Expert Picks: 2012 U.S. Open

by: August 23, 2012

The writers and editors of make their predictions for this year's U.S. Open:

(For the men's and women's brackets, click here.)


Women's Champion

Women's Dark Horse

Men's Champion

Men's Dark Horse


Senior Writer
Serena Williams
She’ll avenge her loss in last year’s final and continue her remarkable resurgence.
A. Pavluchenkova
She’s on the rise after having beaten former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in Cincinnati.
Roger Federer
He will cap what has to be his career year, degree-of-difficulty and probability-wise.
Milos Raonic
At 21, he’s old enough to make a bigger breakthrough than we’ve seen in a while.
Ed McGrogan
Online Editor
Petra Kvitova
Serena can be beaten away from grass, and Kvitova is certainly nohard-court slouch.
Nadia Petrova
Tennis’ version of ground-and-pound, but too often stuffed for a loss.
Roger Federer
While many of his rivals are worn down, Federer looks fresh for Flushing Meadows.
Sam Querrey
The American has returned to the Top 30 and, when on, has a Top 10 game.
Richard Pagliaro
Senior Editor
Serena Williams
She’s tightened up in New York before, but she is the most dangerous player in the field.
Mona Barthel
If she is landing her first serve and making the first strike, the lethal Barthel is a threat.
Novak Djokovic
Defending a major is demanding, but Djokovic is the world’s best hard-court defender.
Tommy Haas
Advancing age and recurring injuries are a concern, but he’s won 18 of his last 24 matches.
Stephen Tignor
Senior Writer
Serena Williams
Expect Serena’s epic decimation of the field at the Olympics to carry over to the Open.
Yaroslava Shvedova
Her athletic game and big serve were nearly enough to beat Serena at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer
He’s won Wimbledon and Cincy, conquered Djokovic, and he won’t have to face Nadal.
Tommy Haas
The 34-year-old has been surging toward the Top 20. He’ll be a sentimental favorite.


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