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Serena, Sharapova to meet in US Open 1st round
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet at the US Open, and they'll do it in their very first match.
The past US Open champions, two of the biggest stars in women's tennis, were scheduled for an opening-round matchup when the draws were conducted Thursday for the final major of the year.
Williams and Sharapova have met in the finals of the other three majors and the 2012 Olympics but have never played each other in the US Open. Williams owns a 19-2 record in their WTA Tour matchups, but that lopsided number shouldn't do much to dampen the hype around what will be the marquee match of the opening round at Flushing Meadows, which begins Monday.
Williams will begin another bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Sharapova isn't the same player she was when she won the 2006 US Open championship -- or beat Williams two years earlier in the final at Wimbledon -- but she remains one of the most popular players among fans in New York.
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Williams renews Sharapova rivalry
by BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
Williams and Sharapova have shared 21 matches and a fair bit of animosity over the years, but this is their first meeting since the Australian Open quarter-final of 2016.
Williams has had back problems in recent weeks, while Sharapova has been limited to just six matches since January because of a shoulder injury.
Immediately following their last match, Maria tested positive for Meldo. The Russian doc had recommended 'extra dosage' when playing 'important matches.' Playing Serena at semi stage of the AO would qualify as an 'important match.' Serena hasn't played her meldo-free.
I just happened to see the draw a few minutes ago and literally laughed out loud!
This is so wrong!
Their seems few things in this world Serena will never ever permit and losing to Maria
ever again is one of those things. So yes, that is a definite possibility. Serena will
leave nothing to chance when facing Maria.
Given Serena's recent injury, the immediate hyped anticipation, how nervy Serena can be in opening rounds,
and Maria literally having nothing to lose(Serena's favorite phrase) the stars could align for Maria.
The stars are aligned.
Then prepare for Serena's coming announcement!
Maybe you're right. Let's hope.
https://people.com/sports/maria-sharapo ... the-court/
More evidence she might be ok to play and will.
https://www.purewow.com/news/serena-wil ... onal-match
Serena Williams Played a Match at the Palace Yesterday (but Not the One You Think)
By LEX GOODMAN | 08-23-2019 | 9:35 AM
Serena Williams knows a thing or two about royal residences. She celebrated Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding at Windsor Castle and even visited their Frogmore Cottage estate to meet baby Archie shortly after his birth. So, when we heard she was playing a doubles match alongside her sister Venus Williams yesterday at the Palace Invitational, our interest was piqued.
Despite the royal-sounding name, however, the doubles match actually took place at the Lotte New York Palace, which has no affiliation with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the lot. The event, which is in its fifth year, is simply a place for some of the biggest names in tennis to have a little fun before the US Open kicks off.
Williams, 37, and her 39-year-old sister faced off in a game of badminton against Rafael Nadal. He was short a partner so Today Show host and event emcee Dylan Dreyer offered to act as a stand-in.
Since she’s pregnant, Dreyer opted not to play for too long and suggested someone else take her place. Then, in a surprise appearance, 15-year-old tennis prodigy Cori “Coco” Gauff (the youngest woman to ever win a Wimbledon match) offered to step in like it was no big deal. The crowd went wild and the game got fiercely competitive.
Ultimately, the Williams sisters took the trophy, although Nadal and Coco put up a big fight. The two doubles teams and Dreyer all posed for a photo together in their tennis bests after the match. (Venus wore her own athletic brand, EleVen, natch.)
It looks like two tennis queens just got their very own crowns. It’s just a shame they can’t wear them.
Preliminary schedule is out for Monday and Tuesday:
Serena and Maria open on Ashe in prime time, lst match in the evening. Followed by Roger's match v a Qualie.
However, opening on Ashe is:
Ashleigh Barty v Diyas, followed by...
Novak v Baena
Qualie v Ka. Pliskova
Medvedev v Gunneswaran
Venus v S. Zheng
Stan the Man v Qualie
Keys v Misaki Doi
Tuesday's prelim' slate:
Naomi opens v Blinkova
Fabbiano v Thiem
Rafael v Millman
Sloane v Qualie
Tsitsipas v Rublev
Simona v Qualie
Potapova v Coco Gauff
Sabalenka v Vika
S. Johnson v Nick K.
https://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/sch ... dule8.html
Obviously, this opening day slate is to capture "blockbuster tv ratings" on opening day for this Slam by scheduling the men's and women's biggest drawing names for ongoing promos on ESPN and other stateside tv sport networks to showcase this event. For me this is some BS but that's just me.
I can appreciate both povs, fan and business, but without business success of the event, there's no event for the fans, and the last people we want running this event, are public officials.