Naomi Osaka Could Meet Aryna Sabalenka, Ashleigh Barty Might Face Karolina Pliskova In US Open Semis
Defending champion Naomi Osaka could meet second seed Aryna Sabalenka in a US Open semi-final under a women's draw revealed Thursday.
- Naomi Osaka could meet Aryna Sabalenka in the US Open semis
- Ashleigh Barty might face Karolina Pliskova, according to the draw
- Osaka is the defending champion at the US Open
Defending champion Naomi Osaka could meet second seed Aryna Sabalenka in a US Open semi-final while top-ranked Ashleigh Barty might have a Wimbledon final rematch with Karolina Pliskova under a women's draw revealed Thursday. Osaka, the reigning US and Australian Open champion, was seeded third and could play Germany's Angelique Kerber in the fourth round before a possible quarter-final against Ukraine sixth seed Elina Svitolina. The Japanese star, who pulled out of the French Open and skipped Wimbledon citing mental health issues, might then meet Belarus' Sabalenka, a semi-finalist last month at Wimbledon, or Czech eighth seed Barbora Krejcikova, this year's French Open winner.
The opposite half of the draw features top seed Barty, coming off a second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July, facing a possible quarter-final against Polish seventh seed Iga Swiatek.
If Barty reached the final four, she could see Czech fourth seed Pliskova in a rematch of the Wimbledon final or Canadian sixth seed Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion who skipped last year's New York hardcourt showdown.