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S2 Week 23, US Open, USA, GS

US OPEN





Defending Champ : Domachowska





Welcome to Flushing Meadows, New York, for the season's final Grand Slam. The first 7 Slams of OWTT have seen 7 different winners - will we have another new Grand Slam winner here in New York? With not long to go until the Year End Championships, this tournament will be crucial in players' campaigns for the season-ending Top 8. Let's check out the big guns here in New York....


The Favourites



#1 Serena Williams - She reached the QF in New Haven this week, but won the Tier II title in Los Angeles a couple of weeks before. She finished #2 in the US Series Race, and will be looking to do well here to make use of her 75% points bonus. She is yet to really prove herself at the Slams though.



#3 Daniela Hantuchova - Winner of the US Series Race due to title wins in Stanford and Montreal, Jankovic is definitely a huge threat here in New York. With a 100% points bonus, she will be looking to go deep and close the gap on Serena at #1.



#22 Patty Schnyder - She just won New Haven and so is the in-form player heading into the Open. She also reached the QF at Stanford so is playing well right now. She finished #3 in the US Series Race and will be looking to make use of her 50% ranking points bonus.


The Contenders



#2 Dinara Safina – Decent showing for Safina in the run up to New York, with a RU finish in Los Angeles, and a QF in Montreal. She has contended the last 2 Slam finals so will be expected to go deep, but I lack confidence in her mental ability to go the whole way.



#9 Anna Kournikova - She has had a fairly solid run-up to this tournament, with SF showings in Stanford and Los Angeles. She definitely has the game, and knows what it takes to win a Slam.



#13 Lucie Safarova
– consistent performer on tour, reaching QF in Stanford and Los Angeles, and a SF in New Haven – she has a great game when it is on.



#20 Nathalie Dechy - Dechy has been impressive, reaching the SF in Los Angeles and the final in New Haven. If he can make a few minor changes, she can definitely be challenging for the title here.


The Dark Horses



#4 Alize Cornet – Poor hardcourt season by her standards until she got to New Haven where she reached the SF. She seems to come alive in the Slams though, so will be a threat for the title.



#5 Elena Dementieva – former #1 player is a huge threat to whoever she plays. She is playing her way into form with a QF in Los Angeles and a SF in Montreal.



#28 Michelle Larcher-de-Brito - She can trouble the top players, and made the final in Montreal, as well as a QF finish in New Haven. She could be one to watch this week.



#30 Ashley Harkleroad - she had a great week back in Stanford, with a RU finish. She has struggled since, but has shown she has the game to do well.




Points to Defend

Domachowska - 700
Cornet - 450
Sharapova - 250
Vaidisova - 140
Salerni - 140
Olaru - 90
Schnyder - 60
Davenport - 60
Peer - 60
Hantuchova - 60
Ivanovic - 60
S.Williams - 60
Jankovic - 50
Dementieva - 25
Safina - 25
Safarova - 25
Capriati - 25
Golovin - 25
Kirilenko - 25
Kuznetsova - 25
Benesova - 25
Hingis - 25
Kournikova - 25
Dulko - 25
Paszek - 2



Draw

(1) S.Williams Vs. Bye
Sanchez-Lorenzo Vs. Benesova
Shaughnessy Vs.Tulyaganova
Bye Vs. (12) Dulko
(10) Jankovic Vs. Bye
Sharapova Vs. Rybarikova
Kirilenko Vs. Seles
Bye Vs. (8) Golovin

(6) Kuznetova Vs. Bye
Craybas Vs. Capriati
Paszek Vs. Wickmayer
Bye Vs. (14) Davenport
(9) Kournikova Vs. Bye
Schnyder Vs. Groenefeld
Salerni Vs. Peer
Bye Vs. (3) Hantuchova

(4) Cornet Vs. Bye
Clijsters Vs. (PC) Mauresmo
Radwanska Vs. Pivovarova
Bye Vs. (13) Safarova
(11) Vaidisova Vs. Bye
Larcher-de-Brito Vs. Schiavone
Domachowska Vs. Dechy
Bye Vs. (5) Dementieva

(7) Olaru Vs. Bye
(PC) Zvonareva Vs. (PC) Molik
V.Williams Vs. Harkleroad
Bye Vs. (16) Hingis
(15) Ivanovic Vs. Bye
Tanasugarn Vs. Wozniacki
Henin Vs. (PC) Pennetta
Bye Vs. (2) Safina



POINTS DUE SUNDAY 12PM!

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