Flushing Flashes

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 21, 2010
CONNECTICUT (BASN) — James Blake and Donald Young both earned wild cards into the 2010 U.S. Open from the USTA.

Blake was once ranked in the top five in the world, but has fallen off largely due to injuries. He has 10 ATP tennis titles to his credit and has made some exciting runs in the Open which starts August 30.

Young, an Atlanta native, has struggled for years but is now ranked no. 101 in the world and won a match at the Australian Open this year. Young has also won some qualifier events and appears dedicated to his game. REST OF THE FIELD

Roger Federer: How can you not like him? He has a new coach in Paul Annacone and is tinkering with his game. He is coming into the net a lot more.
Andy Murray: He had a great win in Canada. Is it his time on his favorite surface?
Rafael Nadal: He’s never won the Open. He’s in good physical shape this year for the first time in many.
John Isner: After that epic match at Wimbledon, he’s the top American now.
Novak Djokovic: Never count him out. He’s hasn’t had a great 2010. His surface has been off. WOMEN’S No. 1 player in the world, Serena Williams will miss the Open with a foot injury. She stepped on glass a few weeks ago. It is the first Grand Slam that Williams has missed since the 2006 Wimbledon. As for the rest of field…..
Kim Clijsters: She won it last year and this is a great surface for her.
Venus Williams: Hasn’t won a major on any surface but grass since 2001. It’s time.
Victoria Azarenka: She’s having a great 2010.
Maria Sharapova: She won it in 2006 and looks to be in top form.