Both reigning champions, Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andrescu, chose not to try again. Roger Federer ended his season due to injury. Fan favorite Gael Monfils, like the crowd that adores him, is also absent. Six of the first 10 women are missing, including No. 1 Ashley Barty and No. 2 Simona Halep, leaving No. 3 Karolina Pliskova as the first seed.
Due to the lack of qualifying draws this year, the entry limit for this year’s women’s singles singles was about 50 places lower than last year in terms of rankings. There are still a lot of quality players in both singles tournaments, but the distribution is smaller than usual due to absences.
Here are some matches to watch.
Due to the number of matches that go through the courts, the time for individual matches is at best a guess and will certainly vary depending on the time of completion of an earlier game. All times are eastern.
Arthur Ash Stadium | 13:00 at the earliest
Kevin Anderson vs. Alexander Zverev
Kevin Anderson, a 2017 US Open finalist, missed last year’s competition as part of an ongoing injury fight. Anderson was ranked fifth in the world at the peak of his career in 2018, but is now ranked out of the top 100. Last week, at the Western & Southern Open, Anderson defeated Kyle Edmund, world number 44, in a close three-set match , before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round. Although Anderson has slipped from his top, his powerful passes and ground strikes can still be used as a wand to allow him to press on the net and checkpoints.
Alexander Zverev, the fifth seed, beat Anderson all five times he played, including three times on hard courts in the United States in the summer. The only major differentiator that enters this match may be the sequence of service that Zverev has struggled with in the last year. Zverev lost to Andy Murray last week and made three mistakes while serving for the match in the third set.
Court 17 16:30
Anett Kontaveit Daniel Collins
Daniel Collins, unseated at this year’s US Open, started 2019 with a breakthrough. She reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, but found it difficult to track this success, reaching only the second round of the US Open 2019. In early 2020, she bounced back, defeating Elina Svitolina, Sofia Kenin and Belinda Bencic during the Australian Open. WTA season. Collins’ aggressive style is suitable for faster hard courts, and its powerful base game goes well on the net.
Her opponent, Anett Kontaveit, is built in a similar way. Kontaveit became the first Estonian, man or woman, to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam at this year’s Australian Open. Kontaveit, ranked number 14, will try to replicate this success on a similar hard surface in Flushing Meadows. Kontaveit’s main weapon, an incredibly diverse service, is particularly effective at forcing weak returns, which can make it difficult for Collins to detect his blows on return.