US Open begins: Serena eyes to create history at US Open; Sharapova pulls out over injury

News Bharati English    31-Aug-2015

New Delhi, August 31: As the US Open begins at the Flushing Meadows in New York from Monday, the world number 1 badmintons player, Serena Williams is all set to make history to win a Calendar Slams. US open is the fourth grand slams and Williams had won all other three grand slams of this year.

Top-seeded Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori are some of the players who will play their first round matches on Monday. World number three Andy Murray will also lock horns with controversial Australian star Nick Kirgios.

Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis and Leander Paes-Rohan Bopanna will also take on their respective partners in the doubles. Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the tournament due to her knee injury.

The tournament is the final Grand Slam of the 2015 season after Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.

Serena Williams is on the brink of the grandest achievement in tennis, the single season Grand Slam, and even the leading men at the U.S. Open championships are cheering her on.

The 33-year-old American, with the 2015 Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon trophies already on her crowded mantle, will be gunning to complete the first season's sweep of the slams since Steffi Graf in 1988.

The last man to accomplish the feat was Rod Laver in 1969.

"I am sending her good vibes, I hope she does it," says U.S. Open men's top seed Novak Djokovic, winner of nine majors. "She’s a true champion and she’s impressive what she’s managed to do so far at her age to win three grand slams. It’s quite incredible. I know how tough it is, both men’s and women’s tennis. The competition is really high."

Williams would become the sixth player to register a Grand Slam following Don Budge (1938) and Laver (1962, 1969) on the men's side and Maureen Connolly (1953), Court (1970) and Graf (1988).