Us Open Preview
The draw is out. The players have arrived. The fun is about to begin.On Monday, the most talented male and female tennis players in the world will square off in Flushing Meadows to see who will be named the 2014 U.S. Open champion.
The men's defending champion will be missed, as Rafael Nadal had to withdraw from the event with a wrist injury. However, No. 1 Novak Djokovic and five-time champion Roger Federer are still striving for the title as 126 other players try and stop them.
In the women's field, Serena Williams will be trying to win her third U.S. Open trophy in a row and her first major of 2014, as a packed field of competitors including Maria Sharapova, SimonaHalep and Petra Kvitova will try and score the upset.
It should be a fabulous fortnight full of surprises and successes. Here's everything you need to know about the men's and women's draws to get ready. For the men, it's certainly the year to pay attention to the next generation, especially Milos Raonic (No. 5), GrigorDimitrov (No. 7), Kei Nishikori (No. 10) and Jerzy Janowicz.
For the women, keep an eye on the former No. 1s and past major winners floating around in the draw.Victoria Azarenka (No. 16) has struggled due to injury lately but has made it to the U.S. Open final the last two years and is always dangerous on hard courts.Additionally, Venus Williams (No. 19) could do some damage after a great summer, 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic (No. 8) has found her form again and the much-maligned Caroline Wozniacki (No. 10) is playing some of the best tennis of her career.
Regardless of their ranking and age the in-form former champions have a clear edge over the rest of the pack; namely, Novak Djokovic, Roger Fedrer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. We are set for a fascinating fortnight. written by Yisfalem Alemayehu