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In tennis, the 2015 US Open Series (known as Emirates Airline US Open Series for sponsorship reasons) is the twelfth edition of the US Open Series, which includes a group of hard court tournaments that starts on July 27, 2015 in Atlanta and concluded in Winston-Salem for the men and in New Haven for the women on August 30, 2015. This edition consists of three separate men's tournaments and three women's tournaments, with the Western & Southern Open hosting both a men's and women's event. The series is headlined by two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and two WTA Premier 5 events.

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Point distribution for series eventsEdit

In order to be included in the final standings and subsequently the bonus prize money, a player needs to have countable results from at least two different tournaments. Starting from the 2014 season, a new rule has been added to double the points of a player who has obtained countable results in at least three tournaments.[1]

The players who finish in the top three in the series can earn up to $1 million in extra prize money at the US Open.

Round ATP Masters 1000
WTA Premier 5
ATP World Tour 250
WTA Premier
Winner
100
70
Finalist
70
45
Semifinalist
45
25
Quarterfinalist
25
15
Round of 16
15
0

US Open Series standingsEdit

The standings include all players who received points in at least two tournaments.

ATPEdit

Rank Nation Player Tours 1 Titles Points
1   GBR Andy Murray 2 1 145
2   SRB Novak Djokovic 2 140
3   USA John Isner 2 1 95
4   RSA Kevin Anderson 2 1 85
5   LUX Gilles Müller 2 40
  ESP Rafael Nadal 2 40
7   BEL David Goffin 2 30
  POL Jerzy Janowicz 2 30
  CRO Ivo Karlović 2 30

Notes:

  • 1 – Tours – Number of tournaments in US Open Series in which a player has reached the quarterfinals or better, in 250 series events, or the Round of 16 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events.
  • 2 – Indicates a player has earned points in at least three Emirates Airline US Open Series events, therefore doubling his point total earned on the Series.

WTAEdit

Rank Nation Player Tours 1 Titles Points
1   CZE Karolína Plíšková 3 1502
2   USA Serena Williams 2 1 145
3   ROU Simona Halep 2 140
4    SUI Belinda Bencic 2 1 115
5   POL Agnieszka Radwańska 3 1102
6   GER Angelique Kerber 2 1 85
7   CZE Lucie Šafářová 2 70
  UKR Elina Svitolina 2 70
9   SRB Ana Ivanovic 2 50
  UKR Lesia Tsurenko 2 50
11   USA Varvara Lepchenko 2 40
12   BLR Victoria Azarenka 2 30
  FRA Caroline Garcia 2 30
  GER Andrea Petkovic 2 30

Notes:

  • 1 – Tours – Number of tournaments in US Open Series in which a player has reached the quarterfinals or better, in Premier events; or the Round of 16 or better in Premier 5 events.
  • 2 – Indicates a player has earned points in at least three Emirates Airline US Open Series events, therefore doubling her point total earned on the Series.

Bonus prize moneyEdit

Top three players in the 2015 US Open Series will receive bonus prize money, depending on where they finish in the 2015 US Open, according to money schedule below.[2]

2015 Emirates Airline US Open Series Finish 2015 US Open Finish Awardees
W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128
1st Place $1,000,000 $500,000 $250,000 $125,000 $70,000 $40,000 $25,000 $15,000   Andy Murray $70,000
  Karolína Plíšková $15,000
2nd Place $500,000 $250,000 $125,000 $62,500 $35,000 $20,000 $12,500 $7,500   Novak Djokovic $500,000
  Serena Williams $125,000
3rd Place $250,000 $125,000 $62,500 $31,250 $17,500 $10,000 $6,250 $3,750   John Isner $17,500
  Simona Halep $62,500

Tournament ScheduleEdit

Legend
Grand Slam Event
ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5
ATP World Tour 500 and WTA Premier
ATP World Tour 250 and WTA International
Week Date Men's Events Women's Events
1 July 27 – August 2 Atlanta
BB&T Atlanta Open
2015 Champion:   John Isner
No Series Event Held This Week
2 August 3 – August 9 No Series Event Held This Week Stanford
Bank of the West Classic
2015 Champion:   Angelique Kerber
3 August 10 – August 16 Montreal
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
2015 Champion:   Andy Murray
Toronto
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
2015 Champion:   Belinda Bencic
4 August 17 – August 23 Cincinnati
Western & Southern Open
2015 Champion:   Roger Federer
Cincinnati
Western & Southern Open
2015 Champion:   Serena Williams
5 August 24 – August 30 Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem Open
2015 Champion:   Kevin Anderson
New Haven
Connecticut Open
2015 Champion:   Petra Kvitová
6–7 August 31 – September 13 New York
US Open
2015 Champion:   Novak Djokovic
New York
US Open
2015 Champion:   Flavia Pennetta

Week 1Edit

ATP – BB&T Atlanta OpenEdit

American John Isner and doubles partners Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock headlined the event as the top three seeds. Isner, a two-time defending champion, advanced to the third straight final, losing only one set against fellow American and a qualifier at the tournament Denis Kudla in semifinals. Marcos Baghdatis, a fifth seed, advanced to his first final since 2011, defeating second seed Pospisil before edging Gilles Müller in three sets to reach final. In the final, Isner claimed his 10th career title after defeating Baghdatis 6–3, 6–3.

Main draw finalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
               
1   John Isner 77 6
  Ričardas Berankis 654
1   John Isner 4 6 7
Q   Denis Kudla 6 2 5
Q   Denis Kudla 7 6
  Dudi Sela 5 0
1   John Isner 6 6
5   Marcos Baghdatis 3 3
7   Gilles Müller 7 6
  Go Soeda 5 1
7   Gilles Müller 77 3 64
5   Marcos Baghdatis 646 77
5   Marcos Baghdatis 6 77
2   Vasek Pospisil 4 65

Week 2Edit

WTA – Bank of the West ClassicEdit

Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwańska and Angelique Kerber headlined the event. In the first half of the draw, three seeds of four were upset in the second round, including first seed Wozniacki, who lost to Varvara Lepchenko. As a result, fourth seed Karolína Plíšková reached final without dropping set, beating Lepchenko in a semifinal. In the other side of the draw, Angelique Kerber defeated Radwańska in three sets, before easy semifinal win over eight seed Elina Svitolina. Kerber beat Plíšková 6–3, 5–7, 6–4 to win her fourth title of the year, tying Serena Williams at the moment.

Main draw finalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
               
  Varvara Lepchenko 636 6
  Mona Barthel 77 2 3
  Varvara Lepchenko 2 5
4   Karolína Plíšková 6 7
4   Karolína Plíšková 6 6
  Ajla Tomljanović 2 4
4   Karolína Plíšková 3 7 4
5   Angelique Kerber 6 5 6
8   Elina Svitolina 4 7 6
  Alison Riske 6 5 1
8   Elina Svitolina 3 1
5   Angelique Kerber 6 6
5   Angelique Kerber 4 6 6
2/WC   Agnieszka Radwańska 6 4 4

Week 3Edit

ATP – Rogers Cup (Montreal)Edit

Eight of the world top 10 players headlined the event, with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka led the field. Qualifier Ernests Gulbis had two match points against first seed Djokovic in quarterfinals, but eventually lost. Djokovic went on to reach the final, after win over another unseeded player, Jérémy Chardy. Murray beat defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in quarterfinals, before losing just three games against Kei Nishikori in semifinals. Murray defeated Djokovic in the final 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, meaning that Djokovic lost for the first time since 2012 when playing in Masters 1000 final, a streak that included 12 titles.

Main draw finalsEdit

Third Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
1   Novak Djokovic 6 6
  Jack Sock 2 1 1   Novak Djokovic 5 79 6
Q   Ernests Gulbis 6 6 Q   Ernests Gulbis 7 671
Q   Donald Young 4 4 1   Novak Djokovic 6 6
  Nick Kyrgios 5 3   Jérémy Chardy 4 4
16   John Isner 7 6 16   John Isner 711 61364
  Jérémy Chardy 4 77 6   Jérémy Chardy 69715 77
  Ivo Karlović 6 614 1   Novak Djokovic 4 6 3
7   Rafael Nadal 6 6 2   Andy Murray 6 4 6
Q   Mikhail Youzhny 3 3 7   Rafael Nadal 2 4
13   David Goffin 4 4 4   Kei Nishikori 6 6
4   Kei Nishikori 6 6 4   Kei Nishikori 3 0
  Bernard Tomic 673 2   Andy Murray 6 6
10   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 79 6 10   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4 4
  Gilles Müller 3 2 2   Andy Murray 6 6
2   Andy Murray 6 6

WTA – Rogers Cup (Toronto)Edit

Nine of the world top 10 players headlined the event, with Serena Williams, wildcard Simona Halep and Petra Kvitová being the top 3 seeds. Though Williams came fresh-off two grand slam titles, it was all about young Swiss Belinda Bencic in that half of draw, who defeated five Grand Slam finalists in a row to reach the final, including also three wins over top 10 players at the moment, against Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic in quarterfinals, and Williams in semifinals. In the bottom half of the draw, Halep faced also three grand slam finalists, and after defeating Sara Errani she reached the final. In the final, Bencic became the youngest player to win the tournament, overtaking feat from Ivanovic, when was up 7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 3–0 before another grand slam finalist Halep retired.

Main draw finalsEdit

Third Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
1   Serena Williams 6 6
16   Andrea Petkovic 3 2 1   Serena Williams 6 6
  Roberta Vinci 6 6   Roberta Vinci 4 3
  Daria Gavrilova 4 3 1   Serena Williams 6 5 4
  Belinda Bencic 6 1 77   Belinda Bencic 3 7 6
  Sabine Lisicki 1 6 63   Belinda Bencic 6 6
Q   Polona Hercog 2 3 5   Ana Ivanovic 4 2
5   Ana Ivanovic 6 6   Belinda Bencic 77 643
Q   Lesia Tsurenko 6 6 2/WC   Simona Halep 6577 0r
Q   Carina Witthöft 3 4 Q   Lesia Tsurenko 4 4
15   Sara Errani 7 6 15   Sara Errani 6 6
  Victoria Azarenka 5 3 15   Sara Errani 4 4
6   Agnieszka Radwańska 6 4 6 2/WC   Simona Halep 6 6
  Alizé Cornet 2 6 4 6   Agnieszka Radwańska 6 3 1
13   Angelique Kerber 3 7 4 2/WC   Simona Halep 0 6 6
2/WC   Simona Halep 6 5 6

Week 4Edit

ATP – Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati)Edit

Nine of the world top 10 players entered the tournament, with the pack headlined by top three players: Novak Djokovic, recent Montreal champion Andy Murray and Roger Federer, who missed Montreal. First seed Djokovic lost set against David Goffin and qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov in semifinals. In both occasions he came back from brink of the loss, when trailing 0–3 in third set in former, and being two points away from losing in latter. Playing in his first tournament since the Wimbledon final, Federer reached the final of the tournament after defeating Murray in the semifinals. Federer ended up winning seventh Cincinnati title after defeating Djokovic 7–6(7–1), 6–3, which ensured his position as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming US Open.

Main draw finalsEdit

Third Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
1   Novak Djokovic 6 2 6
13   David Goffin 4 6 3 1   Novak Djokovic 6 6
  Ivo Karlović 77 65655   Stan Wawrinka 4 1
5   Stan Wawrinka 6277 77 1   Novak Djokovic 4 77 6
Q   Alexandr Dolgopolov 6 3 6 Q   Alexandr Dolgopolov 6 652
  Jerzy Janowicz 3 6 4 Q   Alexandr Dolgopolov 6 6
  Tommy Robredo 0 1 6   Tomáš Berdych 4 2
6   Tomáš Berdych 6 6 1   Novak Djokovic 613
7   Marin Čilić 5 3 2   Roger Federer 77 6
12   Richard Gasquet 7 6 12   Richard Gasquet 6 1 4
16   Grigor Dimitrov 6 635 3   Andy Murray 4 6 6
3   Andy Murray 4 77 7 3   Andy Murray 4 66
8   Rafael Nadal 7 4 632   Roger Federer 6 78
  Feliciano López 5 6 77   Feliciano López 3 4
15   Kevin Anderson 1 1 2   Roger Federer 6 6
2   Roger Federer 6 6

WTA – Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati)Edit

All of the top 10 players entered the tournament, but later no. 2 Maria Sharapova withdrew, as she did also in Toronto. Other top four seeds then headlined the tournament, with the pack led by Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitová. Williams worked hard to beat sixth seed Ana Ivanovic in quarterfinals, who led by a set and break, but except that win all were much easier, including semifinal win over Elina Svitolina. In bottom half of the draw, Halep lost two sets in both matches before quarterfinals, but then had two straight sets victories, with semifinal win over Jelena Janković securing place in the final and also her position as the no. 2 seed in the upcoming US Open. Williams went on to defend title by beating Halep 6–3, 7–6(7–5), in the final.

Main draw finalsEdit

Third Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
1   Serena Williams 6 6
  Karin Knapp 0 2 1   Serena Williams 3 6 6
  Sloane Stephens 6 4 1 6   Ana Ivanovic 6 4 2
6   Ana Ivanovic 2 6 6 1   Serena Williams 6 6
  Caroline Garcia 0 3 14   Elina Svitolina 4 3
14   Elina Svitolina 6 6 14   Elina Svitolina 6 2 6
  Belinda Bencic 2 0r 7   Lucie Šafářová 4 6 0
7   Lucie Šafářová 6 0 1   Serena Williams 6 77
  Victoria Azarenka 6 0r 3   Simona Halep 3 65
  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1 3   Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 632
15   Andrea Petkovic 6 4 2 3   Simona Halep 77 6
3   Simona Halep 4 6 6 3   Simona Halep 6 6
8   Karolína Plíšková 2 6 5   Jelena Janković 1 2
  Jelena Janković 6 3 7   Jelena Janković 6 6
Q   Anna Karolína Schmiedlová 6 3 6 Q   Anna Karolína Schmiedlová 4 2
  Varvara Lepchenko 3 6 4

Week 5Edit

ATP – Winston-Salem OpenEdit

Main draw finalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
               
Q   Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4 77 6
  Pablo Carreño Busta 6 652
Q   Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3 77 6
13   Steve Johnson 6 652
13   Steve Johnson w/o
  Lu Yen-hsun
Q   Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4 5
2/WC   Kevin Anderson 6 7
6   Thomaz Bellucci 3 2
  Malek Jaziri 6 6
  Malek Jaziri 4 3
2/WC   Kevin Anderson 6 6
8   Borna Ćorić 2 61
2/WC   Kevin Anderson 6 77

WTA – Connecticut OpenEdit

Main draw finalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
               
LL   Lesia Tsurenko 6 6
5   Karolína Plíšková 2 2
LL   Lesia Tsurenko 2 64
4/WC   Lucie Šafářová 6 77
4/WC   Lucie Šafářová 646 7
  Dominika Cibulková 77 4 5
4/WC   Lucie Šafářová 78 2 2
2   Petra Kvitová 666 6
  Caroline Garcia 3 0
3/WC   Caroline Wozniacki 6 6
3/WC   Caroline Wozniacki 5 1
2   Petra Kvitová 7 6
7/WC   Agnieszka Radwańska 5 4
2   Petra Kvitová 7 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge" (PDF). AmazonAWS.com.
  2. ^ "Bonus Challenge - Emirates Airlines US Open Series". emiratesusopenseries.com. 20 July 2015.

External linksEdit