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Canadians at the 2023 US Open: How have they fared?

The 2023 US Open has been a tournament to forget for the Canadian participants.

Back in 2019, Bianca Andreescu pulled off a shock title win in New York, while two years later Leylah Fernandez defied expectations to reach the final.

In the men's draw, meanwhile, Felix Auger-Aliassime is a former semi-finalist and Denis Shapovalov made the quarter-finals back in 2020.

This season, however, things have not gone according to plan for the Canadians. Here is a look at how they have fared at the 2023 US Open.

What2023 US Open
WhereUSTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, New York
WhenMonday August 25 - Sunday September 10
OddsMen: Novak Djokovic -125, Carlos Alcaraz +175, Daniil Medvedev +700
Women: Iga Swiatek +200, Aryna Sabalenka +350, Coco Guaff +500

Auger-Aliassime's season goes from bad to worse

In short, it has been a disastrous campaign for Canadian tennis players.

It is the country's worst performance at a major since 2008, with not a single Canadian progressing beyond the first round of the singles tournaments and the tone was set when Auger-Aliassime lost his opener to Mackenzie McDonald on Monday.

Auger-Aliassime was beaten 6-7 6-4 1-6 4-6 in the first round at Flushing Meadows, meaning he has now lost 11 of his last 14 matches, having not looked the same since picking up an injury earlier on in the year.

He also lost his opening match at Wimbledon, the Washington Citi Open and the ATP Toronto and cuts a frustrated figure right now.

But Auger-Aliassime, who is the highest-rated Canadian in the ATP rankings in 15th spot, was not the only one to endure an early exit at this year's US Open.

Raonic and Fernandez dispatched in openers

Although it represents his worst Grand Slam, Milos Raonic has reached the fourth round of the US Open on four occasions, but he fell at the first hurdle this time around.

In fairness to the 32-year-old, he was dealt a tough hand, coming up against Stefanos Tsitsipas in his opener, and it was not even a contest as the Greek ace stormed to a 6-2 6-3 6-4 success.

In the women's singles competition, meanwhile, youngster Fernandez was among Canada's most promising entries, having enjoyed that exceptional run to the final in 2021.

Since then, though, Fernandez's biggest success came at last year's French Open, when she made the quarter-finals and she has not taken any of the Grand Slams by storm.

This season her campaign was over before it really began as she also exited in the first round, losing in three sets to Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Knee injury ruled Shapovalov out

A hard player to pin down, Shapovalov has had a turbulent 2023 with injury restricting his progress this season.

He briefly gave the ATP Tour a reminder of what he can do with a run to the last-16 of Wimbledon in July, but he has since been sidelined again and was forced to withdraw from this year's US Open before it started.

That will have been a massive blow for a player who reached the quarter-finals of the US Open back in 2020 and was a Wimbledon semi-finalist two seasons ago.

Former champ Andreescu missed out

Shapovalov was not the only Canadian to miss this year's US Open through injury with Andreescu having had to withdraw from the women's draw due to a back problem.

Andreescu was a surprise winner of the US Open back in 2019 and is consequently always considered a competitor for the title when she takes to the Flushing Meadows courts.

But injury has held her back recently, with the 23-year-old having also missed WTA Cincinnati in the build-up to the season's final Grand Slam and her absence did not help the Canadian cause at Flushing Meadows.

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