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Serena Williams to face Townsend in Open 1st round

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm •  Published: August 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams will face an up-and-coming American player in the first round of the U.S. Open.

The 32-year-old Williams has won 17 Grand Slam titles. At age 18, Taylor Townsend is in her third major tournament.

Townsend is a former top-ranked junior player who reached the third round at the French Open this year. She got into her first U.S. Open main draw with a wild card.

On the men's side, Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic and Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka could meet in one semifinal. Second-seeded Roger Federer and fourth-seeded David Ferrer are in the other half.

Williams, seeking her third straight title at Flushing Meadows, hasn't reached the quarterfinals at any of the first three Grand Slam events of 2014.

"The way my year's been going, I'm worried about every single match," she said after Thursday's draw ceremony.

If she makes the quarterfinals, she could meet eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic, who beat her at the Australian Open. Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova could await in the semifinals.

Kvitova, though, has always struggled at the year's last major tournament, never even reaching the quarterfinals. After she won her first Wimbledon title in 2011, she lost in the first round at the U.S. Open.

Kvitova could face two-time Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka in the round of 16. Azarenka lost to Williams in the finals at Flushing Meadows the last two years but is seeded just 16th after an injury-plagued season.

Kvitova and seventh-seeded Eugenie Bouchard could play a rematch of their Wimbledon final in the quarters.

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