Aug 24, 2023 at 6:46 PM Update: 8 hours ago
Arantxa Rus awaits a tough job against former finalist Madison Keys in the first round of the US Open. Tallon Greek track was better off as a seeded player, while Botic van de Zandschulp was a match for his opponent on paper.
The 28-year-old Keys is the number seventeen in the world. Rus is 44th in the global ranking. They met once before: at the 2020 Australian Open, the American was the best in the second round in two sets.
Keys was in the 2017 US Open final, where she lost to Sloane Stephens. A year later she reached the semi-finals. She also reached the last four at the Australian Open (twice) and Roland Garros (once).
The 32-year-old Russian is experiencing a strong phase. She won the WTA tournament in Hamburg last month and is among the top fifty in the world for the first time in her career. At the beginning of this year she was still number 115.
The Delft may not be the only Dutch to participate in the US Open. Arianne Hartono hopes to reach the main tournament through the qualifications. She has yet to win two matches.
Greek track meets Frenchman Fils
For the 24th placed Greek track, the US Open starts with a match against Frenchman Arthur Fils, who occupies 48th place in the global ranking. They never met. Fils debuts at the US Open.
Greek track has not had a good preparation. He was immediately eliminated in Toronto and Cincinnati. In Winston-Salem, the 27-year-old Haarlemmer stranded in the eighth finals.
Van de Zandschulp (ATP-55) also does not have a pleasant run-up to the US Open. He was beset by an injury. Van de Zandschulp plays in the opening round against Australian Jordan Thompson, who is five places higher in the ATP ranking. With Jesper de Jong, the Netherlands still has one iron in the fire in the qualifications.
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