Novak Djokovic 2015 US Open Men's Singles ChampionThe 2015 US Open champions honour roll is listed in order of occurrence complete with the match scores for all 14 finals that were divided up into singles events and doubles events for girls, boys, women and men.

Mixed Doubles – Final
[4] Martina Hingis (SUI)/Leander Paes (IND)
defeated
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)/Sam Querrey (USA) 6-4, 3-6, [10-7]

Men’s Doubles – Final
[12] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)/Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
defeated
[8] Jamie Murray (GBR)/John Peers (AUS) 6-4, 6-4

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Sharapova US Open 2014Venus Williams silenced her critics last week as she beat Timea Bacsinsky in the US Open second round. The older Williams sister took a 6-1, 6-4 victory over her Swiss rival, and celebrated as she enjoyed one of her best seasons for a while.

After making it through to the final in Montreal earlier this month following her sensational victory over sister Serena, she has now set in motion a winning streak which could see her gunning for the title.

“I’m happy I won a match again,” she said. “The last couple of years I fought really hard and I really played red-hot opponents. So it wasn’t like I didn’t try. Sometimes you don’t win them. That’s why you get up and you live to fight another day. So that’s really what it’s about for me.” Williams’ next opponent is Italian No.2 Sara Errani, with whom she holds an undefeated record.

But she’s not the only female who’s proven herself at this year’s event: once again, Maria Sharapova has advanced to the next stages of a major tournament. The 27-year-old had an early scare as it looked as though she might bow out early to Romanian rival Alexandra Dulgheru. After losing the first set, Sharapova managed to bounce back and reached the third round with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

It’s a particularly sweet victory for Sharapova who, this time last year, was recovering from surgery on her right shoulder. Now, having won the French Open earlier this year, folks at bookies.com are already predicting that she’s on course to winning the US Open for the first time in eight years.

Over on the men’s side, Swiss tennis fans were chanting Stan Wawrinka’s name as he managed to progress to the next stage after defeating Brazilian rival Tomasz Bellucci.

After a weak point mid-match, the 29-year-old came back for a 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-1) victory, and things even got a little heated towards the end of the match, as Wawrinka was seen telling spectators to “shut up.”

It seems the match was a little too exciting for some fans, who Wawrinka decided was making too much noise.

He said after the match: “At the end of the day, they start to get a little bit drunk. I had to talk to a few of them. Everybody was into the match. That’s okay. It can happen.”

With tennis as exciting as this year’s event, it’s no wonder the crowds were getting a little rowdy.

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Rafael Nadal at the US Open

The 2013 US Open Tennis Championships men’s singles and doubles results will be listed below for each day of the tournament to make it easier for you to follow who wins and loses, your favourite players progress and who upsets the seeds and who players had to beat to make it through to the quarters, semis and final.

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For further details about this tournament please visit 2013 US Open directory page, where the link for each new update will be listed in that one place.

Pictured above is current World No.2 Rafael Nadal at the 2013 US Open preparing to play his famous forehand ground stroke as he visually tracks the ball to the bounce.  The 27-year-old Nadal won the 2010 US Open singles title and heads into the 2013 event as the favourite on form with a perfect 15-0 hard court record this year, including a trio of ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, in Indian Wells, Montreal and Cincinnati.

The 1.85m Spaniard can earn the World No.1 ranking if he out performs Novak Djokovic by reaching the final and Djokovic loses before the quarter-finals. Nadal would also become No.1 by winning the title provided Djokovic loses in the semi-finals or earlier.

MONDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singles – Final
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d [1] N Djokovic (SRB) 62 36 64 61

SATURDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [9] S Wawrinka (SUI) 26 76 36 62 64
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d [8] R Gasquet (FRA) 64 76(1) 62

THURSDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [21] M Youzhny (RUS) 63 62 36 60
[9] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [3] A Murray (GBR) 64 63 62

WEDNESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d [19] T Robredo (ESP) 60 62 62
[8] R Gasquet (FRA) d [4] D Ferrer (ESP) 63 61 46 26 63

TUESDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singles – Fourth Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d M Granollers (ESP) 63 60 60
[3] A Murray (GBR) d D Istomin (UZB) 67(5) 61 64 64
[9] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [5] T Berdych (CZE) 36 61 76(6) 62
[21] M Youzhny (RUS) d L Hewitt (AUS) 63 36 67(3) 64 75

MONDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singles – Fourth Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [22] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 67(4) 64 63 61
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d [18] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 76(2) 36 75 76(3)
[19] T Robredo (ESP) d [7] R Federer (SUI) 76(3) 63 64
[8] R Gasquet (FRA) d [10] M Raonic (CAN) 67(4) 76(4) 26 76(9) 75 – saved 1 match point

SUNDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singles – Third Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d J Sousa (POR) 60 62 62
[3] A Murray (GBR) d F Mayer (GER) 76(2) 62 62
[5] T Berdych (CZE) d [31] J Benneteau (FRA) 60 63 62
[9] S Wawrinka (SUI) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 63 62 67(1) 76(7)
[21] M Youzhny (RUS) d [12] T Haas (GER) 63 62 26 63
D Istomin (UZB) d [20] A Seppi (ITA) 63 64 26 36 61
L Hewitt (AUS) d E Donskoy (RUS) 63 76(5) 36 61
M Granollers (ESP) d T Smyczek (USA) 64 46 06 63 75

SATURDAY, 31 AUGUST 2013

Singles – Third Round
[2] R Nadal (ESP d I Dodig (CRO) 64 63 63
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 63 46 64
[7] R Federer (SUI) d A Mannarino (FRA) 63 60 62
[8] R Gasquet (FRA) d [32] D Tursunov (RUS) 63 26 64 42 retired
[10] M Raonic (CAN) d [23] F Lopez (ESP) 67(4) 64 63 64
[22] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [13] J Isner (USA) 64 36 75 76(5)
[18] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d J Sock (USA) 36 76(1) 61 62
[19] T Robredo (ESP) d D Evans (GBR) 76(6) 61 46 75

FRIDAY, 30 AUGUST 2013

Singles – Second Round
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] d. Benjamin Becker (GER) 76(2) 62 62
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] d. Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 75 61 36 61
Tomas Berdych (CZE) [5] d. Denis Kudla (USA) 76(3) 76(3) 63
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [6] 64 57 36 76(2) 61
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [9] d. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 75 76(8) 64
Tommy Haas (GER) [12] d. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 63 64 76(3)
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) d. Kevin Anderson (RSA) [17] 62 62 62
Andreas Seppi (ITA) [20] d. Somdev Devvarman (IND) 76(8) 64 75
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [21] d. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 75 61 63
Julien Benneteau (FRA) [31] d. Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 64 63 64
Joao Sousa (POR) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 16 63 36 63 64
Tim Smyczek (USA) d. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 36 76(6) 26 64 64
Marcel Granollers (ESP) d. Rajeev Ram (USA) 36 46 62 63 75
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) d. Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 63 64 36 46 63
Florian Mayer (GER) d. Donald Young (USA) 75 63 64
Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Tobias Kamke (GER) 64 62 62

THURSDAY, 29 AUGUST 2013

Singles – Second Round
Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2] d. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) 62 61 60
David Ferrer (ESP) [4] d. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 63 67(5) 61 62
Roger Federer (SUI) [7] d. Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 63 62 61
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [8] d. Stephane Robert (FRA) 63 75 75
Milos Raonic (CAN) [10] d. Pablo Andujar (ESP) 61 62 64
John Isner (USA) [13] d. Gael Monfils (FRA) 75 62 46 76(4)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) [18] d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 64 64 61
Tommy Robredo (ESP) [19] d. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 64 64 61
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [22] d. Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 62 57 62
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [23] d. Bradley Klahn (USA) 64 76(4) 46 75
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) [32] d. Guillaume Rufin (FRA) 76(4) 11 retired
Jack Sock (USA) d. Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) 76(3) 16 75 62
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 64 64 75
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) d. Sam Querrey (USA) [26] 76(4) 76(5) 67(5) 64
Daniel Evans (GBR) d. Bernard Tomic (AUS) 16 63 76(4) 63
Ivan Dodig (CRO) d. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 61 64 64

WEDNESDAY, 28 AUGUST 2013

Singles – First Round
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] d. Michael Llodra (FRA) 62 64 63
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [6] d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 67(5) 64 76(7)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [9] d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 76(2) 63 62
Kevin Anderson (RSA) [17] d. Daniel Brands (GER) 75 46 62 63
Andreas Seppi (ITA) [20] d. Xavier Malisse (BEL) 63 36 75 75
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [21] d. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 64 64 76(4)
Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) d. Benoit Paire (FRA) [24] 75 26 64 57 76(5)
Tim Smyczek (USA) d. James Duckworth (AUS) 36 62 64 61
Marcel Granollers (ESP) d. Jurgen Zopp (EST) 61 36 16 63 64
Rajeev Ram (USA) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) [16] 61 62 62
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d. David Goffin (BEL) 62 64 64
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) [29] 75 63 76(3)
Peter Gojowczyk (GER) d. Igor Sijsling (NED) 76(7) 26 64 61
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Brian Baker (USA) 63 46 63 64
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Victor Hanescu (ROU) 76(4) 64 36 76(4)
Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Lukas Lacko (SVK) 46 61 62 46 64
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d. James Blake (USA) 67(2) 36 64 76(2) 76(2)
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) d. Go Soeda (JPN) 64 63 61

TUESDAY, 27 AUGUST 2013

Singles – First Round
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] d. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 61 62 62
Tomas Berdych (CZE) [5] d. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 61 64 61
Roger Federer (SUI) [7] d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 63 62 75
Milos Raonic (CAN) [10] d. Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 63 76(6) 63
Tommy Haas (GER) [12] d. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 64 64 61
John Isner (USA) [13] d. Filippo Volandri (ITA) 60 62 63
Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) [15] 63 61 46 63
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [22] d. Collin Altamirano (USA) 61 63 61
Joao Sousa (POR) d. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [25] 36 63 64 57 62
Sam Querrey (USA) [26] d. Guido Pella (ARG) 76(3) 46 61 62
Florian Mayer (GER) d. Juan Monaco (ARG) [28] 64 62 30 retired
Julien Benneteau (FRA) [31] d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 64 57 64 64
Benjamin Becker (GER) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 63 36 63 64
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Lukasz Kubot (POL) 75 75 62
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) d. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 64 76(5) 63
Donald Young (USA) d. Martin Klizan (SVK) 61 60 61
Tobias Kamke (GER) d. Steve Johnson (USA) 67(4) 64 76(7) 62
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 64 46 62 46 64
Denis Kudla (USA) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 62 62 67(6) 75
Pablo Andujar (ESP) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 64 64 64
Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [14] 64 64 62
Jack Sock (USA) d. Philipp Petzschner (GER) 76(2) 36 52 retired
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 63 36 67(6) 64 62
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) d. Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 46 64 62 61
Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Adrian Ungur (ROU) 61 62 60
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d. Albert Montanes (ESP) 63 62 64
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 46 36 76(9) 62 76(10)

MONDAY, 26 AUGUST 2013

Singles – First Round
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 64 62 62
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] N Kyrgios (AUS) 75 63 62
[8] R Gasquet (FRA) d M Russell (USA) 63 64 62
[Q] D Evans (GBR) d [11] K Nishikori (JPN) 64 64 62
[18] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d P Cuevas (URU) 63 67(5) 63 retired
[19] T Robredo (ESP) d M Matosevic (AUS) 63 67(6) 63 62
[23] F Lopez (ESP) d [Q] F Serra (FRA) 67(4) 62 63 63
I Dodig (CRO) d [27] F Verdasco (ESP) 63 75 16 46 63
A Haider-Maurer (AUT) d [30] E Gulbis (LAT) 36 63 16 76(4) 64
[32] D Tursunov (RUS) d A Bedene (SLO) 75 46 63 60
B Tomic (AUS) d A Ramos (ESP) 63 36 46 76(1) 63
B Klahn (USA) d K De Schepper (FRA) 67(5) 62 76(0) 76(4)
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d T Bellucci (BRA) 63 62 62
D Sela (ISR) vs A Kuznetsov (RUS) 76(2) 63 67(2) 57 64
N Davydenko (RUS) d [WC] R Williams (USA) 63 46 16 75 60
[Q] S Robert (FRA) d [Q] A Olivetti (FRA) 63 63 64
[Q] F Dancevic (CAN) d R Haase (NED) 76(5) 36 75 76(3)
[Q] M Kukushkin (KAZ) d [LL] A Martin (SVK) 64 76(2) 75
[WC] G Rufin (FRA) d J Struff (GER) 76(4) 63 26 26 61

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Serena Williams at the US Open

The 2013 US Open Tennis Championships are a Grand Slam category tournament where the main daw singles matches commence on the final Monday of August each year. In 2013 the US Open joins Roland Garros for the first time to become the second Grand Slam to be played over 15 days. More time to rest was awarded for the semi finals onwards for the singles events, which means the Men’s Singles Final is scheduled to be played on the third Monday of the tournament.

To make it easier for those specifically interested in the singles draws, the Order of Play for the singles matches only is listed below throughout the tournament.

The order of play or “OOP” is the sequential order that the matches are scheduled to be played and on what court for each day. In the order of play list, all players except for the direct acceptances will have letters or a number in brackets in front of their names when they are a seeded player i.e. [1] for the No.1 seed, a wild card entrant [WC], a player who won through the qualifying tournament i.e. a qualifier [Q] or a lucky loser [LL].

The letters in brackets after each player’s name is the prefix for the country that player represents e.g. the local players have (USA) added after their names denoting they represent the United States of America. “WTA” denotes women’s matches and “ATP” for the men’s matches.

This-> 2013 US Open directory page contains a full list of links to every article about the 2013 US Open Tennis Championships covered here at OnCourt Advantage. In-depth details, explanations and breakdowns of everything from draws, schedules, tickets, prize money and a whole lot more.

To watch the tennis in Singapore you need to subtract 12 hours to the local time in New York to work out the equivalent Singapore time.

MONDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER

Arthur Ashe Stadium at 5pm
Singles – Final
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

SUNDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER

Arthur Ashe Stadium at Not before 4:30pm
Singles – Final
[1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [2] Victoria Azarenka (UKR)

SATURDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER

Arthur Ashe Stadium at 12 noon
Semi-finals
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [9] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
[8] Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs. [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

FRIDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER

Arthur Ashe Stadium at Not Before: 1.30pm
Singles – Semifinals
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [2] vs. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) – WTA
Not Before: 3.45pm
Serena Williams (USA) [1] vs. [5] Na Li (CHN) [5] – WTA

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Arthur Ashe Stadium at Not Before: 1.30pm
Singles – Quarterfinals
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] vs. [9] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP
Not Before: 8.00pm
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs. [21] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) – ATP

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Arthur Ashe Stadium at 12:00pm
Singles – Quarterfinals
Roberta Vinci (ITA) [10] vs. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) – WTA
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [8] vs. [4] David Ferrer (ESP) – ATP
7:00 pm
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs. [2] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) – WTA
Tommy Robredo (ESP) [19] vs. [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) – ATP

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Arthur Ashe Stadium at 11:00am
Singles – Round 4
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [13] vs. [2] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) – WTA
Singles – Quarterfinals
Na Li (CHN) [5] vs. [24] Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) – WTA
Not Before: 2.30pm
Singles – Round 4
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP) – ATP
7:00 pm
Singles – Quarterfinals
Serena Williams (USA) [1] vs. [18] Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA
Singles – Round 4
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] vs. Denis Istomin (UZB) – ATP

Louis Armstrong Stadium at Not Before 12:30pm
Singles – Round 4
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [21] vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) – ATP
Not Before: 5.00pm
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [9] vs. [5] Tomas Berdych (CZE) – ATP

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Arthur Ashe Stadium at 11:00 am
Singles – Round 4
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs. Alison Riske (USA) – WTA
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [13] vs. [2] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) – WTA
7:00 pm
Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2] vs. [22] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) – ATP

Louis Armstrong Stadium at 11:00 am
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) vs. [21] Simona Halep (ROU) – WTA
Not Before: 5.00pm
Tommy Robredo (ESP) [19] vs. [7] Roger Federer (SUI) – ATP

Grandstand at 11:00am
Roberta Vinci (ITA) [10] vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA) – WTA
David Ferrer (ESP) [4] vs. [18] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) – ATP

Court 17 after one doubles match:
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [8] vs. [10] Milos Raonic (CAN) – ATP

Photo credit: Boss Tweed

 

Novak Djokovic runner-up (left) and Andy Murray champion (right)

The 2013 US Open main draw men’s singles matches will begin on Monday 26 August at 11am local time in New York. Below OnCourt Advantage provides a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.

The official US Open main draw ceremony is being held on Thursday 22 August at 12 noon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. The full list of the men’s singles draw will be added here-> US Open 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round as it happens.

The men’s singles draw has a 128-player draw consisting of 16 Qualifiers, 8 Wildcards and 104 Direct Acceptances. The direct acceptances are the highest 104 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete. The cut-off date is six weeks prior to the main draw commencing i.e. 15 July 2013.

The Seeds:

The seeds are selected solely according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 19 August 2012.

There are 32 seeded players that are placed in preselected positions in the 128-player draw. This guarantees that the seeds are separated in the draw so that they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents (unseeded players), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.

If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 33rd highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 34th player and so on.

The Wildcards:

All of the eight wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Monday 19 August as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day. The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.

The eight wild cards are awarded two reciprocal wild cards with Roland Garros (selected by the French Tennis Federation) and the Australian Open (selected by Tennis Australia). The remaining six are selected by the United States Tennis Association, who usually chose six Americans.

The Qualifiers:

The 128-player qualifying tournament will begin on Tuesday 20 August and runs through to Friday 23 August.

Full details about how the qualifying draw works will be covered in the US Open Tennis 2013 Men’s Qualifying Singles. The full list of the men’s qualifying singles draw will be detailed in the US Open 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying 1st Round.

The Lucky Losers:

When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from the US Open after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the main draw is awarded to a lucky loser.

Any of the sixteen players that lose in the final round of qualifying and then signs-in for the singles main draw is eligible to receive a lucky loser spot. If a lucky loser spot is awarded, it goes in the order of highest ranked player to the lowest. The term lucky loser, then comes from the fact that despite losing they are lucky that they still get to compete in the main draw.

© photo courtesy of HEAD Tennis

Victoria Azarenka at the US Open 2012

The 2013 US Open main draw women’s singles matches will begin on Monday 26 August at 11am local time in New York. Below OnCourt Advantage provides a number of interesting facts and dates about the women’s singles main draw and the draw composition, including about all of the different types of participants: seeds, direct acceptances, wildcards, qualifiers and lucky losers.

The official US Open main draw ceremony is being held on Thursday 22 August at 12 noon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. The full list of the women’s singles draw will be added here-> US Open 2013 Women’s Singles Draw: 1st Round as it happens.

The women’s singles draw has a 128-player draw consisting of 12 qualifiers, 8 wildcards and 108 direct acceptances. The direct acceptances are the highest 108 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete. The cut-off date is six weeks prior to the main draw commencing i.e. 15 July 2013.

The Seeds:

The seeds are selected solely according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 19 August 2012.

There are 32 seeded players that are placed in preselected positions in the 128-player draw. This guarantees that the seeds are separated in the draw so that they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents (unseeded players), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.

If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 33rd highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 34th player and so on.

The Wildcards:

All of the eight wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Monday 19 August as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day. The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.

The eight wild cards are awarded two reciprocal wild cards with Roland Garros (selected by the French Tennis Federation) and the Australian Open (selected by Tennis Australia). The remaining six are selected by the United States Tennis Association, who usually chose six Americans.

The Qualifiers:

The 96-player qualifying tournament will begin on Tuesday 20 August and run through to Friday 23 August.

Full details about how the qualifying draw works will be covered in the US Open 2013 Women’s Qualifying Singles. The full list of the women’s qualifying singles draw will be detailed in the US Open 2013 Women’s Singles Draw: Qualifying 1st Round.

The Lucky Losers:

When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from the US Open after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the main draw is awarded to a lucky loser.

Any of the twelve players that lose in the final round of qualifying and then signs-in for the singles main draw is eligible to receive a lucky loser spot. If a lucky loser spot is awarded, it goes in the order of highest ranked player to the lowest. The term lucky loser, then comes from the fact that despite losing they are lucky that they still get to compete in the main draw.

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Olga Puchkova at the 2012 US Open

The 2013 US Open Tennis women’s qualifying singles event is scheduled to begin on Tuesday 20 August and runs for four straight days with play commencing at 11am (local time) each day. OnCourt Advantage provides some interesting facts about the women’s qualifying draw below.

Make sure you go and enjoy the qualifying event where play kicks off at 11am each day and entry is free of charge. I always enjoyed watching the qualifying at the Australian Open, especially on the final day when you can feel the emotions of the players as their whole trip and hopes are on the line, with a spot in the singles main draw the coveted reward.

As soon as the qualifying draw is announced on Monday 19 August it will be covered and listed in US Open Tennis Qualifying 2013 Women’s 1st Round.

Olga PUCHKOVA is pictured visually tracking the ball into the contact with point for her favourite shot, the double-handed backhand ground stroke as the ball jams in far closer to her body than she would like during the 2012 US Open.

The 1.8m Puchkova was the best performed qualifier at the US Open last year by reaching the third round in her career-best Grand Slam result and first Grand Slam main draw matches since the 2008 Australian Open! The 25-year-old Puchkova achieved her career-high ranking to date of No.32 in June of 2007. Puchkova is currently ranked No.74 after spending a few years outside the Top 100 and is the No.8 Russian women presently.

The US Open women’s qualifying singles event is a 128-player draw divided up between 9 wildcards and 119 direct acceptances in an elimination format with 16 spots allocated to qualifiers. There are 32 seeds in the qualifying, which are the highest 32 ranked players who made the cut-off on Monday 19 August according to the WTA rankings as at Monday 19 August.

The first round of qualifying is scheduled to be completed on the first two days i.e. Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 August. The 64 first round winners then play in the second round on Thursday 22 August for a spot in the third and final round, known as “The Qualifying Round” on Friday 23 August.

© photo credit: Richard van loon