The U.S. Open, starting Aug. 29, is a two-week production that will draw upwards of 700,000 fans. The SI.com tennis page will feature the work of various and sundry colleagues including Richard Deitsch, Stanley Kay, Elizabeth Newman, Jamie Lisanti and yours truly. Plus, this year, look for SI’s Daily Data Visualizations, an ongoing collaboration with IBM. Also, the great Mary Carillo will host a late show on the network.
History is expected to be made at the U.S. Open when the first match is played indoors under Ashe Stadium’s new roof. But if the rain never comes to Flushing during the fortnight that begins Monday, the historical rainmaker may turn out to be Serena Williams, gunning to break Steffi Graf’s Open-era record by winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. Williams, who tied Graf at Wimbledon with her 22nd title before faltering at the Olympics, was named Tuesday the No. 1 seed, based on WTA rankings. It hasn’t been Williams’ most glorious year — and she has a bad shoulder. But Williams barely held onto the No. 1 ranking when Angelique Kerber was upset in the finals last weekend in Cincinnati. Though
Johanna Larsson knocked out seventh seed Timea Bacsinszky in the surprise of the day to move into the second round along with fellow lucky loser Kirsten Flipkens, while Ekaterina Makarova advanced to the last eight.