U.S. Open Tennis 2012 Schedule: Complete Listings for Opening Round Action

Frank Wagner@Fw1812Correspondent IAugust 28, 2012

It's that time of year again.

The U.S. Open is in full swing in Flushing Meadows, and all the stars are gunning for the final major of the year.

But if you're just interested in the top players' matches or even if you are a diehard tennis fan looking for interesting matchups, the coverage can be a bit overwhelming. After all, the action happens all day long with no clear indicator of when each match will take place.

Well that will be a problem no more.

Here's a guide to the action over Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.



Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT

(2) Novak Djokovic vs Paolo Lorenzi

  • Here's a first-round match pitting the former No. 1 men's tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, with the 30-year-old Italian, Lorenzi. It is the first time that Lorenzi has gotten to the main draw. Expect it to be a walkover. Djokovic's high level of play might make up for the lack of competition, though.

(4) Serena Williams vs Coco Vandeweghe

  • It's a battle of American women here, as the odds-on-favorite and three-time champion Serena Williams takes on the 20-year-old Coco Vandeweghe. It should be a cakewalk on paper, but Serena has been a bit shaky in opening matches before.



Wednesday, 11:00 am EDT, Arthur Ashe

(1) Victoria Azarenka vs Kirsten Flipkens

  • The No. 1 woman in the world will continue her run tomorrow morning against the 26-year-old Belgian, Flipkens. Azarenka should be a force in this tournament.

(9) John Isner vs Xavier Malisse (not before 1:00 pm EDT)

  • The highest ranked American man gets his tournament started with a tough opening opponent in the X-man. If you like hard-hitting, Isner's match is a must-see.

(23) Kim Clijsters vs Laura Robson

  • Clijsters continues her farewell tour with a second-round match against Britain's Robson. Clijsters hasn't lost at Flushing since the 2003 U.S. Open final.



Wednesday, 11:00 am EDT, Louis Armstrong

(4) David Ferrer vs Kevin Anderson

  • With Nadal out, Ferrer is the biggest Spanish threat. His dogged play is also quite fun to watch.

(5) Petra Kvitova vs Alize Cornet

  • The 22-year-old Czech, Petra Kvitova, has used her left-handed serve to find Wimbledon glory, but can she make a run at the U.S. Open? The young Cornet stands in her way.

(7) Juan Martin del Potro vs David Nalbandian

  • This is easily capable of being the match of the day. Del Potro fought valiantly at the All England Club against Federer in route to an Olympic bronze. Nalbandian has had his ranking fade a bit, but he is still capable of playing fantastic tennis on this day.

(7) Sam Stosur vs Edina Gallovits-Hall

  • The defending champion, Stosur, will continue her run towards back-to-back titles against the Romanian, Gallovits-Hall.



Wednesday, 11:00 am EDT, Grandstand

(8) Janko Tipsarevic vs Guillaume Rufin

  • Tipsarevic is looking to back up his run to last year's quarterfinals, but he must first get by this young Frenchman.

(9) Li Na vs Casey Dellacqua

  • The Chinese Li, who won the 2011 French Open, plays her second-round match against the Aussie Dellacqua. Li has had trouble at the U.S. Open in the past and went out in the first round in both 2010 and 2011.

Benjamin Becker vs Ryan Harrison

  • Harrison, a 20-year-old, is looking to make a run for America, but he opens against the man who ended Andre Agassi's career.


Wednesday, 11:00 am EDT, Court 11

Mallory Burdette vs Lucie Hradecka

  • Burdette, a young American, should have a great chance to find her way to the third round of a major as she takes on the Czech, Hradecka.

Brian Baker vs Jan Hajek

  • Another battle of a American vs a Czech. Once more, there's a good chance for the American.

(13) Richard Gasquet vs Albert Montanes

  • Very interesting match that could be must-see. If Gasquet plays to his potential, he should win. But Montanes is not a pushover, and you never know what Gasquet will do.

(11) Marion Bartoli vs Romina Oprandi

  • Bartoli is the clear favorite here, as the Frenchwoman attempts to get back to the final of a slam.


Wednesday, 11:00 am EDT, Court 13

(28) Jie Zheng vs Magdalena Rybarikova

  • It's a battle of tastes here. Jie has had a stellar career, but she has had her worst slam results come in Flushing. Rybarikova is just getting started but has had her best results at the U.S. Open.

Lleyton Hewitt vs Tobias Kamke

  • The former champion, Hewitt, is winding down his career, but he is looking for one more memorable run. Kamke has never been past the first round.

(17) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Kristina Mladenovic

  • Pavlyuchenko, a 21-year-old, is a player to watch as she looks to duplicate and better her run to the quarters last year. In the second round, this is already Mladenovic's best slam result.

(19) Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Michael Llodra

  • This one could be an interesting match, as both are coming off of good performances at Wimbledon.



Wednesday, 11:00 am EDT, Court 17

(19) Nadia Petrova vs Simona Halep

  • Petrova has made the quarters of every major but has yet to grab a title. Her 20-year-old Romanian opponent is looking to one-up her 2011 U.S. Open performance and get out of the second round.

(31) Varvara Lepchenko vs Anastasia Rodionova

  • It's a battle of veterans here. Lepchenko has never gotten out of the second round while Rodionova has been to the third on two occasions.

(21) Tommy Haas vs Ernests Gulbis

  • Tommy Haas is looking to make another splash here, while his 23-year-old Latvian opponent wants to get closer than his 2007 run to the fourth round.

Jurgen Melzer vs Bradley Klahn

  • The young American wants to get past the 31-year-old Austrian veteran, who has failed to get out of the second round in his past four slams.



Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT, Arthur Ashe

(3) Maria Sharapova vs Lourdes Dominguez Lino

  • Sharapova is quite a watchable player. She should brush her Spanish opponent aside.

(3) Andy Murray vs Ivan Dodig

  • Murray is obviously one of the most intriguing players in this tournament. How will he respond to his Olympic gold? His second-round match against Dodig shouldn't be too tough, but it's still well worth watching.



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