The top seeds at the U.S. Open are almost always assured of a berth in Week 2 (Sorry, Agnieszka Radwanska). Some have scares, others coast, but none have an easy road to the final.
Some players, like Roger Federer, have it easier than others with regards to external influence. For others, like Maria Sharapova, the challenge is more internal. She makes things harder for herself than she needs to.
All of the players deal with heat and rain, sun and lights, yet what other obstacles roadblock even the game’s best from winning Grand Slam No. 1 or No. 18?
Read on to see what and who could possibly thwart the men’s and women’s top remaining seeds.