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Venus Williams, Cilic, Sharapova in action on Day One

Published:Sunday | August 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Venus Williams is the only American player with a major singles title to her name in the men's or women's fields of the US Open. She will get her tournament campaign started on Day One in Arthur Ashe Stadium at 1 p.m. today against 19-year-old Grand Slam main-draw debutant Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia.

Williams' seven major championships include two at the US Open, in 2000 and 2001. At 37, she is the oldest woman in the tournament and is coming off a runner-up finish at Wimbledon. She also was the runner-up at the Australian Open this year.

Also appearing in Ashe during the day session is No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza, who beat Williams at the All England Club. Muguruza will face American Varvara Lepchenko. Marin Cilic, the 2014 men's singles champion, goes up against Tennys Sandrgen of the US.

Sandgren was named after his great-grandfather and said that he gets plenty of questions about that apt moniker.

"I had a little bit of expectations just to be not terrible because you can't be kind of named so similar to a sport and not be at least adequate at that sport," Sandgren said at the French Open, where he made his main-draw debut at a major.

The most anticipated matchup comes at night in Ashe as five-time major champion Maria Sharapova plays her first Grand Slam match since the 2016 Australian Open. She will take on No. 2 seed Simona Halep. Sharapova returned from a 15-month doping ban in April.

Other big names on today's schedule include number four Alexander Zverev, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic; Sloane Stephens of the US against 2015 US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci; No. 7 Johanna Konta; and top American men John Isner; Jack Sock; and Sam Querrey.

- AP