Serena Williams to face Maria Sharapova in US Open first round

Tanya Simon
August 22, 2019

Williams dominates the head-to-head between the pair, winning 19 of their 22 matches, with Sharapova claiming just two wins, the last of which came in 2004, and a walkover success at Roland Garros previous year when a shoulder injury ruled her out of the contest.

Djokovic, the defending men's singles champion aiming to win a third Grand Slam in 2019, faces unheralded Roberto Carballes Baena first but could be set for a daunting run in NY. Sharapova has lost the last 18 meetings with Williams.

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In the women's draw, 15-year-old Coco Gauff, who beat Venus Williams on her way to reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon last month, will play Russia's Anastasia Potapova. Djokovic will play Roberto Carballes Baena in the first round, while Federer will play a qualifier in the first round.

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Maria Sharapova won her only US Open crown in 2006. Pliskova, who will face a qualifier in the first round, could meet No.16 seed Johanna Konta or 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur in the fourth round.

Rafael Nadal is seeded at No. 2 and opens against Australian John Millman.

World number ones and defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka were named as top seeds for the US Open on Wednesday. He is followed by Austrian Dominic Thiem, Russia's Daniil Medvedev and Germany's Alexander Zverev.

Three-time US Open champion Djokovic, who comes into the tournament having won his fifth Wimbledon title, is followed in the seedings by 2017 victor Rafael Nadal.

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