The tennis season is nearing its end and the top players will take to Queens for the fourth and final Grand Slam of 2019. The US Open returns to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows from Aug. 26 to Sept. 8.
Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka will each look to defend their 2018 singles titles.
Djokovic will go for his fifth Grand Slam title in his last six attempts. Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the, and that came after winning the Australian Open in January, where he defeated Rafael Nadal in the final. At the French Open championship in June, it was Nadal who put a stop to Djokovic’s streak in the semifinals. Djokovic, 32, has pushed his career Grand Slam championship total to 16 titles, behind only Nadal’s 18 and Federer’s 20.
Osaka followed up her first career Grand Slam title in New York last year with a three-set victory over Petra Kvitova to win the Australian Open in January. She became the first woman to win consecutive Grand Slam singles titles since Serena Williams in 2015, and was the first player to follow up her first Grand Slam singles title with another at the next event since Jennifer Capriati in 2001. At the French Open, Osaka was upset in the third round, and lost in the first round at Wimbledon.
At the end of July, Osaka shared a post on Twitter discussing her struggles since the Australian Open, writing that she’s relearning how to have fun playing again. Osaka retired from her quarterfinal match at the Western & Southern Open, the final hard court tournament before the US Open, with a left knee injury. At the draw ceremony on Thursday, she said that the injury is getting better.
Here is all of the information you need to know about the 2019 US Open.
Where: Queens, New York
When: Aug. 26 to Sept. 8
Streaming: WatchESPN.com, WatchESPN app
Highlights: CBS Sports HQ
Today’s Notable Matches
(all times eastern)
Kei Nishikori (7) def. Bradley Klahn, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
Roger Federer (3) def. Damir Dzumhur, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
Stan Wawrinka (23) vs. Jeremy Chardy, Postponed to Thursday Aug. 29
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Juan Ignacio Londero, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
Karolina Pliskova (3) def. Mariam Bolkvadze, 6-1, 6-4
Elina Svitolina (5) def. Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-4
Madison Keys (10) def. Lin Zhu, 6-4, 6-1
Ashleigh Barty (2) vs. Lauren Davis, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
Serena Williams (8) vs. Catherine McNally, in progress
Before we highlight some of the interesting matchups, here are the full draws:
On the women’s side, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova renewed their rivalry in the first round, with Williams winning in straight sets. Its the 19th consecutive time Williams has beaten Sharapova..
Naomi Osaka, meanwhile, opened her title defense with a three-set win over Anna Blinkova. Wimbledon champion Simona Halep opens play against Nicole Gibbs, and will have a tough road to the final, with Barbora Strycova, Caroline Wozniacki, Bianca Andreescu, Danielle Collins, and Lesia Tsurenko all in her half of the draw.
On the men’s side, Djokovic, the defending men’s champion, has been drawn in the same half as Federer, setting up a potential semifinal between the two. In their US Open matchups, the record is split, 3-3, with Djokovic winning the past three, including the 2015 championship match.
Nadal could face 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic or John Isner in the Round of 16, and if the seedings hold up, we could see another Djokovic-Nadal final. They’ve faced off three times at the championship in New York. It’s also worth noting that throughout their storied rivalry, Nadal and Federer have never faced each other at the US Open. But a matchup between the two will only happen if they meet in the final.
Aug. 26-27: Men’s & Women’s Round 1
Aug. 28-29: Men’s & Women’s Round 2
Aug. 30-31: Men’s & Women’s Round 3
Sept. 1-2: Men’s & Women’s Round of 16
Sept. 3-4: Men’s & Women’s Quarterfinals
Sept. 5: Women’s Semifinals
Sept. 6: Men’s Semifinals
Sept. 7: Women’s Final
Sept. 8: Men’s Final
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