U.S. Open Tennis 2014: Serena opens against American Taylor Townsend
The women's draw for the 2014 U.S. Open Tennis Championships was announced Thursday, a day after the women's seeding was unveiled.
No. 1 seed Serena Williams will open against 18-year-old fellow American Taylor Townsend, who made the draw as a wild card. Williams' quarter of the bracket includes No. 8 Ana Ivanovic, and her half includes No. 3 Petra Kvitova.
No. 5 seed Maria Sharapova opens against Maria Kirilenko. Sharapova's bracket includes No. 2 Simona Halep, who she could potentially meet in the quarterfinals, and No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki.
The opening draw for the top 10 seeds is as follows:
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Taylor Townsend
No. 2 Simona Halep vs. Danielle Rose Collins
No. 3 Petra Kvitova vs. Kristina Mladenovic
No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Sharon Fichman
No. 5 Maria Sharapova vs. Maria Kirilenko
No. 6 Angelique Kerber vs. Qualifier (TBA)
No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard vs. Olga Govortsova
No. 8 Ana Ivanovic vs. Alison Riske
No. 9 Jelena Jankovic vs. Bojana Jovanovski
No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
Venus Williams, the No. 19 seed, draws Kimiko Date Krumm to open, while No. 21 Sloane Stephens faces Annika Beck.
- Molly Geary