Anke Huber 'Hated' the US Open
In her column at the German news site Sport1, Anke Huber launches a full-scale verbal assault on the US Open (my translation):
"Among the players the US Open is the least popular Grand Slam tournament. It's hectic, it's loud, and the audience doesn't exactly show a lot of consideration for the players. You have to imagine that just about everyone has a bag of chips and a large coke in their hands, almost acting as if they were watching a baseball game or an ice hockey match.
On top of that, there is the noise of airplanes that regularly fly above the stadium to contend with. As a player it's not always easy to concentrate 100 percent in these surroundings. For years I hated the tournament. I didn't like the city, and I didn't get along particularly well with its people. The transport from the hotel to the stadium each morning always got on my nerves."
Not the biggest Flushing Meadows fan we can safely gather.
However, as she goes on to state, her relationship with the tournament did improve in her concluding years on Tour. And she even grew to appreciate New York City. She stopped worrying as much about the plethora of matters that seemed to bother about the US Open - and, possibly as a result, she did a lot better on court. She reached the Quarterfinal in 1999 and 2000.
She also has this to say about the prospects of a 3rd all-Williams Slam final in a row:
"On the women's side, I think the entire world hopes to avoid yet another final between the Williams sisters. Even though you have to admit that they are the two best players in the world at the moment.
But, honestly, at this point it doesn't really interest anyone whether Venus or Serena will win."
As main challengers to the sister hegemony she lists, in order: Davenport, Mauresmo, Capriati, Henin, and Rubin. Consciously omitting Hingis because of her injury pause.