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2016 US Open: Here Come the Trophies

[lead align=”default”]The 2016 US Open is almost at a close, and by Sunday, new singles champions will be crowned.[/lead]

In the men’s draw, there is a good chance the new boss will be the same as the old boss. Novak Djokovic, the 2015 Open champion, is in the semifinals with a chance to defend his crown. A victory in Queens on Sunday would mean his third title.

On the women’s side last year, it was an all-Italian final with Flavia Pennetta prevailing, but neither of the 2015 finalists play for the trophy now. Crowd favorite Serena Williams will not ascend to the peak again, surprisingly going out against Karolina Pliskova last night. Pliskova draws Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber on Saturday for all the proverbial marbles.

A look at what remains of the two singles draws:

2016 US Open: Men’s Semifinals Bracket

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2016 US Open: Men’s Singles Analysis

On the men’s side, three of the top ten seeded players are there, but two notable absences are Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Nadal lost in the fourth round to Lucas Pouille, and Murray’s loss was just the other day in the quarterfinals to Kei Nishikori.

The top half of the bracket features the defending champion Djokovic against Frenchman Gael Monfils. The latter defeated the aforementioned Pouille to get to this moment, and impressively, Monfils has yet to lose a set in the tournament. His opponent happens to be a living legend, and this is his chance to finally win a major. Unfortunately, Monfils lost all 12 prior meetings between the two competitors.

Meanwhile, in the bottom half of the men’s draw, it’s Stan Wawrinka against Nishikori. Wawrinka is at least a US Open semifinalist three of the last four years, but still has no championship trophy. A victory on Sunday would get him three-quarters of the way to a career grand slam. As for Nishikori, history has been more favorable to him than Monfils, going 2-3 against Wawrinka all-time. He’s also riding the high of having knocked Murray out of the tournament.

2016 US Open: Women’s Semifinals and Finals Bracket

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2016 US Open: Women’s Singles Analysis

The women’s draw shook with the dismissal of Serena Williams in her Thursday night semifinal. Karolina Pliskova’s straight-set win showed why she’s one of the top players in the world at #11, and sure to rise. For Serena, this is a bitter defeat, but having just won Wimbledon, she’s not without a major this year.

Angelique Kerber, Pliskova’s opponent and soon to be the #1 player in the world, has had a great 2016. In addition to the Aussie Open, she won silver in Rio and was in three of four grand slam finals. Considering Kerber the favorite is the smart move, but anyone coming off of a win over Serena should be taken seriously.

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