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US Open 2018 Live Updates: Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens Win

Serena Williams meets Carina Witthoeft on Wednesday night to take her place in the third round.

Stephens Survives Marathon

Sloane Stephens, the defending champion, was pushed on a brutally hot day for 2 hours and 46 minutes but escaped with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Ukrainian qualifier Anhelina Kalinina ,

Stephens, the No. 3 seed, fought especially with her serve. She had 20 breakpoints in the match and was broken five times.


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With her victory, she prevailed in the third round against Victoria Azarenka, a two-time US Open finalist.

Wawrinka Continues

Stan Wawrinka is in the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time since his second place finish at the French Open 2017. He fought shortly thereafter with a knee injury and has recovered in that year Brought form.

On Wednesday he defeated French qualifier Ugo Humbert, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Wawrinka, US Open Champion 2016, will next play Milos Raonic, who beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Tsitsipa's Tumbles Out [19659013] Video

Another passion of the tennis player

Stefanos Tsitsipas documents new cities and new experiences on the pro tennis tour every month on his YouTube channel. Here are some highlights.

By BEN ROTHENBERG on Release date August 29, 2018.


Stefanos Tsitsipas, a 20-year-old from Greece, was one of the hottest players on the ATP tour this summer after running into the semi-finals in Washington and Toronto, where he beat four top-10 players. He has risen to a career-high ranking of No. 15.

But he stopped at the US Open on Wednesday and lost in the second round against another emerging young player, 22-year-old Daniil Medvedev of Russia, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Maybe that means he has more time to add a video about his travels through New York to his YouTube channel.

[Read more about Tsitsipas’s passion for filmmaking.]

Azarenka is back in familiar territory

With an efficient 6-1, 6-2 win No. 25 seed Daria Gavrilova, Victoria Azarenka moved into the third round of a major for the first time since Wimbledon last year.


Victoria Azarenka rose to the third round by defeating Daria Gavrilova.

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29-year-old Azarenka, a great hard-court player, has had some success at the US Open over the years, including two runner-ups and one junior championship. But she has not played in Flushing Meadows since 2015. She gave birth to her son Leo in 2016 and missed last year's tournament due to child custody. Although Azarenka recently advanced to 79th, she needed a wild card to enter the Open.

The other women contested the No. 7 offspring Elina Svitolina, Elise Mertens No. 15, Anastasija Sevastova No. 19 and No. 23. Barbora Strycova also reached the third round

USTA change course for changing shirts [19659029] After a break from the blistering heat on Tuesday, Alizé Cornet returned to the court with a false top. When she tried to solve the problem, she revealed a problematic policy.

Cornet was convicted of unsporting behavior for breaching the baseline before the start of the match for violating the Code. She was wearing a sports bra under her top, and the change took only a few seconds. She had been warned that such an injury was possible.

On Tuesday evening, the U.S.T.A. Said that there was a "long-standing policy" that prevented women from removing their topsides in court and that the code violation was rated correctly.

There is no such rule for men who change their shirts to court several times during a match. Rafael Nadal, the three-time US Open champion, takes off his shirt and stands around shirtless after each match he wins for a few minutes. There were few complaints.

On Wednesday morning, following a social media outcry, the U.S.T.A. had issued a new statement regarding the change of clothes.

"All players can change their shirts when sitting in the chair," U.S.T.A. said. "This is not a violation of the Code.

" We regret that Ms. Cornet was struck yesterday by a violation of the Code. We have clarified the policy to make sure that does not happen. Fortunately, she was only warned without further punishment or fine. "

Female players, the USTA In addition, they could also switch their tips at a private location near the yard, if they wished.


Frances Tiafoe changed his first jersey on Tuesday.

Uli Seit for The New York Times

The WTA Tour expressed relief at the adaptation and described the previous policy as "unfair" and out of line with its own rules.

"We are pleased that the U.S.T.A. has now changed this policy," said the WTA. "Alizé did not do anything wrong." BEN ROTHENBERG

Extreme Heat Policy in Force

The US Open introduced a new extreme heat policy on Tuesday that applies to both men and women, saying it will continue until Wednesday. In the women's singles, players are given a 10-minute break between the second and third sets. In the men's singles, players are given a 10-minute break between the third and fourth set.

Games of the Gendler Brothers

For the first time since 1999, the Bryan Brothers do not play together in the US Open. To fill the gap, the brothers Gendler – Dan and Max – will give a preview of all the actions of this year's tournament. They are active amateur players who have been going to the Open together for more than 15 years. Here they discuss their favorite games on the third day.

Andy Murray vs Fernando Verdasco

Ashe Stadium, second game

Dan: This is a game we are more used to in the second week of the majors but since Andy Murray is still working Injury he brings Verdasco in the second round.


Andy Murray faces a challenge in the second round on Wednesday.

Ben Solomon for the New York Times

Max: I would like to present a nuanced tactical analysis, but with this prediction, it feels more like the winner is determined who can best handle the heat ,

Dan: At best, Murray is the favorite, but he's not back in peak form yet, and Verdasco and his massive forehand will be a tough guy.

Julia Görges vs. Ekaterina Makarova

Grandstand Stadium, second game

Max: Görges is a solid veteran who made her Grand Slam breakthrough at Wimbledon and made it to the semi-finals before beating them Serena lost. She does not have an outstanding weapon, but she is pretty solid. Should be the favorite here.

Dan: Not so fast. Makarova can be very dangerous in the single draw. She reached the semi-finals at the Open four years ago. I also met her once in an airport and she was very nice.

Dominic Thiem v. Steve Johnson

Court 17, s second m atch

Dan: Although Johnson is the most decorated player in NCAA www.db-artmag. de / 2005/5 / e / 1 / 352.php In the past he could not make his collegial success a success in professional tennis. Thiem, the No. 9 seed, reached the final at the French Open. But this blistering heat could favor Johnson's game by speeding up the hard courts.

Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin v. Marcos Baghdatis and Mischa Zverev

Court 12, t [19659065] hird match

Max: This is an interesting article from double match. Zverev, Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin love to serve and volley. Meanwhile, Baghdatis played almost three hours of singles yesterday and did not even get online. What ties them all together is an incredible understanding of the game, and in the more intimate setting of court 12 it could be very entertaining.

Tuesday's Highlights

• Partly thanks to the heat policy and a midmatch ice bath, Novak Djokovic recovered from a sluggish start to beat Marton Fuscovics.

• Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova also won.

• Six men left games; five of them cited heat-related complaints.


Peter Polansky in his first round match against fourth-placed Alexander Zverev.

Christian Hansen for the New York Times

• Peter Polansky, the luckiest loser in tennis, lost again.

• The young Americans Taylor Townsend and Frances Tiafoe won their long awaited first victories in the US Open.

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