You Call It Madness, I Call It Love

Posted by Ana under: USO

29 Aug 2010

delpo

I can’t believe it’s USO time already.

To be honest, it has always been my least favorite Slam. I don’t know exactly why, but I never get as excited as for the others. This year is different, though. I’m really looking forward to it.

Let’s start with…no Serena. We’re used to her skipping other tournaments but this foot problem is really serious to prevent her from playing a Grand Slam (The story behind it’s hilarious, though). Also, it’s safe to say Masha and Kim are the biggest contenders to win the title and thankfully they’re in opposite sides of the draw. I mean, it’s WTA I’m talking about so who knows what will happen there. I like Vika’s chances too. Her draw is pretty doable and she’s been playing good tennis. Nonetheless I’m confident we’re going to get a rematch of the Cincy final but with a different outcome. Masha wins a Slam every two years, so it’s time for another one. Let’s keep in mind that if JJ or Caro win the US Open (it is highly unlikely) there will be a new number 1.

I think it’s the first time I found more difficult to predict things on the men’s side.
I really wish Rafa would win USO this year (just to get the Career Slam and end up all the talking), but after what I’ve seen in Toronto and Cincy I’m not that sure anymore. That being said, I should have learned by now to never underestimate Rafa because he always ends to up to amaze me. On the other hand, I really don’t mind Muzz winning (If Rafa can’t make it. There, I said it). He has the game to do it, so what really needs to be working properly is his head. There’s also Fed. He’s never entirely gone. That’s only going to happen when he retires (and we need to wait until the Olympics for that). His timing to start playing good tennis again was perfect. When his game is on, I think it’s really difficult to beat it, especially at Flushing Meadows. Of course Berdych, Soderling, Nole, A-Rod and even Nalby can’t be forgotten but I really just don’t see them winning this year. I’m with Brodie on this one, I feel it’s going to be a Fedal final (don’t take my word too seriously, because last time I predicted something like this, Fed lost in QF).

As for my faves, my main goal is to see Ana reaching more than 2nd round. I saw some pics of her practicing and although the ankle is taped she seems to be moving well. That kid needs a break, so I’d appreciate Makarova to go away in straights. For reals. And that goes for Fognini too. I can’t take another heart breaking loss from Fer.

And last but not least, I just want to say I miss Delpo. I really do. He can’t come back soon enough.

Less than 24 hours for USO to start. Bring. It. On.

The Changeover Podcast:

Episode #56 – Indian Wells Wrap