2018 US Open (tennis)
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The 2018 US Open was the 138th edition of tennis' US Open and the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the year. It was held on outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
|2018 US Open|
|Date||August 27 – September 9|
|Category||Grand Slam (ITF)|
|Location||New York City, New York, United States|
|Venue||USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center|
|Mike Bryan / Jack Sock|
|Ashleigh Barty / CoCo Vandeweghe|
|Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Jamie Murray|
|Thiago Seyboth Wild|
|Adrian Andreev / Anton Matusevich|
|Cori Gauff / Caty McNally|
|Wheelchair Men's Singles|
|Wheelchair Women's Singles|
|Diede de Groot|
|Wheelchair Quad Singles|
|Wheelchair Men's Doubles|
|Alfie Hewett / Gordon Reid|
|Wheelchair Women's Doubles|
|Diede de Groot / Yui Kamiji|
|Wheelchair Quad Doubles|
|Andrew Lapthorne / David Wagner|
Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens were the defending champions in the men's and women's singles events, however both failed to defend their titles. Nadal retired during his semifinal match against Juan Martín del Potro. Stephens was defeated in the quarterfinals by Anastasija Sevastova, whom Stephens had beaten at the same stage the previous year.
Novak Djokovic won the men's singles title, defeating del Potro in the final, 6–3, 7–6(7–4), 6–3. It was his third US Open title and 14th Grand Slam, tying Pete Sampras' record to become equal third among all-time Grand Slam champions. In women's singles, Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in the final, 6–2, 6–4, becoming Japan's first ever able-bodied Grand Slam singles champion.
The 2018 US Open was the 138th edition of the tournament and took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park of Queens in New York City, New York, United States. The tournament was held on 14 DecoTurf hard courts.
The tournament was an event run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and was part of the 2018 ATP World Tour and the 2018 WTA Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category. The tournament consisted of both men's and women's singles and doubles draws as well as a mixed doubles event. There are also singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which are part of the Grade A category of tournaments. Additionally, there are singles and doubles wheelchair tennis events for men, women and quads.
The tournament was played on hard courts and takes place over a series of 15 courts with DecoTurf surface, including the two existing main showcourts – Arthur Ashe Stadium and the new Grandstand. The brand new Louis Armstrong Stadium would be ready for the 2018 tournament and replaced the temporary stadium on the same site from the 2017 edition.
In the United States, the 2018 US Open will be the fourth year in a row under an 11-year, $825 million contract with ESPN, in which the broadcaster holds exclusive rights to the entire tournament and the US Open Series. This means that the tournament is not available on broadcast television. This also makes ESPN the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for three of the four tennis majors.
Point and prize money distributionEdit
Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points on offer for each event.
|Event||W||F||SF||QF||Round of 16||Round of 32||Round of 64||Round of 128||Q||Q3||Q2||Q1|
The total prize-money compensation for the 2018 US Open is $53 million, a more than 5% increase on the same total last year. Of that total, a record $3.8 million goes to both the men's and women's singles champions, which is increased by 2.7% from last year. This makes the US Open the most lucrative and highest paying tennis grand slam in the world, leapfrogging Roland-Garros in total prize money fund. Prize money for the US Open qualifying tournament is also up 10.3%, to $3.2 million. The prize money for the wheelchair draw amounts to a total of US$350,000. The singles winners of the men and women draws receive US$31,200 and the winner of the quad singles receives US$23,400.
|Event||W||F||SF||QF||Round of 16||Round of 32||Round of 64||Round of 128||Q3||Q2||Q1|
Women's Singles finalEdit
Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in the final, 6–2, 6–4. During the final, Williams received three code violations, the second coming with a point penalty and the third with a game penalty. The issue started during the second set when chair umpire Carlos Ramos cited Serena for a signal that was sent from her coach. Serena said she was unaware of the signal and verbally sparred with Ramos, saying "I don't cheat to win. I'd rather lose." and "You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life." After a mistake later in the second set, Serena smashed her racket into the court. This led to her second code violation, which Serena found out about upon attempting to serve and which increased the dispute between Serena and Ramos. During the change at the 3–4 mark, a discussion between Serena and Ramos broke down leading Serena to call Ramos both "a liar" and "a thief." As both players were concluding the changeover and getting set, Ramos issued Serena her third code violation. This led to confusion from both players who did not appear to hear the announcement, which Ramos explained to both after summoning them over to his seat. At this point, US Open referee, Brian Earley, and WTA supervisor, Donna Kelso, were summoned to the court due to the dispute. A four minute delay occurred due to a discussion between Serena, Earley, and Kelso regarding the issues. After the delay, Serena won the next game before Osaka won the set and match.
The following are the seeded players and notable players who have withdrawn from the event. Seedings are based on ATP and WTA rankings as of August 20, 2018. Rank and points before are as of August 27, 2018.
|Seed||Rank||Player||Points before||Points defending||Points won||Points after||Status|
|1||1||Rafael Nadal||10,040||2,000||720||8,760||Semifinals retired against Juan Martín del Potro |
|2||2||Roger Federer||7,080||360||180||6,900||Fourth round lost to John Millman|
|3||3||Juan Martín del Potro||5,500||720||1,200||5,980||Runner-up, lost to Novak Djokovic |
|4||4||Alexander Zverev||4,845||45||90||4,890||Third round lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber|
|5||5||Kevin Anderson||4,615||1,200||180||3,595||Fourth round lost to Dominic Thiem |
|6||6||Novak Djokovic||4,445||0||2,000||6,445||Champion, defeated Juan Martín del Potro |
|7||7||Marin Čilić||4,445||90||360||4,715||Quarterfinals lost to Kei Nishikori |
|8||8||Grigor Dimitrov||3,790||45||10||3,755||First round lost to Stan Wawrinka [WC]|
|9||9||Dominic Thiem||3,485||180||360||3,665||Quarterfinals lost to Rafael Nadal |
|10||10||David Goffin||3,435||180||180||3,435||Fourth round lost to Marin Čilić |
|11||11||John Isner||3,200||90||360||3,470||Quarterfinals lost to Juan Martín del Potro |
|12||12||Pablo Carreño Busta||2,425||720||45||1,750||Second round retired against João Sousa|
|13||13||Diego Schwartzman||2,380||360||90||2,110||Third round lost to Kei Nishikori |
|14||14||Fabio Fognini||2,190||10||45||2,225||Second round lost to John Millman|
|15||15||Stefanos Tsitsipas||2,042||(125)†||45||1,962||Second round lost to Daniil Medvedev|
|16||16||Kyle Edmund||1,935||90||10||1,855||First round lost to Paolo Lorenzi|
|17||17||Lucas Pouille||1,915||180||90||1,825||Third round lost to João Sousa|
|18||18||Jack Sock||1,815||10||45||1,850||Second round lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili|
|19||22||Roberto Bautista Agut||1,650||90||10||1,570||First round lost to Jason Kubler [WC]|
|20||20||Borna Ćorić||1,735||90||180||1,825||Fourth round lost to Juan Martin del Potro |
|21||19||Kei Nishikori||1,755||0||720||2,475||Semifinals lost to Novak Djokovic |
|22||21||Marco Cecchinato||1,734||(48)†||10||1,696||First round lost to Julien Benneteau|
|23||23||Chung Hyeon||1,630||45||45||1,630||Second round lost to Mikhail Kukushkin|
|24||27||Damir Džumhur||1,475||90||10||1,395||First round lost to Dušan Lajović|
|25||24||Milos Raonic||1,575||0||180||1,755||Fourth round lost to John Isner |
|26||25||Richard Gasquet||1,535||10||90||1,615||Third round lost to Novak Djokovic |
|27||26||Karen Khachanov||1,525||10||90||1,605||Third round lost to Rafael Nadal |
|28||28||Denis Shapovalov||1,385||205||90||1,270||Third round lost to Kevin Anderson |
|29||29||Adrian Mannarino||1,365||90||10||1,285||First round lost to Frances Tiafoe|
|30||30||Nick Kyrgios||1,345||10||90||1,425||Third round lost to Roger Federer |
|31||32||Fernando Verdasco||1,330||45||90||1,375||Third round lost to Juan Martín del Potro |
|32||33||Filip Krajinović||1,314||(29)+(33)†||10+20||1,282||First round retired against Matthew Ebden|
†The player did not qualify for the tournament in 2017, but is defending points from one or more 2017 ATP Challenger Tour tournaments.
|Seed||Rank||Player||Points before||Points defending||Points won||Points after||Status|
|1||1||Simona Halep||8,061||10||10||8,061||First round lost to Kaia Kanepi|
|2||2||Caroline Wozniacki||5,975||70||70||5,975||Second round lost to Lesia Tsurenko|
|3||3||Sloane Stephens||5,482||2,000||430||3,912||Quarterfinals lost to Anastasija Sevastova |
|4||4||Angelique Kerber||5,305||10||130||5,425||Third round lost to Dominika Cibulková |
|5||5||Petra Kvitová||4,885||430||130||4,585||Third round lost to Aryna Sabalenka |
|6||6||Caroline Garcia||4,725||130||130||4,725||Third round lost to Carla Suárez Navarro |
|7||7||Elina Svitolina||4,555||240||240||4,555||Fourth round lost to Anastasija Sevastova |
|8||8||Karolína Plíšková||4,105||430||430||4,105||Quarterfinals lost to Serena Williams |
|9||9||Julia Görges||3,900||240||70||3,730||Second round lost to Ekaterina Makarova|
|10||10||Jeļena Ostapenko||3,787||130||130||3,787||Third round lost to Maria Sharapova |
|11||11||Daria Kasatkina||3,525||240||70||3,355||Second round lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich|
|12||12||Garbiñe Muguruza||3,500||240||70||3,330||Second round lost to Karolína Muchová [Q]|
|13||13||Kiki Bertens||3,260||10||130||3,380||Third round lost to Markéta Vondroušová|
|14||14||Madison Keys||3,212||1,300||780||2,692||Semifinals lost to Naomi Osaka |
|15||15||Elise Mertens||2,940||10||240||3,170||Fourth round lost to Sloane Stephens |
|16||16||Venus Williams||2,841||780||130||2,191||Third round lost to Serena Williams |
|17†||26||Serena Williams||1,676||0||1,300||2,976||Runner-up, lost to Naomi Osaka |
|18||17||Ashleigh Barty||2,740||130||240||2,850||Fourth round lost to Karolína Plíšková |
|19||18||Anastasija Sevastova||2,250||430||780||2,600||Semifinals lost to Serena Williams |
|20||19||Naomi Osaka||2,245||130||2,000||4,115||Champion, defeated Serena Williams |
|2,068||40||0||2,028||Withdrew due to right ankle injury|
|22||22||Maria Sharapova||2,003||240||240||2,003||Fourth round lost to Carla Suárez Navarro |
|23||23||Barbora Strýcová||1,930||70||130||1,990||Third round lost to Elise Mertens |
|24||25||CoCo Vandeweghe||1,878||780||10||1,108||First round lost to Kirsten Flipkens|
|25||32||Daria Gavrilova||1,435||70||70||1,435||Second round lost to Victoria Azarenka [WC]|
|26||20||Aryna Sabalenka||2,140||(60)‡||240||2,320||Fourth round lost to Naomi Osaka |
|27||28||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||1,585||10||10||1,585||First round lost to Rebecca Peterson|
|28||27||Anett Kontaveit||1,665||10||10||1,665||First round lost to Kateřina Siniaková|
|29||35||Dominika Cibulková||1,390||70||240||1,560||Fourth round lost to Madison Keys |
|30||24||Carla Suárez Navarro||1,879||240||430||2,069||Quarterfinals lost to Madison Keys |
|31||29||Magdaléna Rybáriková||1,540||130||10||1,420||First round lost to Wang Qiang|
|32||30||Maria Sakkari||1,514||130||70||1,454||Second round lost to Sofia Kenin|
† Serena Williams was ranked 26 on the day when seeds were announced. Nevertheless she was deemed a special case and seeded 17th by the organizers because she missed a significant portion of the last 12-month period due to pregnancy and maternity.
‡ The player did not qualify for the tournament in 2017. Accordingly, points for her 16th best result are deducted instead.
|Gabriela Dabrowski||Mate Pavić||12||1|
|Nicole Melichar||Oliver Marach||19||2|
|Chan Hao-ching||Henri Kontinen||28||3|
|Latisha Chan||Ivan Dodig||29||4|
|Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková||Édouard Roger-Vasselin||34||5|
|Demi Schuurs||Matwé Middelkoop||41||6|
|Katarina Srebotnik||Michael Venus||41||7|
|Abigail Spears||Juan Sebastián Cabal||43||8|
1Rankings as of August 20, 2018.
Junior Boys' SinglesEdit
Junior Girls' SinglesEdit
Junior Boys' DoublesEdit
Junior Girls' DoublesEdit
Wheelchair Men's SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Women's SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Quad SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Men's DoublesEdit
Wheelchair Women's DoublesEdit
Wheelchair Quad DoublesEdit
Wild card entriesEdit
The following players were given wildcards to the main draw based on internal selection and recent performances.
The qualifying competitions took place at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on 21–24 August 2018.
The following players were accepted directly into the main draw using a protected ranking:
The following players were accepted directly into the main tournament, but withdrew with injuries, suspensions or for personal reasons.