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Top seed and world No. 1 Naomi Osaka will begin her title defense at the U.S. Open with a first-round clash against 93rd-ranked Anna Blinkova of Russia, while seventh seed Kei Nishikori faces a yet-unknown qualifier in his opening match.

On Thursday, when the U.S. Open draw was made, eighth-seeded Serena Williams and unseeded Maria Sharapova, both past U.S. Open champions, learned that they will play each other in the first round, their 21st meeting on tour.

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