August 26th (): The last of the year’s tennis Grand Slam, the US Open, has kick started in US on Monday.
This year has seen no clear dominance either in the men or women’s division at all the previous three grand slams. Three men and three women have won the Australian Open, French Open and the Wimbledon showing clearly that it is difficult to pick a winner at the US open by past history.
Two of the six champions in the year, Rafael Nadal and Li Na, are not playing the tournament this year due to injury while Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic comes into the two week tournament having lost 2 and winning 2 of the matches he has played on hard court this season. Rafael Nadal, the current champion had to withdraw from the tournament due to his wrist injury.
The top ranked woman, Serena Williams, has won five titles this year, but has had a forgettable 2014 in grand slams having been knocked off in the fourth, second and third rounds this year.
Apart from Djokovic, there is another player who has an opportunity to win two grand slams this year, Stan Wawrinka, who won the year beginning Australian Open after defeating Djokovic in the quarterfinal.
In the men’s division, Djokovic has been the most consistent, reaching the French Open final, winning the Wimbledon and the Masters 1000 tournaments in India Wells, California and Miami, which makes him a hot favourite.
The dark horse of the tournament may be Roger Federer, who at the ripe age of 33, looks his best in the last couple of years. He reached the finals of Wimbledon , only to lose an epic match to Djokovic, but here, he would take his chances to win his 18th grand slam of his career.
Like Djokovic and Wawrinka, Maria Sharapova also has her opportunity to win her second grand slam this year.
It must be a mouth watering 14 days, as never in recent memory has there been a grand slam with so many players with a realistic chance of creating a huge upset and becoming a first time grand slam winner.