Venus Williams, Sharapova, Cilic in action

August 28, 2017
Venus Williams of the United States.

Venus Williams is the only American player with a major singles title to her name in the men's or women's fields and will open her tournament on day one in the Arthur Ashe Stadium against Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, a 19-year-old making her Grand Slam main-draw debut today. Williams' seven major championships include two at the US Open, in 2000 and 2001.

At 37, she is the oldest woman in the tournament, and is coming off a runner-up finish at Wimbledon. She also was the runner-up at the Australian Open this year. Also appearing in Ashe during the day session is number three-seed Garbine Muguruza, who beat Williams at the All-England Club, against Varvara Lepchenko of the US and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic against Tennys Sandrgen of the US. Sandgren was named after his great-grandfather and said that he gets plenty of questions about that apt moniker.

 

Main-draw debut

 

"I had a little bit of expectations just to be not terrible because you can't be kind of named so similar to a sport and not be at least adequate at that sport," Sandgren said at the French Open, where he made his main-draw debut at a major.

The most anticipated matchup comes at night in Ashe: Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova plays her first Grand Slam match since the 2016 Australian Open against number two-seed Simona Halep. Sharapova returned from a 15-month doping ban in April.

Other big names on today's schedule include number four Alexander Zverev, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against former number one Jelena Jankovic, Sloane Stephens of the US against 2015 US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci, number seven Johanna Konta, and top American men John Isner, Jack Sock and Sam Querrey.

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