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Realistically speaking, how will Kim and Venus go at the USO? Will they even play??

I hope that they are both able to play, and if they do, I still think that they will go well, despite their lack of practice. Kim won in 2009 without barely playing for 2 years! Venus easily made the semis last year without having played since Wimbledon. Their match last year was of such high quality (not including the tie break), with some absolutely amazing shots.
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Yes it was a bit unfortunate that Venus wasn't able to keep her high quality going all the way through it.
Venus and Kim are impossible to predict for this event. They could lose 1st round and they could go all the way and win. But to me it would be a big surprise if either of them contested for the final. I think both will play though.


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Kim won in 2009 without barely playing for 2 years!
But this year she is constantly injured/seems not to be focused :-/ in 2009 there was much more joy to see in her game...

i see her reaching the 3rd or 4th round though... at least.

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Re: Realistically speaking, how will Kim and Venus go at the USO? Will they even play

Kim will surely play some ugly tennis but it's her turf so i won't count her out.

Venus made it to the SF last year having only played the slams.
Add Eastbourne this year and her season kinda looks the same. Oh, minus RG.

Oh my, i can't wait for the open to begin.

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Kimothy is in doubt to be ready in time, but I don't think she will defend her title anyway.
Not sure about Vinas, depends on how she does in New Haven I guess.

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Re: Realistically speaking, how will Kim and Venus go at the USO? Will they even play

I'm not even sure Kim will be able to play. She tore her abdominal muscle because of a new service motion. After a mere 3 weeks of 99% practicing, she already had a tear. She will probably heal in 2 more weeks, right before the open. But as soon as she starts serving, she'll have to use the tired muscle again, which will have weakened because she won't have used it for 3 weeks. Kim's prospects for the Open are not looking good at all.
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Re: Realistically speaking, how will Kim and Venus go at the USO? Will they even play

With Venus it depends on her health, her draw & her rust. Last year she did not play from Wimbledon -> USO and was close to beating Clijsters. Granted, she had a kind draw where she played all her pigeons which probably won't be the case this year. Then again, there is only a select group of elite players who have managed to defeat her at the USO.

I think Clijsters will withdraw. Either that, or lose to an in-form player in the second week. She seems to be constantly injured and looks ready to retire again.

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I really want Venus to recover and go deep at the Open..... If she fails I dont think she'll play anymore this season.

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Venus R2. Clijsters SF or better.
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Kim will surely play some ugly tennis but it's her turf so i won't count her out.

Venus made it to the SF last year having only played the slams.
Add Eastbourne this year and her season kinda looks the same. Oh, minus RG.

Oh my, i can't wait for the open to begin.
Venus was having an extremely solid season until surprise losses to Petrova and Pironkova at the FO and Wimbledon. She won Dubai and Acapulco and reached the finals of Miami and Madrid. She was ranked number 1 in the race pretty deep into the season. This year and last year aren't really comparable.

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They're both going to play ........................... an ugly tennis.
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Re: Realistically speaking, how will Kim and Venus go at the USO? Will they even play

Venus won't make the 4th round.

Kim is a giant question mark--might withdraw, might lose R2, or could go all the way (crazier things have happened).
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Venus will start pulling on her hip around the 2nd or 3rd round or so. Kim will go far, 4th round or QF at least.

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They're both going to play ........................... an ugly tennis.
the question is how far will venus and kim will go @ US Open not What is Sharapova's style of play.

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Venus was having an extremely solid season until surprise losses to Petrova and Pironkova at the FO and Wimbledon. She won Dubai and Acapulco and reached the finals of Miami and Madrid. She was ranked number 1 in the race pretty deep into the season. This year and last year aren't really comparable.
Exactly, I don't get why people keep comparing her lack of preparation for the US Open this year to last year - last year, she'd played a ton of matches in the early part of the season and still had match-fitness left over from that.

Assuming Venus will be unseeded and thus will meet a seed in the first two rounds, it's hard to picture her beating any of the seeds... maybe Goerges at a push. Pennetta is slumping badly, but she seems to be in Venus's head, so she'd probably beat her. Other than that, is there any seed Venus would be favoured to beat at the US Open without preparation, seeing as she was at a barely top 20 level on her best surface a couple of months ago?

Kim is a complete wildcard. It looks like she could withdraw altogether. If she does play it, her usual since her comeback has either been that she's terrible and bombs out in the first few rounds, or manages to go all the way. So I'd say similar here - if she survives the first few rounds and gets into her stride, she would be the favourite seeing as noone can beat her on fast hardcourts when she's at her best... though if she is planning to play, I'd like to see her play New Haven, because she really needs the match practice.
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