US Open Tennis 2013 Schedule: TV Coverage and Live Stream Hub for Day 3
Wednesday should be a good day of action at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Through the first two days, there hasn't been a ton of upsets. You wouldn't expect many in the first round, and that's exactly what's happened. No. 11 Kei Nishikori and No. 11 Samantha Stosur are the highest seeds to have been upset in the men's singles and women's singles draws, respectively.
There are plenty of top seeds in action on Day 3, so there's a chance you could see that one big name fall in the first round.
Here's a preview of Wednesday's action and where you can watch it, followed by four matches you should highlight on the day's schedule.
When: Wednesday, August 28
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York City
Tennis Channel: coverage from 11 a.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET
ESPN2: coverage from 1 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Matches to Watch
No. 15 Sloane Stephens vs. Urszula Radwanska
Once Sloane Stephens beat Serena Williams at the Australian Open, the 20-year-old guaranteed her Grand Slam exploits would be documented in great detail. Give Stephens a lot of credit, as she has had good showings so far this season and not let that win over Williams be the only highlight of her season.
Stephens made it to the fourth round of the French Open, where she lost to No. 2 Maria Sharapova, and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, where she got bounced by No. 15 Marion Bartoli. Neither of those losses is embarrassing.
Her results in 2013 have solidified that Stephens is an emerging player. She hasn't won any titles and usually loses to a more experienced opponent by about her third match.
Urszula Radwanska is no stranger to Stephens. The two met at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Radwanska won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
James Blake vs. Ivo Karlovic
The 2013 U.S. Open will be James Blake's last professional tournament, after he announced his impending retirement, as reported by Associated Press (via ESPN).
This is now the second year in a row that a big-name American men's tennis player has chosen the U.S. Open as his final bow. Andy Roddick did the same last year.
For so long, Blake and Roddick were the backbone of U.S. men's tennis. If there was any American to go deep in a Grand Slam, it would have been one of the those two. Blake wasn't as successful as Roddick, as his best finish at a Grand Slam was a quarterfinal, which he did at the 2005 and 2006 U.S. Opens and the 2008 Australian Open.
Ivo Karlovic is going to be a tough opponent, and there's a very good chance this will be the last match of Blake's career. The Flushing Meadows crowd will be cheering on their countryman, though, and it should be an electric atmosphere.
No. 3 Andy Murray vs. Michael Llodra
Andy Murray has had to wait a little while to begin his U.S. Open defense. Both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have had their first-round matches, making quick work of their opponents in both cases. Michael Llodra will not be a pushover, so it will be interesting to see if Murray can keep pace and look as dominant as the top two seeds.
Following his win at Wimbledon, Murray hasn't had a good run of results. He lost to Ernests Gulbis in the third round of the Rogers Cup and followed that up with a quarterfinal loss to Tomas Berdych at the Western & Southern Financial Open.
The 26-year-old Scotsman should have much trouble with Llodra in the first round. He's won all three of his meetings against the Frenchman, with the last one coming at the 2012 Australian Open.
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Galina Voskoboeva
Any time you can watch a master of his or her craft at work, you should take it. That's exactly what you've got with Serena Williams.
The way Williams beat Francesca Schiavone, you almost felt sorry for the former French Open champion. Williams almost got the double-bagel, winning 6-0, 6-1.
Losing to Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round at Wimbledon just seems to have gotten Williams angry. She won the Collector Swedish Open and Rogers Cup, before losing to Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Western & Southern Financial Open.
When she's motivated and up for it, there isn't another female player who can touch her. And the U.S. Open has been one of her best tournaments. In her last four appearances, she's got two titles, a finals appearance and a semifinal appearance.
Anything less than a run to the final this year would be a shock.
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