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Jelena Ostapenko won the first Grand Slam tournament by defeating Simona Halep at the 2017 French Open. -File
- Jelena Ostapenko decides to withdraw from US Open citing schedule changes
- World number-1 Ashley Barty and defending champion Bianca Andrescu have already pulled out of the US Open
- The US Open will be played in New York from August 31 to September 13 this year
This year the US Open between Corona will be played in New York from 31 August. But the top-ranked players continue to move away from it. Now the 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko withdrew from the tournament citing a change in schedule. So far 6 of the top 8 women players have withdrawn from the US Open.
It includes World Number-1 Ashley Barti, World Number-2 Simona Halep of Romania and World Number-6 Bianca Andrescu. Bianca is also the defending champion of the US Open. In the last final, she won the title by defeating Serena Williams of America 6-3, 7-5. Also on Monday, Carla Suarez withdrew from the tournament.
Kurumi Nara and Whitney Osigwe got entry into the main draw of the tournament after the two players withdrew.
Federer and Nadal will also not play in US Open
Many top seed players have withdrawn from the US Open along with women. It includes defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain and world number-4 Roger Federer of Switzerland. Federer has decided to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. Nadal is also the defending champion of the US Open. He won the title for the fourth time, defeating Danil Medvedev in the final last time. However, Novak Djokovic of World No. 1 Serbia will play in the tournament.
Djokovic won 17 Grand Slams
Djokovic won the Australian Open title for a record 8th time earlier this year. Djokovic is at number three with 17 titles in winning the most Grand Slams. He has won 8 Australian Open, 5 Wimbledon, 1 French Open and 3 US Open. Roger Federer has won the most 20 Grand Slams in the world. Rafael Nadar is at number two with 19 titles.
Wimbledon canceled, French Open also postponed
The first Grand Slam of the year was the Australian Open this year. But the French Open was postponed due to Corona. Now this tournament will be from 27 September to 11 October. At the same time, Wimbledon in June this year had to be canceled. Wimbledon was canceled for the first time after the second World War.