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Game Point: Elena loses with class, remembering Connors' run

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Game Point is Busted Racquet's daily roundup of the facts, figures and links from the 2009 U.S. Open.

Love -- Ever wondered how U.S. Open organizers decide which players will play on which courts at which time? Straight Sets has a short video that breaks it all down.

15 -- After her loss yesterday to Melanie Oudin, No. 4 seed Elena Dementieva demonstrated how one can lose with grace. She's like the anti-Jelena Jankovic.

30 -- Speaking of Oudin, the teenage sensation will make her debut at Arthur Ashe Stadium tomorrow when she faces-off against three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova. Their match will begin after the conclusion of the Roger Federer-Lleyton Hewitt game (around 1 p.m. ET).

40 -- By the way, it's pronounced oo-DAN.

Game -- When people talk about Jimmy Connors' magical run to the semifinals at the 1991 U.S. Open, they most often remember the fourth round marathon against Aaron Krickstein or the victory over Patrick McEnroe that started it all. But the most memorable point of Connors' tournament came in the quarterfinals against Paul Haarhuis (a match which took place 18 years ago Saturday).

After losing the first set, Connors had a break point down 5-4 in the second. And then this:

Haarhuis never recovered, losing that set in a tiebreak and dropping the next two as well. Connors went on to lose to Jim Courier in the semifinals.

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