September 16, 2010

Separated at Birth -- U.S. Open Edition

Clearly the big stories from this year's U.S. Open centered around the top-notch play and the rise of the underdog. But as always, the goings-on were also marked by some real drama, and not just the athletic kind.

Andy Roddick told off a lineswoman, Victoria Azarenka fainted on court, Gael Monfils leapt through the air like a circus performer -- sometimes we were left wondering if we were watching a tennis match or a Broadway show. So maybe it's no wonder that I was struck by the similarities between some of the players and Hollywood stars of all varieties.

Simona Halep didn't make it out of the first round, but she sure gave fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic quite a scare. But she's young, still, and definitely talented. And with her good looks I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of the former Junior champion in years to come.

American Ryan Harrison staged one of the biggest upsets of the opening round when he defeated fifteenth seeded Ivan Ljubicic in four sets. The eighteen-year-old continued to cause a stir in his next match, holding match points against Sergiy Stakhovsky, and reminding me of another upstart from The O.C.

The players who advanced further were no less subject to comparison. Semifinalist Caroline Wozniacki has one of those smiley faces that rightfully earned her the nickname "Sunshine." It reminds me of a younger Alexandra Holden who, you might remember, played Ross's student/girlfriend on Friends. I haven't seen a lot of her lately, but I'm hoping the same isn't true for Sweet Caroline.

Men's surprise semifinalist Mikhail Youzhny has earned himself the reputation of being a bit of a hothead, but he was able to pull himself together when it counted, making the final four in New York for a second time. And as he demonstrated every emotion from elation to frustration to hear-breaking defeat, I couldn't help but notice the resemblance to an actor whose trials on Dawson's Creek were just as gut-wrenching.

So there you have it -- this year's selection of They-Could've-Been-Twins couples to entertain you. If you want to share your favorite look-alikes, send me a note, and check out my other "Separated at Birth" pairs here!

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