US Open Tennis 2014: Day 3 Schedule, Matchups, Predictions for New York Bracket

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2014

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Maria Kirilenko, of Russia, during the opening round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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As if the first two days of competition weren’t enough, Wednesday brings a number of singles matches at the 2014 U.S. Open. Superstars like Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Simona Halep and Stanislas Wawrinka will take the court and entertain tennis fans throughout the day.

Here is a look at the full schedule as well as some predictions for a couple of the key matches. A bracket for the entire Grand Slam event can be found here.

U.S. Open Wednesday Schedule
CompetitorCompetitorCourtMatch Number
Men
(6) Tomas BerdychLleyton HewittArthur Ashe Stadium2nd Match
(3) Stan WawrinkaThomaz BellucciArthur Ashe Stadium5th Match
Blaz Kavcic(30) Jeremy ChardyCourt 114th Match
Carlos BerlocqDudi SelaCourt 134th Match
Steve JohnsonTatsuma ItoCourt 172nd Match
Jerzy JanowiczDusan LajovicCourt 52nd Match
Frank Dancevic(32) Joao SousaCourt 53rd Match
Kenny De Schepper(11) Ernests GulbisGrandstand4th Match
(14) Marin CilicMarcos BaghdatisLouis Armstrong Stadium2nd Match
(7) Grigor DimitrovRyan HarrisonLouis Armstrong Stadium4th Match
Teymuraz Gabashvili(27) Santiago GiraldoCourt 131st Match
Pablo Cuevas(18) Kevin AndersonCourt 171st Match
(19) Feliciano LopezIvan DodigGrandstand1st Match
Women
(5) Maria SharapovaAlexandra DulgheruArthur Ashe Stadium3rd Match
(6) Angelique KerberAlla KudryavtsevaCourt 112nd Match
(18) Andrea PetkovicMonica PuigCourt 113rd Match
(14) Lucie SafarovaSaisai ZhengCourt 132nd Match
Mirjana Lucic-BaroniShahar PeerCourt 133rd Match
Madison Brengle(26) Sabine LisickiCourt 173rd Match
(13) Sara ErraniAnastasia RodionovaCourt 54th Match
Tsvetana Pironkova(9) Jelena JankovicGrandstand2nd Match
Aliaksandra Sasnovich(10) Caroline WozniackiGrandstand3rd Match
Jana Cepelova(2) Simona HalepLouis Armstrong Stadium3rd Match
(21) Sloane StephensJohanna LarssonArthur Ashe Stadium1st Match
Belinda Bencic(31) Kurumi NaraCourt 111st Match
Daniela Hantuchova(22) Alize CornetCourt 51st Match
Peng Shuai(4) Agnieszka RadwanskaLouis Armstrong Stadium1st Match
Timea Bacsinszky(19) Venus WilliamsArthur Ashe Stadium4th Match
ESPN.com

 

Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Thomaz Bellucci 

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Wawrinka and Thomaz Bellucci both won in the first round in straight sets, but it was actually the No. 3 seed who had the most trouble.

Wawrinka needed two late tiebreakers to knock out Jiri Vesely Monday 6-2, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3). The fact that there was some laboring shouldn’t take away from his nine aces and 41 winners, but the match lasted more than two hours and certainly wasn’t as straightforward as many expected.

ESPN Tennis noted as much:

Bellucci needed one tiebreaker when he beat Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1. Unlike Wawrinka, Bellucci got stronger as the match progressed and finished with 11 aces.

Interestingly enough, Bellucci actually won the only head-to-head matchup between these two, but that came back in 2009 on clay. Since then, Wawrinka has established himself as one of the best players in the world and even has an Australian Open title under his belt.

The superior talent will win out in this one. 

Prediction: Wawrinka in straight sets.

 

Maria Sharapova vs. Alexandra Dulgheru

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Sharapova got off to something of a slow start in her first match against Maria Kirilenko but compensated by winning 10 consecutive games to claim victory 6-4, 6-0. The match lasted 90 minutes and extended her career record at night at the U.S. Open to a perfect 17-0.

She commented on the phenomenon, via USOpen.org:

Yeah, I'm not really sure because this is usually the time where I'm sleeping already, so I don't know. You'd actually think it was the opposite. I think in the beginning of my career, it was always a bit more challenging because I didn't really know how to adjust to what I should do during the day, how do I prepare for that. But I've certainly learned a lot, just know what to expect. I know the waiting game a little bit better than I did when I was a junior or a young teenager. But now I really enjoy it. I think you feel the goosebumps when you go out on a night match on Arthur Ashe.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot against Maria Kirilenko of Russia during her women's singles first round match on Day One of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2014  in th
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Alexandra Dulgheru also had a fairly easy time of things in her first-round match against Kristyna Pliskova in a 6-3, 6-4 victory. She only tallied a single ace and won 61 percent of her first-service points but was never truly threatened.

Sharapova holds a perfect 2-0 record against Dulgheru, and there is no reason to expect anything different this time around. Sharapova has her eyes on a championship and has won a title at Flushing Meadows in the past.

Look for Sharapova to pick up where she left off in the first round and seize an early lead. From there, she will quickly eliminate Dulgheru on her way to the third round. 

Prediction: Sharapova in straight sets.

 

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