US Open Tennis Preview History
2011 U.S. Open Tennis Preview:
There’s a major shift going on in Tennis, and one of the best places to see it happen in the US Open in 2011. The scene in Queens will be more hectic than usual because, as Rodger Federer enters his 30s, chances to see him hoist a trophy in a Grand Slam tournament begin to get slimmer (the last man over 30 to win a Slam was Andre Agassi at the 2003 Australian Open; The US Open’s last 30-plus Men’s winner was Pete Sampras in 2002).
So where it was Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal battling it out over the past half-decade for Men’s Tennis supremacy, the new order of things keeps Nadal, the world’s number two player, but adds the phenomenal Novak Djokovic, the Serbian who tops the world rankings. Djokovic is looking to add to his Slam trophies – he’s won the Australian Open and Wimbledon – and firmly plant his flag as one of the best to ever play. Chasing those three would be an assortment of players who have the ability to upend the top tier any given day, like Tomas Berdych (who recently beat Federer) and Andy Murray (who beat Djokovic last week). Other qualifiers on the Men’s side to look out for are of course Americans Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish.
On the Women’s side, it’s a little more muddled after two-time defending champion Kim Clijsters pulled out of the tournament with a stomach muscle injury. There is no seismic shift on this side of the draw, however, thanks to a very consistent top tier of players who have committed to playing in Flushing Meadows. Caroline Wozniacki will attempt to continue her number one world rankings by capturing her first title. Russian Vera Zvonareva, who is number two on the world stage, will look to improve on her runner-up finish last year in Queens. Maria Sharapova and Li Na will look to also make a run to hoist the trophy on final Saturday on Arthur Ashe Court.
2010 U.S. Open Tennis Preview:
Roger Federer has dominated the U.S. Open in recent years, but his quest for a sixth straight men's singles title was thwarted by Juan Martin del Potro in 2009. Since then, Federer has falllen to No. 3 in the world rankings, and rival Rafael Nadal has sprung to the top spot after winning the French Open and Wimbledon.
With his recent success, one would assume Nadal is the favorite when the tournament kicks off in Queens, New York, on August 30, but the U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament the spritely spaniard has not won.
Many people will be watching to see whether American Andy Roddick can win the tournament for the first time since 2003 - his only Grand Slam title to date. Serbia's Novak Djokovic, currently No. 2 in the world, should also factor in the later rounds.
On the women's side, defending champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium will be met with a slue of challengers, no longer including three time champion Serena Williams, who withdrew from the tournament as she is still recovering from surgery on her right foot. Poland's Caroline Wozniacki, runner-up a year ago at only 19, is also expected to be among the favorites heading into the tournament.
2009 U.S. Open Tennis Recap:
After a string of notable matches, the Men's final at the 128th US Open ended in a big upset. Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina defeated 5 time consecutive winner Roger Federer in a match lasting over 4 hours. Del Potro earlier defeated another favorite and Federer's principal rival, Rafael Nadal to reach the finals. He is only the second South American player to win a US Open title.
Kim Clijsters of Belgium, a former world #1 and US Open winner in 2005, entered this tournament unranked as a wildcard and went on to defeat Caroline Wozniacki for the Women's title. Clijsters semi-final victory over Serena Williams was due in part to a widely reported penalty Williams received for verbally abusing a line judge. Despite their troubles on the singles side, the Williams sisters did clench their second US Open Doubles title, their first since a decade before in 1999.
2009 U.S. Open Tennis Preview:
This 128th U.S. Open tennis tournament is going to be an exciting one, played on the hard courts at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York City. Tennis fans from all over the world will be packing themselves into the luxurious Arthur Ashe Stadium, the world's largest tennis-only venue, to see the finest names in tennis compete for the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the year. Roger Federer of Switzerland will defend his title on the courts in Flushing Meadows, ready to ace any player that gets in his way of a world record 6 US Open Men's Singles titles. Other men's tennis players to keep an eye on are Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, all ample competition for Federer, and all are ranked top ten in the world.
On the women's side of the court, there are several notable names to watch. Maria Sharapova of Russia, a former world #1, is only getting stronger and should be a tough competitor to take out this year. Ana Ivanovic of Serbia took the 2008 French Open Grand Slam title. Venus Williams, Serena Williams (2008 defending champion) and Jelena Jankovic also are prime contenders for the U.S. Open title, and should make this year's tournament a veritable battle royale.