First round action gets underway at Flushing Meadows on Monday, with several intriguing matches on offer, including an attacking feast first up on Arthur Ashe.
WTA Staff

NEW YORK, NY, USA - First round action gets underway at Flushing Meadows on Monday, with several intriguing matches on offer, including an all-Russian affair on Arthur Ashe.

Monday, First Round

Arthur Ashe
[5] Maria Sharapova (RUS #6) vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS #113)
Head-to-head:
Sharapova leads 5-2
Maria Sharapova may not have managed to locate her best tennis for any great length of time during her two US Open tune-up events, but she still sounded quietly confident in her pre-tournament press briefing on Saturday. And with her hardcourt record, she has every right to feel bullish.

Raised on the cement of the Bollettieri Academy in Florida, Sharapova has picked up nearly every major title on the surface, including the US Open itself back in 2006. She begins her quest to be crowned the queen of Queens once more against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko.

Times have been hard on Kirilenko of late, a knee injury restricting her to just seven matches all year and a slide down the rankings has duly followed. Kirilenko has defeated Sharapova in the past, most notably at the same stage of the 2010 Australian Open, although following her spell on the sidelines the chances of a repeat remain slim.

Grandstand
[10] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN #11) vs. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK #43)
Head-to-head:
Wozniacki leads 2-1
Magdalena Rybarikova was in a fairly downbeat mood following her loss to Petra Kvitova in New Haven on Saturday - and not just because of the result. During her semifinal victory over Camila Giorgi, Rybarikova pulled a thigh muscle sliding for a ball, jeopardizing her hopes of building on this good run of form.

Further complicating Rybarikova's chances was the draw, which not only paired her with an in-form Caroline Wozniacki but also handed her a Monday start - thus robbing her of potentially vital recovery time.

Regardless of fitness, when they step out for the final match on Grandstand, Wozniacki will be wise not to look beyond the Slovak. Even with her movement compromised, Rybarikova proved a match for Kvitova in the first set in New Haven and she possesses the wily game to unsettle Wozniacki's metronomic rhythm from the baseline.

Stat to watch: Wozniacki has not made it beyond the fourth round of a major since the 2012 Australian Open.

Around the grounds?
Preceding Sharapova and Kirilenko on Ashe will be No.2 seed Simona Halep's match against Danielle Rose Collins and two-time champion Venus Williams meeting with the evergreen Kimiko Date-Krumm. Elsewhere, fellow seeds Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique KerberJelena Jankovic and Sloane Stephens all kick off their challenges.