Bad Buzz as Women Stars Fail to Shine for 2010 US Open
by Jeremy Davis | August 26th, 2010, 4:52 pm

There is a lot of buzz about this year’s women’s draw at the US Open — all of it bad.
World No. 1 Serena Williams cannot compete because of her mysterious foot injury — mysterious because she won’t say exactly how she cut her foot, requiring surgery and wearing a “boot” around. Her sister Venus is a question mark after recently injuring her knee.

“Serena released as much information that she wanted to about her leg,” Venus said in a conference call. “Traditionally we don’t say much about injuries — we don’t need anybody to feel sorry for us about it.”

Former No. 1 Justine Henin is missing the US Open due to an elbow injury sustained at Wimbledon. Maria Sharapova is coming off an injury the last couple weeks, as is former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic and Top 10er Sam Stosur.

This year’s No. 1 seed? Caroline Wozniacki, who has yet to capture a Grand Slam title. The No. 2 seed is Kim Clijsters, who came out of retirement last year. The women’s tour is hurting. Injuries are way up, but the WTA nor the Slams want to address that, but that is another story.

American tennis is hurting. Venus Williams is the only American who has a shot at the title. Only four other U.S. players were direct entries into the field: Melanie Oudin who can’t get out of the first round of events in 2010, and journeywomen Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Jill Craybas and Vania King.

In the first quarter Wozniacki will start against American wildcard and NCAA champ Chelsey Gullickson. Looming for Wozniacki in the third round is No. 26 seed Lucie Safarova, and in the fourth round No. 14 Maria Sharapova. No. 11 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova will begin against the ageless Kimiko Date-Krumm. Also in the first quarter are No. 23 Maria Kirilenko and No. 8 Na Li of China.

No. 4 Jelena Jankovic, also having a sub-par summer, is the highest seed in the second quarter, along with No. 7 Vera Zvonareva. No. 31 Kaia Kanepi will be tested from the beginning against Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, and No. 17 Nadia Petrova opens against rising German Andrea Petkovic, but otherwise this quarter is a yawner. Other players of note floating in this quarter are Alicia Molik, Patty Schnyder, Shuai Peng and Mattek-Sands.

Venus Williams is the highest seed in the third quarter, starting against Italy’s Roberta Vinci, and should not be tested until the fourth round by either Flavia Pennetta or Shahar Peer. Oudin has drawn a yet-undetermined battle-ready qualifier, not good luck for the slumping American who after the US Open will need wildcards to get into WTA main draws.

The boredom stops in the fourth section of the 2010 US Open. Defending champ Kim Clijsters is the top seed, and the next-highest is the dodgy Sam Stosur who will be a likely upset victim against Russian Elena Vesnina. Two other former No. 1s are in the bottom quarter, Dinara Safina who squares off against No. 24 Daniela Hantuchova, and Ana Ivanovic who will start against Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

Not a lot of excitement with the big names missing. This should open things up early, either for the veterans such as Sharapova or players looking for a first Slam such as Wozniacki or Zvonareva. Boring or exciting without the star power? You decide.

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20 Comments for Bad Buzz as Women Stars Fail to Shine for 2010 US Open

stu Says:

Chardy and Gulbis collide in R1?


stu Says:

sorry, wrong thread :)

Skeezerweezer Says:

You’re busted! What are you doing hanging out on the womens draw analysis thread? Sure. Uh uh ….Lol j/k :)


A few interesting first rounders


grendel Says:

Ferrer/Dolgo – replay. Revenge?

Skeezerweezer Says:

NELTA & grendel,

You’re busted too , lol! Wrong thread :)

Von Says:

I think Wozniacki could flame out as she’s been playing a lot lately, going deep, and she’s gone deep in New Haven also. To me, that’s a prescription for poor results at the USO, if there ever was one. All things in moderation. I think Woz and Baggy should have a talk about over-playing.

Von Says:

Hey Skeeze: I see you’re the self-appointed women’s thread police. BTW, let me ask you this. Why are you checking out on this thread? And, don’t tell me that it’s because you care about the WTA. LOL. Now, who’s busted?????

Andrew Broad Says:

There are plenty of exciting players in women’s tennis beyond the “big names”!

Joe Says:

Oudin is toast. Kimmy will win again.

sar Says:

Bagdatis just lost. Hope Elena can beat Woz. It would be nice if she won something again.

sy Says:

Weird to say that there isnt star power when only two notable people are missing from the draw. If serena is there, she will probably win = boring.

Joe Says:

Now that Woz is a top player she is going for the cash grab every week (guarantees) I agree with von that she is gonna burn out in the open

jeanius Says:

Normally, I would go with Clijsters, but her fitness is a question right now. Wozniacki won’t make it for the reasons already stated here. Dementieva is always a star player in my book-the best player never to have won a slam–and she won’t win this one either- not even close. Anymore, Venus tends to look lackluster and flat in majors, as though she doesn’t care that much. I think it’s wide open.

Kimberly Says:

I’m going with zvonereva.

joe Says:

I like Zvonareva or some crying freak to win it.

Madoda Says:

@jeanius. I totally agree wirth everything you wrote. Dementieva has had her chances but its definately not too late. Wozniacki will probably burn out. Kim will definately go far I’m my opinion I think she will at least reach the semis. I have a good feeling about Kuzzy n Zvonereva. And I totallt agree about Venus at majors, she wants to win obviously but when things don’t go her way she does not step up she just gives in and she has this look on her face like it is not worth it, at least she’s not playing any doubles and there is no Serena in the draw

Von Says:

With Serena out and Venus limping around, I’d love to see Dementieva win the title. Gosh, she’s such a great player, the best, IMO, with respect to groundies, but for some reason, she always loses the big ones. I hope she’ll be able to play a lot freer now that the competition has dwindled. GO ELENA AND GRAB THE TITLE, puhleeze.

Diane Says:

I say, tentatively, “exciting,” even though I wish Serena were going to be there. And I wish that Clijsters, Pennetta, Venus Williams, Pavlyuchenkova, Dementieva, Jankovic, and Kirilenko hadn’t all sustained injuries. But some of them will be healthy enough to compete well, I think. I am especially hopeful than Dementieva and Jankovic will be in full health, though all of the injuries do take away from the event.

And for the record, “crying freaks” are generally that way because of tear duct construction.

jane Says:

I think it was Brad Gilbert who picks Azarenka to win the title.

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