The top seeds converged on the US Open's Media Day; check out the best quotes from World No.1 Karolina Pliskova, how reigning Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza navigates New York, and Madison Keys' plan to watch Halep-Sharapova.
WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen
August 26, 2017

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Top seed Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Garbiñe Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber, and Madison Keys did the media rounds on Saturday in advance of the US Open, which begins on Monday.

From Pliskova's engagement (surprise!) to Halep's focus ahead of a showdown against Maria Sharapova, and everything in between, here are some of the highlights from Media Day at the US Open.

Congratulations, Karolina Pliskova!

The World No.1 revealed she's engaged to her boyfriend, Michal Hrdlicka. And in true Pliskova fashion, she broke the news in the most understated fashion:

Q. You have a thing on your finger.
KAROLINA PLISKOVA:
Yes, actually, guys, I'm engaged (smiling).

Q. Okay. So how did that happen? When?
KAROLINA PLISKOVA:
It happened after Wimbledon when I had the time off. So it's almost, yeah, a month and a half. At home.

Garbiñe Muguruza will not be working with Conchita Martinez during the US Open.

Martinez stepped into a coaching role during Wimbledon when Sam Sumyk stayed back in California for family reasons.

"She's not going to come here, but I guess we will be in touch. You know, I know it was incredible run at Wimbledon but it was something more at Wimbledon.

"I think my decision was with my team. Now I have my full team here. That's it, yeah."


Speaking of coaches, Angelique Kerber has added her former coach Benjamin Ebrahimzadeh to her team for the US Open.

"I was speaking with him after Wimbledon, and I know him very well, of course. We practiced. He worked with me like for along time, and then we decided, Okay, I need something new. But Torben is still in my team. But something new, some new voice actually.

"I went to the Mouratoglou Academy. We went there, and I went there with my team, as well, and it great for me to get something new again, and work really hard there.

"We decided actually that Benny can help me here in this tournament. So he is a part of my team for this tournament."

Karolina Pliskova believes there's a core group of eight women -- the same ones vying for No.1 -- who are the heavy favorites for the title:

 

"I think it's very open now for those eight players, not for everybody, but every tournament there is almost a different winner. But it's still between those eight. I would not say it's like that open. Between us, the eight, we have almost similar points and there is just a little bit of difference between us. That's why I think it's open for us eight."
Karolina Pliskova

Muguruza's key to handling New York's non-stop energy? Stay off the streets.

"I think here it's all about the balance, finding a nice spirit of competition and also enjoying a little bit of the city, to not get overwhelmed about the city and what is going on. So that's what I'm looking for. Enjoy, once I get out of the tennis court, try and enjoy the city, because it's very, 24/7 alive. That's how I feel.

I think [to] walk less and be in the street less, because it's so -- I don't know. Sometimes I feel like, Oh, there is a shop, like, three blocks away, and three blocks is amazing, long, and I'm so exhausted."

Pliskova's Pick.

Q. At the French Open you said in the finals you would bet everything and your house on Simona. Do you have any idea how will that turn out between her and Maria?
KAROLINA PLISKOVA:
Yeah, most of the time I'm bad at betting (laughs). I will stay with Simona still again. Even if she lost my bet in the French Open, I think she had more matches and more consistent this year playing, definitely, yes.

If you're a tennis fan, Madison Keys knows where you'll be on Monday night.

Q. Will you, as a fan, watch Simona play Maria?
MADISON KEYS:
I don't think any tennis fan in the world is not going to have that match on. Let's be honest.