My predictions for some of the hard hitting ATP and WTA players for the 2011 US Open. The Grand Slam is scheduled to run from August 29 until September 11.
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Mardy Fish – Semifinals
Mardy Fish, 29, American (ranked #8 in the world)
Olympic silver medalist Mardy Fish is a hard court specialist. He has won six Singles titles on the main ATP Tour, and has reached the final of four Masters Series events: Cincinnati in 2003 and 2010, Indian Wells in 2008, and Montreal in 2011. His best result at a Grand Slam tournament has been reaching the quarter final stage at the 2007 Australian Open, the 2008 US Open, and the 2011 Wimbledon. In April 2011, Fish overtook compatriot Andy Roddick to become the American No.1 in the ATP rankings.
Brisbane 2nd round (lost to Stepanek)
Australian Open 2nd round (lost to Robredo)
Memphis Semifinals (lost to Raonic)
Delray Beach Semifinals (lost to Del Potro)
Indian Wells 2nd round (lost to Raonic)
Miami Semifinals (lost to Djokovic)
Houston Quarterfinals (lost to Nishikori)
Madrid (clay) 1st round (lost to Isner)
Rome (clay) 3rd round (lost to Cilic)
French Open (clay) 3rd round (lost to Simon)
Wimbledon (grass) Quarterfinals (lost to Nadal)
Atlanta Winner (Isner)
Los Angeles Finals (lost to Gulbis)
Montreal Finals (lost to Djokovic)
Cincinnati Semifinals (lost to Murray)
“I want it so badly, it hurts” Fish was quoted saying. Beating Nadal in the Cincinnati Quarterfinals should have boosted his confidence. I think this man is capable of pulling more than one upset. Ergo, I see him in the Semifinals – against Djokovic. Kinda like the American sleeper in 2011.
Ana Ivanović– Semifinals
Ana Ivanović, 23, Serbian (ranked #16 in the world)
Former World No. 1 from Serbia Ana Ivanović beat Dinara Safina to win the 2008 French Open and was the runner-up in singles at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open. Competing as a professional since 2003, she has won 10 WTA Tour singles titles.
Australian Open 1st round (lost to Makarova)
Pattaya City Quarterfinals (lost to Vinci)
Dubai 1st round (lost to Schnyder)
Indian Wells Quarterfinals (lost to Bartoli)
Miami 3rd round (lost to Cljisters)
Madrid (clay) 1st round (lost to Mattek-Sands)
Rome (clay) 2nd round (lost to Wickmayer)
French Open (clay) 1st round (lost to Larsson)
Birmingham (grass) Semifinals (lost to Hantuchova)
Eastbourne (grass) 2nd round (lost to V. Williams)
Wimbledon (grass) 3rd round (lost to Cetkovska)
Stanford 1st round (lost to Morita)
Carlsbad Semifinals (lost to Zvonareva)
Toronto 3rd round (lost to Vinci)
Cincinnati 3rd round (lost to Petrova)
Talent: check. Drive: check. Stroke Power: check. Mental power: Hmmmm. She is a female sleeper for me because she is in a good place right now. She has beaten Top 20 players this year and is ready to show that her new coach is helping her mental game, too. I think the Quarterfinals are possible for Ana.
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