Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Now that the Olympics and Canada are out of the way...

It's time to get down to the real nitty-gritty of the season.

Not that the Olympics and the tours' respective Canada tournaments were any slouches, mind you. But the Olympics are such a specialized event: a prestigious event squished into the span of a few days with singles, doubles and mixed all thrown in. Of course, that would take a toll on the players going to Canada to play in the Masters 1000/Premier tournaments, which were won by Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova, respectively.

Those two had to deal with numerous rain delays and prevailed over less-stellar fields than what's been seen in recent years.

Anyway, that's all in the past now and the hard-court season really gets into swing with this week's play in Cincinnati. Roger Federer's there, Serena Williams, too, and both face the usual amount of big threats.

The U.S. Open is just around the corner, and it'll be interesting to see how the past few weeks impact the top players. If they're going to make adjustments, now's the time to do it.

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