The final Grand Slam on the Tennis circuit heads to Flushing Meadows in New York once again for the 2018 US Open, where most eyes will be on several veteran players for different reasons.
Roger Federer is looking to win the US Open once again and bounce back after a shock defeat at Wimbledon, while Serena Williams looks ready to rock and roll at her home town open, which should make for fascinating viewing, and you won’t miss a minute of this premier hard-court action when watching live on TV or streaming the matches to a mobile device.
2018 US Open Tennis Preview
The US Open is the fourth and final major on the Tennis calendar, and the 2018 edition will prove to be must see TV. Played outdoors at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing NY, the tournament offers a whopping $53 million USD in prize money, with several Aussies well and truly in the hunt to emulate the deeds of Lleyton Hewitt in 2001 when he beat Pete Sampras in the final, along with Sam Stosur and her shock win over Serena Williams in 2011.
The man to beat is clearly Roger Federer, who has a great record at Flushing Meadows. He was a brilliant winner of the Australian Open to start the year and carried that form into Rotterdam. As he did last year, he missed the French Open to concentrate on Wimbledon, which he won last year. He lost this year in the Quarter Final to subsequent finalist Kevin Anderson in an epic five setter. He came close to winning the US Open last year but looks on track to take the title.
On the female side, Serena Williams does look the woman to beat now she’s getting match hard fit. Her best effort since coming back from giving birth was indeed at this year’s Wimbledon, where most expected her to win the Final after she got there, but it was Angelique Kerber who proved too good in the match, winning in straight sets. Her form since has been a touch suspect, but she does tend to save her best for Flushing Meadows and will go into the major as the favourite, but don’t look for the US Open Free to Air on Australian TV (SBS) until Wednesday, September 5th.
When: August 28- September 10
Where: Flushing Meadows, New York
LIVE TV: 2.00am – 1.00pm daily (AEST)
Replays: 3pm – 11pm daily (AEST)
Live Finals TV (Sydney time)
Saturday 8 Sept LIVE: Men’s Semifinals starts 6.00am
Sunday 9 Sept LIVE: Women’s Final starts 6.00am
Monday 10 Sept LIVE: Men’s Final starts at 6.00am
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. US Open replays available following conclusion of the live action, daily on ESPN (Foxtel).
US Open Live Streaming
While you won’t find this year’s US Open on Free to Air TV in Australia on either SBS, SBS Sport and SBS On Demand until it’s well underway (Sept 5), rest assured ESPN in Australia (Foxtel) will provide the most complete coverage broadcasting LIVE and in HD every day through the finals, with daily highlights for those who want to catch up, as well as the option to watch the US Open live online.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Foxtel Sports Combo which will televise the action live to your TV and currently offers the first 3 months free if trialled by September 17, and should you happen to be out and about you can stream the US Open free to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel App.
2018 US Open Men’s Singles Preview
Rafael Nadal has had a brilliant 2018 and overall, has clearly been the number one player in the world. He continued his remarkable hold on the French Open of tennis by winning again this year before a brave campaign at Wimbledon where he lost to the eventual winner Novak Djokovic in a brilliant five set struggle. His recent campaign at the Canadian Open was very impressive and the signs are there that he might well and truly be over his troublesome knee issues and is ready to fire and defend his US Open title win from last year.
The comeback of Novak Djokovic has been something to behold. Injuries have ravaged his game over the last 12-18 months and there were question marks as to whether or not he’d come back. He put that theory to bed with an unbelievable fortnight at the prestigious Wimbledon tournament and claimed another title at the All England Club, beating Kevin Anderson in the Final. He’s got a very good record at Flushing Meadows and given the time he has spent off with injury, he’s got plenty of room for improvement.
In terms of the Aussies, the man to fly the flag is clearly Nick Kyrgios. He is best summed up with a quote from Winston Churchill: “A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”. The Tennis world can see the Aussie is a coming slam winner and a future world number one. The crap that he can produce on/off the court has somewhat gone from his game, and if he can put it all together, he is a great chance to advance to week two.
2018 US Open Women’s Singles Preview
Ash Barty has well and truly taken over from Samantha Stosur as the leading female Australian Tennis player. Her form over the last 12 months has been quite impressive, which sees her firmly entrenched inside the top 20 with improvement to come. Had a disappointing campaign at Wimbledon, losing in the third round, but bounced back to form in the Canadian Open where she lost to Simona Halep in the Semi Final. Her power game will be really suited to the hard courts of Flushing Meadows.
Simona Halep is the world number one after claiming her maiden grand slam at the French Open but her form since winning that has been mixed. She was knocked out in the third round of Wimbledon in three sets and questions were asked about whether or not her desire was still there. She put that to bed with an impressive showing at the Canadian Open and will go into the US Open as one of the leading chances, where she has performed well at previously without winning.