Thursday, July 7, 2011
The promise of the greatest US Open Series ever.
The five best players of the year (as of the points race) Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are all capable of great hard court tennis and Wozniacki, Sharapova and Azarenka all had a successful US Open Series last year.
The recently returning Serena and Venus Williams as well as the soon-to-return Kim Clijsters are three of the four greatest players of their generation and all can produce breath taking tennis, the only question will be, can they return to form sooner rather than later? The three women have won eight US Open titles and will be out to prove that they can all still produce their best tennis.
Last years US Open finalist Vera Zvonerava is also capable of producing great tennis on hard courts but also needs to find her form that took her to two grand slam finals last year. Having her best year on tour, Marion Bartoli is also able to play on hard courts, and has had some great results this year.
Up and comers Andrea Petkovic, Shuai Peng, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Julia Goerges, Yanina Wickmayer, Dominika Dibulkova, Sabine Lisicki and Jarmila Gajdosova all have had some solid performances this year and last and have good solid all court games, which should no doubt lead to some potential upsets.
More experienced players desperate for deep runs and consistent results Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic and Sam Stosur have all preformed well on hard courts in the past and will be hungry to post solid wins and gain some confidence and consistency.
The ever dangerous Daniela Hantuchova has played great recently and will be looming in the draws holding the potential to gain some early round upsets.
How will young rising American star Christina McHale be able to perform? Will she strive after the backing of a home crowd or crack under the pressure?
This US Open hard court season promises so much, I just hope it can deliver!