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Leading US Open women’s contenders

By AAP Newswire

HOW THE LEADING WOMEN'S CONTENDERS AND AUSSIE HOPES SHAPE UP FOR THE US OPEN STARTING ON MONDAY (TUESDAY AEST)

NAOMI OSAKA (JPN)

Age: 21

Ranking: 1

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US11,547,714 ($A17.03 million)

Career titles: 3

Grand slam titles: 2 (2018 French Open; 2019 Australian Open)

US Open win-loss record: 11-2

Best US Open result: champion 2018

The Japanese superstar arrived last year as a title dark horse and returns as the reigning US Open and Australian Open champion and world No.1 after living up to her immense potential.

ASHLEIGH BARTY

Age: 23

Ranking: 2

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US10,738,372 ($A15.84 million)

Career titles: 6

Grand slam titles: 1 (French Open 2019)

US Open win-loss record: 6-4

Best US Open result: fourth round 2018

Missed the chance to regain the top ranking in Cincinatti but a run to the semi-finals on the American hard courts should have been a confidence booster.

KAROLINA PLISKOVA (CZE)

Age: 27

Ranking: 3

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US17,632,535 ($A26 million)

Career titles: 14

Grand slam titles: 0

US Open win-loss record: 16-6

Best US Open result: finalist 2016

With three titles and 42 match wins in 2019, the former world No.1 looms as a serious threat once again and seeded to make at least the semis.

SIMONA HALEP (ROM)

Age: 27

Ranking: 4

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US33,321,946 ($A49.26 million)

Career titles: 19

Grand slam titles: 2 (French Open 2018; Wimbledon 2019)

US Open win-loss record: 16-9

Best US Open result: semi-finalist 2015

The ex-world No.1 has been knocked out in the first round the past two years but deserves title favouritism this time around after roaring back to life with unexpected Wimbledon glory.

PETRA KVITOVA (CZE)

Age: 29

Ranking: 6

Plays: left-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US30,152,942 ($A44.47 million)

Career titles: 27

Grand slam titles: 2 (Wimbledon 2011, 2014)

US Open win-loss record: 25-11

Best US Open results: quarter-finalist 2015, 2017

The Czech crowd favourite fell agonisingly short of landing her first slam since being stabbed almost three years ago but her best tennis would be enough to go one better than in Melbourne in January.

SERENA WILLIAMS (USA)

Age: 37

Ranking: 8

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US90,643,816 ($A133.67 million)

Career titles: 72

Grand slam titles: 23 (Australian Open 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017; French Open 2002, 2013, 2015; Wimbledon 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016; US Open 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

US Open win-loss record: 95-12

Best US Open results: champion 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014; runner-up 2001, 2011, 2018

Remains desperate to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam singles crowns but straight-sets losses in her past three major finals suggests she may not have the nerve at almost 38.

BEST OUTSIDER

MADISON KEYS (USA)

Age: 24

Ranking: 10

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US11,643,606 ($A17.17 million)

Career titles: 5

Grand slam titles: 0

US Open win-loss record: 19-7

Best US Open result: runner-up 2017

The form hardcourt player after reigning in Cincinnati and followed up run to the final two years ago with a semi-final appearance in New York last start.

OTHER AUSTRALIAN HOPES

AJLA TOMLJANOVIC

Age: 26

Ranking: 46

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US2,597,108 ($A3.83 million)

Career titles: 0

Grand slam titles: 0

US Open win-loss record: 3-5

Best US Open results: second round 2013, 2017, 2018

The 26-year-old has emerged as Australia's clear No.2 with another solid season featuring 24 match wins.

SAMANTHA STOSUR

Age: 35

Ranking: 132

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US18,618,131 ($A27.46 million)

Career titles: 9

Grand slam titles: 1 (US Open 2011)

US Open win-loss record: 22-13

Best US Open result: champion 2011

The veteran former champion needed a wildcard to contest her 15th US Open but, with two quarter-final runs either side of her memorable final triumph over Serena Williams, she deserved it.