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S1 Week 23, US Open, USA, GS

US OPEN





Welcome to Flushing Meadows, New York, for the season's final Grand Slam. The first three Slams have seen 3 different winners - will we have another new Grand Slam winner here in New York? With not long to go until the Year End Championships, this tournament could be crucial in people's campaigns for the Top 8.


The Favourites


#2 Gisela Dulko - She just won New Haven and so is the in-form player heading into the Open. She also reached the QF at Montreal so is playing well right now.

#4 Ioana-Raluca Olaru - She reached the QF in New Haven this week, but won the Tier I title in Montreal the week before. She finished joint #2 in the US Series Race, and will be looking to do well here to make use of her 50% points bonus.

#10 Nathalie Dechy - An impressive hardcourt season, reaching finals in Los Angeles and New Haven, as well as the QF in Montreal. A real dangerous player when she is on. Like Dechy, she finished joint #2 in the US Series Race, and will be looking to do well here to make use of her 50% points bonus.

#14 Jelena Jankovic - Winner of the US Series Race due to title wins in Stanford and LA, Jankovic is definitely a huge threat here in New York. She lost early in Montrel, but seemed to be back on track with a decent showing in New Haven. With a 100% points bonus, she will be looking to go deep.


The Contenders

#3 Nicole Vaidisova - She has had a fairly modest run-up to this tournament, with a QF in Stanford and a SF in Montreal, but she definitely has the game, and knows what it takes to win a Slam.

#28 Iveta Benesova - a relative newcomer to the tour, Benesova has been impressive, reaching consecutive semis at Montreal and New Haven. If he can make a few minor changes, she can definitely be challenging for the title here.


The Dark Horses

#1 Elena Dementieva - it seems weird to only have the #1 as a "dark horse" but she hasn't made a single QF in the 4 warmup events for the Open. However, the #1 should never be discounted and is always a huge threat to whoever she plays.

#13 Dinara Safina - Safina can toruble the top players, and made the SF in both LA and Montreal. She could be one to watch, altough she lost early in New Haven.

#20 Maria-Emilia Salerni - she had a great week last week, and only didn't come away the winner due to a cointoss, so she can be a factor here this tournament too.



Qualifying

1. Keothavong Vs. Mattek
2. (PC) Sugiyama Vs. Paszek
3. Bremond Vs. Petrova
4. (PC) Zvonareva Vs. (PC) Schiavone
5. Myskina Vs. Radwanska
6. (PC) Medina-Garrigues Vs. Kuznetsova
7. Kvitova Vs. Benesova
8. Cornet Vs. Muller



Main Draw

(1) Dementieva Vs. Schnyder
Q1 Vs. (13) Safina
(9) Davenport Vs. Q2
Safarova Vs. (5) Cibulkova
(6) Peer Vs. Capriati
Domachowska Vs. (14) Jankovic
(12) Golovin Vs. Hantuchova
Q3 Vs. (3) Vaidisova

(4) Olaru Vs. Q4
Kirilenko Vs. (11) Sharapova
(10) Dechy Vs. Q5
Q6 Vs. (7) Ivanovic
(8) S.Williams Vs. Q7
Q8 Vs. (16) Hingis
(15) Moore Vs. Wozniacki
Salerni Vs. (2) Dulko



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Re: S1 Week 23, US Open, USA, Grand Slam!

IMPORTANT!!

Players who must send points for US Open:-

Schnyder
Sharapova
Hantuchova
Olaru
Muller
Bremond
Wozniacki

Keothavong
Kvitova

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Re: S1 Week 23, US Open, USA, Grand Slam!

So close to Benesova AGAIN!



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With my best friend!

[B]Gisela Dulko - Paula Ormaechea - Maria Kirilenko -
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Re: S1 Week 23, US Open, USA, Grand Slam!

Jankovic, Vaidisova and Golovin.

And here you are, a black unicorn.
Mythical and mystical since the day that you were born.
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I suck at this game, next year I won't be able to defend my points and will fall down the rankings

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I suck at this game, next year I won't be able to defend my points and will fall down the rankings
You don't suck - you have been close many times. Just in a bit of a slump at the moment, but you are still top 8 so that's pretty good. It'snot easy with all these new players on the scene, but keep going and you will probably still qualify for they YEC
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Serena is doubting




Serena Williams arrives in Flushing Meadows with no confidence, her moral is just not there. She feels the pressure of the media, the fans and her entourage who are all expecting her to do well in all tournaments constantly. Serena has badly failed to have any kind of good results during the hard court season which isn't a good sign for the last Grand Slam of the year as it begins in only three days.

Serena Williams said after her New Heaven first round defeat to the up and coming star of the OWTT, Caroline Wozniacki, "I just lack a bit of motivation these last weeks. I keep trying, beeing defensive, beeing agressive, beeing not too agressive and not too defensive, nothing works out in my favor." Serena Williams really is trying to create new things with her game, we see it on court, but it just isn't succesful.

Many young players arrived on tour lately and they are showing they could become dominating players really soon, Serena spoke about it, "I think it's great for the tour to have some new faces, but I find it sad that, for the amjority of them, their game brings nothing new to the Tour, ball bashing is not tennis to me."

Serena Williams hopes beeing a part of the YEC but while she spoke about it, she didn't gave us the impression she really believed she would be there, she said "Well it would be great, but you know there is so much on talent on this tour... It would be fun to confirm myself I'm a part of the elite on this tour but well... we'll see."

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Serena

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Serena will be in semis at least if she doesn't win.
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Predictions

Qualifying

Mattek def. Keothavong
Paszek def. (PC) Sugiyama
Petrova def. Bremond
(PC) def. (PC)
Radwanska def. Myskina
Kuznetsova def. (PC) Medina-Garrigues
Benesova def. Kvitova
Cornet def. Muller


R32

(1) Dementieva def. Schnyder
Safina def. Mattek
(9) Davenport def. Paszek
(5) Cibulkova def. Safarova
(6) Peer def. Capriati
(14) Jankovic def. Domachowska
(12) Golovin def. Hantuchova
(3) Vaidisova def. Petrova
(4) Olaru def. (PC)
Kirilenko def. (11) Sharapova
(10) Dechy def. Radwanska
(7) Ivanovic def. Kuznetsova
Benesova def. (8) S.Williams
Cornet def. (16) Hingis
Wozniacki def. (15) Moore
(2) Dulko def. Salerni


R16

(1) Dementieva def. Safina
(9) Davenport def. (5) Cibulkova
(14) Jankovic def. (6) Peer
(12) Golovin def. (3) Vaidisova
(4) Olaru def. Kirilenko
(10) Dechy def. (7) Ivanovic
Benesova def. Cornet
(2) Dulko def. Wozniacki


QF

(1) Dementieva def. (9) Davenport
(14) Jankovic def. (12) Golovin
(10) Dechy def. (4) Olaru
(2) Dulko def. Benesova


SF

(14) Jankovic def. (1) Dementieva
(10) Dechy def. (2) Dulko


F

(10) Dechy def. (14) Jankovic


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Iveta first round I'm done.

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Benesova def. Cornet
No doubt. If I even get that far I know her game matches up well to mine as I have more or less the same points as before.

I can't be bothered to change them - resigned myself to the fact.



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Iveta made changes and is prepared to kick major ass!


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Iveta made changes and is prepared to kick major ass!
Dammit, just changed my points to try to fit yours

PLease Serena beat her!



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