NEW YORK, NY, USA - It's going to be a big fortnight in New York, as all the contenders are in town ahead of the year's final major. Here are 10 facts to feast on ahead of the visit to one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar...
1) The draw is out.
The official draw ceremony took place on Friday - check out the WTA Insider analysis right here!
2) Serena Williams is chasing yet more history.
If Williams wins, she will claim sole ownership of the Open Era record for Grand Slam titles that she jointly holds with Steffi Graf, and move to within touching distance of Margaret Court's all-time leading tally of 24.
3) And she has a magnificent record at the tournament.
Only the mighty Chris Evert has matched Serena's Open Era tally of six US Open crowns; three of these successes came in the past four years, her dominance spectacularly broken by Roberta Vinci in last year's semifinals.
4) All the big guns are in the Big Apple.
It is a field befitting a potentially historic Grand Slam - 28 of the Top 30 players in the world are here, with the only major absentees being mother-to-be Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens, who pulled out because of a foot injury.
5) And there is some added pressure this time...
Serena has reigned supreme atop the rankings since February 2013, and another bountiful fortnight on the New York cement will lead to her equaling Graf's record for most consecutive weeks (186) at No.1. However, should she falter then any one of Angelique Kerber, Garbiñe Muguruza or Agnieszka Radwanska are close enough to overhaul her.
6) All of the leading four seeds all have potential banana skins lying in their path.
Serena has drawn 2014 semifinalist Ekaterina Makarova first up. No.2 seed Kerber faces Polona Hercog before a meeting with either Alizé Cornet or upset specialist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, while No.3 seed Muguruza has been placed on a third-round collision course with her Olympic conqueror Monica Puig. No.4 seed Radwanska finds herself in the same section as a resurgent Laura Robson, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Garcia.
7) Before then there are plenty of eye-catching first-round match-ups to feast on...
Outside Serena's tricky opener, arguably the pick of the bunch is Svetlana Kuznetsova versus Francesca Schiavone, an encounter that has certainly not disappointed at past majors. Also standing out are Daria Gavrilova's clash with Lucie Safarova, and the match-up between Petra Kvitova and Jelena Ostapenko.
8) There are contenders throughout the draw.
Rounding out the Top 8 seeds are last year's semifinalist Simona Halep, two-time champion Venus Williams, Roberta Vinci and Madison Keys. Another former winner, Samantha Stosur, is seeded No.16, while the form of Karolina Pliskova, Johanna Konta and Kvitova suggests that all three could go far.
9) Old guard reign supreme in Queens.
Since a 19-year-old Maria Sharapova won the tournament in 2006, the age of the next nine US Open champions has been 25, 26, 26, 27, 27, 30, 31, 32 and 33. In fact, such is the dominance of the older generation at the year's final major, not since Caroline Wozniacki in 2010 has a player under the age of 23 even reached the semifinals. Can one of the game's emerging band of precocious youngsters buck the trend this time around? Daria Kasatkina, Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina have all shown glimpses of what they are capable of, while much will be expected from two of the summer's outstanding performers, Keys and Puig.
10) Doubles draw wide open.
Even before Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza's recent split, the doubles draw in New York was looking wide open. With Hingis and Mirza now partnering CoCo Vandeweghe and Barbora Strycova, respectively, the new top seeds are Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic. However, with the French duo badly short of form, the title favorites are arguably to be found in a bottom half of the draw containing No.2 seeds Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan, Wimbledon finalists Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova, and Olympic gold medalists Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.