Who should be considered the favourite for the 2011 US Open which begins 29 August? Should it be Caroline Wozniacki the current world No.1 who has only ever reached one major final? Should it be Kim Clijsters the...
Who should be considered the favourite for the 2011 US Open which begins 29 August? Should it be Caroline Wozniacki the current world No.1 who has only ever reached one major final? Should it be Kim Clijsters the defending champion? Should it be Serena Williams who has just won her first “comeback” title at the Bank of the West Classic? I know who I am going for and that’s Serena … hands down. I know I predicted that she would win Wimbledon which was only her second tournament back but had she gotten past Marion Bartoli in that tense and thrilling match I think she would have gone all the way. A couple more matches would have made the difference. Now the girl is back on track. She put in more work after Wimbledon and she looks amazing. A few more matches under her belt and it will be diabolical for her. Winning the Bank of the West Classic was not just a case of winning another title for the great player. It’s way more than that. It has taken a bit of a load off her shoulders and it’s given her satisfaction and it’s given her even more purpose. It is, as she said, “a relief” but the excitement level for Serena is sky high with her 38th career title. For tennis this is great news, don’t you think? To have Serena back is only a plus for the women’s game and the way she handled Bartoli was outstanding coming back from 2-4 and then fending of the French player from winning the first set. It won’t avenge the Wimbledon loss she suffered to Bartoli but it is a major boost for what’s coming up. Bartoli has made it clear that Serena should be favourite for the US Open, over Clijsters because Kim has not been playing enough due to her foot injury. Now let’s see where she gets seeded. What do you feel about that, should Serena get seeded (the four majors can do their own seeding and don’t have to follow the rankings) or should things be left as they are? Should Serena be seeded top 8 maybe? Let us know what your thoughts are here on wearetennis.com. This win strikes me a bit of 2007 when she had been off the tour for so long and her ranking was shot to pieces – she played in Hobart, Tasmania, and then came out and blasted through the Aussie Open field, unseeded and ranked 81, destroying Maria Sharapova 61 62 in the final. She believes she is the favourite for NYC.