The final Grand Slam of the year is about to get under way in Flushing Meadows and Serena Williams is ready to re-assert her dominance. Al Dannity says the younger Williams is out to prove a point.
It’s about respect The US Open tends to adhere to WTA guidelines when assigning seeds, making them correlate almost exactly with standings in the rankings. For the most part that’s all well and good but sometimes, well sometimes it’s just plain stupid. That’s what has happened with Serena Williams for this year’s tournament in Flushing Meadows.
If the last we saw of her was that early exit there wouldn’t be any problem. The thing is she has hit the court since then and she has won every match she has played, picking up titles in Stanford and Toronto. In simple terms, she is the best hard court player in the world right now and deserves a seeding that reflects her status. I like Serena to make the seeding committee pay, not just by out-performing her #28 seeding but by going all the way. Wimbledon may have been too early but right now Serena is primed and ready for a big charge.
Germans provide value, yet again Unless my fondness for bratwurst counts, I swear I have no blood ties to Germany. When it comes to Women’s Tennis however I can’t help but direct bettors to the three young Germans setting the WTA Tour alight in 2011. Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges, and Wimbledon semi-finalist Sabine Lisicki are all great value propositions at Flushing Meadows. Petkovic, the #10 seed, has a particularly nice draw. I like her to make it to at least the quarter finals, disposing of #6 seed Na Li along the way. A semi-final appearance could also be possible. Having made two out of three quarter finals in grand slams this year, Petkovic has been a reliable option for Tennis betting fans in 2011.
I like #19 seed Goerges to make a run to at least the last 16 and give #3 seed Maria Sharapova a tough test in their battle for a quarter final spot. Once again it’s #22 seed Lisicki that should deliver the best value. If she can overcome a tricky potential match-up with Dominika Cibulkova in the third round, I like Lisicki to make it all the way to the semi-finals.