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US Open 2018: Preview, Prize Money & how to watch live

The 2018 edition of the US Open starts on August 27th. This year, the total prize money is an absolute record. The winner, in both competitions, will receive $3,800,000. Qualifying in the second round brings a $93,000 check. The amount is the equivalent of winning an ATP 250 tournament, but the ATP / WTA points received are only 45. So it’s all about glory and money. And the competition will be fierce.

Men’s competition

Last year, the men’s event had a definite favorite: Roger Federer. However, the Swiss lost in the quarterfinals and Rafael Nadal won the trophy. So far, there is no definite favorite in men’s competition. We do not have a super player like Federer in 2017. We have, on the othe hand, more players with outstanding performances this year. Novak Djokovic is considered the favorite of the trophy in 2018. The Serbian is in an incredible return of form. Novak took Wimbledon and managed to be the only man to win all the Masters tournaments, with the victory in Cincinnati.

novak_djokovic_cincinnatiLet’s not forget that Novak is again the only player who has a positive record against his two big rivals: Nole leads Nadal with 27-25 and Federer with 24-22. Even more, Djokovic also leads Del Potro (14-4).
Rafael Nadal did not shine in the season after Roland Garros. Sure, he won the Rogers Cup and reached the Wimbledon semifinals. But Nadal seems to be in a slow drop in shape. On the other hand, the Spaniard is an indisputable world leader and will pull hard to defend the points won last year. It remains to be seen if Rafa is not already tired and his performance will start falling towards the end of the year.

Roger Federer seems to have reached the end of the line. Sure, the Swiss still plays at an incredible level for his age (37), but I do not think he will have the energy needed to win a new Grand Slam. It is possible to see him in the quarter-finals or even in the semifinals, but no further.

After an excellent start of the year, Juan Martin Del Potro entered somehow on a flat line. The Argentinian has not won a title since Indian Wells, which was played in March. Del Potro, however, had good progress in the tournaments that followed, which propelled him to the third place. We can say that Del Potro is in a good and stable form, ready to “explode” anytime.

From the young generation, Zverev still fails to keep a good and steady form. Obviously, the German has his chances at the US Open, but the volatility of the evolutions does not make him a true title contender. Grigor Dimitrov is in a clear drop of form, and Nick Kyrgios plays as nonchalantly as ever. Of all three, Kyrgios is the only one capable of a big upset in the first rounds, but he will get out before the semifinals.

Women’s competition

halep_hitting_ballLast year, in the women’s competition, the final was a surprise and ended with the victory of Sloane Stephens. Sloane has also played a new Grand Slam final this year at Roland Garros. But the only player to show great performance in the US Open Series is Simona Halep. She won the Rogers Cup and lost (hardly) the final at Cincinnati. However, bookmakers see Serena Williams as the top favorite, then Simona Halep. At a short distance, Kerber and Stephens are also in the list.
Let’s take a look at Serena Williams’s case.

The American has succeeded, just a few months after returning to the circuit, to play the Wimbledon final against Kerber. Williams had a poor evolution in the finals, and Kerber won easily. For Serena, a decline in form followed. She lost to Johanna Konta in San Jose and Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati. Why is Serena considered the favorite at the US Open? Because she can always mobilize and win any tournament in any circumstances.
Logically, Simona Halep is the most in-form player in the circuit right now. For me, Halep is the favorite, followed by Kerber. The players that can produce surprises or upsets are Maria Sharapova, Aryna Sabalenka and Kiki Bertens.

US Open 2018 Prize Money

The tournament has record prize money this year: $ 50,565,840 for all competitions. Here’s a breakdown for ATP/WTA:

Winner – $3,800,000
Runner-Up – $1,850,000
Semifinalists – $925,000
Quarterfinalists – $475,000
Round of 16 – $266,000
Round of 32 – $156,000
Round of 64 – $93,000
Round of 128 – $54,000

US Open 2018 Live

US Open 2018 can be watched live in Europe on Eurosport and Eurosport Player. If you are in the US, you can make a Eurosport Player account using a VPN.

Below is a list of sites that are best to watch the event online:

US Open Live Streaming on Eusportslive: you have the official stream where you can watch all the games, but you need to access a betting company. If not, find links to free streams (in the Web Streams section) on the same site. I cannot put the links here for obvious reasons.

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Another good way to find free streams is to search Google, but beware, not all sites are trustworthy.

Australian Open 2018 (Live Stream and Preview) Early Withdrawals Reducing Competition

The Australian Open 2018 gets into the grove from Monday with the first round of action scheduled on 15th of January. This is the first major tennis tournament of the calendar year and excitement levels are ramped up ahead of this event.

Live streaming will be available for the Australian Open. Depending on your location, you can choose to watch it via official links or free links. Free streaming links come with lots of ads and adware, so official live streaming links might be a better choice. Check out this for Australian Open live streaming.

There are a lot of interesting combinations with regard to the singles draw in the women’s and men’s game. The latter is expected to be more complex, as the women’s game is likely to be the usual affair as Serena Williams has withdrawn from the event. Here are the ways to approach the 2018 Australian Open:

Men’s Singles
The 2018 tournament is likely to be a great opportunity for Roger Federer to add to his recent successes. The Swiss master comes into the event as the strong favourite by a significant margin. This is due to the withdrawal of Brit hero, Andy Murray. In his absence, one may that it would be a fight between Federer and Rafael Nadal in the latter stages once again. However, Nadal continues to suffer from injury issues – just like Novak Djokovic. As a result, Federer is the strong favourite and he is closely followed by the likes of Nadal and Djokovic.
Surprisingly, Jo Wilfried Tsonga can be backed to recover from a disappointing 2017, as his only success last year came at the Australian Open.

The men’s draw can be found here.

Women’s Singles
Now that Serena Williams will no longer be taking part in the competition, it comes as a major blow to the rest of the field. The favourite to some levels for most players have shot to the roof following this arrangement. Simona Halep may be creating a lot of waves across the world, and she can be considered as a potential candidate to end up successful. Meanwhile, Karolina Pliskova was one of the quality names in 2017 and she will be looking to go one further and win the first Grand Slam title.

The women’s draw can be found here, because WTA haven’t updated their site yet.

Wuhan Open 2017 – Halep is back, looking for #1 – Preview & Live Streaming

This is a young and big tournament in the WTA circuit. It started in 2014, with Petra Kvitova winning the first edition and also the third one. This will be the fourth edition of the Wuhan Open, with almost every top player present at the start, the only big absence being Elina Svitolina.
The fight for the world’s number one rank is still ongoing, with Muguruza having the chance to widen the gap between her and Halep and with Pliskova also looking to gain more points.

For Halep, this will be a tough one: she needs to defend 350 ranking points (that means reaching the semifinals), but if she wins and Garbine is sent off in the early rounds, she will finally become #1 – Halep will add 550 points. If Halep is defeated in the early rounds and Pliskova advances, the Romanian will drop to number 3. Very complicated.

For live streaming, you can go to WTA TV (paid) but you can also check Tennisfans.tv for free live streams.

The players to look out for in Wuhan are, in fact, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko. The Danish won her first title of the year in Tokyo and also defeated Muguruza in a categoric manner (6-2, 6-0), while Ostapenko won in Seoul, with the mention that the Latvian faced only players outside the Top 50. Even so, snatching a second career title (after a Grand Slam!) must be a morale boost for the young Jelena.

The prize money/points for Wuhan:
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US Open 2017: 8 players in the race for #1 spot

In total there are 8 female competitors with a shot at claiming the title from the current #1, Karolina Pliskova. Other players who will be competing to dethrone her are the world no.2 Simona Halep, Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza, Elina Svitolina with the most titles from the tour, former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, British No.1 Johanna Konta, 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and the only two-time finalist of the year, Venus Williams.
Pliskovas lead as the world number one is by no means substantial. She holds a mere five points over Simona Halep. This season, Pliskova will try to retain as much as 1300 points she gained last year as a finalist.
The battle for the number 1 doubles ranking will also be decided in a couple of weeks. If the new number 1 Lucie Safarova and partner Barbora Strycova make their way into the final, they have a good chance of claiming the title.
Their main major opponents for the title will be Martina Hingis and partner
Chan Yung-jan, and Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesina.
The ways things currently stand, team Makarova/Vesina must get into the final to have any chance at claiming the top spot; provided that Safarova does not reach the QF. If she does however, they would have to win the final, not that there was any less incentive for that in the first place.
Meanwhile, Hingis and Partner, Yung-jan are facing longer odds. Not only must they win the title, they would also require a loss before the round of 16 for Safarova.
The live streaming will be available on tennisfans.tv.

US Open 2017 Preview: almost half of the Top 10 players not present at the start.

This year’s US Open will be the last chance for Tennis players to win a Grand Slam. And if past events are anything to go by, the venue at Flushing Meadows has favorable odds for the top-end players. In fact, in the past decade or so, Marin Cilic is the only player outside of the top six seeds to have won the event.
However, given that Cilic’s victory is an isolated occurrence, we can feel confident about the seeding area. Surprise Grand Slam winners are still very much considered a rarity even if we will not be seeing the likes of Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka or Nishikori. Men’s Grand Slams hardly ever end up that way.
The forecast for New York appears to be hospitable.
The weather is expected to be bright and sunny with a mean temperature in the mid-20s C. As long as we do not see a temperature spike for week 2, it is best for players to keep away from the excessive heat that has affected the area before. They can be severe enough to cause players to retire even during an early round.
The speed of the court here is considered to be medium-slow. It is not expected to have much of an effect on a player genre.

In spite of a comprehensive loss to Alexander Zverev in Montreal, there is little to doubt Federer’s form. His calendar year record stands at 35-3, way beyond any other competitor on the tour and is yet to be beaten in Grand Slams.
Federer is 36 years old now but over the past 12 months, his performance on hard court has been nothing short of spectacular, only trailing Murray by 1.7% on service points and return points combined. Unfortunately, Andy Murray will not compete in the 2017 edition of the US Open, a thing which makes Federer the big favourite.

To catch the action live, there are several options:
US Open official live scores on the USOpen site.
US Open live streaming on Tennisfans.tv (the site is ads clean, but I am not sure if they will put up live links, but they tend to do so when it comes to Grand Slams)
US Open live stream option 2 on VipBox – the downside is that the site is full of ads.

Enjoy!

Katerina Siniakova Takes the Swedish Open title From Injured Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki was handicapped with an injury on the Sunday final for the Swedish Open and lost it to Katerina Siniakova.
This would be the second career title Siniakova, ranked at 56, and was also playing with injury problems of her own. Capitalizing on Wozniacki’s deprived serves, she managed to seal her victory 6-3, 6-4.
Siniakova later said, “I couldn’t imagine a better week. I’m so happy that I won. I was just enjoying the game.”
Meanwhile, Wozniacki has now lost her fifth final of 2017 in straight sets just like the previous four. Since the time she was the world No. 1 in 2011, she has been gunning for her first title on the clay court and 26th in her entire career. However, the injury had plagued both players and it seems Wozniacki had a little more to worry about than her opponent.
“It was a tough match,” Wozniacki said of the final. “Katerina played very well.” Both she and Siniakova had to take medical timeouts after the first set. Siniakova had to examine her right arm and Wozniacki, her left wrist.
Wozniacki played well to go a break up at 3-1, her next two service games exploited her injury terribly and she ended up losing both and affording Siniakova a distinct advantage.
It was second time’s the charm for Siniakova with this year’s Swedish Open final after losing last year’s title to Laura Siegemund of Germany.