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Serena Cuts Foot; Szavay Advances, Schnyder Loses

In a stunning shake-up to the US Open Series, Serena Williams reportedly cut her foot on glass, prompting her to need stitches and miss her three warm-up event before the year’s last major at the US Open in August. The injury prevents the current world number one from playing in Istanbul, Cincinnati, and Montreal.

This recent news puts a big question mark on Serena’s chances at the US Open. If seriously hurt, who knows if she’ll even make it to the event? Even if she does, can the younger Williams sister play through the pain and the rustiness after not playing competitive tennis for about two months? If anyone can, it’d be Serena. At the same time, it’s unreasonable to expect anything of the sort. Hopefully, she’ll keep the tennis community posted.

In other news, the Budapest finalists Agnes Szavay (the tournament’s winner) and personal favorite Patty Schnyder from Switzerland both continued their sensational play on clay to reach the semifinals of the ECM Prague Open. Szavay took her success one step further to make it to her second straight final. The fifth seed took out Lucie Hradecka, 6-2, 6-4.

Schnyder, on the other hand, lost at the hands of Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in a lopsided 6-2, 6-0 defeat. Although partly understandable given her string of wins leading to this point, it’s surprising that the match ended so heavily in Zahlavova Strycova’s favor. Schnyder, a former top ten player, is an excellent clay court player. I expected her to get back into the finals for a rematch with Szavay. No matter, however — she’s played exceptionally these past few weeks since the grass season ended at Wimbledon. Let’s see if she can continue winning during the US Open Series, and at the final major of the year.

I predict Szavay winning her second straight title against first-time finalist Zahlavova Strycova tomorrow.

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