Muguruza starts with Hibino and Serena appears in the quarters

The Spanish will start a new edition of the US Open against the Japanese Nao Hibino, clearly marked by the absences of up to six players from the top-10.


The US Open presented the draw for the 2020 women's edition, one of the most atypical in history. The tournament, the first post-pandemic Grand Slam, will kick off on August 31 in New York, and is very open given the numerous casualties of world-class players.

The world number three, Czech Karolina Pliskova, will be the number one seed against the losses of Barty and Halep. He will make his debut against Anhelina Kalinina. On her side of the table will also be Naomi Osaka, the player who was planted in Cincinnati before the racial protests, with whom Pliskova would not face until the semifinals and who will start as fourth seed against her compatriot Misaki Doi.

On her way to the semi-finals, Pliskova could find herself against other seeds such as Petra Martic (8th), Marketa Vondrousova (12th), Alison Riske (13th), Angelique Kerber (17th), Yulia Putintseva (23rd), Jennifer Brady (27th). ) and Kristina Mladenovic (30th). On the other hand, Osaka could cross with Petra Kvitova (6th), Elena Rybakina (11th), Anett Kontaveit (14th), Dayana Yamstremka (19th), Magda Linette (24th), Anastasija Sevastova (31st) and Rebecca Peterson (32nd). In addition, Cori Gauff will also be on this route, who will debut against Sevastova.

The other side of the picture will be led by American Sofia Kenin, second seeded and fourth in the ATP ranking, who will begin her adventure playing against Yanina Wickmayer. He would not meet until the semifinals with Serena Williams, third seed, who arrives in New York with many doubts, and will start against Kristie Ahn.

For Kenin to reach the semi-finals, she could face players such as Aryna Sabalenka (5th), Johanna Konta (9th), Elise Mertens (16th), Karolina Muchova (20th), Ekaterina Alexandrova (21st), Ons Jabeur (27th) and Veronika Kudermetova (29th), in addition to other illustrious such as Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters or Victoria Azarenka. At the same time, on Serena's path may appear Madison Keys (7th), Garbiñe Muguruza (10th), Maria Sakkari (15th), Donna Vekic (18th), Amanda Anisimova (22nd), Shuai Zang (25th) and Sloane Stephens ( 26th), joined by players like Kristyna Pliskova.

Four Spanish women in New York: Muguruza debuts against Hibino

The national representation in this women's edition of the US Open will have four Spanish tennis players in the first round. The best positioned, Garbiñe Muguruza, tenth seed, will play her first match against Japan's Nao Hibino. Garbiñe could meet Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, who is not going through her best moment but will look forward to her 24th Grand Slam. In a hypothetical semifinals, the Australian final between Muguruza and Kenin would be repeated, in which the American won. Therefore, Garbiñe needs to be at his best level to aspire to high levels in this unpredictable US Open.

In the same frame is Aliona Bolsava, whose first rival will be the Swiss Jil Teichmann. If he won, Bolsona would play in the second round, hypothetically, against Kenin. The third Spaniard on this side of the table is Sara Sorribes. The draw matched the Castellón team against the American Claire Liu, who entered the tournament through a wildcard. Paula Badosa will go the other way of the tournament, who will start against the Russian Varvara Gracheva.

The tournament of the casualties

The 2020 US Open for women will be clearly marked by the absences of several stars from the circuit, including six top-10s. Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, number 1 and 2 in the WTA ranking, will not go to New York for fear of the coronavirus. For the same reason, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (5), the Dutch Kiki Bertens (7) and the Swiss Belinda Bencic (8) will not participate. The reigning champion of the tournament, Canadian Bianca Andreescu (6), will not be seen either, although in this case the player is absent to continue recovering from the injury she suffers in her right knee.

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