As we approach the final Grand Slam of the year, the Spin takes a look at the list of floaters and contenders for the USO Title. For the next 2 weeks, I will have Master Ace, a tennis fan and fellow WTA aficionado breaking down the women's draw and assisting with Suicide Picks and daily commentary on the matches to watch and providing up to date commentary on the match that was. You can follow Master Ace on Twitter at @TWMasterAce
You will also have your very own Spin’s takes on matches to watch and why you should mute your tv and go find a stream on which to watch tennis matches.
So, without further ado, below are Master Ace’s contenders and floaters.
2013 record (as of 8/18/13) – Best United States Open Result – Wins, other results and comments
(1) Serena Williams(60-4) : 1999, 2002, 2008 and 2012 W: French Open,
Rome, Toronto, Brisbane,
and Bastad . Even though she has had a dominant year, some people would
consider her year a disappointment if she does not defend her United States
Open title. She lost a tough final in Charleston
to Victoria Azarenka despite not playing well all tournament. She will be
playing for 2.6 million dollars as she won the USO Series. Cincinnati
(2) Victoria Azarenka(34-4): 2012 F: Australian Open,
Doha and .
Recovering from the fall from Wimbledon, she won the title at Cincinnati Cincinnati
defeating Serena Williams and made the finals at . However, injury and a questionable
serve can derail her from winning her first Slam outside of Carlsbad . In 2012, she was one game away
from the title leading 5-3 in the final set. Melbourne
(3) Na Li (32-11): 2009 QF: Shenzhen. She had a solid summer as she made the semifinals at
If she gets on a hot streak, there are only two players that can slow her down
but if she is struggling, she can make plane reservations back to Cincinnati . China
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (42-13): 2007, 2008 and 2012 R16:
and . She made the finals at Stanford, semifinals
at Auckland Toronto, quarterfinals at Carlsbad
and quarterfinals at .
She pulled out of the tournament at Cincinnati
due to the death of her grandfather. She is the only player to make at the
least the quarterfinals in the previous 3 Slams played. Cincinnati
(5) Maria Sharapova (37-7): 2006 W: Indian Wells and
Since making the finals at the French Open, she has been struggling. She lost
in the second round at Wimbledon and at Stuttgart .
At Cincinnati Wimbledon, she slipped and injured her hip
in the process which caused her to miss Toronto. In that time frame, she hired
Jimmy Connors to coach her but after losing in , she gave Connors his dismissal
papers via her Dad. If I saw and/or read correctly, her Dad will be coaching
her for the United States Open. Cincinnati
Petra Kvitova(35-18): 2009 and 2012 R16: .
So far during US Open Series, she made the quarterfinals at Dubai Carlsbad
losing a 3 hour and 35 minute match, quarterfinals at Toronto
and losing a tough 3 setter at .
Since 2012 started, Kvitova has struggled to meet expectations despite winning
some good tournaments. Cincinnati
(7) Samantha Stosur(28-17): 2011 W:
She won the title at Carlsbad
defeating Victoria Azarenka. Since then, she has not been able to consolidate
that win at Carlsbad Toronto and . After her loss in Cincinnati , she and David
Taylor spilt after 6 years. Alicia Molik will be coaching her for the United
States Open but a permanent coach is scheduled to be in place for the fall
(8) Jelena Jankovic(36-15). 2008 F:
. She has played
well so far in 2013 and in Bogota ,
she gave Azarenka a tough 3 set match where that match had 23 breaks of serve
in 27 service games played. Cincinnati
(9) Caroline Wozniacki (24-18): 2009 F: This year has been a disappointment for her as she is losing matches against players that she would have defeated in 2010 and 2011. In the last 2 weeks, she lost a tough 3 setter in
Toronto and a tight 2 setter
In Cincinnati Toronto, she had 2 match points to defeat
Sorana Cirstea and in ,
she played well against Victoria Azarenka
but Azarenka was too tough on the crucial points. Will she continue to play
decently when the United States Open starts as this has been traditionally her
best Slam? Cincinnati
(10) Sloane Stephens (27-17): 2011 and 2012 R32. Her best performances of the season have been in Slam play where she has made the 4th round or better in all Slams. In
she got her 2nd signature win of the season defeating Sharapova in . Before Cincinnati Cincinnati, she won only one match in for the
Sorana Cirstea (29-20): 2009 R32. She had her best tournament of the season when she made the finals at
defeating 4 seeds along the way. All the seeds she defeated were either a
former number 1 or a Slam champion getting good coaching advisement from Darren
Cahill along the way. Toronto
Sara Errani (43-18): 2012 SF.
Simona Halep (31-14):2011 & 2012 R64. Nurnberg,’ s-Hertogenbosch and
. She made the quarterfinals at Budapest in her only US
Open Series event\ Cincinnati
Angelique Kerber (30-17): 2011 SF
Maria Kirilenko (31-14): 2011 R16 -
Since the above list was compiled, we have had the withdrawal of Maria Sharapova from the US Open, citing a recurrence of the shoulder injury that sidelined her for almost a year. We wish Ms. Sharapova well in her recuperation. However, can we say WAG time as I am sure that she will be cheering on her beau on the ATP from the stands and selling her candy while she is at it.
The Spin will be back later today or tomorrow when Master Ace will give a breakdown in the Spin’s Seed Report.