Barbora hasn't won the US Open, therefore she would still be a brand new champion.

Oh my bad, I didn't figure you had only referred to the USO.

Rooting for either Leylah or Emma to win, tbh OR for Pliskova to finally pass the finish line. Aryna winning it would be the crowning jewel for her great season, so why not? Belinda would also feel nice and after her Olympics run, a Slam would be quite the achievement.

I'm indifferent to Barbora and Sakkari at the moment and Elina HAS to be dispatched by someone, anyone.
Brilliant match and a tremendous effort from Fernandez.

Martina Navratilova's inane commentary is really starting to get on my nerves though.
I must admit I’m a little enamored with Leylah, goofy fist-pump and all.

Svitolina might be one of the most… uninteresting tennis players… ever?!
Fernandez punching out all these veterans, I’m cackling
I've always said that you beat the seven players in front of you, but it does add some extra prestige if you've got through some quality opposition to land the big prize.

Serena, lest we forget, won her first slam at the expense of Kim Clijsters (not yet a top level player but obviously going places), Conchita Martinez, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis!


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Leylah’s draw:

Konjuh (2016 US Open quarter-finalist)
Kanepi (2010 and 2017 US Open quarter-finalist)
Osaka (2018 and 2020 US Open champion)
Kerber (2016 US Open champion)
Svitolina (2019 US Open semi-finalist)

Sabalenka is actually the first opponent she’ll have in the whole tournament who hasn’t previously made a US Open quarterfinal. What a draw.
Leylah will have to serve a lot better than she did against Elina, otherwise I'm not sure how much of a chance she stands against Sabalenka, who is a different type of beast than what she's encountered thus far.

I'm rooting for both so I'll be happy with any outcome here!
I'm sticking with Sabalenka as my pick to win the whole thing. Whatever was holding her back at the slams before doesn't seem to be an issue now; she's playing really well and she wants this.


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How has she not even dropped a set through three qualifying matches and five main draw matches?!

Leylah and Emma are now the first players born in 2002 to reach a Slam semifinal, and Emma is the first ever qualifier to make it to a US Open semifinal in singles, either on the men’s or women’s side.

And to think when I saw the draw I was wondering whether she’d make it past Jen Brady in the first round.
Emma! I'm so excited for both her and Leylah.