(August 27, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The singles draws were held for the US Open on Thursday. Defending champion Serena Williams, who is seeking to complete the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graff accomplished the feat back in 1988 faces a competitive quarter of her draw. Williams, who is a six-time champion could face US countrywomen in the third and fourth rounds – Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. Also in Williams’ quarter of the draw is her sister Venus Williams and Belinda Bencic, the 12th seed, who defeated Serena in Toronto just two weeks ago.
Serena could potentially face third seed Maria Sharpaova in the semifinal. The world No. 1 opens her quest for her 22nd major against Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko.
Potential women’s quarterfinals:
(1)Serena Williams vs. (8)Karolina Pliskova
(3)Maria Sharapova vs. (7)Ana Ivanovic
(5)Petra Kvitova vs. (4)Caroline Wozniacki
(2)Simona Halep vs. (6)Lucie Safarova
On the men’s side of the draw, top seed Novak Djokovic could face eighth seed Rafael Nadal in a quarterfinal clash in Flushing Meadows. Second seed Roger Federer and third seed Andy Murray are on the other side of the draw. Murray has a potentially extremely competitive opening match against Nick Kyrgios. Nadal also will have all he can handle against Borna Coric in the first round.
Potential men’s quarterfinals:
(1)Novak Djokovic vs. (8)Rafael Nadal
(4)Kei Nishikori vs. (7)David Ferrer
(5)Stan Wawrinka vs. (3)Andy Murray
(2)Roger Federer vs. (6) Tomas Berdych
More to follow…