After watching the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, tennis enthusiasts must be asking how can it be! Dinara Safina seeded atop the U.S. Open? Remarkable! Tournament directors, wake up! Dinara just does not cut it as a number one seed. If you know New York, you know these fans will announce and perhaps even celebrate her shortcomings in no time at all. After all, they do not call it the Bronx Cheer for no reason.
To make matters worse, professional crybaby Jelena Jankovic is seeded fifth. Granted she helped to launch American Melanie Oudin to stardom and we all appreciate that but how that qualifies the year’s most disappointing player as a fifth seed is beyond intelligence. Watch for theatrical injury timeouts and other Jankovic stall tactics as her most sincere effort to stay center stage.
If Dinara or Jelena pull their crybaby antics in New York, they are in for a surprise. These crowds expect champions to perform, not act. Safina and Jankovic at the top of the Women’s draw give the whole tournament a suspicious look. The sooner they are gone, they self-destruct, the better the event will be.
The way this draw is orchestrated, the one seed should meet the five seed in the quarters. Good luck. Not going to happen. Jankovic can stumble anywhere along a relatively easy path and Safina can beat herself against any player in the world.
Fortunately, there is a working girl in that top bracket. This may be Ana Ivanovic’s best opportunity to make a semifinal this year. The pretty Serb needs a win to get back in the tennis and fashion top 10. She has been working hard on that feeble serve and she just may reap some dividends. Look for Ana to survive in a war of attrition and reach the semis after knocking off Jankovic in the fourth round and Safina in the quarters.
In the bottom of the upper bracket, the tournament’s eventual winner resides. Her name is Elena Dementieva. She was one step, one serve away from winning Wimbledon. Elena is one of the few players that can stay with the two seed and the world’s best female player, Serena Williams.
Elena possesses the foot speed and the athleticism to reach the finals. Her bracket offers very stiff competition. In the second round, she will most likely meet crowd favorite and Wimbledon quarterfinalist, 17-year old Melanie Oudin. In the second round! Now, that is a tough draw!
Fellow Russian Maria Sharapova should, be waiting in the third round. Wow! The tournament brain trust did not make this bracket easy! In the bottom of the bracket Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, a finalist in Paris, and tenacious Agnes Szavay look anxious for a shot at Elena. Yikes! There is more talent in this bracket than anywhere else in the tournament.
Listen up Dinara! The world’s best female tennis player is positioned at the bottom of the draw. American Serena Williams who stormed past Safina in Melbourne and breezed through Wimbledon may be seeded second but she has the crowd and the surface in her favor along with more game than anyone in the field. She will have an interesting final match with Elena and women’s tennis could sure benefit from a memorable finals. We still expect Elena’s tough bracket and easy semifinal pairing to play in her favor and carry her to victory.
Serena will have to overcome the likes of always-tough Aussie Samantha Stosur, Daniela Hantuchoya and the ferocious Russian Vera Zvonareva to reach the semis. Serena will ride her loyal and boisterous fans to victory.
Serena’s little but older sister Venus is seeded third. She has a tough path to the semis and a rematch of the Wimbledon finals. Kala Kanepi, Anabel Garrigues Medina and Marion Bartoli are waiting in the wings. However, the real threat will come from 8th seed, Victoria Azarenka. If the hard-hitting Azarenka has improved her speed and conditioning just a bit, she should eek out a win over Venus and square away with Serena in the semis. Serena will win, but this one will be tough and a lot more difficult than Elena’s semifinal pairing against Safina.
Elena we are counting on you. The door is open. Walk on through and claim your rightful spot. Hail to Elena Dementieva, the 2009 U.S. Open Women’s Champion to be!
Following is the complete list of the women’s ranking
1. Dinara Safina, Russia
2. Serena Williams, United States
3. Venus Williams, United States
4. Elena Dementieva, Russia
5. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
6. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
7. Vera Zvonareva, Russia
8. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus
9. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
10. Flavia Pennetta, Italy
11. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
12. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
13. Nadia Petrova, Russia
14. Marion Bartoli, France
15. Samantha Stosur, Australia
16. Virginie Razzano, France
17. Amelie Mauresmo, France
18. Na Li, China
19. Patty Schnyder, Switzerland
20. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain
21. Jie Zheng, China
22. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovak Republic
23. Sabine Lisicki, Germany
24. Sorana Cirstea, Romania
25. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia
26. Francesca Schiavone, Italy
27. Alisa Kleybanova, Russia
28. Sybille Bammer, Austria
29. Maria Sharapova, Russia
30. Alona Bondarenko, Ukraine
31. Elena Vesnina, Russia
32. Agnes Szavay, Hungary