Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska shook off a moderate begin to achieve the third round of the US Open on Thursday with a 7-6 (11/9), 6-3 triumph over Britain's Naomi Broady. Radwanska, who has never made it past the fourth round at Flushing Meadows, next countenances 25th seed Caroline Garcia of France, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 champ over Czech Katerina Siniakova. World number one Serena Williams, stalking history at the US Open, belted 13 pros in a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Vania King on Thursday to achieve the third round.
Williams is pursuing a seventh US Open title and 23rd Grand Slam crown — both of which would be Open Era records. She booked a meeting with Sweden's Johanna Larsson for a spot in the last 16. World number two Andy Murray made himself heard at the US Open on Thursday, bringing down determined Spaniard Marcel Granollers in straight sets to achieve the third round.
With beating precipitation making a commotion under the new $150 million top of the Arthur Ashe stadium, Murray struggled through a strained first set to triumph 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. "We're fortunate that we get the opportunity to play under the rooftop on the grounds that generally there'd be no tennis," said Murray, whose match went ahead as all activity ceased on the outside courts.
"It's useful for everybody." However, in the 22,000-seat stadium, the acoustics of the rooftop are demonstrating risky, and Murray conceded the reverberating clamor made things troublesome. "It was extreme, you couldn't generally hear the ball by any means," said Murray, who is attempting to wind up only the fourth man to achieve every one of the four Grand Slam finals around the same time. His consistency in the majors paid off with a second Wimbledon title in July, a triumph took after by a second in a row Olympic gold in Rio.
He looked on his way to a normal triumph over 45th-positioned Granollers with a 4-1 lead in the opening set, yet squandered two set focuses in dropping his serve in the ninth diversion before at last softening Granollers up the following on his seventh set point. "Gratefully I got past that 5-4 diversion and after that the energy was back with me," said Murray, who softened Granollers twice up the second set and once in a firmly challenged third to seal the win.
As the showers waited, 11 copies matches planned for outside courts were scratched off and some residual matches reassigned. The night session on Ashe stayed as planned, with Serena Williams, who coordinated the Open Era record for Grand Slam singles titles with her 22nd at Wimbledon, intending to step it up a score against Vania King.
"I think I can show signs of improvement," the US hotshot said after a straight-sets win over Ekaterina Makarova, in spite of the fact that she recognized that she didn't know how the troublesome right shoulder that has frustrated her since Wimbledon would respond to her workout against the Russian lefty. Regardless of the possibility that it flares up, Williams must be viewed as a solid most loved against her 87th-positioned comrade King, a special case she trounced 6-1, 6-0 in their lone earlier meeting, in the second round of the 2014 US Open.
Juan Martin del Potro, who has experienced four wrist surgeries since lifting the US Open trophy in 2009, proceeds with his most recent rebound offer with a second-round conflict against nineteenth seeded American Steve Johnson. Venus Williams, the 6th seed whose seven Grand Slam titles incorporate two US Opens, drifted to the 70th US Open match win of her profession 6-2, 6-3 win over Germany's Julia Goerges.
The senior Williams, bothered by 63 unforced mistakes in a crude first-round win over Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova, slice that to 17 in a fresh execution against 64th-positioned German Goerges. Started up fifth seed Simona Halep likewise propelled, bringing down Czech Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-4 in a clash of previous French Open finalists. Halep called playing under the Ashe rooftop "stunning," despite the fact that it didn't calm all atmosphere issues.
"I was somewhat frosty," she said. "I felt the aerating and cooling." Among the individuals who didn't have the advantage of the rooftop, 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan endured a third-set downpour delay on the way to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 triumph more than 20-year-old Russian qualifier Karen Khachanov. He was to be taken after on the Louis Armstrong court by ladies' fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska and men's third seed Stan Wawrinka.
China's Zhang Shuai thumped previous champion — and her present duplicates accomplice — Samantha Stosur out of the US Open Thursday and conceded she had astonished herself with her 6-3, 6-3 win. The world number 51, who made the Australian Open quarterfinals this year, had lost to 2011 champion Stosur in the second round of the French Open. "I didn't think I could beat her, it's difficult to crush a previous champion," said 27-year-old Zhang. "She's an incredible player and has a decent turning forehand. It was extremely difficult to play her." Zhang goes ahead to confront Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan for a spot in the last 16.