Iga Świątek faces a tough task at the US Open. There is a tournament ladder

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Rafal Smolinsky

The main draw of the US Open 2023 Grand Slam took place on Thursday. Three Polish tennis players met their first opponents – Iga Świątek, Magda Linette and Magdalena Fręch.

The highest-ranked seed in the women’s singles tournament was, of course, the current leader of the WTA rankings. Iga Świątek will defend her title in New York. Her first opponent was Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson.

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If Świątek wins the first fight, her rival will be the talented American Clervie Ngounoue (2023 Wimbledon junior champion) or the Australian Daria Saville. The third round may include, among others: marked with the 29th number of the Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto.

It might be difficult for a Polish woman to qualify for the fourth round. At this stage, the Russian Weronika Kudermetova or the troublesome and unpredictable Latvian Jelena Ostapenko may already be waiting.

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On the other hand, Świątek’s promotion to the quarter-finals could mean a duel with Coco Gauff. The American has just beaten the Polish in Cincinnati, where she won the biggest title of her career. On the way to the 1/4 finals, it may be that m.in. the talented Russian Mirra Andriejeva and the Czech Linda Fruhvirtova as well as the experienced American Danielle Collins and the Czech Petra Kvitova.

Three Polonaises in one half

Magda Linette also reached the first quarter of the tournament. Marked with number 24, Poznane will face Belarusian Alaksandra Sasnowicz at the start. In the next phase, American Jennifer Brady, returning to the tour, or a tennis player from qualifying could wait, and in the third round – the “11th seed” Kvitova.

Magdalena Fręch was unseeded at the 2023 US Open. The player from Łódź was placed in the second quarter of the tournament standings and will meet American Emma Navarro first. In the event of victory, she will be able to face the Czech Karolina Muchova (finalist of Roland Garros 2023) or the Australian Storm Hunter, who received a wild card.

In the second quarter, Kazakh Yelena Rybakina (number four) and Greece’s Maria Sakkari (number eight) were ranked on top. This part of the scale also includes Swiss Belinda Bencic, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka and Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia. The latter drew in the first round against the champion of the US Open 2017, the American Sloane Stephens.

And Pegula and Sabalenka?

In the bottom half of the tournament were Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (number two) and American Jessica Pegula (number three), as well as Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur (number five), beaten by Świątek in last year’s final.

Sabalenka was placed at the very bottom of the ladder. Ons Jabeur, the Czechs Barbora Krejcikova and Karolina Pliskova and the Russian Daria Kasatkina are very well placed in her district. At the inauguration, the Belarusian will face the Belgian Maryna Zaniewska.

Pegula is the highest seed in the third quarter. At first, she drew the Italian Camila Giorgi. So it can hit the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, the Russian Lyudmila Samsonowa or even her compatriot Madison Keys. If Pegula reaches the quarter-finals, the Czech Marketa Vondrousova (2023 Wimbledon champion) or the French Caroline Garcia could stand in her way.

The 2023 US Open Grand Slam main draw begins Monday, August 28. The winner of the women’s singles tournament will be announced on Saturday, September 9.

2023 US Open Women’s Singles Draw:

Iga Świątek (Poland, 1) – Rebecca Peterson (Sweden)
Clervie Ngounoue (USA, CM) – Daria Saville (Australia)
Lauren Davis (USA) – Danka Kovinic (Montenegro)
Q – Elisabetta Cocciaretto (Italy, 29)
Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia, 20) – Jasmine Paolini (Italy)
Alizé Cornet (France) – Elina Awanesian
Julia Grabher (Austria) – Xiyu Wang (China)
Bernarda Pera (USA) – Weronika Kudermetowa (16)
Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic, 11) – Cristina Bucsa (Spain)
Q – Karolina Woźniacka (Denmark, World Cup)
Q – Jennifer Brady (USA)
Alaksandra Sasnowicz – Magda Linette (Poland, 24)
Elise Mertens (Belgium, 32) – Q
Danielle Collins (USA) – Linda Fruhvirtova (Czech Republic)
Q – Myrrh Andreev
Q – Coco Gauff (USA, 6)

Jelena Rybakina (Kazakhstan, 4) – Marta Kostiuk (Ukraine)
Miss Udvardy (Hungary) – Ajla Tomljanović (Australia)
Anna Kalinska – Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic)
Kayla Day (USA, WC) – Sorana Cirstea (Romania, 30)
Victoria Azarenka (18) – Fiona Ferro (France, World Championship)
Lin Zhu (China) – Mayar Sherif (Egypt)
Q-Margarita Betova
Kamilla Rachimova – Belinda Bencic (Switzerland, 15)
Karolina Muchova (Czech Republic, 10) – Storm Hunter (Australia, WC)
Magdalena Fręch (Poland) – Emma Navarro (USA)
Varvara Graczewa – Taylor Townsend (USA)
Sloane Stephens (USA) – Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil, 19)
Anhelina Kalinina (Ukraine, 28) – Sara Sorribes (Spain)
Q – Xinyu Wang (China)
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) – Kateryna Baindl (Ukraine)
Rebeka Masarova (Spain) – Maria Sakkari (Greece, 8)

Caroline Garcia (France, 7) – Q
Katie Boulter (UK) – Diane Parry (France)
Peyton Stearns (USA) – Victoria Tomova (Bulgaria)
Clara Tauson (Denmark) – Anastasia Potapova (27)
Ekaterina Aleksandrova (22 years old) – Leylah Fernandez (Canada)
Bianca Andreescu (Canada) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine)
Martina Trevisan (Italy) – Julia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)
Q – Marketa Vondrousova (Czech Republic, 9)
Lyudmila Samsonova (14) – Claire Liu (USA)
Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) – Tamara Korpatsch (Germany)
Arantxa Rus (Netherlands) – Madison Keys (USA, 17)
Elina Svitolina (Ukraine, 26) – Anna-Lena Friedsam (Germany)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – Q
Patricia Maria Tig (Romania) – Rebecca Marino (Canada)
Camila Giorgi (Italy) – Jessica Pegula (USA, 3)

Ons Jabeur (Tunisia, 5) – Camila Osorio (Colombia)
Linda Noskova (Czech Republic) – Madison Brengle (USA)
Tatjana Maria (Germany) – Petra Martić (Croatia)
Ashlyn Krueger (USA, CM) – Marie Bouzkova (Czech Republic, 31)
Qinwen Zheng (China, 23) – Nadia Podoroska (Argentina)
Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) – Kaia Kanepi (Estonia)
Robin Montgomery (US, WC) – Q
Lucia Bronzetti (Italy) – Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic, 12)
Daria Kasatkina (13 years old) – Alycia Parks (USA)
Ana Bogdan (Romania) – Sofia Kenin (USA)
Paula Badosa (Spain) – Venus Williams (USA, WC)
Q – Donna Vekić (Croatia, 21)
Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic, 25) – Q
Caroline Dolehide (USA) – Clara Burel (France)
Anna Blinkowa – Jodie Burrage (UK)
Maryna Zaniewska (Belgium) – Aryna Sabalenka (2)

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