Zverev did a good job to come through qualifying. The teenager has really impressed this year but to progress to the second round of the US Open will mean that he will have to beat a more experienced German player in Philip Kohlschreiber. Alex is a very good player and I believe will be world number one in the future. A five set match between these two will be very interesting. Philip hasn’t been in great form this year with a win/loss of 21/19 but did win the title in Austria a few weeks ago.
Daria is definitely one to watch after a very impressive season on the tour climbing almost 200 places this year and has beaten Maria Sharapova before and faces her again in New York. I think if she brings her game she will beat Sharapova who hasn’t played for over seven weeks. Watch this space!
Belinda really did show what she can do in Toronto 6 Grand Slam finalists in one work and with that becomes more expectations however she does seem like a player who has her feet on the ground and doesn’t get carried away with how well she is playing. I think she is one to watch but being in the same quarter of the draw with Serena is tough but she did beat her in Toronto…
I don’t know why but I’ve got this feeling Ana Ivanovic could be one to watch at the US Open. She does have a tough round one match against the un-seeded Dominika Cibulkova. The only player I worry about for Ana in her quarter of the draw is Sharapova but then again she may not be 100% and may not get to the quarter finals. I believe Ana will get to the semi-final where she will probably play Serena. I though Ana played well in Cincinnati and threw away the match against Serena in my opinion when it was there for the taking. I would be interested to see her play against Svitolina who caused her some problems and maybe make the semi-final herself!
At the end of the year they will give out the usual ATP awards and the award for most improved on the tour will probably go to a younger player but Gilles Muller who turned 32 this year reached his career high ranking 34 and is currently at 44 in the world and is one who can cause a lot of problems! He has had some impressive wins against Dimitrov (x2), Monfils, Pospisil, Goffin, Isner, Agut and Chardy all very players. Gilles started 2014 outside the top 300 in the world and in just 12 months climbed to the mid 30’s which is incredible and he deserves credit for that! Gilles will play Ruben Bemelmans in round one and I think could get to round three and maybe a meeting with Wawrinka!