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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 To Allow Full Capacity Crowds A Year After Being Held Behind Closed Doors

The announcement is the latest step in a gradual return to normality in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The US Open will become the first Grand Slam to take place without any restrictions on the number of spectators attending since the COVID-19 crises turned into a worldwide pandemic.

 

The Associated Press has confirmed that the USTA, who are in charge of the tournament, will allow 100% fan capacity throughout the entire two weeks. Something that hasn’t happened at a major event in tennis since the 2020 Australian Open. The announcement is a dramatic contrast to last year when Flushing Meadows was held behind closed doors amid a surge of cases in the region.

Earlier this week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state had reached their target of issuing 70% of the population at least one COVID-19 vaccination. He has now lifted ‘state-mandated’ restrictions across both commercial and social settings with immediate effect. However, masks will still need to be worn at large venues for the time being. According to the latest COVID-19 figures, New York reported 450 new cases last week which was the lowest-level since the pandemic began.

The development is a major boost for the USTA who suffered big financial losses last season. According to information provided in September, US Open revenue fell by an estimated 50% and the USTA expected their net operating profit to decline by roughly 80%. To put this into perspective the 2018 event generated $300M in revenue.

In 2019 a total of 737,872 fans attended the US Open over a two-week period and a further 115,355 attended during the fan week. Making it the first time the tournament has welcomed more than 850,000 people to the event.

Tickets for the 2021 tournament are set to go on sale next month with all court tickets and ground passes being available. No information on the pricing of those tickets have been released yet.

There has been a steady rise of fans allowed to attend major tournaments in the sport. At the French Open 5000 spectators were allowed to attend daily to begin with before the number increased to 13,000 later in the tournament. Meanwhile, Wimbledon will start at 50% capacity and rise to 100% for the finals.

The US Open takes place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12 in Flushing Meadows, New York.

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Wimbledon Award Wild Cards To Former Champions Andy Murray, Venus Williams

Here is a list of which players have received passes into this year’s tournament.

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Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will make his 13th appearance in the main draw at Wimbledon after being awarded a wild card on Wednesday by The All England Club.

 

Murray, who won the men’s title in 2013 and 2016, is currently on the comeback from a groin injury which forced him to miss three months of the Tour this season. The latest setback for the Brit who has also undergone two hip surgeries in recent years in order to prolong his career. Murray is currently participating at the Cinch Championships in Queen’s where he beat Benoit Paire in his first round match on Tuesday.

“Look, I love playing tennis,” an emotional Murray said following his win over Paire.
“Obviously, competing is why you put in all the hard work.
“The last few years, I’ve not go to do that as much as I would have liked so, yeah [it’s] just great that I’m out here and able to compete again.”

Another player to receive one of the initial wild cards is Spanish rising star Carlos Alcaraz who is currently ranked 78th in the world. The 18-year-old recently reached the third round of the French Open as a qualifier and won a Challenger title on clay. Last month he broke into the ATP top 100 for the first time to become the youngest player to do so since Borna Coric in 2014.

As for the women, Venus Williams has been given entry into the main draw. At the age of 40, Williams is one of the oldest players on the WTA Tour and she has only won three out of 18 matches played since the start of 2020. She is a five-time champion at Wimbledon with her most recent triumph taking place back in 2018. It will be her 23rd main draw appearance at Wimbledon.

Regarding the British players, Jay Clarke, Liam Broady, Katie Boulter and Harriet Dart have all been awarded wild cards. So has youngster Jack Draper, who stunned Jannik Sinner at Queen’s earlier this week.

Full list of wild cards

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES

  1. Carlos ALCARAZ (ESP)
  2. Liam BROADY (GBR)
  3. Jay CLARKE (GBR)
  4. Jack DRAPER (GBR)
  5. Andy MURRAY (GBR)
  6. To be announced
  7. To be announced
  8. To be announced

LADIES’ SINGLES

  1. Katie BOULTER (GBR)
  2. Jodie BURRAGE (GBR)
  3. Harriet DART (GBR)
  4. Francesca JONES (GBR)
  5. Samantha MURRAY SHARAN (GBR)
  6. Venus WILLIAMS (USA)
  7. Not used – Next direct acceptance
  8. Not used – Next direct acceptance

GENTLEMEN’S DOUBLES

  1. Liam BROADY (GBR) and Ryan PENISTON (GBR)
  2. Jay CLARKE (GBR) and Marius COPIL (ROU)
  3. Lloyd GLASSPOOL (GBR) and Harri HELIOVAARA (FIN)
  4. Alastair GRAY (GBR) and Aidan MCHUGH (GBR)
  5. Stuart PARKER (GBR) and James WARD (GBR)
  6. To be announced
  7. To be announced

LADIES’ DOUBLES

  1. Naiktha BAINS (GBR) and Samantha MURRAY SHARAN (GBR)
  2. Harriet DART (GBR) and Heather WATSON (GBR)
  3. Sarah Beth GREY (GBR) and Emily WEBLEY-SMITH (GBR)
  4. Tara MOORE (GBR) and Eden SILVA (GBR)
  5. To be announced
  6. To be announced
  7. To be announced

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Wimbledon Finals To Be Played In Front Of Full Capacity Crowd In UK first Since Lockdown

The grass-court Grand Slam has been granted a special exemption from the government which will allow them to welcome thousands to the tournament over a two-week period.

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The Wimbledon Championships received a major boost after being listed as a pilot event by the British Government which allows them to welcome more spectators than the current restrictions.

 

Under the agreement, The All England Club will start the tournament welcoming 50% of it’s ground capacity to the venue which is more than double what was estimated a few weeks ago. The limit will gradually increase as the tournament progresses until finals weekend when both the women’s and men’s title matches will be played in front of 15,000 fans. Making it the first outdoor sporting event in the country that will take place in front of a full capacity crowd since the country went into it’s first lockdown last year.

The announcement coincides with the British government announcing a four-week extension to their plans of ending all restrictions currently in place due to the pandemic. The delay has been triggered due to concerns related to the Indian variant and its transmission rate. However, Wimbledon has been added to the Events Research Program which is a series of pilot events being used to monitor the spead of COVID-19 at sporting and entertainment events.

“We are continuing to work closely with the Government to finalise the details including the requirements for Covid-status certification for spectators,” the All England Club said in a statement.
“We are pleased to have worked closely with the government, public health bodies, and our local authority in Merton, to confirm that, as part of this next phase of pilot events, the Championships 2021 will begin on Monday 28 June with 50% capacity across the grounds, building to full capacity crowds of 15,000 on Centre Court for the finals weekend.
“This will enable us to fulfil our aspiration of staging the best Wimbledon possible within the current circumstances, with the health and safety of all those who make Wimbledon happen – our guests, competitors, members, staff, media, officials, local residents, and partners – remaining our highest priority.”

Last year Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time in the Open Era and was the only major not to take place. However, the grass-court major had the luxury of having pandemic insurance which substantially helped cover their costs. The tournament does not have such a policy this year however.

The Wimbledon Championships will start on June 28th. Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are the defending champions.

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