battle into Round 3
Erin Maher | August 30, 2018
It was another scorching day on the grounds of the US Open, where for the second day in a row, an extreme heat advisory was in effect. But that didn’t stifle play, and five Americans advanced to Round 3 of the US Open.
2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens led the charge on Ashe, battling back after a dropping a set to defeat Anhelina Kalinina, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
John Isner joined Stephens in the winner's circle after clocking in another notorious Isner marathon match on the Grandstand. The No. 11 seed defeated Nicolas Jarry of Chile, 6-7, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Taylor Fritz grinded through three sets against Australia’s Jason Kubler, leading two sets to one, before Kubler retired in the fourth.
Both Williams sisters also advanced, setting up a Round 3 showdown that will headline Friday's play. ADVERTISEMENT Serena twirled through two sets, ousting Germany’s Carina Witthoeft, and Venus Williams upended Italy’s Camila Giorgi in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6.
In men’s doubles action, Christian and Ryan Harrison moved into Round 2 after defeating USA’s Bradley Klahn and Daniel Nestor of Canada, 6-3, 6-3. Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren also advanced, after beating Isreal’s Jonathan Erlich and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan.
In women’s doubles action, Caroline Dolehide and Christina McHale sailed through their all-American affair, upending Varvara Lepchenko and Bernarda Pera, 6-2, 6-1.
On Day 4, five Americans will take to the courts to tussle for their spot in Round 3.
Three Americans will face top seeds.
World No. 61 Tennys Sandgren will be first up on Arthur Ashe for the night session on Thursday, taking on two-time US Open champion Novak Djokovic. The pair last met on the London lawns of Wimbledon, where the Serbian sent Sandgren home in the first round. But 2018 has been quite the year for Sandgren, especially on hard courts, where he made a stirring quarterfinal run at the Australian Open. Can he match that display on the hard courts of New York?
Pro Circuit standout Taylor Townsend will take on 2017 French Open champion and No. 10 seed Jelena Ostapenko, and Francesca Di Lorenzo will spar with No. 13 seed Kiki Bertens.
2017 US Open finalist Madison Keys, seeded No. 14, will take on fellow countrywoman Bernard Pera, and Frances Tiafoe will look to take his longest run in the US Open further, when he faces Australia’s Alex de Minaur.
The doubles action also continues on Thursday, with the following American teams pairing up to take on the draw together in hte men's, women's and mixed doubles competitions:
Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu; Nicole Gibbs and Sabrina Santamaria; Sofia Kenin and Sachia Vickery; Allie Kiick and Jamie Loeb; Jamie Loeb and Noah Rubin; Kevin King and Reilly Opelka; Evan King and Nathan Pasha; Robert Galloway and Nathaniel Lammons; Danielle Collins and Tom Fawcett; and Cori Gauff and Christopher Eubanks.