Four Non-Grand Slam Singles Winners Remain In New York

Sep 7, 2016

We have reached the semi-final stages of the 2016 US Tennis Open Championships and there still remains four singles players, two among the men and two among the women, who are yet to taste Grand Slam glory, enigmatic Frenchman Gael Monfils and the Japanese world No.7 Kei Nishikori are through to the last four in the men’s championship as are the 10th seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova and the unseeded former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the women’s championship, can one of this quartet win two more matches in New York to achieve Grand Slam success?

Monfils (No.10 seed) will face the defending men’s singles champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic in one semi-final while Nishikori will square off against the 3rd seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the other semi-final, Djokovic will definitely start as favourite against Monfils and Wawrinka would also be a slight favourite in his last four match up with Nishikori, can Monfils topple the undisputed world No.1 and make his first GS final or will we see Djokovic reach yet another major final, the second semi-final will be intriguing also, Nishikori has been to the big dance in New York before, losing in straight sets to the 2014 champion Marin Cilic, Kei will be keen to try and go one better this year and get his name etched on the trophy but he must first beat Stan the man to advance to the final.

Pliskova has arguably the toughest challenge in women’s tennis right now in her semi-final, beating Serena at a major championship, however Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza have already achieved that feat this year so the big-serving 24 year old Czech can take heart from those previous results, however Karolina is in her first major semi-final so she could almost be forgiven if she doesn’t prevail against the 22-time GS champ Williams, Wozniacki has been ranked as the best player in the world previously and she has been showing why over the past two weeks in New York, Caroline has a 5-7 head to head record against Kerber in their semi-final clash so it is certainly no foregone conclusion that Kerber will stroll away with that match, the 26 year old Dane is a two-time runner-up in New York (2009 & 2014) and enjoys playing on centre court at Arthur Ashe stadium so she certainly could surprise.

There are four players left in the two respective singles competitions at Flushing Meadows in New York, will we see Monfils create history and win his first major title in the men’s championship or can Nishikori go one better than two years ago and get his name engraved on the US Open trophy, will we see a third maiden Grand Slam winner this year among the women or will Williams or Kerber grab GS No.2 for the 2016 season, sit back and enjoy watching it all unfold folks.

Written by: Tono

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