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US Open Tennis 2016 Results: Winners, Scores, Stats for Thursday Singles Bracket

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30:  Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during her first round Women's Singles match on Day Two of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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The 2016 U.S. Open rolled on Thursday with more second-round action in both the men's and women's draws at the season's final Grand Slam event. Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Simona Halep were among the notable players on the Day 4 slate.

Rain delayed the action on the outer courts at the beginning of the day before finally clearing up shortly after noon local time in Queens, New York. Another delay followed later in the afternoon. The Weather Channel forecast suggests it shouldn't be a consistent problem over the next couple of weeks, though.

Let's check out the complete list of scores from Thursday, which we will update through the conclusion of play at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. That's followed by a recap from some of the day's key matches.

                                                                                    

Thursday's Match Results

2016 U.S. Open: Singles Scores from Sept. 1
RoundMatchup/ResultScore
-Men's Tournament-
Second(2) Andy Murray d. Marcel Granollers6-4, 6-1, 6-4
Second(3) Stan Wawrinka d. Alessandro Giannessi6-1, 7-6, 7-5
Second(6) Kei Nishikori d. Karen Khachanov6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Second(8) Dominic Thiem d. Ricardas Berankis6-4, 6-3, 6-2
Second(11) David Ferrer d. Fabio Fognini6-0, 4-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Second(14) Nick Kyrgios d. Horacio Zeballos7-5, 6-4, 6-4
SecondJoao Sousa d. (16) Feliciano Lopez6-2, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
SecondJuan Martin del Potro d. (19) Steve Johnson7-6, 6-3, 6-2
Second(21) Ivo Karlovic d. Donald Young6-4, 7-6, 6-4
Second(22) Grigor Dimitrov d. Jeremy Chardy4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
SecondDaniel Evans d. (27) Alexander Zverev6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
SecondPaolo Lorenzi d. (30) Gilles Simon3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-7, 7-6
SecondNicolas Mahut d. Paul-Henri Mathieu6-4, 6-4, 6-2
SecondJared Donaldson d. Viktor Troicki7-5, 6-3, 6-3
SecondPablo Carreno Busta d. Janko Tipsarevic3-6, 3-5, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
SecondIllya Marchenko d. Damir Dzumhur6-2, 6-4, 6-3
-Women's Tournament-
Second(1) Serena Williams d. Vania King6-3, 6-3
Second(4) Agnieszka Radwanska d. Naomi Broady7-6, 6-3
Second(5) Simona Halep d. Lucie Safarova6-3, 6-4
Second(6) Venus Williams d. Julia Goerges6-2, 6-3
Second(10) Karolina Pliskova d. Montserrat Gonzalez6-1, 7-5
Second(11) Carla Suarez Navarro d. Jelena Jankovic6-1, 6-4
SecondVarvara Lepchenko d. (15) Timea Bacsinszky6-4, 4-6, 6-4
SecondShuai Zhang d. (16) Samantha Stosur6-3, 6-3
Second(17) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d. Kristina Mladenovic6-2, 4-6, 7-6
Second(19) Elena Vesnina d. Annika Beck6-2, 6-1
Second(25) Caroline Garcia d. Katerina Siniakova4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Second(26) Laura Siegemund d. Nicole Gibbs6-3, 7-5
Second(31) Timea Babos d. Richel Hogenkamp6-2, 6-4
SecondJohanna Larsson d. Denisa Allertova6-3, 6-1
SecondAna Konjuh d. Kurumi Nara6-3, 6-3
SecondYaroslava Shvedova d. Qiang Wang6-0, 6-1
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Day 4 Recap

Halep has endured a lackluster campaign on the Grand Slam stage. The Romanian star got knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open and the fourth round of the French Open. She did reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, but that's merely the baseline for success as a top-five player.

The early returns in New York suggest she could end on a high note, though. After crushing Kirsten Flipkens in her opener, she secured another straight-sets triumph Thursday against Lucie Safarova. That's a tricky start to a tournament, so getting through without dropping a set is a good sign.

WTA Insider noted that the win over Safarova wasn't quite as routine as the scoreline may suggest, though:

WTA Insider @WTA_insider

Simona Halep wins under the roof, d Lucie Safarova 63 64 to move into 3R. Match ebbed and flowed but Lucie's errors came on the big points.

That said, Halep was able to limit her errors (20 compared to 44 for her opponent) and served well (71 percent on the first serve and four aces). She's a legitimate title contender if she can maintain that steady defense and clutch serving.

Murray is also looking strong in the early going, as he quickly dispatched Marcel Granollers to reach Round 3. Like Halep, he wasn't gifted an easy draw at the outset with Lukas Rosol and Granollers, but there have been no signs of a letdown.

The three-time major champion struggled to get his first serve in play Thursday (43 percent), but every other facet of his game looked strong. His winner-to-error ratio was plus-six, and he won 44 percent of the points on the return.

He also moved around the court with his trademark quickness, as U.S. Open Tennis highlighted:

US Open Tennis @usopen

Showcasing some serious speed, @andy_murray takes set two over #Granollers. @Chase https://t.co/fG9aZfF3ST

All signs point toward him moving through his quarter of the draw without much drama. But he's still got a lot to prove in an event where he hasn't advanced beyond the quarterfinals since winning his first Grand Slam title in New York in 2012.

Venus Williams made quick work of Julia Goerges to advance. Williams' play has been a bit up and down during the course of the season, but it feels like she's still got one more magical run in her at a major, and it could happen over the next few weeks.

ESPN Stats & Info spotlighted her success at the U.S. Open:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Venus Williams earns her 70th match win at US Open. She becomes 5th woman in Open Era with 70+ match wins at US Open https://t.co/IIQaF9aXW3

As always, there's no doubt about her ability, which remains right there with some of the best players in the world. The question is whether she can hold up physically for the duration of the event. So far, everything is trending in the right direction.

Her sister Serena kicked off prime time on Thursday night with a straight-sets win over fellow American Vania King, 6-3, 6-3. 

On a night when Williams had difficulties navigating her opponent's serve, she was able to use her own powerful serve to fuel her to victory. 

Williams recorded 13 aces on the evening in what was a milestone win, via the WTA:

WTA @WTA

World No.1 @SerenaWilliams earns 306th Grand Slam win! Ties Navratilova's all-time record! #USOpen https://t.co/7pNMKPMbQX

It wasn't a perfect night, though, as she recorded 28 unforced errors.

Now, the world's No. 1 player will meet Johanna Larsson of Sweden in the third round, a player she has beaten twice before in two matches, as she'll look to correct her game and continue her dominance at the U.S. Open. 

                                                                  

All match statistics courtesy of the tournament's official site.

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