Can Serena Williams keep her No. 1 ranking?
Serena Williams held on to her world No. 1 ranking when Angelique Kerber failed to take the recent title in Cincinnati, but four different women could emerge from the US Open — the final Grand Slam of 2016 — with the ranking, depending on how things finish.
Williams earned her 22nd Grand Slam singles title earlier this year, putting herself into a tie with Steffi Graf for the most of any woman in the Open Era. She also stands to tie Graf’s record for longest time with the No. 1 ranking if she makes it through the US Open still on top of the standings.
But the year hasn’t been completely kind to Williams, who lost to Kerber in the finals of the Australian Open and Garbiñe Muguruza in the finals of the French Open at Roland Garros.
For years, Maria Sharapova had been the No. 2 woman in the world, but with her suspension the void has been filled by a rejuvenated Kerber, a surging Agnieszka Radwańska and, of course, Muguruza. Serena’s sister, Venus Williams, is also playing well in 2016 and another American woman, Madison Keys, is also doing quite well for herself.
The Rio Olympics are in the rearview mirror, and the Williams sisters will be glad for it as they were both eliminated from singles and doubles play early on. Monica Puig, who holds the No. 32 seed here at the US Open, won the women’s singles gold medal, upsetting Kerber in the final.
Throughout the US Open, we’ll be providing schedules, recaps and more below. The tournament will run through Sept. 11 and will be broadcast primarily on ESPN and ESPN2. Below is all you need to know about the tournament, updated daily.
Bracket taken from the official US Open website.
How to watch the tournament
The tournament’s broadcast schedule is much the same as it was last year, its first year of running exclusively on the ESPN family of networks. Coverage will typically begin between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on most days, and will run all through the day. Coverage will be shared across ESPN and ESPN2 throughout. Live streams of all matches will be available via WatchESPN online.
Go to SB Nation’s tennis hub for recaps and in-depth how to watch information each day. Below is a full look at the start and end times each day and which channel you can find the coverage on. All times are Eastern.
|Aug. 29||First||1 p.m.||6 p.m.||ESPN|
|Aug. 29||First||6 p.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Aug. 30||First||1 p.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN|
|Aug. 31||Second||1 p.m.||6 p.m.||ESPN|
|Aug. 31||Second||6 p.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sept. 1||Second||1 p.m.||6 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sept. 1||Second||6 p.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sept. 2||Third||1 p.m.||6 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sept. 2||Third||6 p.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sept. 3||Third||11 a.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sept. 4||Round of 16||11 a.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sept. 5||Round of 16||11 a.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sept. 6||Quarterfinals||12 p.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sept. 7||Quarterfinals||12 p.m.||6 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sept. 7||Quarterfinals||7 p.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Seot, 8||Women’s Semifinals||7 p.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sept. 9||Mixed Doubles Final||12 p.m.||2 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sept. 9||Men’s Semifinals||3 p.m.||11 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sept. 10||Women’s Final||4 p.m.||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sept. 11||Men’s Final||4 p.m.||7 p.m.||ESPN|
Day 1: Monday, Aug. 29 (recap)
No. 2 Angelique Kerber def. Polona Hercog, 6-0, 1-0 (ret.)
No. 3 Garbine Muguruza def. Elise Mertens, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 7 Roberta Vinci def. Anna-Lena Friedsam, 6-2, 6-4
No. 8 Madison Keys def. Alison Riske, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2
No. 9 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Francesca Schiavone, 6-1, 6-2
No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova def. Magda Linette, 6-2, 6-3
No. 13 Johanna Konta def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-3, 6-3
No. 14 Petra Kvitova def. Jelena Ostapenko, 7-5, 6-3
Monica Niculescu def. No. 18 Barbora Strycova, 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1
Lesia Tsurenko def. No. 21 Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-0, 6-4
No. 22 Elina Svitolina def. Mandy Minella, 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-2
No. 24 Belinda Bencic def. Samantha Crawford, 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4
Shelby Rogers def. No. 27 Sara Errani, 6-4, 7-6(3)
Naomi Osaka def. No. 28 Coco Vandeweghe, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4
Carina Witthoeft def. No. 30 Misaki Doi, 6-4, 6-1
Saisai Zheng def. No. 32 Monica Puig, 6-4, 6-2
Day 2: Tuesday, Aug. 30
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Ekaterina Makarova
No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Jessica Pegula
No. 5 Simona Halep vs. Kirsten Flipkens
No. 6 Venus Williams vs. Kateryna Kozlova
No. 10 Karolina Pliskova vs. Sofia Kenin
No. 11 Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Teliana Pereira
No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky vs. Vitalia Diatchenko
No. 16 Samantha Stosur vs. Camila Giorgi
No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Louisa Chirico
No. 19 Elena Vesnina vs. Anett Kontaveit
No. 20 Kiki Bertens vs. Ana Konjuh
No. 23 Daria Kasatkina vs. Qiang Wang
No. 25 Caroline Garcia vs. Pauline Parmentier
No. 26 Laura Siegemund vs. Patricia Maria Tig
No. 29 Ana Ivanovic vs. Denisa Allertova
No. 31 Timea Babos vs. Barbara Haas
Day 3: Wednesday, Aug. 31
Day 4: Thursday, Sept. 1
Day 5: Friday, Sept. 2
Day 6: Saturday, Sept. 3
Day 7: Sunday, Sept. 4
Round of 16 play
Day 8: Monday, Sept. 5
Round of 16 play
Day 9: Tuesday, Sept. 6
Day 10: Wednesday, Sept. 7
Day 11: Thursday, Sept. 8
Day 12: Friday, Sept. 9
Day 13: Saturday, Sept. 10
Day 14: Sunday, Sept. 11
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