This year’s Wimbledon singles champions, Andy Murray and Serena Williams, top the bill at the U.S. Open on Saturday.
Williams, the top seed in the women’s draw and a six-time champion at Flushing Meadows, will face Sweden’s Johanna Larsson in her third-round match. Murray, chasing his second win at this competition and fourth Grand Slam title, is up against Italian Paolo Lorenzi.
Aside from that illustrious duo, Stanislas Wawrinka, Simona Halep, Kei Nishikori and Agnieszka Radwanska are all set to be in action. Here’s a look at how you can keep up with all the coverage from Saturday’s schedule and a closer look at what’s to enjoy.
Wimbledon Winners Headline Saturday Schedule
While Williams would have been delighted to have clinched glory at SW19 earlier this summer, you sense her elimination from the U.S. Open 12 months ago will still be nagging her.
Indeed, on for a remarkable four Grand Slam titles in one calendar year, the world No. 1 lost out to Roberta Vinci in the last four at Flushing Meadows, looking jaded throughout the semi-final contest. Early in this tournament, there have been no such signs of wear and tear at the end of another long season.
As noted by SportsCenter, after beating Vania King in her last outing, Williams made history:
There’s a determination about the 22-time Grand Slam champion that’s shining through at the U.S. Open this year. You wonder whether Larsson, who has been in fine form on her way to Round 3, will be able to cope with a player who's blending quality of play with unbending focus.
Indeed, Larsson, ranked 47th in the world, can approach this one with little to fear; she’s already repeated her best finish at the U.S. Open with this run.
Ominously, after winning against King, Williams suggested she could get even better. “I just think it should have been a different scoreline for me," she said after the 6-3, 6-3 triumph, per ESPN’s Melissa Isaacson. "I feel like I made a lot of errors.”
Murray is another player for whom only winning will do, and with world No.1 Novak Djokovic having trouble with injury early in the tournament, he’s the pick of many to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles.
The Briton played under the roof at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in his previous outing, beating Marcel Granollers in straight sets. However, Murray spoke about the difficulties of playing at the court when the rain is hammering down, per Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times:
He’ll be hoping for friendlier climates on Saturday against Lorenzi and given the Italian was on court just short of five hours to beat Gilles Simon in the second round, Murray will surely get the job done here.
Typically, those watching across the Atlantic only have Murray to cheer on at this point in a Grand Slam. But as noted by the BigSport Twitter feed, Great Britain still has three hopefuls involved at Flushing Meadows and it’s been a long time coming:
Dan Evans will be involved in what’s potentially one of the matches of the day, too, as he seeks to spring a shock against third seed Wawrinka at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. Murray would be pleased to see his fellow countryman eliminate a genuine threat to his Grand Slam chances.
Elsewhere, Venus Williams will tackle Laura Siegemund late in the day on the Arthur Ashe, as she seeks to keep hopes of a first Grand Slam title since 2008 alive. Fourth seed Radwanska faces a potentially tricky opponent in Round 3, with 25th seed Caroline Garcia standing between her and a spot in the last 16.