Iga Swiatek tops Italian Open draw, while Emma Raducanu takes on former US Open champion
Swiatek, alongside the other eight seeds, will get an opening leave. The Pole recently rose to the top of the WTA World Rankings and is looking to defend her title at the Italian Open.
The world number one will kick off her campaign in the second round against the winner of an all-American clash between Shelby Rogers and Alison Riske. The 20-year-old chose to miss the Mutua Madrid Open in order to rest from a shoulder injury. Upon her return, the Pole will be looking to maintain her 23-game winning streak. The player is still undefeated at the WTA 1000 events this year, winning tournaments in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Stuttgart. Swiatek could face Victoria Azarenka in the round of 16 – a player who reached the final of this tournament in 2013.
Battle of the US Open Champions
Defending US Open champion Emma Raducanu will face 2019 Flushing Meadows champion Bianca Andreescu in the first round. The Briton is yet to make it past the second round of a tournament this year and has also made changes to his coaching setup. Raducanu pulled out of the Madrid Open in the third round after a 2-1 loss to Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina – a valiant display considering she suffered from a back problem.
The winner of the match will face either Sara Sorribes Tormo or another Flushing Meadows star in Naomi Osaka.
Rest of the field
Former Italian Open champion Simona Halep, who won nine singles titles on clay, will kick off the tournament against Alize Cornet. The two players met earlier this year at the Australian Open, with Cornet knocking out her Romanian opponent to make her first Grand Slam quarter-final. Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins will await the winner of this match in the second round. Another interesting fight sees Coco Gauff take on Angelique Kerber in the first round. Kerber won their only one-on-one meeting, which took place at Wimbledon last year.
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