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5 World No.1 players who have never won the US Open

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These players have made it to the top of the rankings but haven't been able to clinch a US Open title

Amelie Mauresmo during a fourth round match against Serena Williams at the 2006 US Open at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Queens, NY on September 4, 2006. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Amelie Mauresmo couldn’t do better than a semi-final finish at the US Open

It’s only a matter of days before the final Grand Slam of the year commences. With quite a number of upsets being caused at Rio, this year’s US Open is bound to be exciting. Since its inception in 1881, many great players have won the coveted title. Even in the Open Era, several greats like Roger Federer, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova have laid their hands on the coveted trophy.

However, there have been a number of top ranked players who haven’t been able to win the US Open including a number of World No.1s. With less than a week to go before the US Open commences, let’s take a look at five World No.1 players from the Open Era who haven’t won the US Open.

#5. Amelie Mauresmo

 

One of the best French tennis players of the Open Era, Amelie Mauresmo was a highly regarded player during her playing days due to her strong backhand and her brilliant net play. Mauresmo first became World No. 1 in 2004 and then in 2006, thus being at the top for a total of 39 weeks.

Mauresmo has won two Grand Slam titles- an Australian Open and a Wimbledon, both of them coming in 2006. However, Mauresmo has never been able to win the US Open title. She has played at the US Open ten times with her best results being two semi-final appearances in 2002 2006 followed by four quarter-final appearances in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Both her semi-final appearances at the US Open have featured three-set matches with Mauresmo losing 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Venus Williams in 2002 and losing 0-6, 4-6, 0-6 to eventual champion Maria Sharapova in 2006.

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