U.S. Open Tennis 2014: Serena opens against American Taylor Townsend

Thursday August 21st, 2014

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.

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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.

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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


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