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McIlroy, Wozniacki engaged

Rory McIlroy already has one victory under his belt in 2014 after receiving an enthusiastic "Yes!" from girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki after asking for her hand in marriage. The couple announced the news via Twitter on New Year's morning from Sydney, Australia. We wish them the same happiness and longevity as fellow sports power couples Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf and Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm. But which one will have a better 2014? Do wedding bells make you worry about an athlete losing focus? And what is SportsNation's current relationship status? Cast your votes on all these questions below!

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Serena Williams enters the 2013 US Open as the tournament's top seed with hopes of winning back-to-back titles at Flushing Meadows for the first time in her career. Standing in her way will be a host of talent including last year's runner-up and this year's No. 2 seed, Victoria Azarenka. Who will win the final Grand Slam of the season? Set your rankings!

More: Rank US Open men's contenders

U.S. Open women's contenders

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

WTA ranking: 2
U.S. Open seed: 2

Sara Errani

Sara Errani

WTA ranking: 5
U.S. Open seed: 4

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic

WTA ranking: 11
U.S. Open seed: 9

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

WTA ranking: 10
U.S. Open seed: 8

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova

WTA ranking: 9
U.S. Open seed: 7

Li Na

Li Na

WTA ranking: 6
U.S. Open seed: 5

Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska

WTA ranking: 4
U.S. Open seed: 3

Roberta Vinci

Roberta Vinci

WTA ranking: 12
U.S. Open seed: 10

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

WTA ranking: 1
U.S. Open seed: 1

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

WTA ranking: 8
U.S. Open seed: 6

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Gary Player is a confident guy; you have to be if you're going to pose in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue. He's so confident that he may have even discovered the reason behind Rory McIlroy's struggles this season: McIlroy's relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. It's not so much Woznacki herself, theorized Player; it's the fact that McIlroy has to take time off from working on his game to watch Wozniacki play in tournaments. We can't imagine that other young couples have this problem -- ''My preparation for various professional golf tournaments suffered because I was watching my girlfriend compete at Wimbledon'' seems like a unique problem.

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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It's a bad year to be a Russian woman or a man named Andy at the U.S. Open. Unfortunately, since Andy Murray's surprising fourth-round loss eliminated the last of either category, that maxim doesn't offer much insight on what's to come in the Big Apple. Luckily, SportsNation bloggers like bball4life578 are here to assist with predictions.

"The Cinderella story continued for the US teenage sensation in Oudin as she took out Nadia Petrova after in 3 sets after a horrible first set. Wozniacki did the same against Svetlana Kuznetsova the other night, so something's got to give. Watching Wozniacki, her second serve is very weak and she'll have to go against a crowd which will be 100 percent behind Oudin as well as a feisty opponent in Oudin. Count me in as a believer in Oudin. I think her Cinderella story continues into the finals." -- Read the full post.

Oudin's match is Wedneday's headliner, but it's not the only Open story. Rafael Nadal lost the first set of his fourth-round match but survived (with a fist pump that has Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle wondering if you think he's surpassed Tiger Woods on at least that count -- watch it here). And after fans in the stands backed Kim Clijsters against Venus Williams, will the comeback mom be the crowd favorite against Serena Williams?

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Kim Clijsters is BACK and she WILL BE THE 2009 OPEN CHAMP (hopefully against Oudin)..I would love to see Melanie win it all though, but I am not keeping my hopes up on her yet.. But Kim will beat Serena and take it all.

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Oudin has the potential to make it to the final, but the winner will be either Serena or Kim.

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