Re: What the chance for Maria to defend this USOpen?
If she can get a few big wins this summer, then I wouldn't be surprised to see her defend in New York. I wouldn't be surprised to see her defend anyway, though. Maria will fight until the last ball is struck - that goes without saying. I think her problem is when she runs into these players that play like her - they hit big and like to dictate. She's got to come up with a plan B against those players - the Williams sisters, Ivanovic, Vaidisova, and Jankovic - because they all move better than she does. She hasn't quite figured out what to do when her A game is off, and that might be the difference. At the absolute worst, she'll make the quarters - I don't see her losing before then.
21-Time Grand Slam Champion
6 AO ('03, '05, '07, '09, '10, '15) 3 FO ('02, '13, '15)
6 WBN ('02, '03, '09, '10, '12, '15) 6 USO ('99, '02, '08, '12, '13, '14)