The last grand slam of the year -- US Open -- is here upon us and the competition amongst top tennis players is expected to be top notch at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal are the big stars in the men's arena, while Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki make up in the women's competition. However, another huge contender Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the US Open.
Novak Djokovic has been in top form this season, winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and finishing runners up in the French Open. The Serbian and world number one Djokovic will be eager to win the US Open for the second time in his career.
But Djokovic is going to face huge competition in the form of Roger Federer, who has been one of the most successful players in the US Open with five titles in his illustrious career.
The Swiss maestro comes into the US Open with full confidence after having defeated Djokovic in the finals of the Cincinnati Masters last week. These two stalwarts of the modern era can only meet in the title decider.
Apart from Djokovic and Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka are going to be huge players as they have been performing consistently during the season. Wawrinka has even defeated Djokovic in the finals of the French Open.
In the women's arena, Serena Williams has had an incredible grand slam year so far as she has won all the grand slams and will be eager for a clean sweep as she looks to defend her US Open crown as well. The US Open has been a happy hunting slam for the local favourite with six titles to her name, including title wins in the last three edition of the competition.
Stars such as Ana Ivanovic, Halep, Lucie Safarova and Caroline Wozniacki will be eager to stop her dominance in women's tennis, which is a humongous ask considering the form she has shown in the year.
Though the singles event is always watched with keen interest, other disciplines such as women's doubles, men's doubles and the mixed doubles also provide an interesting contest. Sania Mirza/Martina Hingis and Bob Bryan /Mike Bryan are favourites in the women's and the men's doubles competition respectively.
Here is a look at how the men's and the women's singles start their US Open campaign.
|1*||Novak Djokovic||vs.||Joao Souza|
|2||Roger Federer||vs.||Leonardo Mayer|
|3||Andy Murray||vs.||Nick Kyrgios|
|4||Kei Nishikori||vs.||Benoit Paire|
|5||Stan Wawrinka||vs.||Albert Ramos-Vinolas|
|6||Tomas Berdych||vs.||Bjorn Fratangelo|
|7||David Ferrer||vs.||Radu Albot|
|8||Rafael Nadal||vs.||Borna Coric|
|9||Marin Cilic||vs.||Guido Pella|
|10||Milos Raonic||vs.||Tim Smyczek|
|11||Gilles Simon||vs.||Donald Young|
|12||Richard Gasquet||vs.||Thanasi Kokkinakis|
|13||John Isner||vs.||Malek Jaziri|
|14||David Goffin||vs.||Simone Bolelli|
|15||Kevin Anderson||vs.||Andrey Rublev|
|16||Gael Monfils||vs.||Illya Marchenko|
|17||Grigor Dimitrov||vs.||Matthew Ebden|
|18||Feliciano Lopez||vs.||Nikoloz Basilashvili|
|19||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||vs.||Jarkko Nieminen|
|20||Dominic Thiem||vs.||Daniel Gimeno-Traver|
|21||Ivo Karlovic||vs.||Federico Delbonis|
|22||Viktor Troicki||vs.||Frances Tiafoe|
|23||Roberto Bautista Agut||vs.||Pierre-Hugues Herbert|
|24||Bernard Tomic||vs.||Damir Dzumhur|
|25||Andreas Seppi||vs.||Tommy Paul|
|26||Tommy Robredo||vs.||Michael Berrer|
|27||Jeremy Chardy||vs.||Ryan Shane|
|28||Jack Sock||vs.||Victor Estrella Burgos|
|29||Philipp Kohlschreiber||vs.||Alexander Zverev|
|30||Thomaz Bellucci||vs.||James Ward|
|31||Guillermo Garcia-Lopez||vs.||Janko Tipsarevic|
|32||Fabio Fognin||vs.||Steve Johnso|
|1*||Serena Williams||vs.||Vitalia Diatchenko|
|2||Simona Halep||vs.||Marina Erakovic|
|4||Caroline Wozniacki||vs.||Jamie Loeb|
|5||Petra Kvitova||vs.||Laura Siegemund|
|6||Lucie Safarova||vs.||Lesia Tsurenko|
|7||Ana Ivanovic||vs.||Dominika Cibulkova|
|8||Karolina Pliskova||vs.||Anna Tatishvili|
|9||Garbine Muguruza||vs.||Carina Witthoeft|
|10||Carla Suarez Navarro||vs.||Denisa Allertova|
|11||Angelique Kerber||vs.||Alexandra Dulgheru|
|12||Belinda Bencic||vs.||Sesil Karatantcheva|
|13||Ekaterina Makarova||vs.||Teliana Pereira|
|14||Timea Bacsinszky||vs.||Barbora Strycov|
|15||Agnieszka Radwanska||vs.||Katerina Siniakova|
|16||Sara Errani||vs.||Mayo Hibi|
|17||Elina Svitolina||vs.||Elizaveta Kulichkova|
|18||Andrea Petkovic||vs.||Caroline Garcia|
|19||Madison Keys||vs.||Klara Koukalova|
|20||Victoria Azarenka||vs.||Lucie Hradecka|
|21||Jelena Jankovic||vs.||Oceane Dodin|
|22||Samantha Stosur||vs.||Timea Babos|
|23||Venus Williams||vs.||Monica Puig|
|24||Sabine Lisicki||vs.||Aliaksandra Sasnovich|
|25||Eugenie Bouchard||vs.||Alison Riske|
|26||Flavia Pennetta||vs.||Jarmila Gajdosova|
|27||Alize Cornet||vs.||Kurumi Nara|
|28||Irina-Camelia Begu||vs.||Olga Govortsova|
|29||Sloane Stephens||vs.||Coco Vandeweghe|
|30||Svetlana Kuznetsova||vs.||Kristina Mladenovic|
|31||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||vs.||Magdalena Rybarikova|
|32||Anna Karolina Schmiedlova||s.||Julia Goerges|
*Seedings of 2015 US Open
Venues – USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
Courts used during US Open 2015 - Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand, Court number 4,5, 6, 7 ,8,9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.
Time – The US Open is scheduled for 11 am local time (8:30pm IST, 4pm BST) start in the initial stages of the competition, though the start timings are subjected to change in the business end of the US Open.
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