Wednesday, August 20, 2008

US Open Qualies start

Lindsay Davenport and Daniela Hantuchova
Benesova won, Mauresmo won, Kirilenko lost and del Potro’s finally taking a break.

Rafa and Ivanovic and the top seeds for the US Open. Davydenko is expected to live up to his seeding of fifth unless he flames out in the second round. Women’s fav Safina is seeded sixth. Defending champ Henin is out (as is 2006 champ Sharapova) and Men’s champ Fed is merely a shadow of his cardiganed self. Jet Boy seems a lock for the men’s title despite his fourth round exit last year and best result of a quarterfinal. Remember this was the guy who was favourite for the French a few years ago when he had never played it before, and duly won it.

The women’s field is wide open with Henin and Moody Maria out. All persons named Williams will be nominal favourites to some but they’ve been disappointments in recent years. The top of the heap Serbs are unlikely to stay the distance which leaves Elena the (almost) great, Safina and the Kuz.

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