US OPEN 2016
One of the tennis flagship events and the tennis four major events: The US Open begins on 29th August.
As always, US Open comes with a boost of prize money of $46.5 million which is way more than other tennis events. The new thing which adds to the enthusiasm for the event is the installation of the retractable roof on Arthur Ashe stadium which ensures no more rain delays and obviously the continuous play of tennis with both day and the night session, one of the highlights of the event.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Serena Williams of USA are the major contenders for the title, which is nothing new as they are always the favorites for the grand slams from the last 2-3 years. But of late they have not been at their best as the Serbian got crashed early out of Wimbledon and Olympics and Williams getting upset by Elina Svitolina at Olympics too. So, there is an ample amount of opportunities for other players namely, Andy Murray and Juan Marin Del Potro on men’s side and Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber on women side.
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US OPEN 2016- Players who won’t be playing
Though there is lot of excitement for the last grand slam of the year but fans would be missing some of their favorite stars, namely:
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1. Roger Federer
Five-time champion and last year’s runner-up will not be able to play this year because of a knee injury which led him to retire until the next year.
2. Maria Sharapova
Russian beauty and 2004 champion will be out of the event due to the doping scandal.
3. Victoria Azarenka
Two-time former finalist is not going to return until the next year because of pregnancy.
4. Flavia Pennetta
Defending champion retired after last year’s open.
US OPEN 2016 – The top 8 Seeds
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1. Novak Djokovic
2. Andy Murray
3. Stanislas Wawrinka
4. Rafael Nadal
5. Milos Raonic
6. Kei Nishikori
7. Tomas Berdych
8. Marin Cilic
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1. Serena Williams
2. Angelique Kerber
3. Garbine Muguruza
4. Agnieszka Radwanska
5. Simona Halep
6. Venus Williams
7. Roberta Vinci
US Open 2016: Bonus prize money
Marin Cilic and Novak Djokovic on men’s side and Johanna Konta on women’s side have the opportunity to win extra $1 million because of standing on top at Emirates US open series standings, provided they win the US Open.
1. Milos Raonic
Big-serving Canadian who comes with a Wimbledon final performance on his back is definitely the one to watch for.
2. Marin Cilic
2014 champion comes fresh with a win in Cincy by beating Andy Murray in the final. His present form indicates he can recreate the same magic as he did in 2014.
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1. Venus Williams
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At 36, older Williams is a still a quite of a threat at any event she enters. Though, her spectacular career has been somewhat overshadowed by her younger sister’s Serena but still she is performing well since the last year. With some brilliant performance at French Open and Wimbledon and also a title win in Taiwan under her belt, she is definitely a big threat on the fast hardcourts of flushing meadows which suit her big powerful game.
2. Madison Keys
The American has a similar game style as that of Venus, which are dependent on her big serve and huge groundstrokes, are going to be a nightmare for anyone who plays her on this fast deco turf surface.
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US Open 2016: Other Contenders
Stanislas Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori, French open champion Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska, Johanna Konta are some other contenders for this season last grand slam.
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US Open 2016: PREDICTION
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are my favorites for the titles despite their recent performances.
Therefore, get ready to see some power pack performances and mind blowing action about to begin at the Big Apple.
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