The US Open is about to start and never before have all tennis players been real contenders for the final victory: from number one Iga Swiatek, to Wimbledon title winner Elena Rybakina, to Ons Jabeur and Anett Kontaveit, who are hardly can expect his first title at Slam level.
However, several hurdles must be overcome to achieve ultimate success, with a draw offering spectacle from the early rounds. At the top is number one seeded Swiatek, who will face Italy’s Jasmine Paolini in the first round.
The first adversity comes from the round of 16: probable rival is Ostapenko, while in the quarterfinals tennis player of the moment and hostess Jessica Pegula competes. Also in the Swiatek zone is another Italian, Lucia Bronzetti, who meets Lauren Davis in the first game of the tournament.
Also in the same part of the table is defending champion Emma Raducanu: a very difficult debut against Alize Cornet and a hypothetical third round against another very difficult opponent like Danielle Collins. However, she would face league leader Aryna Sabalenka in the round of 16.
Serena Williams is the most anticipated player of this tournament: the former world number one will play her last matches in Flushing Meadows. The Slam champion was framed at the bottom of the table: in the first round she meets Danka Kovinic.
However, the first difficulties arise in the second step, where she could wait for Anett Kontaveit, who was number two in the tournament. In the quarterfinals she could wait for an Italian, Martina Trevisan. Not only Trevisan, but also Camila Giorgi is there at the end of the tournament.
Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam titles
In a video on Tennis Channel, John Isner explained that while the sport will sorely miss the presence of Serena Williams, her popularity will not wane after retirement. “I think tennis will sorely miss Serena’s presence.
But the good thing about Serena, I think, is that she will always be there. She’s an incredible athlete and will be just as popular when she’s done with tennis as she was when she was playing,” he said. She just goes beyond the sport a bit. She will be missed. Fans, colleagues and everyone alike will miss seeing her compete,” he said.