Michaëlla Krajicek's 2011 US Open is her best yet. Actually, it's technically tied for her best yet. In 2007, Krajicek opened her US Open by defeating Alberta Brianti, making it into the second round. There, she was defeated by Ágnes Szávay.
Since then, Kraijcek hasn't made it out of the first round at a grand slam—until now. Unfortunately, her magical US Open run is taking her to a second-round showdown with No. 28 Serena Williams.
With that, her luck is about to run out.
Serena has certainly had an interesting 24-hour period since her 6-1, 6-1 opening-round win against Bojana Jovanovski. She's seen her sister Venus retire and announce a battle with Sjogren's syndrome. No matter how focused Serena is, you can't help but think that seeing her rival and sister go through that will affect her in a pretty big way.
The question is, will it make her more lackadaisical or more inspired?
I would say more inspired, but it could go either way. No matter what, it's doubtful that Venus' announcement will have any impact on her match with Krajicek. No, the big match for Serena will likely be in the third round. Barring something completely unforeseen, she will take on No. 4 Victoria Azarenka.
Ever since the draw came out, all we've heard is how sorry we should all feel for Azarenka for drawing Serena. Likewise, we have heard that Serena is the undisputed favorite to not only win her bracket but the entire tournament.
Azaranka will want to prove that her No. 4 ranking is no fluke and that she will be more than a pushover. Conversely, Williams will want to prove that her No. 28 ranking is much too low and that she's worthy of a top ranking.
Either way, that third-round showdown will tell us a lot.
The second round should be nothing more than a warm-up act for both women. The third round is set to give us our first big match of the tournament.
Neither can take their opponent lightly in the second round, but it’s nearly impossible to think of either losing.