POPCORN-READY! Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu, and Others in Exciting First-Round Matches at US Open 2021

Published 08/27/2021, 12:40 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 07: Bianca Andreescu of Canada celebrates set point in the first set during her Women’s Singles final match against Serena Williams of the United States on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Behold, tennis fans! The US Open 2021 draw is out, and the first-round matchups are in place. As usual, the women’s side will raise curtains with blockbuster battles and probably some upsets too. Indeed, the challenge is up for players such as Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Bianca Andreescu, and others.

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Most significantly, the 2017 All-American US Open final between Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens will transpire in the opening round this year. Apart from them, fans will also look forward to watching many other exciting contests from Day 1 in New York.

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US Open 2021: Interesting first-round matches

In an exceptional opening-round encounter, two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep will face the in-form Camila Giorgi. Notably, while Halep has been on the road to recovery since May, the Italian has consistently improved on the Tour.

Moreover, Giorgi even won the Canadian Open title recently. Hence, it is the genuine test for the former World No.1 from Romania.

Aug 11, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Simona Halep (left) from Romania and Danielle Collins from USA congratulate each other during the second round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Another two-time Grand Slam champion, Garbine Muguruza, will take the Donna Vekic test on Day 1. Considering their recent performances, both will push each other to the edge to win this match.

Following them, Danielle Collins against Carla Suarez Navarro could be another entertaining encounter. To note, the Spaniard is playing her last US Open this year and will aim to go as deep in the tournament as she can.

Significantly, the Karolina Muchova and Sara Sorribes Tormo battle might also deliver high-quality tennis. Since both players are great competitors, it would not be easy to pick a winner between the two. Similarly, Maria Sakkari and Marta Kostyuk would also stay toe-to-toe with each other to kick start their US Open 2021 campaign.

Finally, the 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu will meet Viktorija Golubic in her opening round. Given her form, she would need to elevate her game to get past the Swiss professional.

Projected quarterfinals for this year’s US Open

Since the US Open is the fourth and final annual Grand Slam tournament, players would invest their all into winning it. And despite the top-notch competition in the women’s draw, the top seeds are likely to find themselves in the last eight in New York.

Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty poses with the women’s singles trophy on the balcony of the Park Plaza in front of the London Eye after winning the final Pool via REUTERS/Ben Queenborough

Here are the protected QFs for the US Open 2021:

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The stage for the American Grand Slam is indeed set. It is now to see who rises upon the occasion and lifts the trophy this year.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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