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Seriously: How can Serena defend the Open?

With no warm ups planned, I don't see how Serena can defend the US Open.
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Is she playing the Pilot Pen?
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Her first round opponents will be her warm up practice and she could play doubles up to the quarters. I believe this should be enough.

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Is she playing the Pilot Pen?
She hasn't officially entered yet, and Yahoo is saying she's out until the US Open
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She hasn't officially entered yet, and Yahoo is saying she's out until the US Open
It's not like the Williams sisters have always prepared for tournaments before they won. Venus almost had no preparation for Wimby 2000. Not much tournament play anyway. If anyone will make Serena pay for little preparation it will be Venus.
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It's not like the Williams sisters have always prepared for tournaments before they won. Venus almost had no preparation for Wimby 2000. Not much tournament play anyway. If anyone will make Serena pay for little preparation it will be Venus.
yea...but Serena seems to struggle more with long lay offs. I think of the Australian. She played terrible the entire event, except for the finals. She still won...but I get the feeling players aren't as intimidated as they were in January.

I dunno. I just have a bad feeling. I hope she's healthy for the Open
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yea...but Serena seems to struggle more with long lay offs. I think of the Australian. She played terrible the entire event, except for the finals. She still won...but I get the feeling players aren't as intimidated as they were in January.

I dunno. I just have a bad feeling. I hope she's healthy for the Open
Actually I have had this bad feeling also, but it was about the Acura. I couldn't get it out of my head that Serena was going to be upset at that tournament. But at the US Open I think she will be ready.
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Actually I have had this bad feeling also, but it was about the Acura. I couldn't get it out of my head that Serena was going to be upset at that tournament. But at the US Open I think she will be ready.
You have more faith then I do. It will be odd having Serena not the #1 seed either.

Hopefully Venus is healthy.
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You have more faith then I do. It will be odd having Serena not the #1 seed either.

Hopefully Venus is healthy.

More quality points for Venus if she beats #1 Kim, so it's all good. I think Venus is going on a tear if she is healthy. Look out Toronto and the US Open and Moscow, and the tour championships Venus is coming for you.
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Its going to be really hard, but she can defend the open if she has a cakewalk draw through to the third round, that should be enough for her to ger back into winning form. But if she got someone who aint seeded but tough, things could be difficult for her.

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Even though I'm not a big Serena fan, I still say she has the best chance of winning the US Open. She has shown us what she is capable of doing the last couple of years. Warm up or not, she can still win.

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she hardly played HC last year and still didnt drop a set

never count out Ms Serena...
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It's not ideal but she's probably still the fave ... PROVIDED that she can practice even if she can't play matches. If the injury is too serious for her to practice much then she's in trouble.

I agree she can probably warm up for about 3 rounds (as long as she doesn't draw Mme Emilie Loit!).
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she hardly played HC last year and still didnt drop a set

never count out Ms Serena...
true, but "hardly" is not the same as "not at all"!
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Of course she can! Even with no matches played from Wimbledon till US Open, she's the top favourite!
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