US Open: Serena Williams to face former French Open champion in New York

Last Updated: 22/08/13 10:32pm

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Serena Williams returns a shot to Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during the Western & Southern Open

Serena Williams returns a shot to Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during the Western & Southern Open

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Reigning champion Serena Williams will face fellow grand slam winner Francesca Schiavone in the first round of this year's US Open.

The former French Open champion is a tricky opener for the top seed, who could then go on to face fellow American Sloane Stephens in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.

The two compatriots have already met once this year in the majors, with Stephens coming out on top at the Australian Open at the start of 2013.

Angelique Kerber is Williams' projected quarter-final opponent with Agnieszka Radwanska - now seeded third following the withdrawal of Maria Sharapova - on course to meet her in the last four.

"I take every match really seriously," Williams after the draw ceremony. "I don't look too far in the draw. I just look at each match.

"Every match is going to be a very, very tough competition for me and I will just stay focused on one at a time."

Robson's route

In the other half of the draw, second seed Victoria Azarenka takes on young German Dinah Pfizenmaier in her first-round match.

British number one Laura Robson is seeded at a grand slam for the first time; she begins her campaign against Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino and is the first

The 30th seed reached the fourth round in New York last year, a feat she repeated at Wimbledon, but expectations have been tempered by a wrist injury that has dogged her in the build-up.

Robson knocked China's Li Na out in the third round 12 months ago and the pair could meet again at the same stage of this year's tournament.

British number two Heather Watson, still struggling for form after recovering from glandular fever, was drawn against Romanian 21st seed Simona Halep.

US Open first round draw:

Serena Williams (USA 1) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) v Monica Niculescu (ROM)
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) v Olga Puchkova (RUS)
Qualifier v Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK 29)
Jamie Hampton (USA 23) v Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) v Urszula Radwanska (POL)
Mandy Minella (LUX) v Sloane Stephens (USA 15)
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL 12) v Venus Williams (USA)
Kiki Bertens (NED) v Zheng Jie (CHN)
Qualifier v Qualifier
Lauren Davis (USA) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP 18)
Kaia Kanepi (EST 25) v Vania King (USA)
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Anna Schmiedlova (SVK)
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) v Angelique Kerber (GER x8)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL 3) v Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) v Marina Erakovic (NZL)
Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP) v Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
Virginie Razzano (FRA) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS 32)
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS 24) v Polona Hercog (SLO)
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)
Qualifier v Sabine Lisicki (GER 16)
Jelena Jankovic (SRB 9) v Madison Keys (USA)
Monica Puig (PUR) v Alisa Kleybanova (RUS)
Qualifier v Alexandra Cadantu (ROM)
Qualifier v Sorana Cirstea (ROM 19)
Laura Robson (GBR 30) v Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)
Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Shelby Rogers (USA)
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
Olga Govortsova (BLR) v Li Na (CHN x5)
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN 6) v Qualifier
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) v Qualifier
Jana Cepelova (SVK) v Qualifier
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) v Klara Zakopalova (CZE 31)
Elena Vesnina (RUS 22) v Annika Beck (GER)
Karin Knapp (ITA) v Qualifier
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) v Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Timea Babos (HUN) v Roberta Vinci (ITA 10)
Maria Kirilenko (RUS 14) v Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
Qualifier v Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)
Donna Vekic (CRO) v Mariana Duque-Marino (COL)
Heather Watson (GBR) v Simona Halep (ROM 21)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS 27) v Mallory Burdette (USA)
Peng Shuai (CHN) v Yvonne Meusburger (AUT)
Nicole Gibbs (USA) v Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Ayumi Morita (JPN) v Sara Errani (ITA 4)
Petra Kvitova (CZE 7) v Misaki Doi (JPN)
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) v Alison Riske (USA)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Mona Barthel (GER 28)
Nadia Petrova (RUS 20) v Qualifier
Qualifier v Sachia Vickery (USA)
Maria Sanchez (USA) v Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Qualifier v Samantha Stosur (AUS 11)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB 13) v Anna Tatishvili (GEO)
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) v Alexandra Dulgheru (ROM)
Julia Goerges (GER) v Christina McHale (USA)
Elina Svitolina (UKR) v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK 17)
Alize Cornet (FRA 26) v Qualifier
Qualifier v Qualifier
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Vesna Dolonc (SRB)
Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR 2)

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