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Serena draws Sharapova to start US Open

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NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they'll do it in their very first match.

A long-awaited Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal showdown could come only in the final.

Williams and Sharapova, past U.S. Open champions and two of the biggest stars in women's tennis, were scheduled for an opening-round matchup when the draws were conducted Thursday for the final major of the year.

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2019 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,685
2 R. Nadal 7,945
3 R. Federer 6,950
4 D. Thiem 4,925
5 D. Medvedev 4,195
6 A. Zverev 4,005
7 K. Nishikori 4,005
8 S. Tsitsipas 3,455
9 K. Khachanov 2,890
10 R. Bautista Agut 2,575
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2019 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Osaka 6,606
2 A. Barty 6,501
3 K. Pliskova 6,315
4 S. Halep 4,743
5 E. Svitolina 4,492
6 P. Kvitova 4,485
7 K. Bertens 4,325
8 S. Williams 3,935
9 A. Sabalenka 3,320
10 M. Keys 3,267
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