2022 US Open - Women's Singles Discussion

Who will be the 2022 US Open champ?


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Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Final slam of the year.

Crazy year we've had, the first slam champ of the year retired barely 2 months after she won the AO. Current number 1 Swiatek then won the French Open and then at a Wimbledon which awarded no points, Rybakina won her first slam.

So, here we are at the last slam of the year.

The seeds are:
Swiatek, Kontaveit, Sakkari, Badosa, Jabeur, Sabalenka, Halep, Pegula, Muguruza, Kazatkina, Raducanu, Gauff, Bencic, Fernandez, Haddad Maia, Ostapenko, Garcia, Kudermetova, Collins, Keys, Kvitova, Pliskova, Krejcikova, Anisimova, Rybakina, Azarenka, Trevisan, Alexandrova, Riske, Teichmann, Rogers and Mertens.

Wildcards are:
Jaimee Fourlis
Peyton Stearns
Venus Williams
Sofia Kenin
Harmony Tan
Eleana Yu
Elizabeth Mandlik
Coco Vandeweghe

Raducanu is the defending champion, Fernandez is the defending finalist. Both haven't had the best 12 months so lots of points to defend.

Done a poll based on betting odds, recent performance and previous history at slams. Feel free to criticise me all you want, you have 4 days to vote.
 

flyingboris

Legend
From the qualies, I love that these were real player positions during an actual point. :-D

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PSNELKE

Legend
Kinda tragic to say this but Raducanu has no business being in this poll. She won't see the 4th round. Same for Serena, with all due respect for her and her achievements. No matter how well she hits, there's no way she wins more than a couple matches being this slow and in such a bad physical shape.

Halep, Garcia for me.
 

ScottleeSV

Hall of Fame
Raducanu and Serena are non starters. Crazy as it sounds, Garcia might actually be favourite unless she has a mental meltdown (possible). Nobody is an obvious title winner though. Swiatek looks weak at the moment. Rybakina unlikely to win 2 in a row. Halep never plays this slam well.

Jabeur might well win it. Sabalenka could sneak it too I guess; she's going to win again eventually. Muguruza, Krejicova, Fernandez - don't see it. Someone like a Samsonova or a Sasnovich could come through and make a name for themselves. Pegula a good dark horse.

Can't wait for the draw. Bound to be at least WTF Rd 1 tie.
 

randomtoss

Semi-Pro
Kinda tragic to say this but Raducanu has no business being in this poll. She won't see the 4th round. Same for Serena, with all due respect for her and her achievements. No matter how well she hits, there's no way she wins more than a couple matches being this slow and in such a bad physical shape.

Halep, Garcia for me.
Off topic, but I wanted to say that your avatar fills me with joy every time I see it, even though I'm a joyous Dr Bull hater :) A ******** with a headband, that's so cute !

EDIT: I'll never undestand how an animal's name is censored on this forum :-D
 

D-Lite

Hall of Fame
That bottom 1/8 of the draw is wide open. Serena, Fernandez, Samsonova, Kontaveit, Tomljanovic, Muchova and Krejcikova... Of all of these players, is Tomljanovic the most consistent nowadays? If Serena was going to have a draw that allows her to play her way into the tournament then this is it. Having said that I doubt she has the stamina to go 7 matches anyway, but at least there are rest days between. Fernandez has a decent shot at at least cushioning any points loss from her 2021 RU result.
 

ScottleeSV

Hall of Fame
I don't think Raducanu's draw is as bad as it sounds and I don't think Serena's is necessarily 'good'.

Cornet has had a good year but how much more has her battered body got at this point? On these courts I think Raducanu takes her down

As for Williams, tricky one. Kovinic serves well and isn't that bad. Rd 2 is no walkover either. Kontaveit might be out of form but what does that make Williams?
 

fundrazer

G.O.A.T.
Mugu's terrible season probably not going to get any better in New York. Probably going to bet Tauson, even with Tauson burning me against Petko earlier in the summer hc season.
 

flyingboris

Legend
Some Day 1 matches: Serena-slayer Harmony Tan vs former US Open champ Bianca Andreescu. Osaka-Collins could be competitive. I hope Quinwen survives fashion queen Penko, and I hope Amanda makes it past Putintseva. And I wish I had the day off!
 

DutchUncle

Semi-Pro
I think Cornet will take Raducanu out in the 1st round, sadly.
Cornet might be too exhausted to trouble RowtheCanoe. I hope it'll be a good match. But Cornet's playing Sasnovich in the Cleveland SF tomorrow, and might get into the final there. And then needs to pack gear to land in NY. I hope she stays in fit shape for the USO.
 

ttwreader

Hall of Fame
For some reason, some posters here don't see the thread created yesterday by Aussie Darcy. You guys are welcome to discuss here or in the other thread.

For Djokovic fans, since he cannot come to the U.S. to play the USO this year, there is no reason for you to watch men's matches. This place should be the best place for you now to talk tennis during the USO. For Nadal fans, many of top women players are Rafa fans so you should watch them more. And for Federer fans, I don't know who you support now, so why not watching some women tennis?

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stringertom

Bionic Poster
Off topic, but I wanted to say that your avatar fills me with joy every time I see it, even though I'm a joyous Dr Bull hater :) A ******** with a headband, that's so cute !

EDIT: I'll never undestand how an animal's name is censored on this forum :-D
Too many fans of the man resembling the world’s largest rodent complained after seeing this visual proof of the resemblance:

 

zvelf

Hall of Fame
I don't think Raducanu's draw is as bad as it sounds and I don't think Serena's is necessarily 'good'.

Cornet has had a good year but how much more has her battered body got at this point? On these courts I think Raducanu takes her down

As for Williams, tricky one. Kovinic serves well and isn't that bad. Rd 2 is no walkover either. Kontaveit might be out of form but what does that make Williams?

Raducanu's draw is pretty brutal. She has to go through Cornet, then probably Siniakova (to whom Emma lost in Miami earlier this year), followed by Osaka or Collins, followed by Rybakina or Sabalenka. That's just to reach the quarters.

Serena got practically the easiest possible draw. Serena may be more out of form than Kontaveit, but Serena at her best was far better than Kontaveit so she has a lot more form to drop. I'm not saying she will beat Kontaveit, but she has a shot - a shot Serena wouldn't have were she to face the in-form Kontaveit from the end of last year. That Kontaveit would crush this Serena.
 

ttwreader

Hall of Fame
Cornet is known as a "giant killer". She beat S. Williams 3 times in 2014, beat Swiatek at 2022 Wimby etc. Will she beat Emma to help turning Emma into a giant (not a one hit wonder anymore?)
 
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ScottleeSV

Hall of Fame
Was Siniakova one of those matches where Rad should have finished it off but lost in about 3 hrs? (there were a few of them I recall). I think she's playing better than that now, and this likely some slightly better conditions too. My guess is she'll lose in Rd 4 to Rybakina in straight sets. It's an optimistic guess maybe.

Serena will be vulnerable in every single match. She might still be rusty as hell against Kontaveit if she gets there. If she gets as far as say, Jabeur, she might be more played in and thus more likely to win. I wouldn't be shocked if she loses to Kovinic though.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
I’ve got my radar on Linda Noskova (CZE). She’s ranked #1 in under 18 WTA live rank, ahead of the other younger Czech phenom, Linda Fruhvirtova. Noskova is in the last round of the qualies. Hopefully she makes it to the main draw.
 

boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
Stray thoughts

1. If Raducanu makes the QF it will be a miracle. She would need several upsets to happen around her to get there.

2. I feel like whomever wins the likely battle between Gauff/Halep makes the finals in the bottom half. Well Jabeur is also a distint threat down there as well, and I guess Kasatkina.

3. Kvitova has possible the easiest route to the QF, with only Pegula standing in her way.


I could try and predict the R16 matches...but that would be comically bad
 

ttwreader

Hall of Fame
Watching Emma hitting balls with Alexandrova now. The court and the ball look customized for her game. She hits very clean balls, on both sides, and is very comfortable at any position on the court.
 

ScottleeSV

Hall of Fame
Fruhvirtova missed 3 match points and then get hauled off for rain. She's still 5-3 up in the decider but faces a little mental challenge here now.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
4 for 4 so far on the six teens trying to qually into the US Open. Andreeva and Bejlek still to go, the latter down a break in the third.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
I’ve got my radar on Linda Noskova (CZE). She’s ranked #1 in under 18 WTA live rank, ahead of the other younger Czech phenom, Linda Fruhvirtova. Noskova is in the last round of the qualies. Hopefully she makes it to the main draw.

Look at Bejlek too, 16 yo, lefty, fighting Watson and beating her in spectacular fashion to Q. To me, the most shot-talented, for me, because of being lefty and proficient at the net. Noskova seems the most cerebral. Let's not forget about Brenda Fruh and Lucie Havlíčková , who won jr RG this year by beating Bejlek in a very tight F. Still, none of them is "phenomenal," that's for Justine, Steffi, Serena, Hingis.

Noskova is WTA 100, the rest of the bunch are about 200, Havlíčková 576 at 17. This, by playing WTA for over a year each.

Easily, the best current Jr crop of any nation, IMO.
 
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ScottleeSV

Hall of Fame
I feel so sorry for Watson - she had 30-0 when serving for the match and it just got away from her. The game after that she gets a point penalty for telling off a photographer for blinding her mid shot (I think that's what it was - hard to tell without commentary). Got a funny feeling she'll never qualify again.

The young kid looks decent. Hell of a scrapper, albeit the serve is a liability. She'll need to pray she gets taller in the next 2 years. Great acheivement though qualifying on merit at 16.
 
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