US Open 2019 Draw: Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova; Full Schedule Released

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2019

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 file photo, winner Serena Williams of the U.S., left, and runner-up Maria Sharapova of Russia, right, wait for the trophy presentation after the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. The ruling, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
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The draw for the 2019 U.S. Open was released Thursday, and fans will be treated to an opening-round spectacle, with rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova going head-to-head.

Defending men's champion Novak Djokovic will kick off his title defence against Roberto Carballes Baena, and last year's women's champion, Naomi Osaka, will face Anna Blinkova.

The full men's draw can be found here, while the women's draw is here

Roger Federer will go up against a qualifier, and Rafael Nadal will take on John Millman in the opening round. Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old Wimbledon standout, will face Anastasia Potapova, while Simona Halep will battle a qualifier.

The top story to emerge from the draw is the clash between Williams and Sharapova, however. It will mark their first meeting in Flushing Meadows and has tennis writer Jose Morgado excited:

José Morgado @josemorgado

Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova is a #USOpen R1. It's happening. It's here.

SB Nation profiled the rivalry, which saw its first major showdown when Sharapova beat Williams during the 2004 Wimbledon final at age 17.

Per ABC, excerpts from the Russian's biography, Unstoppable, which detailed that encounter and the aftermath, did not sit well with the 37-year-old, who called the book "disappointing."

On the court, the rivalry has been one-sided:

The Undefeated @TheUndefeated

Serena Williams leads Maria Sharapova 19-3 in career head-to-head matchups https://t.co/ovcHEYMtB5

Sharapova won the last meeting between the two, but that was a walkover during the 2018 French Open. The 32-year-old hasn't beaten Williams on the court since 2004 at the WTA Championships.

Williams is a six-time champion at Flushing Meadows, while Sharapova has won a single title in New York, in 2006.


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