to the tournament. The US Open is exceptional in its very own way, said the 36-year-old mother of two who will face Croatias Petra Martic in the first round. At this weeks WTA 250 tournament in Cleveland that will last until Saturday, she has reached the semifinals where she will meet Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain. It gives her even more self-confidence: I hope that after Barranchilla and Cleveland, I can also show my best tennis at the US Open.
As the current world No. 89, Porsche Team Germanys Anna-Lena Friedsam is also sure of a US Open main draw berth. Her opening opponent is Elina Svitolina, the former world No. 3 and winner of 17 career WTA titles. After taking time off to have a baby, the Ukrainian has returned to competition this season.
Laura Siegemund and Eva Lys still in qualifying
Two German players are still in with a chance of making it to the main draw via qualifying Porsche Team Germanys Laura Siegemund, winner of the 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and winner of the womens doubles in New York in 2020, will play the final round of qualifying on Friday. The hopes of Eva Lys from the Porsche Talent Team of once again reaching the main draw of a Grand Slam after the Australian Open are also still intact. Her second round qualifying match that could not be played yesterday due to rain is scheduled for today.
As the world No. 8, Maria Sakkari, Friend of the Brand of Porsche Greece, is also in the line-up in New York. She was a semifinalist in 2021.
The last German player to win the title at the US Open was the Porsche Brand Ambassador Angelique Kerber in 2016.
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This question is explored in the story of Tim, an obedient and kind young boy. And we follow him as he searches for a way to keep him and his wish from being separated in a book that will undoubtedly tug at our heartstrings. Susan Graham welcomes us to My Best Friend, a wholesomely adorable book for kids and adults alike.
Tim got the best news of his life one morning. He was overjoyed when his father brought a dog named Mandy home from the shelter. Tim had always wanted a pet dog, and he instantly fell in love with Mandy. She seemed to have an endless supply of energy, and Tim absolutely loved her because of this. However, it, later on, became a problem. It seems like wherever Mandy goes, disaster follows. One day, Tims mother finally had enough and ultimately decided that Mandy had to go back to the shelter. Disheartened, Tim agreed reluctantly. It was until he thought of an idea that might work. So, Tim and his father set out to meet a person, that will be able to help them avoid a heartbreaking separation.
Will Tims idea work? Who are they going to meet?
The book showcases Grahams illustrious career as an educator. Teaching elementary students had allowed her to write the book in a manner thats conducive to reading and comprehension. Her word choice makes the book easy to read; and will greatly help children who are in the early stages of reading. Graham also creates a connection for both children and dog lovers. By making each scenario in the book relatable to children and dog owners, she succeeds in eliciting all of the appropriate emotions. The book also contains helpful advice on pet care and the importance of treating our furry family members with respect. To top it off, the book also comes with vivid illustrations and a lovely lesson.
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My Best Friend
Author: Susan Kendall Graham
Publisher: Xlibris US
Published Date: November 27, 2020
Book Genre: Childrens Book
About the Author:
Susan lives in Winter Park, FL, and has been an educator for over 30 years mostly with elementary students. As a small group reading teacher her interest in writing childrens books began. She is a mother of a daughter who lives in Winer Park, FL, and a son living in Sacramento, CA, and grandmother of two granddaughters and one grandson. She has read childrens books to her grandchildren through YouTube. Her hobbies are singing in the church choir, going to movies, and traveling to visit family and friends.
Have you ever earnestly wished for something only to have it taken away from you when you finally get it?
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Friend-Susan-Kendall-Graham/dp/1664145192/