On Wednesday there will be a full slate of action on tap with the men completing their remaining first round matches while some of the ladies begin to play second round encounters.
There is plenty of first-rate tennis to be savored––but these are the most compelling matches that promise the tighest action.
Ana Ivanovic vs. Jie Zheng (21) Second Round
Jie Zheng of China and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia meet in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The two have met three times with Zheng winning the last two in 2008 at Beijing and at Wimbledon.
This match should go a long way to show how far back Ivanovic has come this summer on her road back to the top of the women’s game.
Last year Zheng made it to the third round of the U.S. Open losing to Nadia Petrova. This year Zheng made it all the way to the semifinals of the 2010 Australian Open where she finally met and was defeated by Justine Henin. The lady from China proved herself to be a fierce competitor on the hard courts.
In Montreal Zheng lost in the quarterfinals to Svetlana Kuznetsova, after defeating Elena Dementieva in the previous round. Zheng will come into this match ready to play and Ivanovic, who has also enjoyed a good summer, should be ready to run.
Prediction: Zheng will win this second round contest.
Janko Tipsarevic vs. Andy Roddick (9) Second Round
It is always fun to watch Tipsarevic play against a top seed because the top-ranked players seem to bring out the best in the Serb.
The two combatants will meet on Arthur Ashe Stadium in the second night match where Andy Roddick will find relief from the extreme heat of the day matches.
The Serb Tipsarevic has been suffering from injury of late just as Roddick has suffered with a bout of mild mononucleosis.
They have played each other twice on the grounds of Wimbledon with Tipsarevic upsetting Roddick in second round in 2008 and Roddick dispatching the Serb in the first round in 2006.
We all remember what a match Tipsarevic waged against Federer at the 2008 Australian Open, taking the Swiss to five long sets before Federer finally pulled it out.
Don’t count on Roddick having an easy time putting the Serb away under the lights. This match could be quite a tussle for the American.
Prediction: Roddick will win in four.
Gisela Dulko vs. Victoria Azarenka (10) Second Round
Dulko from Argentina meets Azarenka from Belarus on the Grandstand Court at 11 a.m. They have met each other four times on clay––each winning twice.
Dulko won most recently at the 2010 French Open.
During Monday's action, Azarenka defeated Monica Niculescu of Romania in the opening round 6-0, 5-7, 6-1.
Gisela Dulko defeated Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-1 to win her opener.
The Argentine has not played exceptionally well on the hard courts so far in 2010.
Azarenka seems to be on track to do well at the U.S. Open. She is healthy and seems to be ready to compete, including holding her temper.
Prediction: Azarenka in three.
Igor Andreev vs. Gael Monfils (17) Second Round
The Russian Andreev will meet the Frenchman Monfils on the Grandstand––fourth match of the day.
Andreev came through against Horacio Zeballos of Argentina in four tightly contested sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3.
Monfils barely survived his opener against Robert Kendrick of the U.S. 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. In the blistering heat of the day, it was a survival contest.
Monfils did not seem especially sharp, coming back from injury without many matches under his belt.
Andreev has the capabilities to be a dangerous player.
In their head to head, Andreev leads 3-2, winning their most recent contest at the 2008 Rogers Cup. But the Russian’s ranking has plummeted lately to 121.
Prediction: Expect Monfils to come out on top in this one, barely.
Sybille Bammer vs. Elena Dementieva (12)
Elena Dementieva defeated Olga Govortosova of Belarus 6-1, 6-2 while Sybille Bammer of Austria defeated Zuzana Ondraskova of the Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-0 in their opening rounds on Monday.
The two players will meet on Wednesday on Court 11, during the second match of the day, following the contest between Ryan Harrison of the U.S. and Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia.
Dementieva leads in their head to head 4-1 with Bammer’s only win at the 2007 U.S. Open during the round of 32. The Russian is trying to make her way back into the women’s top ten after suffering some setbacks due to injury.
Prediction: Dementieva should win this one in straight sets.
Other contests to watch:
On Arthur Ashe:
#3 Venus Williams (USA) vs. Rebecca Marino (Canada) - 3rd match of the day - Second Round - Venus should win this one without too much trouble.
#2 Kim Clijsters (Belgium) vs. Sally Peer (Australia) - First evening match - Second Round - Clijsters should have little difficulty defeating the unseeded Peer.
On Court 11:
Gilles Simon (France) vs. Donald Young (USA) - 3rd Match of the Day - First Round. Don't miss this one––it should be barn burner!