U.S. Open 2011: The Top 10 Questions to Be Answered at the Year's Final Major

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U.S. Open 2011: The Top 10 Questions to Be Answered at the Year's Final Major
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Venus Williams strikes ball in first round, only to withdraw from U.S. Open two days later

Only three days have passed at the year's final Grand Slam event, but already the courts on Flushing Meadow have been abuzz with drama. There were many critical questions swirling around before the onset of play this past Sunday, and already many of these questions have been answered.

Many wondered if Li Na and Petra Kvitova, who had suffered pretty poor losses this summer since winning their respective Grand Slams earlier this year,  would be able to shake off their rust and get back to the form that won them their maiden Slam titles. The answer, sadly, was a resounding "no", as each crashed out in straight sets earlier this week. 

In addition, the fitness level of Venus Williams was being highly speculated before her opening match, though she seemed to disprove the naysayers by having a relatively powerful win over Vesna Dolonts on Monday evening. However, earlier today she withdrew before her match with rising star Sabine Lisicki due to a diagnosis with Sjogren's syndrome (an auto-immune disease that has caused her to experience fatigue and joint pain). The loss of many title contenders on the women's side has answered a few questions that many had going into their year's open.

On the men's side, Djokovic was able to prove he can get through his shoulder injury and still be a dominating force at Flushing Meadows this year. In addition, Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal scraping through unusually tough matches showed they might not be at their best level, but they were not going to be crashing out early this year. 

However, many of the most important questions, both on the women's and men's sides, remain to be answered. Luckily for tennis fans worldwide, they only need to wait 11 more days to get all the answers they want. 

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