Who's going to win the US hard court season
Wierd year, since the Olympics are two weeks before the US Open....
Jul 14 T2 Stanford, CA
Jul 21 T2 Los Angeles, CA
Jul 28 T1 Montreal (Rogers Cup)
Aug 11 OG Beijing
Aug 11 T3 Cincinnati, OH
Aug 18 T2 New Haven, CT
Aug 18 T4 Forest Hills, NY
Aug 25 GS US Open
Brings in issues of jet lag and split focus we don't see mos years. And I don't really know if Cinncinati and Forest Hills are all that relevant.
This year's slam winners have all shown weakness at slams they haven't won.
OZ RG WB
FR CH 3r Ivanovic
CH 4r 2r Sharapova
QF 3r CH Venus
Not exactly world domination by any of them. Ivanovic has performed the best this year (hence her ranking), but the worst recently. The highest ranked player to amke the 4th round or better at all three slams this year? Elena Dementieva. Not my pick for US Open champ. If she's playing the Olympics though, she's a good bet to medal.
Obviously we all have out favorites, but for once, the year-to-date offers no clear favorite going forward.
2008 US Open champion .... Agnieszka Radwanska?
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.