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Halep to face Sharapova in thrilling US Open first round

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Simona Halep will take on Maria Sharapova in what promises to be a thrilling first round clash at the US Open.

Halep and Sharapova played a dramatic three-setter in the final of the 2014 French Open, but the Romanian is yet to beat the former WTA World No.1 in six previous matches.

No.2 seed Simona Halep will take on Maria Sharapova in the first round of next week's US Open; check out more match-ups to look out for in wtatennis.com's preview of the final Grand Slam event of the season.
Should she make it past Sharapova, British No.1 Johanna Konta is her projected quarterfinal opponent; Konta rallied from within two points of defeat to end Halep's bid to become World No.1 at Wimbledon.

Defending champion Angelique Kerber has a tricky test as she takes on Japan's Naomi Osaka.

Kerber captured her second major title en route to the No.1 ranking at this very tournament last year, but will face a tough test if she aims to repeat, projected to face on-fire nemesis Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals.

Svitolina will open against Katerina Sinakova, who won her second title of 2017 at the Ericsson Open in Bastad - defeating former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

Wozniacki's projected quarterfinal opponent is Garbiñe Muguruza. The Wimbledon champion is in the midst of an excellent run of form after winning the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The Spaniard will kick off her US Open campaign againt will Varvara Lepchenko.

World No.1 Karolina Pliskova will play her first round against Magda Linette, and is projected to play 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the last eight.

Projected Round of 16:

Karolina Pliskova - Kristina Mladenovic
Svetlana Kuznetsova - Agnieszka Radwanska
Angelique Kerber - Jelena Ostapenko
Elina Svitolina - Madison Keys

Garbiñe Muguruza - Petra Kvitova
Caroline Wozniacki - Venus Williams
Johanna Konta - Dominika Cibulkova
Simona Halep - Anastasija Sevastova

Source: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/halep-face-sharapova-thrilling-us-open-first-round

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