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Williams and Sharapova in the first round of the US Open and Muguruza against Riske

Williams and Sharapova in the first round of the US Open and Muguruza against Riske

The tennis players Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will face each other in the first round of the US Tennis Open, a match between two great sports stars that will awaken the expectation of an initial tie in which the Spanish Muguruza will have as a rival American Alison Riske.

For her part, the German Angelique Kerber will debut in the American tournament against the French Kristina Mladenovic, who in 2017 reached the 10th place in the official classification, and the Romanian Simona Halep, number four, still does not know her rival of the first round, as he will face one of the players yet to qualify.

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Thus, in the first round of the US Tennis Open, Williams, 37, and Sharapova, 32, will meet for the first time in more than three and a half years after they have both achieved at some point in their career to win this Grand Slam: six times in the case of the American, only one for the Russian.

On the other hand, Naomi Osaka, the winner of the previous edition of the US Open, will be seen in the first round with the Russian Anna Blinkova, in number 67 of the WTA.

Coco Gauff, a 15-year-old African-American tennis player who is drawing media attention after making her debut at Wimbledon this year, where she defeated Venus Williams, will play 18-year-old Russian Anastasia Potapova.

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Another of the young talents from the US, 17-year-old Whitney Osuigwe, will make her debut in New York against one of the top 10 of the women’s ranking, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.

The Spanish Carla Suárez also does not know who exactly she will face in the first phase of Flusing Meadows, since she has been paired with the winner of one of the qualifying matches that have not yet been completed.

This year, qualifying matches for the US Tennis Open began last Monday, with the first round kicking off on August 26, and the tournament coming to an end on September 8.

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This is the second year that the US Open has at its Billie Jean King sports complex the Louis Armstrong Stadium, with space for 14,000 people and a retractable roof to avoid the rain after an extensive refurbishment during a five-year period that cost 600 million of dollars. EFE

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