It’s been an up-and-down year for nearly every major tennis player, so who will be able to finish the year on a high note and claim the final Grand Slam? In the women’s singles tournament, there is one player that is likely to win, while the field looks a bit more even for the men’s singles. However, the games are played for a reason, and I’m sure there will be many twists to the 2013 US Open tale over the next few weeks.
Serena Williams has been a top tennis player for over a decade, and seems to only get better with age. With supreme physical power, Williams is the top seeded player and is the US Open’s heavy favorite. However, her year hasn’t been flawless, and while she did win the French Open, she suffered defeats in the other two Grand Slams well before the final. It seems as if she needs to be in the right frame of mind to go the distance. She has done so at the US Open 4 times in her career, so she is fully capable of winning on home soil. Another US Open title would be a major bonus, and she is the defending champion:
However, a crop of players like Agnieszka Radwanska, Victoria Azarenka, and Sloane Stephens will surely be looking to give her a fight for her money!
On the men’s side of the US Open, the favorite looks to be Novak Djokovic. Although he managed to only win 1 Grand Slam this year, the Australian Open, he has reached the latter stages of each major tennis tournament, including the final at Wimbledon.
His path will be blocked by the likes of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Both have had recent Grand Slam successes and are playing in top form. Meanwhile, dark horse reigning champion Roger Federer will be looking to prove he hasn’t lost his step, although his recent performances have been lacking. He hasn’t reached a Grand Slam final all year, and his performances have dipped with each passing tournament. He recently lost in just the 2nd round in Wimbledon to the 116th ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky. Even in the matches where he wins Federer hasn’t looked anywhere near as dominant as in years past.
So there you have it, the US Open titles on paper would be given to Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, though the matches aren’t played on paper. The US Open should be a fantastic competition once again. Check out Championship Tennis Tours for 2013 US Open Tickets!
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