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Serena Williams easily tops Forbes' list of highest-earning female athletes

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| 26 August, 2018, 17:08

9 U.S. Open in NY, earned twice as much off the court as any other female athlete, according to Forbes.

The tournament begins Monday, Aug. 27, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY.

In the men's draw Rafael Nadal, who a year ago won his third crown at Flushing Meadows, starts his defense against fellow Spaniard and long-time Davis Cup team mate David Ferrer, while second seed Roger Federer meets Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka. He will face countryman David Ferrer in the opening round.

That section of the women's bracket, and a possible Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic quarterfinal showdown in the men's, provided the most intrigue when the brackets were revealed at Thursday's draw for the last major of the year. So is mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios, the 30th seed who could face Federer in the third round. Djokoivc will open against Marton Fucsovics.

They've gone on to play a total of 29 times - Serena leads 17-12 - and that includes nine all-in-the-family Grand Slam finals, most recently at the 2017 Australian Open. At the opposite end of del Potro's quarter, world No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov is set to take on Stan Wawrinka.

Williams, who returned to competition in March after giving birth to her first child last September, earned $62,000 in winnings over the past year but received $18.1 million from an endorsement portfolio unmatched among women in sports, according to Forbes.


Andy Murray, playing his first Grand Slam since Wimbledon of past year and still battling to regain full fitness in the wake of January hip surgery, was handed a relatively gentle return to the major stage, drawing Australian James Duckworth, ranked 445th in the world, in the opening round.

Serena opens against Poland's Magda Linette, but her seeding won't protect her from a possible third-round clash with her 16th-seeded sister.

Halep, gunning for a second major of the year after her victory at Roland Garros, opens her campaign against Estonian Kaia Kanepi, a quarter-finalist last year.

Five-time champion Roger Federer could find himself up against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the US Open, where Serena and Venus Williams could meet in a third-round blockbuster. Serena could potentially face Venus in the third round, then Halep in the fourth. Sloane Stephens, the defending champion, is the No. 3 seed and could face former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

Women's No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki faces 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the first round.

Sloane Stephens is the defending champion, past year she defeated her compatriot Madison Keys in the final. Stephens is coming off a round of 16 defeat against Elise Mertens at the Cincinnati Masters.

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