Defending champ Bianca Andreescu leads US Open field featuring Serena Williams, Simona Halep

Bianca Andreescu US Open trophy

Thirteen Grand Slam winners, including defending US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, 23-time major winner Serena Williams and current Wimbledon winner Simona Halep are on the entry list for the 2020 US Open.

There were initial concerns that the field would lack quality as several players indicated that they were unwilling to travel to the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.

And those fears were heightened when world No 1 Ashleigh Barty confirmed that she won’t play at Flushing Meadows this year.

However, Barty is the only player in the WTA top 10 that will be missing as world No 2 Halep, Karolina Pliskova (No 3), Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin (No 4), Elina Svitolina (No 5), defending champion Andreescu (No 6), Kiki Bertens (No 7), Belinda Bencic (No 8), Williams (No 9) and Osaka all entered.

Aside from Halep, Kenin, Andreescu, Williams and Osaka, former Grand Slam winners Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sloane Stephens, Jelena Ostapenko, Victoria Azarenka and Venus Williams have also entered.

World No 14 Johanna Konta will spearhead the British charge with Heather Watson also in the main draw while teenage sensation and world No 52 Coco Gauff from the United States also has a direct entry.

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