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The Ultimate Guide To The US Open Women’s Draw

Who is defending the most points? Who is in with a chance of becoming world No.1? Ubitennis takes a closer look at the Women’s draw.

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In the city that never sleeps are 128 women hoping to fulfil their dream of becoming the 2019 US Open women’s champion.

 

The final grand slam of the season takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center located in Flushing Meadows, New York. The venue is home to the Arthur Ashe stadium. A 23,771 capacity tennis stadium, which is the largest in the world. Over the next two weeks the likes of Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Serena Williams and more will be fighting for grand slam glory and $3.85 million in prize money.

Here are the things to know about the 2019 draw.

The race to world No.1

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Four different players have the chance of exiting the US Open as world No.1. Naomi Osaka currently has a 105-point lead over second placed Ash Barty. Meanwhile, both Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep are also in with a shout of dethroning Osaka.

Osaka faces a tough task of keeping hold of her top spot and is required to defend her title to even have a chance. Should she win the US Open, the Japanese player could still lose her position if Barty reaches the quarter-finals or Pliskova reach the semi-final.

French Open champion Barty is the player in the strongest position. Given the fact she is defending almost 1800 fewer points than Osaka (240 compared to 2000). A run to the final would guarantee her the No.1 position no matter what as she is on course to play Pliskova in the semi-finals.

Pliskova is required to reach the quarter-finals to have a chance. Something the Czech has done in the past three editions of the tournament, including reaching the final back in 2016. Her best ever performance at a grand slam to date. Pliskova has a win-loss record of 16-6 at the US Open so far in her career.

Finally, Halep is required to win the title if she wants to have the chance of becoming world No.1. A big ask for the Romanian who has only reached the semi-finals once in nine previous appearances.

No.1 scenarios via wtatennis.com

Who is defending the most points?

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Being the reigning champion 21-year-old Osaka is the player with the most at stake when it comes to ranking points. She will be defending 2000 points in Flushing Meadows, which is 20 times more than that of Simona Halep (10). Halep lost in the first round last year.

For some players a deep run could help them rise rapidly up the rankings. Bianca Andreescu has been somewhat of a revelation this season as she won titles in Indian Wells and at the Rogers Cup. She has nothing to defend so a run in New York will be nothing, but a bonus. She is currently just under 400 points away from her top 10 debut.

Meanwhile, there are three seeded players defending only 10 points – Halep, Johanna Konta and Belinda Bencic.

The top 16 seeds and the points they are defending

1. Naomi Osaka, Japan – 2000 points
2. Ashleigh Barty, Australia – 240 points
3. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic – 430 points
4. Simona Halep, Romania – 10 points
5. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine – 240 points
6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic – 130 points
7. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands – 130 points
8. Serena Williams, United States – 1300 points
9. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus – 240 points
10. Madison Keys, United States – 780 points
11. Sloane Stephens, United States – 430 points
12. Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia – 780 points
13. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland – 10 points
14. Angelique Kerber, Germany – 130 points
15. Bianca Andreescu, Canada – 0 points
16. Johanna Konta, Great Britain – 10 points

The been there and done that group

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A closer look at the women’s draw illustrates the depth of the WTA Tour at present. 10 former world No.1 players (not counting current No.1 Osaka) and 15 grand slam champions are participating. The most decorated of those is 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams. A player who had spent 319 weeks as world No.1. The third longest streak in history after Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.

Out of those 15 grand slam winners, eight previously triumphed at the US Open. Although only two of those have won in New York on multiple occasions. Venus Williams (2000-2001) and sister Serena (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012-2014).

Past US Open champions participating
Angelique Kerber (2016)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (2004)
Naomi Osaka (2018)
Maria Sharapova (2006)
Samantha Stosur (2011)
Sloane Stephens (2017)
Serena Williams (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012-14)
Venus Williams (2000-01)

Serena’s slam goal

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Since returning to tennis following the birth of her daughter, it has been a case of so near, but so far for 37-year-old Williams. She has contested the final in three out of the past five grand slams. However, she has lost them all in straight sets. The most high-profile was at Flushing Meadows 12 months ago where she engaged in a tense confrontation with umpire Carlos Ramos. Who will not be umpiring her matches this year.

Should Williams break the drought, she would finally draw level with Margaret Court for the most grand slam singles titles won by a woman. However, the American has already won more than anybody else in the Open Era.

There is also another milestone looming if Williams was to win the US Open. She would become the most successful female player in the Open Era in terms of match wins to play at the event. She currently has 95 victories to her name, which is second to Chris Evert’s tally of 101. Should she claim the title, Williams would increase her number to 102.

Williams will play Maria Sharapova in the first round on Monday. She has incredibly only lost an opening match at a grand slam once out of 72 appearances. That was to Virginie Razzano at the 2012 French Open.

The old and the young

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24 years separates the oldest competitor from the youngest in this year’s draw. Wild card entrant Cori Gauff has gained a surge in media attention in recent months following her run to the Wimbledon fourth round. At the age of 15, she is one of the youngest women to ever contest the main draw. In total five out of the eight wild card entrants this year are under the age of 17.

[WC] GAUFF, COCO (USA) 15
[WC] PARRY, DIANE (FRA) 17
[WC] OSUIGWE, WHITNEY (USA) 17
[WC] VOLYNETS, KATIE (USA) 17
[WC] MCNALLY, CATHERINE (USA) 17

At the other end of the spectrum, Venus Williams is showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 39. She is one of 25 women in the draw aged over 30. The US Open will be Venus’ 84th appearance in a grand slam main draw. She made her grand slam debut at the 1997 French Open. Seven years before Gauff was born.

Osaka’s title defence

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It was 12 months ago when Osaka became the first Asian woman in history to claim a major title. Triggering a surge in her popularity with both fans and sponsors. Seeking to defend her title, the top seed hopes to join an elite list. Just 15 players have managed to defend a title at the US Open since the end of the second world war in 1945. Furthermore, over the past 20 years only three players have achieved the milestone – both of the Williams sisters and Kim Cjisters.

“I think going to Indian Wells and kind of learning how defending champion pressure feels, I think it definitely helped me out going into this tournament,” Osaka said ahead of her title defence. “Because I just feel more loose and comfortable here. I’m not sure if it’s because the last couple of months have been kind of turbulent, but definitely I feel really comfortable and I know that, despite everything, I play well here every year. So I’m not too worried about that.”

This year is the first time Osaka has been seeded in the top 16 at Flushing Meadows. Should she win, she will become the ninth woman in the Open Era to claim three grand slam titles on hard courts.

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US Open 2022: Djokovic, Medvedev Early Favorites but Will the Serb Be Allowed to Compete?

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Wimbledon was a great success for the World’s No.1 ranked Novak Djokovic, as the Serbian star claimed another Grand Slam title. However, with the grass season officially behind us, tennis enthusiasts are looking towards the US Open. 

 

The Hard Court season is around the corner, and the usual suspects are topping the bookmaker’s odds to win the final Grand Slam of the season – the US Open – which will take place at Flushing Meadows, New York City. 

US Open 2022 betting odds & favorites to win it all 

To the surprise of nobody, Djokovic is topping the current US Open tennis odds at Caesars sportsbook New York as he looks to finish the Grand Slam season with another success added to his resume. 

Daniil Medvedev is the second favorite to win the competition, and Carlos Alcaraz is the third betting favorite. Interestingly, Rafael Nadal – all-time record holder with 22 Grand Slam titles – is currently priced at +660, making him an outsider to the aforementioned players. 

Tennis fans eagerly anticipated a meeting between Djokovic and Nadal in the Wimbledon finals, but the Spaniard was forced out of the competition due to an injury. A US Open final meeting between the two most successful ranked tennis stars is undoubtedly a match we’re all craving, but can Nadal prove the sportsbooks wrong and battle his way into another final? 

With less than a month until the first round begins, here are the latest available odds to win the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, taking place between Aug 29 – Sep 11, 2022.      

Players Odds to win the US Open outright 
Novak Djokovic +150 
Danill Medvedev +225
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia+350
Rafael Nadal +550
Stefanos Tsitsipas +1,200 
Alexander Zverev +1,400 
Matteo Berrettini+1,600
Jannik Sinner +1,800 
Felix Auger-Aliassime +2,000
Andrey Rublev +2,500
Taylor Fritz +2,500 
Dominic Thiem +2,800
Denis Shapovalov +3,500 
Miomir Kecmanovic +3,500
Nick Kyrgios +3,500
Hubert Hurkacz +4,000 
Jenson Brooksby +4,000 
Cameron Norrie +4,000 
Casper Ruud +4,000 
Roger Federer +5,000 

Despite owning the favorable betting position to win the US Open outright, Djokovic remains unvaccinated. The current regulations state that non-US citizens must be vaccinated to compete in the US, so he’s ineligible to play. 

Djokovic hasn’t given up hope

The unvaccinated tennis stand-out was removed from the Australian Open in January, as the government declared he’d disobeyed strict Covid-19 regulations. 

The 35-year-old is now facing a similar fate at Flushing Meadows but has insisted on continuing his US Open training camp. 

As it currently stands, Djokovic won’t play at the US Open. Still, the Serbian star remains hopeful and recently took to social media with a video clip of himself preparing for the tournament. 

I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to the US,’ Djokovic wrote on Twitter. 
‘Fingers crossed!’ 

After posting a video of himself preparing, fans showed their support in abundance with the hashtag #LetNovakPlay. 

Further support for the Serbian star has continued with a petition on Change.Org. As of Saturday morning, close to 45,000 people had signed the petition requesting the US Tennis Association and the federal government to agree for Djokovic to gain entry into the US. 

‘I just wanted to take a moment and say to all of you how grateful I am to see so many messages of support and love from all around the world these days,’ Djokovic wrote to his fans. 
‘It feels special that people connect with my tennis career in such a loving and supportive way and wish for me to continue to compete.’ 

Several US politicians have expressed their opinions on the matter and have insisted that US President Joe Biden ease the rules so that Djokovic can participate at the upcoming Open. 

American politicians aren’t the only ones speaking up against Biden’s rules. The Serbia-American Voting Alliance (SAVA) has also written a letter asking the President to reconsider the regulations preventing Djokovic from competing in the United States. It read, “The US Open is the biggest tennis tournament in the world, and it won’t be what it is without Novak Djokovic. 
“Considering the economic situation and the crisis at all levels, America must not allow the US Open not to take place in its full glory and capacity, which means the arrival of Novak Djokovic, who has been crowned three times at the US Open, Novak does not pose any security threat, is one of the healthiest people in the world due to his disciplined life and serves as a role model and inspiration to millions around the world. 
“It is in America’s interest that the biggest tournament in the world hosts the best player in the world, especially since he just won the seventh Wimbledon in London.”  

Should the restriction be removed, Djokovic has the opportunity to level Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles of all time (22). 

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McEnroe Labels Novak Djokovic’s Possible US Open Ban As ‘Crazy’

The American tennis great says he ‘respects’ Djokovic’s decision not to get vaccinated against covid-19.

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Novak Djokovic at the 2021 Rolex Paris Masters (Credit: Roberto Dell'Olivo)

John McEnroe says he is hoping that a solution can be found for Novak Djokovic to play at the US Open later this year.

 

As it currently stands 21-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic will not be allowed to play in New York due to government rules related to the entry of unvaccinated individuals. To travel to America, visitors are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they qualify for a special exemption. Djokovic has not been jabbed and stated after his Wimbledon triumph that he is not planning to do so. 

On Wednesday the United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued their entry lists for the US Open which also included Djokovic in the men’s draw. However, they also posted a statement confirming that they will ‘respect’ the American government’s rules concerning unvaccinated players. 

“The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the U.S. government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens,” the USTA said. 

Weighing in on the debate, former world No.1 McEnroe described the prospect of Djokovic missing the US Open as ‘crazy’ during an interview with Tennis 365. The Serbian has won four out of the last seven Grand Slam tournaments. He missed this year’s Australian Open following a high-profile legal dispute over the legitimacy of his visa which resulted in his deportation.

“We have to find a way to get Novak into the US Open,” said McEnroe. “How can he not be there? He has just won Wimbledon, he is a great champion and he should be in the US Open.
“I don’t agree with his decision not to get vaccinated, but I respect it. He is one of the fittest guys in the world and everything he puts into his body, he is watching carefully.
“Now we are saying that because of his choice, he can’t play at the US Open. I mean, come on. He has already been deported from Australia for the same reason and here we are again.
“I hope someone finds a way to sort this out. It’s crazy that Novak misses the US Open at this stage.”

Djokovic has won the US Open three times in his career with his most recent triumph occurring in 2018. He also won the title in 2011 and 2015. The 35-year-old was also runner-up at the tournament on six other occasions.

Should he be unsuccessful in trying to enter America, it is unclear when Djokovic will play his next tournament. He has previously hinted that he could feature in the Laver Cup that will take place in September. 

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US Open: Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic On Entry List But Former Champion Thiem Is Missing

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) - Credit: AELTC/Simon Bruty

Novak Djokovic has automatically entered himself to play at this year’s US Open even though there is a strong chance that he will not be allowed to participate. 

 

The 21-time Grand Slam champion has been included in the provisional entry list which was published on Wednesday. However, organizers confirmed that they will ‘respect’ the US Government’s rules on the admission of vaccinated individuals into the country. As it currently stands those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not allowed to enter the country unless they qualify for a special exemption. 

“The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the U.S. government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens,” the USTA said in a statement. 

Djokovic is one of those who are not vaccinated against the virus. Following his win over Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final, the former world No.1 stated that he still has no intention of being jabbed. Even though it could result in his missing a series of key Masters 1000 events across the summer, as well as the US Open. Djokovic has previously said he is cautious about injecting substances into his body due to concerns about how he may react. The COVID-19 vaccination has been deemed safe by the World Health Organization. 

“I’m not vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter the United States or exemption,” Djokovic told reporters at Wimbledon. “I don’t know. I don’t think the exemption is realistically possible. If that is a possibility, I don’t know what exemption would be about.”

As Djokovic hopes for a change in the law for him to play, 2020 champion Dominic Thiem will be relying on receiving a wild card for him to participate. The Austrian has decided not to join the entry list with the use of his protected ranking. Thiem was unable to defend his title last year due to a right wrist injury which ended up sidelining him from the Tour for months. 

Elsewhere, a trio of former top 20 players are using their protected ranking to join the field. Stan Wawrinka, Borna Coric and Kyle Edmund are all using their passes. Wawrinka and Coric have both started their comeback from injury but Edmund hasn’t played a singles tournament since October 2020. Aljaz Bedene, who is set to retire from the Sport at the end of this season, is also using his protected ranking. 

Williams joins the women’s field

In the women’s tournament, Serena Williams has used her protected ranking of 16th to join the field. The American recently played her first tournament for 12 months at Wimbledon where she lost in the first round to France’s Harmony Tan. Williams, who is one major title away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24, has also entered herself into other tournaments leading up to the US Open. 

Reigning champion Emma Raducanu is 10th on the list and will be hoping to repeat her heroics from last year where as a qualifier she won 10 matches in a row without dropping a set en route to the title. Since then, the Brit hasn’t featured in another Tour final and has been hampered by various physical issues. 

Raducanu and Williams are two out of six former US Open champions on the entry list. The others are Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Bianca Andreescu. 

Venus Williams, who last won the tournament back in 2001, isn’t on the list. However, she could enter via wild card if she is given one. 

The 2022 US Open main draw will begin on August 29th. The full list of men’s entries can be seen HERE and the women’s HERE

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