The US Open is about to start and never before have all the tennis players been true candidates for the final victory: from the number one Iga Swiatek to the winner of the Wimbledon title, Elena Rybakina, through Ons Jabeur and Anett Kontaveit, eager to obtain his first title at Slam level.
However, to achieve ultimate success, there are several hurdles to overcome, with a draw that puts on a show from the early rounds. Up front is number one seed Swiatek, who will face Italy’s Jasmine Paolini in the first round.
The first adversities come from the round of 16: the probable rival is Ostapenko, while in the quarterfinals there is the tennis player of the moment and presenter Jessica Pegula. Also in the Swiatek area is another Italian, Lucia Bronzetti, who faces Lauren Davis in the first match of the tournament.
In the same part of the table is also the current champion, Emma Raducanu: a very difficult debut against Alize Cornet and a hypothetical third round against another very difficult rival such as Danielle Collins. However, in the round of 16 she would face the leader of the scoreboard, Aryna Sabalenka.
Serena Williams is the most anticipated player in this tournament: the former world number one will play her last matches at Flushing Meadows. The Slam champion has been framed in the lower part of the table: she will face Danka Kovinic in the first round.
However, the first difficulties arise already in the second stage, where she could expect the tournament’s number two seed, Anett Kontaveit. In the quarterfinals she could be expecting an Italian, Martina Trevisan. Not only Trevisan, Camila Giorgi is also present at the bottom of the tournament.
Serena Williams won 23 Grand Slam titles
In a video on the Tennis Channel, John Isner stated that while Serena Williams’ presence will be greatly missed by the sport, her popularity will not diminish after retirement. «I think tennis is going to miss Serena’s presence a lot.
But I think the good thing about Serena is that she will always be around. She’s an incredible athlete and she’s going to be as popular when she’s done with tennis as she ever was when she was playing,» he said. «She’s in that rarefied air like Michael Jordan or like Wayne Gretzky and Roger Federer where she just transcends the sport a little bit. She will be missed. Fans, colleagues and everyone will miss seeing her compete,» she said.