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US Open Day 1: Blockbuster Showdown on the Cards as Sharapova, Wozniacki Kick-Off Campaigns

There promises to be plenty of exciting actions as the 2017 US Open begins.

In the Women’s Single, Maria Sharapova who returned from a 15-month doping ban in April, comes in as a wildcard and is set to face second-seeded Simona Halep in the first round of the US Open.

Sharapova and Halep have met six times in the past, with the former coming out on top in all six meetings; the latest being at the 2015 WTA Championships in Singapore.

Sharapova has lamented on her lack of adequate preparation as her first round match kicks-off. “I haven’t had the best preparation, if I am honest. The tournaments I was supposed to play, I had to withdraw with injury, which was quite disappointing,” she admitted on the tournament’s Periscope channel.

There will be further action as Caroline Wozniacki faces Romanian, Mihaela Buzarnescu. This would be Wozniacki’s 11th appearance at the US Open where she is a two-time runner-up (2009 and 2014). Buzarnescu, meanwhile, would be making her Grand Slam main draw debut.

These two have met once, and it was at the first round of the 2005 French Open (juniors) with Wozniacki coming off with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win.

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The Men’s Singles will see Jo-Wilfred Tsonga take on Marius Copil for the first time ever. Tsonga who has put together a reputable season, winning three tournaments and reeling off a 22-6 record is in fine form and is capable of giving a dominant performance on any given day. It would be interesting to see how Copil fares against the French man.

 

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