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US Open Tennis 2016 Schedule: Replay TV Info, Live Stream for Thursday's Draw

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2016

Serena Williams takes on American Vania King in the second round.
Serena Williams takes on American Vania King in the second round.Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Serena Williams is back in action for her second-round match at the U.S. Open, and she is expected to march to an easy victory over unseeded Vania King in a prime-time meeting at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

On the men's side, second-seeded Andy Murray will face Spain's Marcel Granollers at 1 p.m. ET, and he should be able to advance as well.

Those two matches headline the fourth day of competition at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

The Tennis Channel will provide daily television replay coverage of the tournament, while ESPN's television coverage of the event can be streamed live at WatchESPN.

Williams is the top seed on the women's side, and she is attempting to win her seventh U.S. Open. She was stopped in last year's semifinals while going for the calendar-year grand slam and appears to have a comfortable run in the first week of the tournament.

The American will not have to play a seeded opponent until the fourth round at the earliest, when a potential matchup with Samantha Stosur of Australia looms.

Williams came into the U.S. Open with right shoulder difficulties, and she was not at her best at the Olympic tennis tournament in Rio. She did not make the medal stand, and that was one of the more surprising outcomes of the Games.

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Her shoulder did not appear to bother her during her first-round victory over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, as she picked up a 6-3, 6-3 victory. Williams appeared to serve with power, something she was unable to do during the Olympics.

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Serena Williams batted away questions regarding her shoulder with an impressive win Tuesday at the U.S. Open. https://t.co/aKTu4vZzgw

Murray is in the midst of a fairly sensational run as he moves into his second-round match. He earned the second Wimbledon championship of his career in July, and he followed that by winning the gold medal in Rio for Great Britain.

While he normally struggles against top-seeded Novak Djokovic, the Scot is healthier than his rival, and he may be able to ride his momentum to pick up the fourth Grand Slam title of his career and his second U.S. Open championship.

Murray rolled to an easy 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Lukas Rosol in the first round, and he was quite happy with his form. 

Murray said in a press conference after the match (h/t Chris Graham and Simon Briggs of the Telegraph): “I served very well tonight. I used good variation on the second serve, as well. That's something that I worked on a lot. It was good through the grass at Wimbledon and in Cincinnati, too. When I serve well, the rest of my game tends to follow."

Murray has hopes of advancing to No. 1 in the world at some point in the future, but he told the New York Times (per Christopher Clarey) that overcoming Djokovic will be a difficult task.

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Andy Murray talks to the #NYT and talks about No. 1 https://t.co/UUuJdApL37 https://t.co/dnQzv7IUWI

Djokovic advanced to the third round Wednesday as he won his second-round match with Jiri Vesely in a walkover. The Czech could not play as a result of a left forearm inflammation.

Second-seeded Angelique Kerber moved on to the third round after beating Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 6-2, 7-6.

The German appeared to be rolling to an easy victory after winning the first set and moving out to a 4-1 lead in the second. However, Lucic-Baroni stiffened the rest of the way and made her opponent fight hard to advance in straight sets.

Kerber is right on the heels of Williams, and she has an opportunity to overtake her in the WTA rankings if she can win the U.S. Open.

In addition to Williams' matchup with King and Murray's meeting with Granollers, sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan meets Russia's Karen Khachanov in an 11 a.m. ET match at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria meets Ricardas Berankis in a match scheduled for the Grandstand at 1 p.m. and third-seeded Stan Wawrinka takes on Italy's Alessandro Giannessi in a 5:30 p.m. Armstrong Stadium meeting.

On the women's side, fifth-seeded Simona Halep will be in action at 11 a.m. against Lucie Safarova at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska will meet Naomi Broady at 1:30 p.m., and sixth-seeded Venus Williams is scheduled to play Julia Goerges of Germany in a 3 p.m. match at Ashe.

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