The US Open kicks off on Monday with a quartet of former champions headlining opening day play. Among the 56 matches scheduled are four former US Open champions on the main two showcourts: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.
Murray plays Robin Haase who nearly stunned the Scot three years ago but blew a 2-set lead. Djokovic, who’s struggled post-Wimbledon, begins against the lightly-regarded Diego Schwartzman who has never played in a main draw hardcourt match!
2006 champ Sharapova will be under the lights against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko who’s been hampered by a knee and a recent breakup.
“She hasn’t played in a while,” Sharapova said of Kirilenko. “That’s what I know. But I also know we have had a lot of tough matches in the past. She’s a very dangerous opponent, someone that’s capable of playing really great tennis. She’s beaten me before in her career. Yeah, I’ll definitely have to be ready.
“She makes you hit a lot of balls. She’s a great mover on the court. She uses a bit of variety, as well, in her game. But I guess we’ll see on Monday.”
And 2-time champion Venus Williams returns against 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm in a clash between two players who have a combined age of 77!
Other top matchups include Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka taking on Czech phenom Jiri Vesely. Toronto champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against former top Argentine Juan Monaco and New Haven winner Magdalena Rybarikova against former No. 1 and US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki.
US OPEN MONDAY SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00am Start Time
Danielle Rose Collins (USA) vs. Simona Halep (ROU)
Not Before: 1.00pm
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) vs. Venus Williams (USA)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00pm Start Time
Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00am Start Time
Sharon Fichman (CAN) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Robin Haase (NED) vs. Andy Murray (GBR)
Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Annika Beck (GER)
Not Before: 5.00pm
Taro Daniel (JPN) vs. Milos Raonic (CAN)
Grandstand 11:00am Start Time
Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Ksenia Pervak (RUS)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. Juan Monaco (ARG)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs. Donald Young (USA)
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Court 4 11:00am Start Time
Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs. Timea Babos (HUN)
Matthias Bachinger (GER) vs. Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs. Facundo Bagnis (ARG)
Roberta Vinci (ITA) vs. Paula Ormaechea (ARG)
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