Draws, dates, prize money and everything you need to know

The Hologic WTA Tour heads to New York for the final slam of the season at the US Open. The fortnight promises to be unforgettable as Emma Raducanu looks to defend her historic title, Serena Williams will play her final tournament before retiring and a host of competitors poised to take on the greatest course on earth to make names.

Here’s what you need to know:

When does the tournament start?

The US Open is the fourth and final leg of the Grand Slam season. The tournament will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York and will feature a 128-player singles draw, a 64-team doubles draw, and a 32-team mixed doubles draw. The tournament will be played on outdoor hard courts and the women will use the Wilson US Open Regular Duty Ball.

The main draw starts on Monday 29th August and lasts for two weeks.

When are the finals?

The singles final will be played on Saturday, September 10th at 4pm

The doubles final will be played on Sunday, September 11 at 12:00 p.m

The mixed doubles final will be played on either Friday 9th September or Saturday 10th September.

Who are the top seeds?

  1. Iga Swiatek
  2. Anett Kontaveit
  3. Maria Sakkari
  4. Paula Badosa
  5. Ons Jabeur
  6. Arina Sabalenka
  7. Simona Halep
  8. Jessica Pegula
  9. Garbine Muguruza
  10. Daria Kasatkina
  11. Emma Raducanu
  12. Coco Gauff
  13. Belinda Bencic
  14. Leylah Fernandez
  15. Beatrice Haddad Maia
  16. Yelena Ostapenko

Who are the defending champions?

Emma Raducanu made history last year by becoming the first Slam qualifier in the history of the sport to win the title. Raducanu defeated Maria Sakkari in the semifinals and defeated Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 to stun the field and win their first Major.

Raducanu plays with liberty ahead of US Open title defense

In doubles, Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai defeated Coco Gauff and Caty McNally to win their second major title as a team.

Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury won the mixed doubles. With the win, Krawczyk became the first player in 15 years to win three consecutive mixed doubles titles.

How does the draw look like?

The draw ceremony will take place on Thursday 25th August.

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What prize money and ranking list points are there?

First round: $80,000/10 points
Second round: $121,00070 points
Third round: $188,000/130 points
Round of 16: $278,000/240 points
Quarterfinals: $445,000/430 points
Semifinals: $705,000/780 points
Finals: $1.3 million/1,300 points
Champion: $2.6M/2,000 points

Important storylines

Serena Williams plays her last tournament: Earlier this month, the 23-time major champion and six-time US Open champion announced that she would be giving up her racquets after the US Open. Her opening round match in New York will be her fifth match of the season. Her first win in over a year came at the National Bank Open in Toronto, where she defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz in straight sets. She comes into the US Open after a 6-4, 6-0 loss to defending champion Emma Raducanu.

Watch this: Emma Raducanu honors Serena Williams after victory in Cincinnati

2022 Cincinnati

Emma Raducanu under pressure: Raducanu arrives in New York after a confident week at the Western & Southern Open, where she defeated Williams and Victoria Azarenka. She defends 2,040 points, but the British phenomenon has has already admitted that she is looking forward to life after the US Open. Anything less than a title defense will see her ranking drop, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for Raducanu. Like she said, she’s keen on a clean slate.

Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff lead the American prosecution: Pegula and Gauff have had strong summers, with Pegula reaching back-to-back semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati [CHECK] and Gauff with strong wins to reach back-to-back quarterfinals in San Jose and Toronto. The duo also sits at the top of the Porsche Race to the WTA Finals Doubles Leaderboard after winning their second WTA 1000 title of the season in Toronto.

Gauff provides fans with optimistic injury update

Three former champions in mind: Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu and Sloane Stephens know how to win in New York. While their results at the US Open Series didn’t stand out on paper, there were signs that a deep run could be on the horizon. Andreescu has done well to reach the quarter-finals of their home tournament in Toronto, while Stephens has shown good form in a couple of close defeats.

Iga Swiatek plays the long game

Simona Halep and Caroline Garcia preparing for a run: Halep has won majors on the natural surfaces but is yet to prevail in a hard court slam. Given the focus and the shape she jumped to the Toronto title, that could change this year. Meanwhile, Garcia thrived in the fast-paced Cincinnati conditions and became the first qualifier to ever win a WTA 1000 titlewhile beating three top 10 players.

Dark horses to look at: Toronto finalist Beatriz Haddad Maia….most successful player since early June, Caroline Garcia….2018 finalist Madison Keys….San Jose champion Daria Kasatkina….San Jose finalist Shelby Rogers.

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