US Open 2010 – The story so far and predictions

2008 US Open Tennis
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The US Open is always one of the top highlights of the tennis year. It’s this tournament and Wimbledon that are the ones that most people want to win. This is the tournament that is the fairest to all different play styles and therefore it’s unpredictable and fun to follow.

This year has been no different so far. Many seeds have gone out in the men’s side especially. The likes of Roddick, Davydenko and Berdych all going out early. It seems unlikely that we’ll see anyone put out any of the top four or five players for the next round or two, now that they’ve found their rhythm in the tournament. However, Murray plays Wawrinka next and he’s had at least one tough match with him before. They played the first ever night match at Wimbledon under the roof a couple of years ago and it was a typical Murray classic. He’ll be wary of the danger this time as well.

Nadal is going to be extra pumped up for this event as he needs the win to complete his career grand slam. Despite Djokovic being ranked higher than Murray I can see Andy getting further based on past performances as well as a recent return to form and a masters title.

On the Women’s side things are equally unpredictable, but not for the same reasons. There have been some shocks, with Jankovic going out early, but not as many as on the men’s side. The issue is that while there aren’t that many dominant forces, there also aren’t many who seem ready to win a grand slam title. It may be the time for Caroline Wozniaki to win her first. With the likes of Serena Williams and Justine Henin both out, it opens the draw up massively, but whether some lower ranked players can step up to take advantage of the opportunity is another question entirely.

Kim Clijsters is the defending champion and with the way she’s playing, a rematch of last year’s final between her and Wozniaki is looking a very strong possibility.

If I was to predict winners now I’d have to go with Clijsters, as she has the experience and is playing well. The men’s is almost impossible to call. Any of them could win and any prediction I make would be almost a pure guess. I would personally love to see Andy win though and finally get that monkey off his back and take his first grand slam title.