The final tennis Major of the year, the US Open, begins on August 27th at Flushing Meadows, New York. The top players in the world [minus Rafael Nadal], will meet again just weeks after the London 2012 Olympics.
Roger Federer looks like the man to beat after reclaiming his World No1 ranking following his seventh Wimbledon title. Fresh from his victory over Djokoviv in the final of the Western @ Southern Open in Cincinnati he is undoubtably back on top in the tennis world. Federer was beaten into Silver Medal position at the Olympics by World No4 Andy Murray who claimed the Gold, while Federer seems to have recovered well after the disappointment, Murray still has much to prove and needs to capitalise quickly on his Olympic success. Murray lost in the third round in Cincinnati last week and has had only five competitive matches since the Olympic final, although his Olympic Gold must have boosted his confidence he has yet to win a Major and needs to recapture his momentum to claim his first Major victory with both Federer and Djokovic on top form. Flushing Meadows has yet to see the best of Murray, he has previously gone no further than the fourth round, if he can recapture the aggressiveness he showed at Wimbledon and in the Olympic final, he should be in with a chance.
Over in the women’s corner, Li Na won the Western @ Southern tournament, her first win since the 2011 French Open title, she beat Angelique Kerber 1-6 6-3 6-1. After making lots of unforced errors early in the match she won the final five games of the second set and the third set gave her a chance to show off her sizzling form. Li has never progressed beyond the quarter finals in any of the seven US Opens she has competed in, however she is now considered to be amongst the favourites for the tournament.
Serena and Venus Williams have enjoyed considerable success this year, Serena winning her fifth Wimbledon singles title and thrashing Maria Sharapova to take the women’s singles Gold medal at London 2012. If that was not enough the sisters made Olympic history, becoming the only pair to win the Women’s Double’s Gold medal, three times. Venus lost in the semi finals in Cincinnati and is suffering from a back problem in the run up to the US Open, it has been suggested sister Serena would benefit from a break after such a full and strenuous year. Serena is likely to be the favourite going in to the tournament but with Azarenka, Li Na, Radwanska and Sharapova always nipping at her heels, the women’s competition is far from tied up.
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