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Published: Tue, August 29, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

What does the US Open 2017 have in store?

What does the US Open 2017 have in store?

A different woman has won the first three Grand Slam tournaments of the year and it's anyone's guess which player will thrive in NY.

There will be no easing into the U.S. Open for Sharapova, whose first match at a major tournament since her doping suspension comes against No. 2-seeded Simona Halep at Flushing Meadows. They could face each other in the semifinals at the U.S. Open, the only major tournament where they have never met head-to-head. They have played each other 37 times (Nadal leads 23-14, although Federer has won the last four), but never in NY. Top-ranked Spaniard Nadal, who won his 15th Slam crown and 10th French Open in June, meets Serbia's Dusan Lajovic in an afternoon encounter. World number two Andy Murray, the 2012 champion, withdrew on Saturday after failing to recover from a hip injury. No. 4 Alexander Zverev.

Kvitova, the No. 13 seed, blasted 28 winners, twice as many as her opponent, and converted almost three-quarters of her first-serve points en route to the victory.

Garbine Muguruza opened her U.S. Open with an easy victory, looking like a favorite whether she believes it or not.

Can defending champ Angelique Kerber turn things around? "I mean, for the first round, it's a tough match for both of them". Halep, 25, is still searching for her first Grand Slam title. She was banned from the tour for 15 months - returning in April - after testing positive for the newly banned drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

It was a similar story in the French Open where she lost in the final to Jelena Ostapenko and again in Cincinnati where she again had the chance to rise to world number one but fell tantalisingly short by losing the final. "No top seed wanted to draw Maria Sharapova (in the) first round", former U.S. Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez said. "So far I'm just thinking that I'm happy that I'm in second round, and that's what I'm going to take".

While five of the top 11 male players are absent from the U.S. Open with injuries, there is no shortage of top female players vying for the world No. 1 spot at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Kyrgios, the runner-up in Cincinnati, made the quarter- finals at the Australian Open in 2015 and Wimbledon in 2014 but his US Open best is a run to the third round.

Play has begun on the first day of the U.S. Open, with Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court against American Varvara Lepchenko. She is only five ranking points behind current World No.1 Karolina Pliskova - and because of the way the ranking system works, the Czech will need to equal or better last year's achievement of reaching the final if she wants to hold off Halep. But Kerber's 2017 has been rough, including a first-round loss at the French Open, and she is seeded No. 6.

The potential men's quarterfinals: Nadal against Grigor Dimitrov, Federer against Dominic Thiem, Murray against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Zverev against 2014 champion Marin Cilic. Third-seeded Swiss Federer, who claimed this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon titles to push his record Slam trophy haul to 19, has the night feature against U.S. teen Frances Tiafoe. "But, you know, I'd love to play Rafa here in NY", said Federer, who missed the 2016 US Open to rest a knee injury. "So it's going to be a unique experience for me".

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