US OPEN DAY 1 PREVIEW: WHAT TO WATCH

by Karen

Day 1 of the US Open starts today at 11:00 a.m. EST and sees 32 matches from the top half of the women’s draw.  There are some tasty matches in store and fans of the women’s game are in for a treat. 

For the first time that I can recall a men’s champion who is defending a Major has been shunted off to an outside court for his first match of his title defence.  Only at the US Open could this ever happen.  Taking top billing today on Arthur Ashe stadium are 3 women’s matches, the first of which are day time matches featuring Ana Ivanovic going up against Dominika Cibulkova and Venus Williams against Monica Puig. 
To be honest of the 4 players on this court, only 1 has had any good hard court results to speak of and that is Cibulkova, who is 3 months into her return from an extended injury break where she had surgery on her right foot. I think this may very well be the match of the day as although Ivanovic has posted some good results, she has not had a stellar year this year.  Cibulkova will be looking to test Ivanovic’s fitness and Ivanovic will be going for her all out first strike tennis.  I am picking the upset today.  Venus Williams has not had good results coming into this US Open. She lost in the first round of Toronto and withdrew with a viral illness from her scheduled second round match against Ivanovic in Cincinnati. Look for her to come out of the gates against a player who has all but disappeared from the scene over the last year. 
There are some players who could really use some match wins right now, not the least of whom are Svetlana Kuznetsova who withdrew from the Citi Open earlier this summer and who has not really played a match since then, Carla Suarez-Navarro who is on a 6 match losing streak, as is Eugenie Bouchard and Heather Watson.  Sloane Stephens has not had good results since winning her first title at the Citi Open and Madison Keys, while winning a few matches in New Haven has also not had very good results.
Court Assignment
Players
Arthur Ashe
Cibulkova v. Ivanovic
Williams (V) v. Puig
Williams (S) v. Diatchenko
Louis Armstrong
Vandeweghe v. Stephens
Grandstand
Tatishvilli v. Pliskova
Keys v. Koukalova
Court 4
Zheng v. Brengle
Linette v. Radwanska (U)
Court 5
Kozlova v. Mattek-Sands
Bencic v. Karantcheva
Court 6
Kenin v. Duque-Marino
Suarez-Navarro v. Allertova
Court 7
Pegula v. Van Uytvanck
Mladenovic v. Kuznetsova
Court 9
Friedsam v. Kanepi
Konjuh v. Maria
Court 10
Kontaveit v. Dellacqua
Hantuchova v. Doi
Court 11
Siniakova v. Radwanska (A)
Falconi v. Crawford
Court 12
Pereira v. Makarova
Bertens v. Lucic-Baroni
Court 13
Dodin v. Jankovic
King v. Vinci
Court 14
Svitolina v. Kulichkova
Hercog v. Diyas
Court 15
Pavlyuchenkova v. Rybarikova
Smitkova v. Mitu
Court 16
Arruabarrena v. Jovanovski
Court 17
Davis v. Watson
Bouchard v. Riske

Live Streaming 

ESPN3 will be livestreaming today’s matches from the USOpen.org website.  Please see link 
For those of you who do not reside in the United States and therefore are unable to access the USOpen.org website, the usual streams are available at LiveScoreHunter


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