US OPEN, Flushing Meadows, NY, USA, GRAND SLAM (Women)
DATE: August 29 – September 11, 2016
PRIZE MONEY: $21,862,744
FIELD SIZE: 128
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Flavia Pennetta
1. Serena Williams, United States
2. Angelique Kerber, Germany
3. Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain
4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
5. Simona Halep, Romania
6. Venus Williams, United States
7. Roberta Vinci, Italy
8. Madison Keys, United States
9. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
10. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
11. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain
12. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
13. Johanna Konta, Great Britain
14. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
15. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland
16. Samantha Stosur, Australia
17. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
18. Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic
19. Elena Vesnina, Russia
20. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
21. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania
22. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
23. Daria Kasatkina, Russia
24. Sloane Stephens, United States
25. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland
26. Caroline Garcia, France
27. Laura Siegemund, Germany
28. Sara Errani, Italy
29. CoCo Vandeweghe, United States
30. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
31. Misaki Doi, Japan
32. Timea Babos, Hungary
Photo: Kiu Kaffir/Discuss.Tennis
The US Open Tennis Championships is a hardcourt tennis tournament that began life as the U.S. National Championship in 1881.
The venue for the championship is the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, New York City. It’s former home was the Forest Hills complex.
The tournament consists of men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for senior, junior, and wheelchair players.
The US Open is the only Grand Slam that employs tiebreakers in every set of a match.
Photo: Kiu Kaffir/Discuss.Tennis
Serena Williams enters the tournament as favourite and will be looking to add a 23rd grand slam singles title to pass Steffi Graf on the all-time leaderboard.
Williams is also locked in a battle to retain her Number 1 ranking on the WTA tour. Angelique Kerber was one match from taking the ranking at Cincinnati and will compete for the slot again in New York. Whoever emerges as world number one will be secondary to the championship, but it’s still an interesting side issue to monitor. In another sub-plot, Serena also has the opportunity to pass Graf’s record of 186 consecutive weeks at the top of the rankings.
Kerber has had a tremendous year, winning the Australian Open and finishing runner-up at Wimbledon.
Garbine Muguruza, the French Open champion will also look to make inroads into the tournament. The third seed hasn’t been a factor in previous US Opens but also has an outside shot to compete for the number one ranking.
2015 winner Flavia Pennetta will not return to defend her title, having retired but Venus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sam Stosur are other former champions who will be in the draw.
The other main contenders include Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep, and Petra Kvitova. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion arrives at Flushing Meadows in her best form of the year.
There are a number of dangerous unseeded players in the draw. Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Lucie Safarova and Olympic champion Monica Puig will both be looking to make an impact. Puig’s incredible run in Rio, puts her firmly in the spotlight.
About New York
Beyond everything you already know about New York, it is a city of islands…and not just its most famous one, Manhattan. Quaint City Island, iconic and outrageous Coney Island, suburban Randall’s Island, historic Governor’s Island, once a military fortress, then a Coast Guard base and now a city park dedicated to installation art. The city is surrounded by waterways. Marinas abound, and many New Yorkers commute via ferry.
We embrace summer here, as it is rather short. There are beautiful beaches within the city limits. And we don’t always eat posh food. Summer is for Long Island oysters, steamer clams, lobster rolls, and hot dogs…Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island on the boardwalk is the one.
As the summer winds down, Fashion Week begins. The lazy days are soon to be over, and attitude will come back in full force.