That means a tough draw for the 30-year-old Russian, who is 69th in the world rankings and is considered the best Dutch player now that Kiki Bertens has retired. Bencic (24) and the Russian have faced each other twice before and the Dutch lost in both sets.
In the men’s race, the Greek qualifying Talon Racecourse pairs directly with Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struve. This 52nd in the world rankings is certainly not an easy opponent, but the Dutchman, 110th in the world, doesn’t stand a chance against players of this caliber. The winner of this Dutch-German encounter is likely to play Novak Djokovic, the world number one who will meet a player from the qualifying tournament in the first round.
Greek-German Talon Racecourse will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the US Open.
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This would not be Robin Haas, as he was eliminated in the second round of the placement tournament by Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk (6-4, 6-4). Botic van de Zandschulp will be in action for the second time next night. The four Dutch women who participated in the qualifiers were eliminated from the first round.
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