US Open lookahead: Serena, Medvedev to play Wednesday night

August 31, 2022 GMT
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Danka Kovinic, of Montenegro, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Danka Kovinic, of Montenegro, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Danka Kovinic, of Montenegro, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Danka Kovinic, of Montenegro, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Danka Kovinic, of Montenegro, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NEW YORK (AP) — LOOKAHEAD TO WEDNESDAY

Serena Williams will lead off the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium again, this time against the No. 2-ranked player in women’s tennis. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion faces second-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, trying to prolong what could be the last tournament of her career. Williams started it Monday by beating Danka Kovinic 6-3, 6-3 for her record 107th singles victory in Flushing Meadows. Her match will be followed by No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, who continues his U.S. Open title defense against Arthur Rinderknech of France. Andy Murray and Coco Gauff are in afternoon action along with Nick Kyrgios and Ons Jabeur, the runners-up at Wimbledon. First-round doubles play is also scheduled.

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WEDNESDAY’S FORECAST

Mostly sunny. High of 87 degrees Fahrenheit (31 Celsius).

TUESDAY’S KEY RESULTS

Women’s First Round: No. 1 Iga Swiatek beat Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-0; Alison Van Uytvanck beat Venus Williams 6-1, 7-6 (5); No. 4 Paula Badosa beat Lesia Tsurenko 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3; No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka beat Catherine Harrison 6-1, 6-3; No. 8 Jessica Pegula beat Viktorija Golubic 6-2, 6-2; No. 13 Belinda Bencic beat Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; No. 22 Karolina Pliskova beat Magda Linette 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8); Clara Burel beat No. 25 Elena Rybakina 6-4, 6-4.

Men’s First Round: No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz beat Sebastian Baez 7-5, 7-5, 2-0 (retired); No. 7 Cam Norrie beat Benoit Paire 6-0, 7-6 (1), 6-0; No. 8 Hubert Hurkacz beat Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-2, 6-4; No. 9 Andrey Rublev beat Laslo Djere 7-6 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4; No. 11 Jannik Sinner beat Daniel Altmaier 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; No. 15 Marin Cilic beat Maximillan Marterer 6-3, 6-2, 7-5; No. 25 Borna Coric beat Enzo Couacaud 6-2, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 4-6, 7-5.

STAT OF THE DAY

0-4 — Venus Williams’ record in 2022 after losing in the first round of the U.S. Open. She has won at least one match on tour every year since 1994.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Every American that I encountered and told them I’m retiring, their first reaction was, ‘Congratulations.’ Every European I told this, they were, ‘Oh, my God, what are you going to do now?’ I have to say the last few days, I’ve embraced the American way of looking at it a little bit more.” — Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, after losing her final match before ending her career.

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