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August 2022

August saw the build-up for the final Grand Slam event of the year, the US Open. Some important hard court tournaments in North America brought about some interesting storylines.

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Surprise winners in 1000 level events

Before the two 1000 level events for both the men and women in Canada and Cincinnati, there was an ATP 500 event in Washington, United States. Nick Kyrgios maintained his good form by winning the title, dropping just one set all week. There was also a WTA 500 in San Jose, United States, won by Russian Daria Kasatkina.

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev was handed a horror first match in the form of Kyrgios in Montreal, and was beaten in three sets. Alcaraz was also beaten in his first match against Tommy Paul. In the end, Pablo Carreno Busta won his first Masters 1000 title, beating Hubert Hurkacz in the Final.

Rafael Nadal was absent from Montreal due to his injury sustained at Wimbledon, but turned up to Cincinnati as the 2nd seed. He was beaten in his first match since The Championships by Borna Coric. The Croatian then carried on winning, beating Bautista Agut and Auger-Aliassime to make the Semi Finals. Cameron Norrie joined him by beating Alcaraz in three sets.

Coric beat Norrie to make the Final, where he played Stefanos Tsitsipas, after the Greek beat top seed Medvedev. It was Coric’s week in Cincinnati, the man who needed a protected ranking to get into the main draw came away with his first Masters 1000 title, and as a result moved from 152 to 29 in the world.

Unseeded Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia went on a giant killing run in Toronto, beating the likes of Leylah Fernandez, Iga Swiatek, Belina Bencic and Karolina Pliskova to reach the final. There she would be beaten by Simona Halep, who won the title for the third time.

There was a clash of the generations in Cincinnati, as defending US Open champion Emma Raducanu beat Serena Williams in the First Round.

There were plenty of upsets, such as Madison Keys beating Iga Swiatek, and only two of the eight Quarter Finalists were seeded. Petra Kvitova and Caroline Garcia won tight Semi Finals to make the Final, where Garcia triumphed 6-2 6-4.

US Open

The last Grand Slam of the year’s draw presented some highly-anticipated early clashes: Cincinnati champion Borna Coric’s victorious week meant that he is seeded for the event, but he could meet 3rd seed Carlos Alcaraz in the Third Round.

Montreal champion Pablo Carreno Busta plays 2019 US Open champion Dominic Thiem in his opening match in Flushing Meadows, and Nick Kyrgios could meet defending champion Daniil Medvedev in the Fourth Round.

However, Novak Djokovic was unable to enter the United States due to vaccination laws, so was forced to withdraw shortly before the draw was made. He was also unable to play any of the lead-up events in the U.S. and Canada.

23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams announced that this year’s US Open would be her last tournament: she opens her campaign against Danka Kovinic. She will also play doubles alongside sister Venus, who is also playing the singles after receiving a wildcard. She plays Alison van Uytvanck in her First Round.

Defending champion Emma Raducanu is the 11th seed and faces Alizé Cornet, the woman who ended Swiatek’s record winning streak at Wimbledon. American hope Danielle Collins faces former two-time champion Naomi Osaka to begin her campaign.

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