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"Someone texted me about it," said 2017 finalist Madison Keys, fresh off a title run at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. "I think I was shopping, had no idea the draw was actually happening. So it was like, ‘Oh my god! Look at this first round!'"
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For reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, the Monday match-up struck close to home as the Romanian herself drew Sharapova two years ago at this tournament, falling in what was regarded as one of the best matches of the season.
"We don't talk about that," Halep said, smiling. "It's past, so we'll just live the present. It's going to be a big match, definitely. If it's on Monday, then I will watch it. Were it Tuesday, no, because I have a match."
Scheduling conflicts aside, top seed Naomi Osaka, who played Williams to win her first major title at US Open last year, predicted all eyes would be on the clash - their 22nd overall, and their first since the 2016 Australian Open.
"Of course I'm going to watch it. I know you all are going to watch it," she said on Friday, referring to the journalists present for the US Open's annual Media Day. "I think everyone in New York is going to watch it.
"I'm not that surprised that that happened, because at every Grand Slam there is always some sort of drama. You know what I mean? Like, there will be a first round where it's like,' Oh, my God.'"
No.2 seed Ashleigh Barty played Sharapova in the opening round of her own Cincinnati campaign, perhaps explaining the straight-talking Aussie's unfazed attitude regarding the match-up.
"There are a lot of other quality first rounds. It's not the only first round in the draw."
Not too long ago, in a galaxy far far away, this match would've been a semi-final or final. My my my how times and players have changed. Serena is now a mother and Sharapova is trying to stage a comeback from a multitude of things. For Serena this would be just another dismantling of Sharapova and another win in their lopsided head to head if she's victorious. For Sharapova a win, in what is the biggest first round match of the tournament on Ashe in primetime night one, would give her a major confidence boost, some revenge, and be a brightspot in her floundering tennis career. Sharapova would instantly be the talk and toast of the town as I believe only one other player has knocked Serena out of a major in the first round.
I just hope it's a fairly decent match and not a blowout AND WE HAVE NO DRAMA!!! I'm sure the stadium will be packed for this match and it will be interesting to see who the crowd will be rooting for.
Well, someone almost got the scoreline correct - just not the winner. No need to pretend Serena. Sharapova is far from being a good player these days. Mediocre maybe. In fairness, I will say that any player on the tour is a "good" player in that sense, but when you compare to the competition on the deep end, Maria is no longer "good". Hard to see her finding her way back to top flight competition.
"Bottom line is I believe in my ability," said Sharapova, who has slipped to 87th in the world rankings after another season marred by injury.
"You can write me off. There are many people that can write me off, especially after going down 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the US Open. As long as it's not the person that's inside of you, you'll be OK."