Though injury and illness affect players throughout the year, we have come to expect additional problems as we enter the last part of the season. This year's U.S. Open is no exception:
Maria Sharapova: She says her shoulder feels good, but she is having a problem adjusting to her new serve, and there is obviously a fitness issue.
Dominika Cibulkova: Her thigh strain was bad enough to keep her out of the Open.
Anne Keothavong: She's out for the rest of the season because of a left knee injury.
Sabine Lisicki: Her shoulder injury was not as serious as some feared, but she has had virtually no hard court play.
Jelena Dokic: Just back from recovery from mononucleosis, she, too, has had no chance to play on hard courts.
Tamira Paszek: Paszek is out, supposedly for months, because of a lower back injury.
Alexa Glatch: Glatch also has been suffering from lower back problems.
Agnieszka Radwanska: Radwanska, once again, has a tendon strain in her hand, and it is unknown at this time how she will be able to handle playing at Flushing Meadows.
Katarina Srebotnik: She's back, after experiencing two unrelated injuries.