US Open Predictions, the American Seeds
U.S tennis is not what it used to be. Long are the days where American men dominated the tennis landscape with the likes of Agassi, Sampras, Courier, McEnroe and Connors. On the women’s side, it’s been more positive, but Serena is really the only one holding the banner, and at 37, she’s only got a few more years on tour. That being said, there’s still some good talent in the top 50 in both men and women’s American tennis. Let’s break down the American seeds and speculate on how they will fare at the open.
#14 John Isner: should be able to live up to his seeding. Unfortunately for him, he’s going to run into #22 and 2014 US Open Champion Marin Cilic in the third round. If he gets through, he sees Rafa Nadal in the fourth round. Unless he can put together two great matches, he goes home in the third or fourth round.
#26 Taylor Fritz: has an incredibly tough draw. First round against crafty veteran Feliciano Lopez. In the second round he’s got tough up and coming Japanese player Nishioka. Fritz should eb able to get through Lopez in the first round, but Nishioka will be tough, and will literally give Fritz “fits.” If he gets through there, Federer awaits in the third round.
Not looking good for either Fritz or Isner given potential matchups with tournament favorites Federer and Nadal in the third round.
The American women have a little more talent, and room to make a run. There are four seeded women, with three in the top 10.
#8 Serena Williams: very good draw for her. She’s in Barty’s quarter. She has Sharapova in the first round, whom she has a 19-2 record against. Williams has not lost to Sharapova since 2004. She then may meet an out of form Kerber in the fourth round, has had an atrocious hard-court season. There’s a potential matchup with Barty in the quarters. All in all, things look good for Serena to be in the second week.
#10 Madison Keys: the most in form player going into the US Open is Madison. She is in Pliskova’s quarter, which given Pliskova’s results on hard court, it shouldn’t be a bad draw. Unfortunately for Madison, she will have to go through Sofia Kenin, the second most “in form” player on the tour. I see Madison in the Semis. Nice matchup with Serena awaits there.
#11 Sloane Stephens: has had a terrible year, however she just got back with her old coach Kamau Murray, and that should give the 2017 US Open champion a boost. That being said, she’s in Halep’s quarter, but she’s got a tough potential matchup with Kvitova in round four to get to her. Andreescu is also in this quarter. Andreescu is probably the most dangerous out of this quarter. Will be tough for Sloan to make it through to the second week.
#20 Sofia Kenin: the second hottest player on tour will unfortunately have to play Madison Keys in the third round. That’s a shame because both these players deserve to be in the second week. Unfortunately for Kenin, I think it’s Madison who will come through.