Day three at the US Open will feature some of the sports' biggest stars. The Stadium Courts, Ashe and Armstrong will be the center of attention and where the buzz is. ESPN2 will televise the open from 1-11 p.m. ET Wednesday and the Tennis Channel will have coverage from 10:30-7 p.m. ET. USOpen.Org and ESPN3 both will have live streams of the open. ESPN requires a subscription to cable or satellite. The US Open site is free.
The day matches on Ashe feature women’s top seed Victoria Azarenka, Top Ranked American John Isner and Kim Clijsters.
Azarenka cruised 6-0, 6-1 in the first round over Alexandra Panova of Russia. She will play Clijsters US Open Doubles partner Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium. Flipkens took three sets to win her first round match.
Isner comes to New York off his second straight title at Winston-Salem. He has had his most Grand Slam success in New York. He has reached the third round in at least his last three US Opens. He has a 41-15 record this year, but just 3-3 in the slams. He will face Xavier Malisse in his first round match. Malisse has not won a match at the Open since 2007.
The Final match of the day session on Ashe matches Clijsters and Great Britain's Laura Robson. Robson advanced to the second round in last year’s open, but has lost in the first round in each of the slams in 2012. Clijsters missed the Open in 2011. She has won the tournament the last three times she entered, in 2005, 2009 and 2010.
Armstrong’s day matches on Wednesday feature a plethora of former Grand Slam champions. Petra Kvitova was the 2011 Champion at Wimbledon and Juan Martin Del Potro and Maria Sharapova are former US Open Champions.
Spaniard David Ferrer is having arguably the best year of his career. He has advanced to at least the quarterfinals at the first three slams of the year. Three times in his career, Ferrer has reached a grand slam quarterfinal. He has yet to break through to a semifinal. He has a 53-11 record in 2012 a13-3 Slam Record and five titles. He will face dangerous South African Kevin Anderson.
Anderson is the 34th ranked player in the world and this is the first slam of 2012 that he is not seeded. He reached the third round of last year’s US Open and the Australian and the French before losing in the first round at Wimbledon. With Anderson being nearly a foot taller than Ferrer, it should be an interesting match. He is 24-19 in 2012.
Kvitova will play Alize Cornet of France in Armstrong's second match of the day. Both players won in straight sets in the first round. Kvitova has reached the semifinals at least once in the other three grand slams. She is trying to advance past the fourth round for the first time at Flushing Meadow. Cornet has only advanced past the second round once in her last 14 Grand Slam appearances.
Del Potro is the only player other than Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer to win a Grand Slam in the last 30 Majors. He was scheduled to face compatriot David Nalbandian, but Nalbandian withdrew due to injury. His opponent is yet to be determined.
The final match of the day on Armstrong will feature defending women’s champion Samantha Stosur. She will face Edina Gallovits-Hall from Romania in the second round. The US Open schedule mentions the match will not start before 3:30pm and could be moved to Ashe.
Six other men’s seeds will play Wednesday on the outer courts. Eight women’s seeds will take to the outer courts on Wednesday including former French Open Champion Li Na, former Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli, former world number one Nadia Petrova and American Varvara Lepchenko.
Ashe’s night session should be active with Olympic Medalists Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova. He won his biggest tournament of his career by capturing the Gold Medal at the Olympics. Murray looked impressive dropping only seven games in his first round win over Alex Bogomolov of Russia. He will face Ivan Dodig of Croatia in the second night match. Dodig dropped just three games in his opening round match win over Hiroki Moriya of Japan. Dodig has never advanced past the second round at a Slam. He was the surprise winner earlier this year in Delray Beach. He upset Andy Roddick and Isner on the way to the title.
They will be preceded by Maria Sharapova and Lourdes Dominguez Lino. Sharapova has struggled in recent years at the Open. She has not advanced past the fourth round since she won her second Grand Slam title in 2004. After finishing the last two years out of the top ten, Sharapova has had a bounce back season in 2012.
She is 44-7 with three titles and her ranking has risen to number three. Dominguez Lino has only advanced past the second round twice in 18 Grand Slam Appearances. She is currently ranked 78th in singles and is 25-19 on the year.