US Open: Rafael Nadal makes third round; Muguruza crashes out

Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round of the US Open 2016 after a straight set win over Andreas Seppi. The fourth seed beat Seppi 6-0 7-5 6-1 to advance. In a dominating display, Nadal didn’t look uncomfortable at all and had no bandage on the wrist. He was also part of a small history on Day 3.

The U.S. Open’s new $150 million retractable roof atop Arthur Ashe Stadium has been closed for the first time during a match. The cover was shut because of rain that fell at 3-3 in the second set of Rafael Nadal’s second-round match against Andreas Seppi on Wednesday night. It took about 5 minutes to close and play resumed. After dealing with rain delays and postponed finals for years, the U.S. Tennis Association finally built a movable roof over its main stadium. It is available for this year’s tournament, which started Monday, but the first two days were dry. The only use of the roof until Nadal’s match came when it was shut at the start of the tournament’s opening ceremony Monday night, then opened as Phil Collins sang “In the Air Tonight.”

Madison Keys wrapped up her U.S. Open match much earlier this time. After her first-round victory took nearly 2{ hours and ended close to 2 a.m., the eighth-seeded American routed 16-year-old Kayla Day 6-1, 6-1 in 48 minutes Wednesday. Day, the youngest player in the draw, was playing in her first Grand Slam tournament. Ranked 374th, she got in as the winner of the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships. In the first round, she was leading 6-2, 4-2 when her opponent, Madison Brengle, retired with an arm injury. Keys had defeated another American, Alison Riske, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in a match that started Monday night and ended Tuesday morning. She hasn’t lost before the third round at a major since the 2014 U.S. Open.

US Open 2016 Day 3: As it happened

0916 hrs IST: All over! Seppi sends a return wide and Rafael Nadal raises his arm in celebration! He wins the match 6-0 7-5 6-1 and advance in to the third round

0913 hrs IST: Nadal breaks Seppi in the sixth game! He now leads 5-1 in the third set and will be serving for the match

0910 hrs IST: Nadal with a hold. Seppi is stretching him in the games but the Spaniard is up to the task in this game. He leads 4-1

0905 hrs IST: Seppi gets on board in the third set! He holds his serve but has a big task ahead. Nadal leads 3-1

0900 hrs IST: A great start by Nadal in the third set. He takes only 10 minutes to be a break up and two holds. He leads 3-0 in the third set

0850 hrs IST: Rafael Nadal to serve in the third set. He leads the match 6-0 7-5 and while Seppi is trying to come back in this, he looks tired

0845 hrs IST: Seppi fails to produce the same magic and nets a backhand return! Nadal wins the second set and now leads two sets to none

0839 hrs IST: An excellent forehand wide of Seppi and Nadal holds his serve! He looks to have a lapse in concentration for some time but better now. Leads 6-5

0836 hrs IST: Hold on love for Seppi! Looking far more better now against Nadal and he has tied the second set 5-5. Nadal to serve

0832 hrs IST: Break for Seppi! On decue, Seppi produced quality tennis and brings down the lead to one game now. Nadal leading second set 5-4

0827 hrs IST: A dominating display of tennis again from Nadal and he wins the eighth game to lead 5-3 in the second set

0822 hrs IST: A hold from both players! Nadal clearly not thinking about the result here. He is more focussed on playing the game with domination

0817 hrs IST: And in exactly seven minutes, the roof of the Arthur Ashe stadium closes. This is the first time the roof has been closed during play in US Open

0812 hrs IST: Rafa closely watches as the roof above his head closes. Play to resume shortly

0810 hrs IST: Rain arrives and for the first time in play the roof will be closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium

0805 hrs IST: And breaks Seppi and then holds his serve to take back the lead! Some crucial returns down the line to which Seppi failed to reach. Nadal 3-2

0800 hrs IST: That is break for Seppi! He failed to win a single game in the first set and now he is up a break. Leads Nadal 2-1

0750 hrs IST: Seppi gets on board with a game win and ties it 1-1 in the second set. Better game for him to begin getting on board

0740 hrs IST: And that is first game Nadal again! He continues to dominate Seppi and starts the second set with a game win

0730 hrs IST: Stretched far and long but Nadal keeps his cool! Sends a magnificent return with a forehand and he wins the first set 6-0

0725 hrs IST: Another easy game for the Spainard and he has taken a 5-0 lead against Seppi

0718 hrs IST: The Nadal cruise continues as the Spaniard opens up a four-game lead over Seppi in the first set, and he is yet to drop a game

0714 hrs IST: Nadal saves break points, and wins another game to make it 3-0 in 1st set. Seppi is hanging in there with long rallies, had a good chance to break but Nadal is in the mood today

0707 hrs IST: Hold and Break puts Rafael Nadal 2-0 up in the first set against Seppi

0701 hrs IST: Nadal starts with a hold. He was 0-30 down at one stage, but did well to pocket the game

0657 hrs IST: Nadal to serve and he concedes the first point as his return finds the net

0650 hrs IST: Nadal and Seppi warming-up before they start exchanging points

0645 hrs IST: It’s Rafa time! Rafael Nadal takes on Andreas Seppi in the last match of the evening session

0629 hrs IST: Big upset this as third seed, and French Open winner, Muguruza is knocked out in 2nd round

0628 hrs IST: Sevastova beats Muguruza 7-6 6-4 to book a place in the next round

0624 hrs IST: This is getting interesting! Muguruza fights back to make it 4-5 in second set against Sevastova

0620 hrs IST: Up for a fight! A hold by Muguruza reduces Sevastova’s lead who will again have a chance to serve for the match at 5-3

0615 hrs IST: Sevastova blows away two match points, fails to hold. Still a long way to go for Muguruza as she trails 2-5 in the second

0613 hrs IST: Walk in the park! Madison Keys beats Kayla Day 6-1 6-1

0612 hrs IST: Muguruza fails to follow the break with the hold, and she’s in deep trouble now. Sevastova, 5-1 up, serving for the set and match

0604 hrs IST: Muguruza opens her account as she, after losing four games, breaks Sevastova. Still trails 1-4 in the second set

0602 hrs IST: Muguruza’s struggle in the second set continues as Sevastova breaks again to go 4-0 up

0559 hrs IST: Madison Key continues with the domination as she leads Day 4-0 in the women’s singles contest

0557 hrs IST: Early break, and holds, put Sevastova 3-0 ahead of Muguruza in the second set

0544 hrs IST: Sevastova with the drop and Muguruza’s return is wide. First set 7-5 to Sevastova

0540 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Madison Key’s in a hurry as she takes the first set 6-1 against Kayla Day

0537 hrs IST: Sevastova holds and pressure now on Muguruza! She needs to serve well to force a tie-break

0531 hrs IST: Muguruza, 30-0 up on serve, had a good chance to seal the set but Sevastova does well to produce the timely break. 5-5

0527 hrs IST: Leander Paes-Martina Hingis win their match against Sachia Vickery-Frances Tiafoe 6-3 6-2

0524 hrs IST: Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova beat Ena Shibahara-Jada Myii Hart in straight sets, 6-3 6-2

0522 hrs IST: Muguruza with the break now and she, 5-4 up, serves for the opening set against Sevastova

0518 hrs IST: Sevastova breaks back! And we are back on serve in the first set. 4-4

0511 hrs IST: Break follows the hold and Muguruza opens up a lead in first set. Sevastova to serve at 2-4

0505 hrs IST: Sevastova blinks first as Muguruza finds the early break, and, at 3-2, will now serve for a lead in the opening set

0503 hrs IST: Muguruza and Sevastova continue to hold their serves and the first set is locked at 2-2

0501 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Rohan Bopanna and his partner Frederik Loechte Nielsen beat Radek Stepanek-Nenad Zimonjic 6-3 6-7 6-3 in the men’s doubles first round contest. In other result, Naomi Osaka beat Yingying Duan 6-4 7-6

0453 hrs IST: Anastasija Sevastova starts with a hold of serve to go 1-0 up in the opening set against Muguruza

0450 hrs IST: The players are warming up. Live action moments away now

0445 hrs IST: We are sometime away from the last set of games featuring Garbine Muguruza and Anastasija Sevastova

0316 hrs IST: Milos Raonic became the first major casualty of the U.S. Open when American qualifier Ryan Harrison shocked the Canadian fifth seed 6-7(4) 7-5 7-5 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the year’s final grand slam

0251 hrs IST: Kerber is through to the third round with a 6-2, 7-6 win

0248 hrs IST: Roundup of the matches going on across courts: Monfils is up by two sets against Satral, Kerber into the second set tiebreak after winning the first, Harrison and Raonic are one set apiece, Almagro up two sets over Cuevas, Kuznetsov up a set over Ramos Vinolas, Youzhny up by two sets over Pella

0131 hrs IST: Game, set and match Tsonga! Wins 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 against Duckworth

0108 hrs IST: Marcos Baghdatis beats Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 on the Old Grandstand court

0057 hrs IST: John Isner steps up to finish it with a drive volley. Through to third round with 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 win over Steve Darcis. Kyle Edmund next

0047 hrs IST: Double fault by Ryan Harrison and Milos Raonic wins the first set 7-6

0035 hrs IST: Wozniacki finds the outside of the line, inches in perhaps, and she beats Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4

0034 hrs IST: Kuznetsova’s drive volley hits the top of the tape and that’s match point for the Dane.

0028 hrs IST: Kuznetsova finds the line on the forehand to break Wozniacki. On serve now at 4-5

0028 hrs IST: Kuznetsova with a lovely backhand lob over Wozniacki’s head and two break points

0025 hrs IST: Ace down the tee and Kuznetsova holds. Wozniacki to serve for the match at 5-3

0024 hrs IST: INCREDIBLE! Kuznetsova with superb cross court forehands and then finishing it with a nicely played volley

0023 hrs IST: Kuznetsova serves to stay in the match at 2-5 in the second set. And starts by being pushed away on the first and sends it into the net. 0-15

0018 hrs IST: Three breaks in a row now as Kuznetsova sends forehand wide. Woz leads 4-2

0013 hrs IST: Wozniacki with a double fault and the break is handed back to Kuznetsova. 2-3

0010 hrs IST: Unbelievable miss by Kuznetsova. Takes it low than an overhead and break to Woz. Leads 3-1 in second

0001 hrs IST: Kuznetsova saves two break points and wins game after seven games. 1-1

2348 hrs IST: 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova loses six games in a row to lose first set 4-6 to Caroline Wozniacki

2342 hrs IST: An incredible five games in a row now for Wozniacki as she holds serve to go up 5-4

2335 hrs IST: From 0-4, Wozniacki has evened things at 4-4 against Kuznetsova

2324 hrs IST: Kevin Anderson is through to the third round with a 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 win. Faces Tsonga/Duckworth next

2321 hrs IST: Tsonga wins the first set 6-4 against Australia’s James Duckworth

2315 hrs IST: After being pushed in the first round, Isner is making up. Up two sets vs Darcis 6-3, 6-4

2309 hrs IST: Cibulkova comes from a set behind to beat Rodina 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 despite barely moving at times

2304 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic is given a walkover by Vesely who withdraws with a left forearm injury

2300 hrs IST: Cibulkova with a heavily strapped left thigh as she breaks serve. Leads 3-2 in the third vs Rodina

2257 hrs IST: Kuznetsova starts by breaking Wozniacki’s serve and is in a bit of cage herself at 30-30

2248 hrs IST: Svitolina who had beaten Serena in Rio is through after beating American Lauren Davis, in doubles Mattek Sands and Safarova through in straight sets

2222 hrs IST: Kvitova is through to the third round after Buyukakcay’s forehand is into the tramlines. Wins 7-6, 6-3

2220 hrs IST: In doubles action, number 1 men’s doubles pairing of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert are through to the next round with a 7-6, 6-1 win

2208 hrs IST: Bencic is through to the third round with a straight sets win over Petkovic. 6-3, 6-2

2145 hrs IST: Petra Kvitova also a set up after moving Buyukakcay side-to-side and then putting away a simple volley to win first set 7-6

2143 hrs IST: Double fault by Pospisil and Anderson wins the first set 7-6

2138 hrs IST: 2015 finalist Roberta Vinci into the third round with little fuss. Wins 6-1, 6-3 vs Christina McHale

2137 hrs IST: McHale’s forehand goes wide on a deep Vinci slider and it is match point for the Italian

2133 hrs IST: Vinci with a good service game and she’s one game from the win vs McHale. Up 6-1, 5-3

2122 hrs IST: After two back-to-back breaks, stays on serve between Pospisil and Anderson. South African up 6-5 in first

2056 hrs IST: And Vinci holds serve and she’s got the first set in the bag in just 22 minutes! A massive 15 unforced errors by the American

2052 hrs IST: After just 18 mins, Vinci has raced off to a 5-1 lead against Christina McHale

2051 hrs IST: Things underway at the US Open. Pospisil starts by breaking Anderson and saving a break point. Still deuce.


Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova are seeded 7th at the final Slam of the year.

Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova are seeded 7th at the final Slam of the year.

Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova will open their US Open women’s doubles campaign against American pairing of Ena Shibahara and Jada Hart.

Mirza and Strycova are seeded 7th at the final Slam of the year. Should the pair go on in the tournament, they could face the number one seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia of France.

Over on the men’s doubles side of the draw, Rohan Bopanna is playing with Frederik Nielsen in the absence of Florin Mergea and they open against the 16th seeded Radek Stepanek and Ninad Zimonjic.

In the bottom half of the draw, Leander Paes is teaming up with Germany’s Andre Begemann and they take on Stephane Robert and Dudi Sela in the first round.

Over in mixed doubles, Mirza and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig are top seeded and open against Taylor Townsend and Donald Young. In the same side of the draw are Martina Hingis and Paes who start against Sachia Vickery and Frances Tiafoe of USA. The third Indian in the mixed doubles draw, Bopanna, who is playing with Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski, takes on Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb.

Mirza is teaming up with Strycova for the Slam in Flushing Meadows and they started off well by winning the title in Cincinnati. The Hyderabadi and Hingis had announced their split during the Olympics but they are slated to return to play at the WTA Finals.


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By Sydney Chesterfield on September 2, 2016 · Posted in Sports, Trends

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