If one of the five players on this list were to win the US Open, it would significantly aid their respective legacies. The 37-year-old, seven-time Grand Slam champion could face Wozniacki in the fourth round. It is none other Simona Halep vs. Maria Sharapova. After a good run to the final, that showed her triumphing in straight sets over players like Johanna Konta and an in-form Sloane Stephens, she suffered a shocking loss to Garbiñe Muguruza, who claimed the title with a 6-1, 6-0 win.
It will be quite the welcome back to NY for five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova next week at the U.S. Open.
Sharapova made her return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals as a wild-card, but such invitations sparked criticism from some WTA rivals. She confirmed her good clay form with a good run that included important wins against players unsafe on the surface like Daria Kasatkina and Carla Suárez-Navarro, and then met again with Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 1 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic and former U.S. Open champion and No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation could be in for a matchup in the quarterfinals.
Number one seeded Karolina Pliskova, who became No.1 in the world on July 17, will be seeking her first career major victory. Murray has actually not played a match since he injured his hip at Wimbledon. The 36-year-old did suffer a back injury at the Cincinnati Masters a few weeks ago but said that he is "feeling much, much better than a week ago".
The German will hope the return to NY will spark a revival in fortunes after slipping to world number six.
Both Nadal, the top seed, and Federer, No. 3, landed in the same half of the bracket, and if they face off against each other, it will be in the semifinals. Whether she feels pressure because of it is a question she gets asked about at almost every tournament she plays.
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The potential men's quarterfinals: Nadal against Grigor Dimitrov, Federer against Dominic Thiem, Murray against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Zverev against 2014 champion Marin Cilic.
The Romanian, often feverish in the great opportunities, is to NY its first title in Grand Slam and the place of N. 1 world, as seven other players. The highest seeded American on the men's side is John Isner, who is the tenth seed.