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Everything You Need to Know About the U.S. Open

Everything You Need to Know About the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is around the corner. Here are five things you need to know leading up to the tournament.

The U.S. Open, played in New York City, is the last of the year’s four major grand slam tournaments. Women’s singles matches begin August 31. The finals take place September 12.

The entire tournament will air on ESPN this year, with commentators like former women’s champion Chris Evert calling the matches. Find the full viewing schedule at

Not only will the winner earn major bragging rights and a sterling-silver trophy, but she’ll also take home the largest cash prize in the event’s 128-year history: $3.3 million.

U.S. Open matches are played on a hard court (as opposed to clay or grass), an advantage for Ana Ivanovic, who’s known for her fierce forehand and power serve (once clocked at 124.9 mph).

Serena Williams may have won every grand slam this year, plus the past three U.S. Opens, but Ivanovic has a proven history of breaking the reigning champ's winning streaks.

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