Russian hits much lower ranked Li on US Open, heavy draw Clijsters

Arantxa Rus is linked to Ann Li during the draw for the US Open. This year the Delftse is the only Dutch tennis star in the singles of the grandslam tournament in New York, which starts on 31 August.

The 29-year-old Russian continues to hunt Flushing Meadows for her highest WTA ranking ever. Eight years ago she was the number 61 in the world, with her points this week she is now virtually at spot 68.

Her 20-year-old opponent is the number is about sixty places down the world rankings. If the Russian manages to beat the American, the thirteenth-placed Alison Riske may become her opponent in the second round. Riske defeated Kiki Bertens last year in the final of Rosmalen.

Bertens isn’t in New York. Not only because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, but also to better prepare for Roland Garros. Her favourite grandslam tournament starts after almost four months of delay on 20 September in Paris.

Clippers

<37-year-old Kim Clijsters is here. The former number one of the world, who once again made a comeback on the track, was admitted to the tournament with a wildcard and hits the eleventh placed Jekaterina Aleksandrova.

By the many cancellations due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, including title defender Bianca Andreescu and world number one Ashleigh Barty, Karolína Plísková, Sofia Kenin and Serena Williams lead the placement list.

At first she didn’t want to play it in protest against the incident with the black American Jacob Blake who was shot on Sunday by a policeman, but she returned to that decision. Friday she plays against the Belgian Elise Mertens.

Djokovic hunts 18th title

For the men the top is also far from complete, but Novak Djokovic is just there. The Serbian, who won all his races in 2020 and in between tested positive on corona, will compete against the Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in the first round.

The 33-year-old Djokovic also has an important motive to play the US Open. He currently stands on seventeen grand slam titles won and could be a step closer to winning Roger Federer (twenty titles) and Rafael Nadal (nineteen) in New York.

Poofiest poster is the meeting between fifth-placed Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson, the losing finalist of the tournament in 2017