US Open 2009 The Women – The Best of the Rest

Can the best of the rest beat the favourites?

Definitely. The stage is set for a grand finale. As history has shown all dominating winning streaks come to an end. Which players from the next bunch are ready to topple the proven champions?

The front runners in the next bunch racing to a 1st Grand Slam singles title are: Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva with the youngsters who seem eager to pounce and make their own mark being Sabine Lisicki, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska.

Jelena Jankovic will be looking to improve on her runner-up result last year to achieve her career best result in a Grand Slam. The older of the 2 former world No.1 Serbian players has yet to win a Grand Slam singles title. Many fans believe Jankovic needs to win a Slam to justify having achieved the world No.1 ranking in 2008.

Elena Dementieva has already made 2 Grand Slam singles finals in the past and has proven she can win a big event when she won the Singles Gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The crowd support for her continues to grow.

Dementieva with her outstanding display and much-improved serve during Wimbledon was ever so close to upsetting Serena in the semi finals. Elena took the eventual champion to 8-6 in the final set and seems poised for her career-best result in a Grand Slam.

Proven Champions:

Besides the Williams sisters only 2 other active players have won the US Open: Maria Sharapova in 2006 and Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2004. Both Russians have proven they can do it with their multiple Grand Slam singles titles. Kuznetsova with her 2nd Slam title at Roland Garros earlier this year will be serious contender in New York.

Sharapova is still getting back to form after a long injury lay-off, but the younger of these 2 Russians flourishes in the spot light in New York.

Former world No.1 and US Open champion in 2005 Kim Clijsters plans on making a comeback and playing in this year’s US Open. It will be very interesting to watch how far she can go in her comeback to Grand Slam tennis. Clijsters retired to start a family and now has a 17 month old daughter, Jada.

Another Grand Slam singles champion Ana Ivanovic with her victory at Roland Garros in 2008 will be looking to add to her collection and become the 1st Serbian player to win a 2nd Grand Slam singles title. The glamour girl has the game to win. But, Ivanovic will have to make sure her body can stand up to the rugged hard court season.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further updates about the 2009 US Open singles events. Click this link to see an index of all 2009 US Open posts -> US Open 2009: Aug 25 – Sep 14.

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