Published: Sun, August 25, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka - 'I think NY is home'

Defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka - 'I think NY is home'

Serena Williams has been paired with Maria Sharapova in an eye-catching US Open first round encounter.

Officials defended their decision to ignore WTA rules restricting how many tournaments Coco Gauff, 15, can play by giving her a wildcard.

Serena Williams of the USA vs Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands - Paris, France - 03/06/16.

The biggest question surrounding the 19-year-old Canadian Andreescu is her health as she has battled back, leg and shoulder issues.

Eighth-seeded American Williams, trying to capture her 24th Grand Slam singles title to match the all-time record held by Margaret Court, has a 19-2 record against the Russian, a five-time Grand Slam victor.

The umpire at the centre of last year's US Open final storm involving Serena Williams storm has been formally told he will be kept away from her matches over the next fortnight.

They've met at every other major tournament at least once, including in a final at each, but never before at the U.S. Open.

Since his last year's title at Flushing Meadows, the Serb has collected two Grand Slams and after his Wimbledon win, Djokovic has played just three matches. Second seed Rafael Nadal meets Australian John Millman in the first round.

Watford's Deeney undergoes knee surgery
Watford captain Troy Deeney has been ruled out for "several weeks" after undergoing knee surgery, the club have confirmed. Watford had a whopping 23 efforts at goal and Pellegrini admits the game was an entertaining one which delights fans.

Tuesday's schedule was also revealed with top-seeded defending women's champion Naomi Osaka of Japan in the opener on Arthur Ashe Stadium against Russia's Anna Blinkova.

The female tennis professionals have gone head to head during numerous final matches throughout their careers and in the 2012 Olympics, ESPN reported, however this will be their first time facing off at the annual Flushing Meadows event.

'It is not the first time we have made the decisions that's good for the tournament, good for the players, good for the umpire to not be on those matches, ' said tournament Referee Soeren Friemel.

Osaka defeated Williams 6-2, 6-4, in the 2018 final after the Japanese star was awarded a penalty game by Ramos, handing Osaka a 5-3 lead on her way to victory.

Two other rules tweaks this year: The excessive heat rule will allow for 10-minute breaks for all men's or women's matches, whether or not they already were in progress when the weather reached a point of being unsafe to players; women can now only have one bathroom or change-of-clothing break per three-set match, not two.

"I never really say that I don't like an umpire so I never change that, " Osaka said.

"I am a little anxious about her fitness if she's going to keep getting injured but I love her game", said Evert.

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