When their names appeared in the draw, conducted this Thursday, all observers widened their eyes. Serena Williams against Maria Sharapova, it's a classic but the fans do not get tired. The two biggest stars of women's tennis have an appointment to go If this match is going to make a big noise (literally and figuratively), it has often flopped. The American has a huge psychological ascendancy over the Russian (19-2 in their confrontations) who has not beaten her since 2004! Beyond this blockbuster, the draw also reserved another very enticing poster between the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka.
On the side of the favorites (that is to say, a good ten or more players), it is difficult to expand on the table of defending champion Naomi Osaka. On paper, the Japanese seems to have favorable first rounds but has not shown great reliability since February. The Americans are already reveling in a potential third round against the new big darling, Cori Gauff, who will nevertheless have to get rid of before another youngster, Anastasia Potapova (18) and Carla Suarez Navarro.
Drawing rather correct for the Blue
This is not an easy task. Wimbledon winner Simona Halep could find sensation 2019 Bianca Andreescu, titled at Indian Wells and Toronto, in eighth. In this very dense context, Ashleigh Barty seems to have a more lenient path despite a possible third round against the Greek Maria Sakkari, in shape lately
For the Blue, the draw is pretty good except for Kristina Mladenovic who will be opposed to Angelique Kerber, always looking for his best level. The only French seeded, Caroline Garcia, must face the talented Tunisian Ons Jabeur. For Lyonnaise, in total lack of confidence, this first round can be tricky if she lets herself embark in the kitchen.
The young Diane Parry who inherited Pliskova (but Kristyna, the weakest binoculars), will look for more experience in New York. Fiona Ferro will have to fight against the tenacious Daria Gavrilova, like Pauline Parmentier against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Finally, Alizé Cornet has an affordable first round against Jessica Pegula.