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Red-hot Muguruza eager to solve US Open puzzle

Red-hot Muguruza eager to solve US Open puzzle

On the other hand, Simona Halep is one of the other top players and a good competitor. Muguruza dominated Venus Williams to win Wimbledon.

Next question: Can a player like Muguruza, who has never been past the second round in four tries at the Open, go all the way in one fell swoop?

I am not knocking the achievements of Angie Kerber and Garbine Muguruza, both of whom have won two Grand Slam titles in the past two years, but Kerber has faded rapidly after a awful 2017 season, while Muguruza still needs to show she can come back and win and win some more. Part of that is her low-key personality, but part of it has also been her so-so record of late. On each occasion she has lost, the last being of particular concern - a 6-1 6-0 defeat to Muguruza in Cincinnati.

"She said: 'you're going to win this in the future", the 23-year-old Spaniard recalled last month during a TV interview. There's not much sense of that this time around.

Three times this season the Romanian has been within one win of becoming world number one.

Wimbledon was the turning point of what can be a really strong season for Muguruza.

Elina Svitolina is in roughly the same boat as Alexander Zverev on the men's side.

Great Britain's Johanna Konta has enjoyed a rapid rise through the rankings, from lingering outside the top 100 to joining the top five best players in the world - the last British woman to feature so highly was Jo Durie in 1984. She was then soundly beaten by eventual champion Elina Svitolina, winning just three games against the Ukrainian. All of which makes it hard, as it does with the German, to predict how long Svitolina will last in NY.

And what about the No. 6 seed here, Kerber? Just don't rule her out.

Two decades since first picking up a racket Williams has gone on to become a prominent figure, usually contesting for major honours or at worst finishing as a runner-up.

After deciding not to play in Stanford, where she was the finalist in 2016, Williams played at only the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the Western and Southern Open heading into NY.

The American was forced to withdraw from her first tournament of the year in Auckland, though rebounded with an incredible run at the Australian Open, beating Coco Vandeweghe in the last four before losing to her sister in the final.




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Wozniacki has had a decent warm-up run before the US Open, with a final and quarter-final appearance at Toronto and Cincinnati respectively.

Kuznetsova faces the risky Marketa Vondrousova in her opening round, and also has 26th seed Anett Kontaveit, former No 5 Lucie Safarova, big-serving CoCo Vandeweghe and the crafty Agnieszka Radwanksa looming in her section.

As for Muguruza's draw, varied is the best word for it. What is encouraging for Halep is that there is little wrong with her game at present. After that, Muguruza could find herself up against the hard-hitting Petra Kvitova in the fourth round.

Player to Watch: Venus Williams.

In just under a week New York City will host the US Open, the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.

I'll pick Muguruza and I think she's got a lot of extra confidence in her game.

Over the last few years, that ability to remain at the pinnacle of the sport has declined somewhat but 2017 has seen Williams completely rubbish the idea she is in the twilight stage of her career - the seven-time Grand Slam champion has reached two major finals this season. - Cilic, who hasn't played a match since the Wimbledon final on July 16 and didn't even practice for two weeks because of an injured left leg.

If Halep gets past Sharapova, she has a relatively easy draw. On paper this could be her best chance at a major win, given the openness of the field, and the fact she is twice a losing finalist in NY in the past, but a fourth round, or even a quarter-final, exit feels more likely this year.

Other American women, including Sloane Stephens, Lauren Davis, Sofia Kenin, Claire Liu, Sachia Vickery and Julia Boserup will be featured throughout the day.

Semifinals: Pliskova d. Keys; Muguruza d.

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