The Women of the 2009 US Open

You already know what’s going to happen on the men’s side – the GOAT, Roger Federer, seems to be a lock to reach the Finals. He’s won the last five US Opens. He also captured the French Open and Wimbledon this year. The most likely candidates to knock him off: Rafael Nadal (3rd seed) or Andy Murray (2nd seed). The other two stories from the men’s bracket: Andy Roddick’s wife, and the girlfriend of Tommy Haas. The women’s draw is much more wide open and compelling. With the tournament beginning today, we’ve compiled a rather comprehensive list of female players you may want to familiarize yourself.

mallory cecilMallory Cecil: With two wins, the former Duke star would face the tourney’s top seed, Dinara Safina.

arantxa-rusArantxa Rus: The 18 year old Czech is 5-foot-11 and playing in her first US Open.
playing in 1st us open.

Shuai Peng: Advanced to the 3rd round at the Australian open earlier this year.

ana_ivanovicana_ivanovic_ana_ivanovicana-ivanovicana-ivanovic-bikiniAna Ivanovic: Needs no introduction. Since winning the French Open last year, she’s had five weak showings in grand slams.

anastasia_rodionovaAnastasia Rodionova – Australian hasn’t made it out of the 1st round since the Australian open in 2008.

sabine lisickisabine lisickiSabine Lisicki – The 19 year old German reached the QFs at Wimbledon, and if she makes a run here, probably will be get some airtime.

alona-bondarenkoalona_bondarenkoalona_bondarenkoAlona Bondarenko – The 25-year-old has made it to the third round in each of the last two US Opens, and has a Kournikova-like quality when she goes to the braid.

gisela dulkogisela-dulko1gisela dulkoGisela Dulko – Increasingly popular Argentianian having arguably her best season since 2005. Should get out of the first round at the Open for the first time in three years.

jankovic_splitsjelena_jankovicJelena Jankovic – Hard-bodied 5th seed is struggling a bit this year after an awesome 2008, which she reached the semifinals in three of the four grand slams (zero this year).

maria-sharapovamaria_sharapovaMaria Sharapova – hasn’t won a major since the Australian Open in 2008; won the US Open in 2006 but hasn’t played in the tournament the last two years.

caroline wozniackiCaroline Wozniacki – The first Danish woman to be ranked in the top 10 just won the Pilot Pen tournament.

mathilde-johanssonMathilde Johansson РHas never made it beyond the 2nd round of a grand slam.

maria-kirilenkomaria_kirilenko_photo_1adidaskrilenkoMaria¬†Kirilenko – The 22-year-old Russian has broken through with fans for obvious reasons; she’s never reached the QFs of a grand slam event in this her 7th year on the tour.

agnieszka radwanskaAgnieszka Radwanska – The 20-year-old from Poland is on the rise after back-to-back runs to the QF in Wimbledon.

jelena dokicjelena dokicJelena Dokic – The only grand slam event in which she hasn’t reached the QFs is the Us Open. she’s probably have to go through Kim Clijsters to do that this year.

iveta-benesova1Iveta Benesova – In her 8th season on the tour, she’s never made it beyond the 3rd round in a grand slam event.

venus-williamsVenus Williams – Seeded third. Last won the US Open in 2000 and 2001. If all goes according to form, she’ll face her sister in the semifinals.

anna-chakvetadzeannachakvetadzeAnna Chakvetadze – You may remember her name because she was tied up at her home and robbed at the end of 2007. It came after a banner season for her – she reached the QFs at the Australian Open and French Open, and the semifinals of the US Open. She hasn’t been the same player since.

elena vesninaelena vesninaElena Vesnina – She’s seeded 31st. The photo of her lying down might be the most clicked-on in this post.

sania_mirzaSania Mirza – The most popular female Indian tennis player … ever?If she wins a couple matches, the popularity will rise.

danielahantuchova1Daniela Hantuchova – Gladiator is her favorite movie.

serena-williams-denimserena-williams-nude-in-jane-magazineserena-williamsSerena Williams – The No. 2 seed won the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and won the US Open last year. The phrase you’ll want to use after looking at her pictures: Smack it up, flip it, rub it down, oh noooooo!

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