Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Partly overcast skies and also a cool wind did little to moisten the enthusiasm of fans packed into Flushing Meadows for the UNITED STATE Open Up on Monday, where the sporting activity’s biggest names were readied to embark on their quest to win the year’s final Conquest.

Globe leading and safeguarding champion Novak Djokovic and also French Open champ Ash Barty will certainly take the court in the morning prior to five-times champion Roger Federer shuts the night session on Arthur Ashe.

The most anticipated match, however, was the first-round face-off in between Serena Williams and also Maria Sharapova, a set of giants that for years were the two most recognisable names in women’s tennis.

Williams as well as Sharapova have actually never met at the U.S. Open up before and also although 8th seed Williams will be the favored against the globe number 87.

Williams holds a commanding 19-2 profession record against Russian Sharapova however the 37-year-old American’s fitness could be a concern.

Seeking a record-tying 24th job Grand Slam title, Williams compelled to withdraw from the Rogers Mug final in Toronto due to back spasms as well as remained the Cincinnati Open this month.

The U.S. Open runs from Aug. 26 to Sept. 8.