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Thursday / October 28.
  • Without Serena Williams, US Open women’s field is wide open

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    In years past, the US Open women’s field has often been about Serena Williams….and everybody else.

    Among her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams has won the US Open six times, including three straight from 2012-14.

    But with Serena out on maternity leave for this year’s event, the field is now as wide open as the Northern border on Game of Thrones after the destruction of The Wall.

    “There are so many [top players] now that are fighting for the same,” said No. 3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza after her 6-0, 6-3 first-round destruction of American Varvara Lepchenko on Monday. “We are all very close, very equal. There are going to be some surprises, as always.”

    One of those surprises occurred later Monday night when Maria Sharapova, who was granted a wildcard into the Open after serving a 15-month doping ban, stunned No. 2 Simona Halep, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, in a thrilling match that lasted nearly three hours and was more worthy of a semifinal or a final than a first-round encounter.

    Click here for the full story on Metro.

     

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.