The Us Open field will certainly be hurt by the absence of No. 1-ranked Serena Williams. Also not helping the cause – lack of US talent. There’s only one American seeded in the Top 32 (Venus Williams). Maria Sharapova, perhaps the 2nd most recognizable name in the field after Venus, hasn’t been to a Grand Slam final since the Australian Open in early 2008. We’ll go with the safe pick and project Venus as the champ. She reached the semifinals of the Open in 2008, but hasn’t won it since 2001.
Other female tennis players to watch for this week:
Bondarenko. Remember her tie-break against Ivanovic last year at the Open?
Kirilenko (no relation to the Utah Jazz small forward) is most famous for her appearance in the SI Swimsuit issue.
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