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Dementieva’s Toronto Triumph – Is The U.S. Open Next?

Elena Dementieva capped off her very successful summer hard court season by winning the Rogers Cup in Toronto with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Maria Sharapova.

Dementieva, the most consistent women’s player this summer, will win the U.S. Open Olympus Series Race unless Flavia Pennetta, currently third in the race, wins New Haven next week.

Dementieva will be a heavy favorite going into the U.S. Open. Hard courts are her favorite surface and she has always played well at the Open with her best result being a finalist in 2004.

And credit should also go to Sharapova for reaching the Roger Cup finals. Her strong showing will put in the top 32 just in time for the Open seeding next week. Despite her serving problems, Sharapova will be a a true darkhorse at the Grand Slam so long as she gets a good draw.

Watch highlights of the match here.

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Summer Hard Courts – More Fizzle than Sizzle

Rather than do a preview of the women’s event in Toronto and the men’s event in Cincinnati, I thought it would be easier to just look at some of the highlights (and lack thereof) of the summer hard court season so far.

The Frontrunners
For the men, Sam Querrey, Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray have so far been the most consistent this summer. Murray just played one event, Montreal, but he won it, and I expect him to at least get to the finals of Cincinnati this week.

For the women, Flavia Pennetta won L.A. and has played well in other events. Jelena Jankovic surprised a few people by winning Cincinnati. Elena Dementieva has also been consistent despite some tough loses in the semis of both Stanford and Cincinnati.

Shaking off the rust

Most of the top players have looked downright shaky for the summer. Roger Federer failed to close out his match against Tsonga in Montreal. Serena Williams has played spotty at best. Dinara Safina, usually very consistent in getting to the semifinals of any event she plays, has only gotten to one final this summer. Even Andy Roddick, who got to the finals of D.C. and semis at Montreal needs to get into an extra gear.

Predictions this week
For the ladies in Toronto, the event is still wide open with Safina, Venus, and Kuznetsova all losing early. A key match is wildcard Kim Clijsters playing Jelena Jankovic. If Clijsters wins, look for her to do very well at the Open. She could beat Serena should they meet, but I’m sure Serena would want to send a message that she’s still the player to beat
Winner – S. Williams.

For the guys in Cinncinati, a key match will be Andy Murray v. Roger Federer if they both make it to the semis. If Murray can win that match, which I think he can, Federer will have a lot to worry about before the Open. On the other side of the draw, if Nadal can get to the finals, he should be in pretty good shape for the Open.

Winner – A. Murray

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Safina to face Jankovic in Cincy Final

Dinara Safina continues her consistent play by reaching the finals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open. (say that four times fast) She handily beat rising star Flavia Pennettta 6-2, 6-0. Pennetta, who admitted to being tired after a lot of play this summer, will enter the top ten next week, being the first Italian women to do so.

Safina will play in the finals Jelena Jankovic who survived an almost three hour slug fest against Elena Dementieva. J.J. won 7-6, (2), 0-6, 7-6 (6) after she blew three match points in the third set and then was down 4-6 in the breaker, before somehow pulling through in the end.

I thought Jankovic could make her way into the final this week but if she will have enough left against Safina remains to be seen. I expect Safina to win, but that is never a sure thing.

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