The US Open is held at the United States National Tennis Center in New York. The United States Tennis Association (USTA), named this center in honour of the famous American woman, Billie Jean King. King won 12 Grand Slam singles titles.
Pictured above is Serena Williams focusing on the ball toss as she prepares to launch into her sensational power serve. At the 2009 US Open Serena will be serving it up to the other players as she guns for her 12th Grand Slam singles title to match Billie Jean.
The US Open main draw begins on Monday 31 August and runs for 2 weeks. The women’s final is held on Saturday September 12.
Last year Serena won the US Open Women’s Singles Championship by defeating Jelena Jankovic in the final 6-4 7-5. It was the first time Jankovic won through to a Grand Slam singles final. Serena earned 2000 WTA ranking points whilst Jankovic scored 1400.
The 2008 US Open semi finalists were Elena Dementieva who lost to Jankovic and Dinara Safina who was beaten by Serena. The quarter finalists were Flavia Pennetta, Venus Williams, Patty Schnyder and Sybille Bammer.
In a Grand Slam tournament there are 128 players in the main draw of which 32 players are seeded. This year the seeding will be based on the WTA Tour rankings as of 24 August 2009.
The drawing of the 128 spots will be conducted on Thursday 27 August at 12pm Eastern Time. ESPN News will broadcast a live show as the reveal all of the US Open draws for the tournament.
104 of the 128 main draw spots are allocated to direct acceptances. The rankings as of 20 July 2009 were used to determine who the 104 highest ranked players where. Those players then gain direct entry into the main draw.
This year all of the active players in the top 100 active players will be on show as 99 of the top 100 women were accepted directly into the main draw of the singles event. Only Natalie Dechy of France is missing after recently retiring from the tour to start a family.
The remaining 24 spots go to Wild Cards and Qualifiers. There are 8 USTA Wild Cards and 16 spots for qualifiers. The “Qualifiers” were covered at OnCourt Advantage in this post (click here->) US Open 2009 Men’s Singles.
The USTA awarded Wild Cards to 5 Americans; Gail Brodsky, Mallory Cecil, Alexa Glatch, Vania King and Christina McHale, plus 3 others; former US Open champion Kim Clijsters, 16 year old Kristina Mladenovic of France (current World No.1 ITF junior & junior French Open singles champion), and WTA world no.167 Olivia Rogowska of Australia.
As discussed in the post on 20 August 2009, the French Tennis Federation and Tennis Australia got to chose who received a Wild Card from their respective countries.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further updates about the 2009 US Open singles events. Click this link to see an index of all 2009 US Open posts -> US Open 2009: Aug 25 – Sep 14.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Mats Wilander. Wilander was born on this day in 1964. The Swede won 7 Grand Slam singles titles: 3 Australian Open crowns (1983, 1984 & 1988), 3 French Open titles (1982, 1985 & 1988) and the US Open in 1988. He achieved his highest career ranking of No.1 on 12 September in 1988.
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