U.S Open first: Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova


On Thursday it was announced that Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will play each other in the first round of the US Open, which marks the first time the two stars will face off in this tournament.

Doubles expert Raven Klaasen and partner Michael Venus will be targeting another Grand Slam run.

He could be tested by South African Kevin Anderson or Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round and face in-form Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev in a quarter-final.

Emerging professional Harris will also feature in the main draw as an unseeded player.

Jordan Thompson will meet Joao Sousa, young gun Alexei Popyrin plays Federico Delbonis while Thanasi Kokkinakis rounds out the Aussie men's contingent and will face a yet to be determined qualifier. 'In the end our goal is to assign the best chair umpire for the right match.

"I was setting up tables and organising my life for my four children, driving around the handsome countryside in Switzerland", Federer said on Friday at a U.S. Open Media Day inside Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic, the number one seed, begins the defence of his title against Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena.

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Out-of-form opener David Warner also arrived at training without the beard he has been sporting even since his return to worldwide cricket.

Williams, seeded eighth, has won 23 grand slam titles - the last at the Australian Open in 2017. They were scheduled to meet past year in the fourth round at the French Open in what was Williams' first major tournament after returning to tennis following the birth of her daughter, but she pulled out of the match with a pectoral muscle injury.

"I need my alone time", Djokovic said.

The US Open 2019 draw has been unveiled at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and the "Big Three" of tennis once again take the top three seed spots.

"We are in entertainment, as well". I put up a great fight. Somebody had to win.

Rafael Nadal said he didn't feel being drawn in the opposite side of the draw to his two rivals gave him any advantage.

He will be kept away in what is not an unprecedented move, another example being the "holiday" Brazilian official Carlos Bernardes once took from sitting on the matches of Rafael Nadal after some testy encounters. "I think also the win over Rafa in the semis was big for me". Cincinnati might be a good thing that I lost early, who knows? So let's see if I am able to do my work. That's part of the draw.

Controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios opens his campaign against American Steve Johnson. while Alex de Minaur faces Frenchman Pierre Hugues Herbert in the opening round.