Players Emerging as Dark Horses to Reach 2013 US Open Finals

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Players Emerging as Dark Horses to Reach 2013 US Open Finals
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Sloane Stephens leads outsiders at the 2013 U.S. Open.

The first weekend of the 2013 U.S. Open is here, and it's never too early to pick a dark horse to reach the finals.

Especially since it could be too late at any moment for outsiders' chances.

The Grand Slams this year on both the men's and women's tours have yielded champions fairly consistent with expectations. Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic secured Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open, respectively.

The women's winners were Marion Bartoli, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka. Bartoli's victory on the grass at SW19 came as the only surprise on either tour.

Will there be a true shocker in the final round at the 2013 U.S. Open?

Not only could there be, there will be. John Isner and Tommy Haas have made strong opening statements in the first week. Sloane Stephens and Ana Ivanonic, too, are compelling players to watch.

One of them will vie for the trophy.

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