There is Serena, and there is Vika. Both of them will, barring injury or some shove-this-ball-down-your-throat meltdown, get to the final. Yawn.
This year’s US Open women’s draw must have the fewest interesting first-round match-ups, and without Maria “Sugarpova” Sharapova or Martina Hingis or Marion Bartoli or Roger Federer putting on a dress, this year is a yawner.
The most interesting of the four quarters features opening matches (1) Serena Williams vs. former French winner and on-the-verge-of-retirement Francesca Schiavone, and (12) Kirsten Flipkens vs. the medically hampered Venus Williams. That’s it.
(15) Sloane Stephens is also in this quarter, and could meet Serena in the fourth round. No. 8 Angie Kerber is the next-highest seed.
The lone match in this quarter that could put butts in seats is (9) Jelena Jankovic vs. Madison Keys. That’s it. Aggie Radwanska and Li Na are in this quarter too, so, look forward to that.
Potential upsets in the third quarter are (22) Elena Vesnina vs. German riser Annika Beck, (14) Maria Kirilenko vs. shoulda-been Yanina Wickmayer, and the tired (21) Simona Halep vs. Brit Heather Watson.
Already-peaked (6) Caroline Wozniacki and (4) Sara Errani, who won’t be causing anyone any pain, are the highest seeds in this quarter.
Nothing. Find a first-round match in this quarter that a New Yorker would pay for, or not yell at you for suggesting you watch.
(2) Victoria Azarenka and (7) Petra Kvitova, who melted down yesterday in the New Haven final, are the top seeds in the quarter.
Serena vs. Vika in the final, check back in two weeks.
Former champs in the field are Serena Williams (2012’08,’02,’99), Sam Stosur (2011), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2004), and Venus Williams (2001-00).
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