Serena, Sharapova to clash in US Open first round

Serena, Sharapova to clash in US Open first round

New York - Williams has dominated the Russian star in their head-to-head rivalry



By AFP

Published: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 11:58 PM

Last updated: Fri 23 Aug 2019, 2:00 AM

Serena Williams will begin her quest for a seventh US Open title and record-tying 24th Grand Slam victory against long-time rival Maria Sharapova in the US Open women's singles draw unveiled Thursday.
Williams has dominated the Russian star in their head-to-head rivalry, winning 19 times with only two defeats, including their past 18 meetings, most recently at the 2016 Australian Open quarterfinals, although Sharapova advanced by walkover against Williams in the fourth round at Roland Garros last year.
Top-seeded Osaka opens against Russia's 93rd-ranked Anna Blinkova and could face a third-round date against 15-year-old American Coco Gauff, who eliminated Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon in a run to the last 16 in her Grand Slam debut.
Romania's fourth-seeded Sioma Halep, coming off her second Grand Slam title, opens against a qualifier and could face a semi-final against Osaka, who defends a Slam crown for the first time. 
 


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