US Open 2017 – Women’s Singles

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As the tennis world readies itself to embrace the last slam of the year, the ladies prepare themselves to sweat all out to clinch the elusive US Open trophy and write their names forever in the history books.

With three different players triumphing in the first three majors of 2017, and the rise of many different players who have asserted themselves as a potential Grand Slam champion, the big question is, will we see a new player enter the Grand Slam club?

Karolina Pliskova:
The Czech world number one who failed to cross the final hurdle last year will play her first Grand Slam as the top seed will be looking to emulate her last year’s performance and will even try do one better. With her number one ranking in danger, the Czech needs to reach the finals to retain the top position.

Potential road to championship:

1R-  Magda Linette
2R- Veronica Cepede Royg
3R- Zhang Shuai

4R- Kristina Mladenovic
QF- Svetlana Kuznetsova
SF- Elina Svitolina
F- Simona Halep/Garbine Muguruza

An easy draw for her but she hasn’t been able to give her best when in the spotlight. Her first test will be in the semis where she might face Elina Svitolina against whom she enjoys a 4-1 H2H but lost to her in the 2017 Rome Open. A final against either Garbine or Simona will be a tight affair with them having the scales slighting in their favour.

Simona Halep:
The Romanian whose love affair with the number one ranking is no secret will once again come out on the courts of Flushing Meadow and battle her way through not only to the trophy but also the top rank in the world. On the papers, after removing last year championship’s points, the Romanian has the most ranking points.

Potential road to championship:
1R- Maria Sharapova
2R- Timea Babos
3R- Lauren Davis
4R- Anastasija Sevastova
QF- Johanna Konta
SF- Garbine Muguruza
F- Karolina Pliskova

A difficult draw for her as she opens her campaign against the Russian wildcard, Maria Sharapova. Although the Russian diva has been battling injuries yet she is one player no one would like to face so early in the tournament. Konta is also capable of creating an upset and with a humiliating loss to Garbine in Cincinnati, it will be a tough road for her.

Garbine Muguruza:
The Spanish two time Grand Slam Champion, will like to repeat her 2017 Wimbledon’s dream run here too. After clinching the Venus Rosewater Dish at SW19 and destroying the second seed and potential semifinal opponent, Simona Halep in the finals of Cincinnati Open the third seed,  who needs to reach the fourth round at least to have a shot at the number one rank will try to make it 2/4 majors this season.

Potential road to championships:
1R- Varvara Lepchenko
2R- Duan Yingyin
3R- Magdalena Rybarikova

4R- Petra Kvitova
QF- Caroline Wozniacki
SF- Simona Halep
F- Karolina Pliskova

A relatively easy draw for the third seed, she might be tested by Petra Kvitova (4R) or Caroline Wozniacki (QF) but the real battle will be the semis against Halep, who reached the quarters last year compared to Spaniard’s second round exit.

Elina Svitolina:
The 22 year old Ukrainian, who needs to make it to the last four or better to be a contender for the number one spot in the world. With 3R being her best performance ever here, Elina will bank upon her scintillating performance this year and hope it continue this fortnight also.

Potential road to championships:
1R- Katerina Siniakova

2R- Eugenie Bouchard
3R- Daria Gavrilova
4R- Madison Keys
QF- Angelique Kerber
SF- Karolina Pliskova

F- Simona Halep

It should be an easy first couple of rounds for her but after that its the Australian Daria Gavrilova who at her best can defeat any big player. Then it will be the number one seed who might give her a run for her money.


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