Day 3 of the 2014 US Open will begin at Arthur Ashe Stadium at 11 a.m. ET with No. 21 seed Sloane Stephens versus Johanna Larsson and No. 5 seed Maria Sharapova facing off with Alexandra Dulgheru to follow thereafter.
Sharapova is coming off a hard-earned win against former doubles partner Maria Kirilenko, whom she defeated 6-4, 6-0 in Round 1 play.
In the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. ET, No. 19 seed Venus Williams will take on Timea Bacsinszky.
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, the Tennis Channel will air Men's First Round and Women's Second Round. ESPN will pick up coverage from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. ET, ESPN2 will finish out coverage of Round 2.
We've got all the details on how to catch the top matchups of Day 3 below. The full schedule can be found on USOpen.org, including doubles play.
|Arthur Ashe Stadium (Day Session)|
|Sloane Stephens (USA)  vs. Johanna Larsson (SWE)||11 a.m.||Round 2|
|Tomas Berdych (CZE)  vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)||Not before 1 p.m.||Round 1|
|Maria Sharapova (RUS)  vs. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)||Following||Round 2|
Stephens defeated first-round opponent Annika Beck in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3. Though Beck was unranked, Stephens has had four defeats to players ranked 108th or lower this year, per the New York Daily News, so the win was an important boost for the No. 21 seed.
However, Stephens tends to perform very well at the big events, so she'll be a player to follow closely on Day 3. Last year, she was defeated in the fourth round by tournament champion Serena Williams.
Prediction: Sloane Stephens def. Johanna Larsson
Stephens looked set to continue her elevated play at big events in her decisive victory over Beck, and she's primed to carry that momentum over into her match with Larsson. Of course, Larsson is also coming off a solid 6-0 6-0 victory over Virginie Razzano and won't go down easily. Stephens may have to take this one into three sets to gain the win.
|Louis Armstrong Stadium|
|Shuai Peng (CHN) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) ||11 a.m.||Round 2|
|Marin Cilic (CRO)  vs. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)||Following||Round 1|
|Jana Cepelova (SVK) vs. Simona Halep (ROU) ||Following||Round 2|
|Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)  vs. Ryan Harrison (USA)||Not before 5 p.m.||Round 1|
|Feliciano Lopez (ESP)  vs. Ivan Dodig (CRO)||11 a.m.||Round 1|
|Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) ||Following||Round 2|
|Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) ||Following||Round 2|
|Kenny De Schepper (FRA) vs. Ernests Gulbis (LAT) ||Following||Round 1|
No. 10 seed Caroline Wozniacki advanced to Round 2 after her match against Magdalena Rybarikova Monday after the latter had to stop play due to injury, per USOpen.org. The score was 6-1, 3-6, 2-0 when Rybarikova, who had taken multiple medical timeouts throughout the match, withdrew.
Wozniacki will attempt to make the final for the first time since 2010, her best finish to date.
Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki def. Aliaksandra Sasnovich
The No. 10 seed didn't have a definitive victory over Rybarikova, but she was in winning form, making 70 percent of her first serves. Meanwhile, Sasnovich, who defeated Anna Schmiedlova, 6-4, 6-3 on Monday, is playing in the US Open for the first time.
If she's on her game, Wozniacki should be able to put this one away in straight sets.
|Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs. Kevin Anderson (RSA) ||11 a.m.||Round 1|
|Madison Brengle (USA) vs. Sabine Lisicki (GER) ||Following two matches||Round 2|
|Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs. Alize Cornet (FRA) ||11 a.m.||Round 2|
|Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs. Joao Sousa (POR) ||Following two matches||Round 1|
|Sara Errani (ITA)  vs. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)||Following three matches||Round 2|
|Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs. Kurumi Nara (JPN) ||11 a.m.||Round 2|
|Angelique Kerber (GER)  vs. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)||Following||Round 2|
|Andrea Petkovic (GER)  vs. Monica Puig (PUR)||Following two matches||Round 2|
|Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs. Jeremy Chardy (FRA) ||Following three matches||Round 2|
|Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs. Santiago Giraldo (COL) ||11 a.m.||Round 1|
|Lucie Safarova (CZE)  vs. Saisai Zheng (CHN)||Following||Round 2|
|Roberta Vinci (ITA)  vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)||11 a.m.||Round 2|
|Arthur Ashe Stadium (Night Session)|
|Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) vs. Venus Williams (USA) ||7 p.m.||Round 2|
|Stan Wawrinka (SUI)  vs. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)||Following||Round 2|
Venus Williams advanced in three sets with a win over Kimiko Date-Krumm 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round, but not before she spent more than a minute swatting not at the ball, but at a bee.
Thankfully, her night match against Timea Bacsinszky should attract considerably fewer insects, but the unnecessary delays may have been overtiring for the 34-year old, who suffers from the autoimmune disorder Sjogren’s Syndrome.
Prediction: Venus Williams def. Timea Bacsinszky
On Wednesday, the former World No. 1 will attempt to make it past Round 2 for the first time in the last three years in a row. Having the night match at Arthur Ashe Stadium Wednesday should give her enough time to rest after her exhausting three-set win Monday.
Though Williams' age was an advantage against the 43-year-old Date-Krumm, she's now the oldest remaining competitor in the tournament. Look for that to translate to match-winning experience rather than become an impairment to victory.
Williams' last U.S. Open singles win was in 2001.
In addition to the television schedule above, Day 3's matches can be viewed via the US Open live stream.
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