The 2012 U.S. Open starts Aug. 27 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Before that, fans and pundits have an opportunity to see what women tennis players might be a factor to win the U.S. Open.
Viktoria Azarenka (Australian Open), Maria Sharapova (French Open), and Serena Williams (Wimbledon) won the first three Grand Slams. The women's side has been much more competitive over the last few years, compared to the men's side.
We could be set for a breakthrough from one of these players:Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber has played well in the Southern & Western Open in Cincinnati. On Friday, Aug. 18, 2012, she defeated Serena Williams, which ended Williams' 19-match win streak. As a left-handed server, her serve may be her biggest advantage heading into the U.S. Open. She reached the semifinals in Wimbledon before being ousted by Agnieska Radwanska Her greatest strength is her two-handed backhand and her game is suited for the hard outdoor courts of Flushing Meadows. She has two WTA tournament victories in 2012, as she won indoors in Paris, France and in Copenhagen, Denmark. If Kerber serves well and uses her powerful two-handed backhand, she may win the U.S. Open.
Li Na won the 2012 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has the potential to win the 2012 U.S. Open. Na played her best tennis since her 2010 French Open victory in Cincinnati. She was able to dominate toward the net. Prior to the Western & Southern Open, she battled a recurring back injury. She is gaining the physical form back that led to her great in the spring and summer of 2010. The only drawback for Na will be whether her back forces her to lose strength on her serve.
She has had an inconsistent year to date. However, the 2011 U.S. Open champion has not garnered the attention that Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova have before the start of the tournament next week. She fell in the first round in the Australian Open and in the second round in Wimbledon. In fact, her lone appearance in a final of a singles tournament in 2012 came at the Qatar Ladies Open, a hard-court tournament. However, she plays well on hard outdoor courts. With her powerful serve and baseline game, she has a chance to win the U.S. Open again. She has to get her first serve through and avoid volleys.
Edwin Alexander has been following tennis since he was a child. He vividly remembers the run of Jimmy Connors in the 1991 U.S. Open.
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