In an interview, Dominic Thiem commented on his upcoming US Open run. The Austrian player said: "There are definitely worse Grand Slam first rounds than Thomas Fabbiano. However, after my illness, you cannot expect miracles, even if I do not set goals as a quarter-final or semis.
In the next days, I will make the least effort, only training in order to be fit physically on Monday." His agent Herwig Straka said: "Dominic practiced a bit longer yesterday, but noticed that he was out of power at the end.
He has to catch up, couldn't do anything for a week. Now he has to look from round to round, not to lose too much energy, if he wins." The most interesting first round of the 2019 US Open is definitely the one between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.
The two players have faced each other 22 times in career, the American won 19 and lost three, including two in 2004 and the last one - by withdrawal - in last year's French Open. It will be their first match ever in the US Open where they both conquered the trophy in the past.
They are very likely to play at night on the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Last year Serena lost to Naomi Osaka in a controversial championship clash while Sharapova, who is coming from an injury-hit season, will try to make a big upset again on the big stage.
In an eventual quarter-final match, Williams would face Ashleigh Barty. On the top half, Naomi Osaka is set to meet Kiki Bertens in the quarters and Simona Halep in the semis.