Advance on Day 2 of US Open
Erin Maher | August 28, 2018
As the temperatures soared in the Big Apple yesterday, the on-court action sizzled, as four Americans advanced to round 2 of the 2018 US Open.
2017 US Open finalist Madison Keys defeated veteran Pauline Parmentier in two sets, 6-4, 6-4. The American secured a second-round berth at the US Open for the fourth consecutive year.
In Round 2, Keys will take on compatriot 23-year-old Bernarda Pera.
20-year-old young gun Frances Tiafoe, who faced a hard first-round match in No. 29 Adrian Mannarino of France, managed to dismiss the Frenchman, 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
“I didn’t know how hard it is to win one,” Tiafoe told the fans after he had flexed his muscles and high-fived fans to celebrate the milestone win.
On the outer courts, USTA Pro Circuit standout Taylor Townsend emerged victorious against 2017 US Open girl’s champion and countrywoman Amanda Anisimova, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT
Another all-American duel saw world No. 193 Francesca Di Lorenzo defeat world No. 97 Christina McHale.
Day 3 at the Open sees 10 Americans battling it out on the hard courts to advance to round 3, as well as first day of doubles play.
Starting off play on day 3 is 2017 US Open champion and No. 3 seed Sloane Stephens taking on the Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina on Ashe.
Top American man and No. 11 seed John Isner will be third up on the Grandstand, sparring with 22-year-old Nicolas Jarry of Chile. No. 18 seed and second American man Jack Sock will go toe-to-toe with 26-year-old Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.
Fellow countryman Denis Kudla will face a tough match in 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro; Davis Cup team member Steve Johnson is set to tussle with No. 9 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria; and Taylor Fritz will play Jason Kubler of Australia.
On the women’s side, wild card recipient Claire Liu will face No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova, and Vania King will take on Rebecca Peterson of Sweden.
Both Venus and Serena will play on Day 3.
Under the bright lights of Arthur Ashe, five-time US Open champion Serena Williams will play Germany’s Carina Witthoeft, and Venus Williams will debut on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium in Round 2 match against Italy’s Camila Giorgi.
In doubles debuts, seven all-American teams will pair up.
Former junior No.1 and wild card recipient Whitney Osuigwe will team up with Catherine McNally; standout Georgia Tech player Christopher Eubanks and world No. 246 Donald Young will pair up; Fed Cup team member Alison Riske and 22-year-old Taylor Townsend will be a team, and brothers Ryan and Christian Harrison will make it a family affair on Court 6 when they play together.
Wild card recipient Asia Muhammad will team with Jennifer Brady, Caroline Dolehide and Christina McHale will pair up and Austin Krajicek and world No. 61 Tennys Sandgren will play together as well.
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