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U.S. Open Women’s Preview: Can Serena Swing It?

by Alyson Mintz | Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014
Serena Williams is one of favorites to win 2014 US Open. (John Sibley/Action Images)

Serena Williams is one of favorites to win 2014 US Open. (John Sibley/Action Images)

The world renowned U.S. Open has kicked off at the historic Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York this morning, August 25.  This spectacular tournament that takes place in the New York metro area showcases its grandeur to the world, attracting millions of people from around the globe each and every year to spectate.

Let’s take a look at what 2014’s Open has in store for its players and fans on the Women’s side of the draw.

America’s home-grown superstars, Venus and Serena Williams, are always on the radar at their home court.  Venus Williams, who typically falls short of her sister, garnered a win over her sister in the semi-final of the Roger’s Cup which took place in earlier this month.  It is uncertain whether Venus will play with enough strength and vigor to get her deep into the tournament, as she is not slated to go far by most analysts.

However, Serena Williams, a continuous U.S. Open champion and veteran seems to play pretty well here in New York and is intensely vying for her 18th title.  Will Serena continue down her path to Title-Town?  Or will unexpected breaches in her consistency, as seen on a dramatic scale at Wimbledon, get the best of her this year at the Open?  At Wimbledon, Serena was suffering from a virus, which crippled her serve and led to her elimination.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus has been a prominent figure at America’s Open over the last few years.  Azarenka battled against Serena Williams in the final for the past two years in the tournament, but fell short of attaining the women’s title.  However, after a foot injury at the Australian Open and a more recent knee injury, things could be shaky for Azarenka this year.  On a similar note, Li Na of China withdrew from the tournament due to a knee injury of her own.

All in all, according to most rankings, the top contenders for a U.S. Open title include Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, and Petra Kvitova, in descending order .  Serena Williams specifically has been the player who has been projected to take the title, as it would be her third consecutive year winning the tournament.  However, if Williams falls short, it can potentially open the door to some unexpected twists and turns over the next two weeks.

With all this buzz prior to the tournament, this year at the Open will be an exciting one.

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