NEW WORLD NO. 1 KAROLINA PLISKOVA, SIMONA HALEP, DEFENDING US OPEN CHAMPION ANGELIQUE KERBER,
JOHANNA KONTA, AND GARBIÑE MUGURUZA
LEAD 2017 US OPEN WOMEN’S SINGLES FIELD
Field Includes Four US Open Champions
USTA: White Plains, N.Y., July 19, 2017 – The USTA today announced that new world No. 1 and 2016 US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova leads the women’s singles field for the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships. Joining Pliskova in the US Open field is 2017 French Open finalist and world No. 2 Simona Halep, defending US Open champion and world No. 3 Angelique Kerber, 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist and world No. 4 Johanna Konta, and 2017 Wimbledon champion and world No. 5 Garbiñe Muguruza. The field includes four former US Open singles champions including Kerber (2016), Venus Williams (2000, 2001), Samantha Stosur (2011), and Svetlana Kuznetsova (2004), as well as 2009 and 2014 US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki, two-time US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka, and 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci.
In all, 99 of the world’s top 105 women received direct entry into the US Open, representing 33 countries. The United States has 13 women who qualified for direct entry into the US Open’s main draw—the most of any country.
The 2017 US Open will be played Monday, August 28, through Sunday, September 10, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Women’s Singles Championship is presented by J.P. Morgan.
Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, became the No. 1-ranked player in the world this week. She advanced to her first major final last year at the US Open. This year, she advanced to the semifinals at the French Open and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. She has also won three WTA titles so far in 2017.
Halep, of Romania, advanced to her second French Open final this year and was a semifinalist at the 2015 US Open, as well as at Wimbledon in 2014.
Kerber, of Germany, won her second Grand Slam singles title at the 2016 US Open and then became the No. 1-ranked player in the world. She captured her first major title at the 2016 Australian Open, defeating Serena Williams. Kerber also reached the Wimbledon final in 2016 and won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics a month later.
Konta, of Great Britain, this year became the first British woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal since 1978. She also reached the semifinals of the 2016 Australian Open.
Muguruza, of Spain, won her second major title at Wimbledon this year, defeating Venus Williams in the final to become the first Spanish woman to win the title since 1994. Muguruza captured her first Grand Slam singles title at the 2016 French Open over Serena Williams.
Rounding out the top 10 entries are: No. 6 Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, the 2015 and 2017 French Open quarterfinalist; No. 7 Wozniacki, of Denmark, a two-time US Open finalist; No. 8 Kuznetsova, of Russia, the 2004 US Open champion and 2009 French Open champion; No. 9 Venus Williams, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a two-time US Open champion and a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion; and No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam singles final (2012 Wimbledon).
Nine players who have won Grand Slam singles titles in their careers are competing in the US Open this year, including two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic (2011, 2014); 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, of Italy; two-time Australian Open champion and former world No. 1 Azarenka, of Belarus; and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia.
Six-time US Open singles champion and world No. 15 Serena Williams will not be competing in this year’s US Open due to the upcoming birth of her first child. No. 36 Laura Siegemund, of Germany (right knee), No. 83 Yaroslava Shvedova, of Kazakhstan (left ankle), No. 90 Bethanie Mattek-Sands, of Phoenix, Ariz. (right knee), No. 95 Kristina Kucova, of Slovakia (right knee), and No. 104 Mandy Minella, of Luxembourg (pregnancy), are the additional withdrawals.
The United States’ Julia Boserup, ranked No. 105, is the last player accepted directly into the women’s field of 128. Five players are using a special ranking to gain entry into the main draw – No. 6 and two-time US Open finalist Azarenka, of Belarus, No. 26 Sloane Stephens, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., No. 50 Anna-Lena Friedsam, of Germany, No. 75 Alja Tomljanovic, of Croatia, and No. 92 Sabine Lisicki, of Germany. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, August 22-25, while the remaining eight spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.
In addition to Venus Williams, Stephens, and Boserup, the other American women who received direct entry into this year’s tournament include: No. 16 Madison Keys, of Rock Island, Ill., No. 21 Coco Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., No. 27 Lauren Davis, of Cleveland, No. 39 Alison Riske, of Pittsburgh, No. 40 CiCi Bellis, of Atherton, Calif., No. 60 Christina McHale, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., No. 62 Shelby Rogers, of Charleston, S.C., No. 64 Varvara Lepchenko, of Allentown, Pa., No. 75 Madison Brengle, of Dover, Del., and No. 80 Jennifer Brady, of Orlando.
The July 17 edition of the WTA rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.
The 2017 US Open will mark the culmination of the US Open Series, the North American summer season of seven ATP World Tour and WTA events that begins next week in Atlanta.