With the anticipation of the US Open growing each day as we inch closer and closer to the final Grand Slam of 2013, the US Open Draw has finally been announced. Although there has been a recent disappointment as Maria “Sugarpova” Sharapova had to pull out through injury, it seems that most of the other tennis stars will be here and ready to compete.
For the Americans, most of the hope will fall on the shoulders of top seeded woman, Serena Williams. But for those hoping to see a US Open final between Williams and American youngster Sloane Stephens, such plans have been dashed as the pair is set to face off early in the 4th round. This is a tall ask for the 15th ranked 20-year old who famously defeated Williams in the 2013 Australian Open quarterfinals. She will need to perform a similar upset to get anywhere at the US Open, though if she does manage the feat the rest of the women’s singles US Open bracket should shape up nicely for her.
On the men’s singles bracket of the tournament, the American hope rests fully on John Isner, the number 13 seed. Isner had a wonderful Western & Southern Open tournament in Cincinnati last week, where he defeated both Juan del Potro and top ranked Novak Djokovic. However, his US Open run could feature a matchup against Rafael Nadal as early as the 4th round. Nadal recently beat Isner in the W & S Open Finals. Isner could then potentially meet up against Roger Federer in the US Open quarterfinals, before eventually facing off against either Andy Murray or Djokovic in the final. Needless to say, John Isner will need to pull off a miraculous American Dream if he is to conquer this Grand Slam.
But this is why the matches are played, and if new American hopefuls John Isner and Sloane Stephens can perform some dramatic upsets against top-ranked opponents, we could be in for a very exciting US Open for American tennis players. Both players have instigated fabulous upset victories in the past, so perhaps another will be in store at the 2013 US Open!
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