Eight players from the 2018 Croatia Bol Open are slated to compete in the U.S. Open singles main draw, including Tamara Zidansek, Magda Linette, Kateryna Kozlova, Ajla Tomljanovic, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Yafan Wang, Anhelina Kalinina, and Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Noteworthy first round matches include a first time meeting between 2018 Croatia Bol Open finalist and world no. 68 Magda Linette and 23 time Grand Slam champion and no. 17 seed Serena Williams. Linette will aim to move into the second round in Flushing Meadows for the second time while Williams is looking for her seventh U.S. Open title in 17 appearances. The match will take place tonight at 7pm EST on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The winner of their match could face either American Caroline Dolehide or Carina Witthoeft from Germany.
In addition, 2018 Croatia Bol Open champion Tamara Zidansek, who is up to a career high ranking of world no. 76, makes her first Grand Slam main draw appearance on Tuesday, August 28 when she faces world no. 53 Kristina Mladenovic. Zidansek is enjoying a breakout summer. Since winning the title in Bol, she has deep runs in both Budapest where she made the quarterfinals (l. Schmiedlova 4-6, 2-6) and in Moscow where she made the semifinals (l. Potapova 6-3, 4-6, 2-5 RET). The winner of their match could face either American qualifier Nicole Gibbs or last week’s New Haven finalist Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round.
Aleksandra Krunic, 2017 Croatia Bol Open champion, looks to recreate last year’s magical run in which she pulled off one of the tournament’s greatest upsets when she defeated no. 7 seed Johanna Konta in the first round. Krunic has had a summer of mixed results. She won her first WTA tour level title at ‘S-Hertogenbosch (d. Flipkens 6-7(0), 7-5, 6-1) in June, before a five match losing streak began in Eastbourne and followed her from Wimbledon to Cincinnati just before the last major of the year.
Krunic begins her 2018 U.S. Open campaign against Timea Bacsinszky on Tuesday, August 28. The two time French Open semi finalist returns to Flushing Meadows after missing last year’s competition due to injury. Currently ranked world no. 745, Bacsinszky is coming back from a series of injuries over the past year that saw her ranking fall from world no. 39 at the end of 2017. The winner of their match could face either Coco Vandeweghe or Kirsten Flipkens, both of whom Krunic has beaten this year, in the second round.
The U.S. Open is the last Grand Slam the year. It begins on Monday, August 27 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York.