US Open: No. 2 Simona Halep draws Maria Sharapova in first round

US Open 2017: Players under the most pressure on the women's draw

US Open 2017: Players under the most pressure on the women's draw

Per the U.S. Open, Nadal and Federer could face each other in the last four if they are successful in the earlier rounds.

However, it is Nadal who has claimed his place as the world No. 1 once more, fresh from his comeback to top form this year. To the surprise of many, the French Open made a decision to deny a wildcard to the two-time champion of the tournament.

After having spent four and a half years without signing a single triumph in a Grand Slam tournament, and now well rooted in the thirties, the tennis player switzerland has a chance, starting Monday, to win a third title of the kind in 2017, this time to the global of the United States.

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a forehand against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) during the men's final at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Uniprix Stadium. Their biggest match was in the 2014 French Open final, which Sharapova won in three sets.

Sharapova, 30, is 6-4 this year since returning from the suspension and last played in the U.S. Open in 2014, losing in the round of 16.

Defending men's champion Stan Wawrinka will not be at Flushing Meadows due to a knee injury, but women's titleholder Angelique Kerber is ready to defend her crown.

"I'm not looking for any confirmation or any relief because I've accepted the fact that from my first match, I'm going to have a tough battle".

Halep, 25, is one of eight players vying for the top ranking at the U.S. Open but has had struggled with consistency throughout the season.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.

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"I'd be happy to play him here", said Federer. "No top seed wanted to draw Maria Sharapova (in the) first round". "I don't know exactly what to say about this, but just a little bit hard because maybe of the game that she's playing flat, she's playing risky, and maybe in the most important moments during the matches against her I couldn't step in and just take the opportunity".

More young blood breaking into the top 32 seedings are teenage Ana Konjuh and 21-year-old Anett Kontaveit, while 23-year-old Gavrilova has just won her first title in CT.

Sharapova has won all six of her previous meetings with Halep, though they have not played each other since the end of 2015.

Possible women's quarterfinal matchups on the draw's bottom half include Halep or Sharapova against No. 7 Johanna Konta of Britain, a semifinalist at Wimbledon; and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza against No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki or No. 9 Venus Williams, a seven-time major champion and the runner-up at the All England Club last month at age 37.

"We all knew it was inevitable she would be back in majors and playing".

The U.S. Open will be played August 28-Sept.

Halep said when she heard the news, she thought of all the tough draws she has been dealt this year and said to herself, "How did this happen again?"

Her best result after that win eleven years ago was in 2012 when the Russian had an incredible run where she defeated two seeded players to reach the semifinal.

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