Australia's Ashleigh Barty, seeded 18th for the US Open, has lost only twice since Wimbledon. Picture: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Australia's Ashleigh Barty, seeded 18th for the US Open, has lost only twice since Wimbledon. Picture: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Barty declared fit for US Open mission

ASHLEIGH Barty will spearhead Australia's 12-strong US Open challenge after overcoming a virus that threatened to derail her impressive American hard-court campaign.

Barty's only two defeats since Wimbledon have come at the hands of world No.1 Simona Halep - in the semi-finals in Cincinnati and third round in Montreal - before illness forced her withdrawal from New Haven this week.

But Australia's top-ranked player is back to full health and ready to take on Tunisian talent Ons Jabeur in the first round on at 3am on Tuesday (AEST).

A former French Open junior champion, Jabeur survived three rounds of qualifying to make the main draw and should provide Barty, seeded 18th, with an early test of her fitness and form after a week off.

Victory over the qualifier would advance Barty to a meeting with either Lucie Safarova or Petra Martic for a likely third-round shot at former world No.1 and two-time grand slam champion Garbine Muguruza.

Barty is among five Australians in action on day one at Flushing Meadows.

Daria Gavrilova, seeded 25th in the women's event, opens against Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo.

James Duckworth, Jordan Thompson and wildcard Jason Kubler also start their tournaments early on Tuesday morning (AEST).

Duckworth has a tough ask against former world No.1 Andy Murray as the unseeded Scot continues his comeback from almost a year out of the game recovering from hip surgery.

Thompson plays fellow Brit Cameron Norrie, and Kubler will make his long-awaited US Open main-draw debut against Spanish 19th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur, Matt Ebden, John Millman, 2011 women's champion Samantha Stosur, Alja Tomljanovic and wildcard play-off winner Lizette Cabrera all open their campaigns on Wednesday (AEST).

Fellow Australians Alex Bolt, Marc Polmans and Jaimee Fourlis all lost final-round qualifying matches on Friday or Saturday (AEST).

Bolt went down 6-4 6-2 to German Yannick Maden, Polmans lost 7-5 6-2 to Frenchmen Ugo Humbert and Fourlis faded 3-6 6-2 6-1 against Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina.


Men's singles, first round

Jason Kubler v 19-Roberto Bautista-Agut (ESP)

James Duckworth v Andy Murray (GBR)

Jordan Thompson v Cameron Norrie (GBR)

Women's singles, first round

18-Ashleigh Barty v Ons Jabeur (TUN)

25-Daria Gavrilova v Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)


Men's singles, first round

Alex de Minaur v Taro Daniel (JPN)

Matt Ebden v 32- Filip Krajikovic (SRB)

John Millman v Jenson Brooksby (USA)

30-Nick Kyrgios v Radu Albot (MDA)

Women's singles, first round

Lizette Cabrera v Alja Tomljanovic

Samantha Stosur v 2-Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)