US Open 2022: Five American women who could conquer New York
While the 2021 US Open brought a miraculous story with the fairytale run of Emma Raducanu, American fans will be hoping to see a US woman lift the US Open 2022 trophy in September.
Join Tennishead as we take a look at some of the American women in with a chance to claim the final Slam of the 2022 season.
5. Madison Keys
Already a US Open finalist, Keys reached the championship match in New York in 2017, losing to fellow American Sloane Stephens then.
She reached the semi-finals the following year but has not been beyond the fourth round since, though she reached the semi-finals of the 2022 Australian Open before losing to eventual champion Ash Barty.
She does have experience winning a title on American hard courts at a high level, capturing the Cincinnati Open title in 2019.
4. Amanda Anisimova
This 20-year-old star already knows the feeling of triumph at the US Open, being a junior champion there in 2017, winning the girls’ singles without dropping a set, defeating 13-year-old Coco Gauff in the final.
Her best Slam result to date came at the 2019 French Open when she reached the semi-finals aged just 17 before losing to eventual champion Ash Barty.
However, the US Open is her least successful Major, having never been beyond the third round ahead of the 2022 event.
Anisimova started 2022 strong with a second career title by capturing the WTA 250 Melbourne Summer Set 2 in January.
3. Jessica Pegula
This 28-year-old has built on her career consistency to improve further in 2022, reaching the quarter-finals of the first two Slams of the season in Melbourne and Paris, equaling her career best Major result of reaching that same stage at the 2021 Australian Open.
Pegula also reached the semi-finals of the Miami Open and the final of the Madrid Open, losing to eventual champions Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur in each instance, seeing herself into the top 10 for the first time after the French Open.
She has not been beyond the third round of the US Open before, though perhaps her 2022 form will give her the confidence to reach the second week in New York for the first time.
2. Danielle Collins
Another woman who has competed in a Slam final, Collins was runner-up to home talent Barty in the 2022 Australian Open final.
Unfortunately the 28-year-old has struggled for form from then, failing to win back-to-back matches since reaching the quarter-finals of the Miami Open in late March.
Like Pegula, Collins has not been beyond the third round of the US Open previously.
1. Coco Gauff
Finally, perhaps the most promising American contender to win the women’s title at the US Open is 18-year-old Coco Gauff.
Already a three-year regular on the WTA tour, Gauff reached her maiden Slam final in June at the French Open before losing to a dominant Iga Swiatek there.
The teen reached the third round of the US Open on her main draw debut there in 2019, but has not replicated that result since, though she has only played the New York Slam three times.
Honourable mention: Serena Williams
Last but certainly not least, this 23-time Major winner has indicated that she wants to play her home Slam for an incredible 21st time in her career.
A six-time champion in New York, Serena last clinched the title there in 2014, but has reached two finals since in 2018 and 2019.
Should she compete at the 2022 event it will be her first participation since 2020.
Aged 40, Serena will turn 41 at the end of September mere weeks after the US Open 2022 finishes, 23 years on from her first ever Major title captured at the 1999 US Open.
Though she has not won a Slam since 2017, very few would ever count Serena completely out of the running, even while she is unranked entering the US hard court swing.
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