Williams is trying to put the past behind her. Sharapova, 32, is trying to find her past.
There'll not be a lack of big-name gamers in activity whenever the U.S. Open starts on Monday but the discussion around NY for days has focused around the marquee matchup between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.
Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Sharapova five.
That lopsided rivalry, however, has not prevented the matchup from being the talk of the tournament since Thursday's draw announcement.
"I don't think the seasons are too long", Nadal said in his champion's press conference at the Rogers Cup. So it was like, 'Oh my God. Iga Swiatek, an 18-year-old from Poland, worked her way into the top 50 this year and Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian, is coming off of a strong run in Toronto, where she won the title after Williams retired in the final. These two Grand Slam champions have never played at the U.S. Open, and it'll be their first match since the 2016 Australian Open. Together the "Big Three" have won the past 11 Slam titles and are the heavy favourites to add to that domination at the US Open.
"She'll do great, as she always does", added 2017 US Open victor Sloane Stephens.
Halep, who has crashed out of the US Open in the first round the past two years, enters with confidence after beating Williams at Wimbledon.
"Yeah, it's OK. We don't talk about that".
"We've decided that there are over 900 other matches, and Carlos, for 2019, will not be in the chair for a Williams sisters match, " US Tennis Association executive Stacey Allaster said in a telephone interview. He had opportunities in both those matches but let it go.
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The greatest tennis players in the world will meet in NY for the 2019 U.S. Open, which kicks off Monday with first-round men's and women's singles play.
The US Open will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, from August 26 to September 8.
"Everyone makes it so intriguing. There is always something to do".
Here, PA previews the opening day at Flushing Meadows.
"You expect very loud crowds. Then it just kept building on from that", she said. I have my restaurants where I'm going.
"I'm not putting extra pressure on myself, I know it's going to be tough. So I'm doing easy things to get the pace I need". "I've just seen her come back from adversity so many times in the last 20 years". He's got more work to do in NY. "I work with Galecic every week with my fitness and also my shoulder. You enjoy it. There's no point fighting it".
"Ready in NY for the US Open", Williams posted Monday morning on Instagram. She was the first African-American to win a Grand Slam title at the 1956 French Open and also captured the 1957 and 1958 US Open and Wimbledon singles titles.
"I don't say hi to her or anything because... We walked out here on practice the other day and some good memories came floating back", Barty said.
The majors have meant more this decade than any other in tennis history.