This Week In Tennis
9. V. Williams
PLAYERS TO WATCH
- Venus Williams - The elder Williams has reached two Slam finals in 2017, something she hasn't done since 2003. Furthermore, she has been the most consistent Slam performer over the past two seasons, making the second week in six consecutive Slams.
- Ashleigh Barty - The young Aussie is having a breakout year in singles. She won her first title in Kuala Lumpur, followed by a finals showing in Birmingham. Barty has wins over Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams this year, but draws Ana Konjuh in a tricky opener.
- Sloane Stephens - After losing in the first round of her first two events back, Stephens made back-to-back semis in Toronto and Cincinnati.
- Madison Keys - The Stanford champ has been swinging for the fences, taking Muguruza to three tough sets in Cincinnati, holding -- and losing -- three match points. Her huge hitting, if consistent enough, could take her far.
- Maria Sharapova - The 2006 champ has missed the last six Slams and will be eager to get back on one of the game's biggest stages. She will have to be in good form right away, however, as she draws #2 Simona Halep in the first round.
- Ekaterina Makarova - One of the hottest players on tour, winning Washington and scoring hardcourt wins over Halep, Konta, and Kerber along the way. The lefty always seems to raise her game at Slams and is your definitive darkhorse/unseeded player to avoid if you are a top seed.
FIRST ROUND INTRIGUE
(2) Halep vs Sharapova
(6) Kerber vs Osaka
Niculescu vs. (14) Mladenovic
Riske vs. (20) Vandeweghe
(26) Kontaveit vs. Safarova
(4) Svitolina vs. Siniakova
Mertens vs. (15) Keys
(13) Kvitova vs. Jankovic
Watson vs. Cornet
(21) Konjuh vs. Barty
Stephens vs. Vinci
- The 2017 edition will be the first U.S. Open missed by Serena Williams since 2010. She has made at least the semifinals in the last eight Opens she's contested.
- Eight women have a statistical chance to gain the no. 1 ranking after the U.S. Open, all the way down to current no. 9 Venus Williams.
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