I'll commit a terrible sin, I will talk about tennis
This is what I think are the chances of the top 10 for the US Open. They are of course my opinions, feel free to have yours (that actually would be interesting, it's called debating and confronting different opinions
Obviously, I am talking about the top ten that are playing, with Serena out I am adding current # 11 Maggie Maleeva and I am assuming that Venus is playing.
She surely has the game to win it and hardcourts is her best surface. She is motivated and cannot be ruled out.
three things stand on her way:
her problems closing out big matches (FO final, Wimby semis, Aussie semis).
Her fitness, don't take me wrong, she is one of the fittest players on tour, but she is maybe playing too much, that can be a factor as according to her was in San Diego.
the preasure of being # 1, she nearly must win it and that can affect her negatively.
to be honest, a week ago I would have said her chances were near zero, but of course the San Diego win changes perspectives.
I never doubted her ability to win on hardcourts, but she seemed not to like it and hadn't had any results to back it up.
She has all the shots in the book, she is strong, physically and mentally, she is motivated and she knows that without Serena this is her best chance.
Against her: one word Venus, she's lost to Venus the last 7 times and I don't care too much for past statistics but she did say Venus is the one player she doesn't like to play against, Venus is the only player that intimidates her, however, see my comment on Venus below.
Lindsay without a doubt has the game, and this is her best surface, she's won it and she's been in the final but...
since she came back from injury she seems troubled in big matches, that can change but based in recent results she seems unable to beat Kim or Venus, and her level goes down in finals, nearly all of them.
THE favourite, without Serena, there isn't other player at her level on hardcourts. She is mentally tough, and has the weapons and her game is especially suited for hardcourts, she's been in the past 3 finals.
the only doubt is her health, she's been injured since Warsaw and hasn't played since Wimbledon, I haven't heard/read anything on her current condition.
I do think Amelie has the game to win a grand slam, but unfortunately I don't think she has the mental strenght required, plus, she's been out long due an injury and she normally takes time to come back
sorry Jennifer fans but I just don't see her as a candidate. she peaked at the beginning of 2001 until the FO but since them she hasn't been the same player. She's challenged other top players (Kim, Justine, Serena) but she just doesn't beat them
another player with the talent, but mentally not there, I don't see her winning 7 matches
in her current form? third round would be a bonus