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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.

Maria Sharapova to Feature at the Kremlin Cup 2017

Maria Sharapova has been given the opportunity to compete at the WTA Kremlin Cup. Only a few days ago, the possibility of the Russian featuring in front of her fans in Moscow looked unlikely. A wildcard entry was the possibility for Sharapova to feature in this event, and it seemed that the organisers were not ready to let Sharapova back into the tournament. The 31-year-old last competed in the event back in 2007. She has not been in a WTA event at home for a decade now.

The five-time Grand Slam champion was able to get back to her best after winning the Tianjin Open. Even though Sharapova faced a disappointment at the China Open, the Russian was able to claim Tianjin Open. This was her first WTA title in two years and this seems to have played a huge role in convincing the organisers to grant her a wildcard entry. In the past, Sharapova has played at the Kremlin Cup only on three occasions. In two of those appearances, she was able to reach the quarter-finals of the event. Apart from featuring one of the former greats, the Kremlin Cup 2017 will also witness other Russian stars like Margarita Gasparyan and Alisa Kleybanova get back to action.

Kleybanova his coming back from several injury problems that have prevented her from building on the 20th spot in the world rankings, which is her highest ever position. Gasparyan, meanwhile, was able to hit a career-high 41st ranking back in February. However, she has spent a long spell on the sidelines due to a number of injury problems and surgeries.