As bizarre as it may be, the US Open is the second Grand Slam to be covered by the Last Word On Tennis Podcast. Set in very different times to the Australian Open in January, but with a number of the same themes.
The first topic of discussion, however, was on Naomi Osaka and her statement ahead of her scheduled semifinal at the Western & Southern Open. The statement is read and dissected by the panel. Since recording, Osaka went on to complete and win her semifinal but withdraw from the final due to injury.
Western & Southern Form Guide
Never before has a Grand Slam had such a strong form line coming into it. With the “bubble” in action and the same courts being played on it surely stands to reason that players performing well at “Cincinnati” will also do well at the US Open. Our panel talk through some of the players impressing this week.
Women’s Draw Preview & Predictions
The topic of Serena Williams attempting to win #24 is still open, some three and a half years after #23 was won. Naomi Osaka is favourite with the bookmakers, but is her mind totally on the job? There are many other contenders out there in the women’s draw that have their eyes on the prize too. Our panel tell us their winner, outsider to watch and favoured player that could depart early.
Men’s Draw Preview & Predictions
Just as in January the only question here is whether or not Novak Djokovic can be beaten. Find out who our panel like to progress from the other half of the draw and whether this is a Grand Slam title that may deserve an asterisk in the history books.
There is, of course, the ever-present quiz. Cast your minds back to 2019 for that one. Also, the Bryan Brothers are given a great tribute by Jack Rossiter-Munley just after the Men’s Draw preview.
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