An early U.S. Open preview

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: July 30, 2010

CONNECTICUT (BASN) — Can Serena Williams win the U.S. Open? It’s tough to say. She’s in the best women’s tennis player in the world. At 28, she is at the top of her game.

After Williams won Wimbledon easily she stepped on some glass in a restaurant and needed stitches to close a deep gash. She is apparently wearing a boot on her foot and will not play a competitive event leading up to the Open.

She will miss out on Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Toronto. She played in all of those events last season. It is difficult to prepare for the rigors of the Open, which include the summer heat in New York, without playing competitive hard court tennis.

Serena will also have to deal with the ghosts of the open past, which led to her being disqualified last year after an on court altercation. There is no doubt that Serena will start hitting with a hitting partner.

Perhaps it will be sister Venus in advance of the August 30th start of the Open. But the question remains as to whether that will be enough preparation to win seven matches in August and September.

Serena will have to get through a host of talented players in order to win the Open. Kim Clijsters won last year and is playing well. Maria Sharapova seems to have found her game and is a past Open champion.

Venus is always a threat as is Jelena Jankovic.Svetlana Kuznetsova has played well in New York and American Melanie Oudin had a magical run last year.

Players call the Open the toughest of the majors to win.

The heat is often oppressive. The travel from New York City to Flushing Meadows is not easy. There are a lot of distraction in New York, especially for top American players.

There is no way of knowing how bad is Serena’s injury. If she is able to start hitting on a quality basis by the third week of August, or perhaps takes a wild card into the Pilot Pen then we say that her chances are just as good if not better than any other player.