| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo Credit: Brian Coleman/NY Tennis Magazine

 

On Wednesday, the 2019 US Open's second round in singles and the opening round in doubles begins as all the courts across the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will be flooded with matches on Day Three of the year's final major. 

Headlining the singles action will be fifth-seed Elina Svitolina taking on two-time champion Venus Williams in a match worthy of the second week of a slam, not the second round. 

Svitolina leads the head-to-head matchup with Venus 2-1, with the latest contest coming earlier this year in the French Open first round. The US Open is the Grand Slam where Svitolina has had the least success in her career, only reaching the fourth round, and a second round clash against an all-time great like Venus will be a tough test. Venus looked dominant in a 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of Saisai Zheng in the opening round, setting up what should be a great showdown on Wednesday. 

Venus’ compatriot Sofia Kenin takes on Germany’s Laura Seigemund as Kenin looks to continue her excellent summer. Kenin defeated former US Open semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe in the opening round, and the 20th seed aims to build on that and secure her spot in the third round. That match will be the final one on Grandstand, and will follow former champion and 23rd seed Stan Wawrinka squaring off against Jeremy Chardy of France. 

The Night Session inside Arthur Ashe Stadium will open up with defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic taking on Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero who ousted Amerian Sam Querrey in his opening round match. Following that, Serena Williams, fresh off of her convincing victory over Maria Sharapova on Monday, meets the young American Caty McNally. 

The lone American man to qualify, Jenson Brooksby, will be the final match on Court 5 and will face the 17th seeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili. Brooksby, just a teenager, defeated Tomas Berdych in the first round. 

Third-seed Karolina Pliskova, a finalist here a couple of years ago, opens up play on Ashe against Marian Bolkvadze of Georgia, and will be followed by the third-seed on the men’s side, Roger Federer, squaring off against Damir Dzumhur. 

Borna Coric versus Grigor Dimitrov is an intriguing matchup which will conclude the play on Louis Armstrong Stadium, and comes after second-seed and French Open champion Ash Barty taking on veteran American Lauren Davis, 

All that plus much more on an action-packed Wednesday at the US Open, with singles and doubles play throughout the day and night. Click Here to see the full schedule for Day Three at the 2019 US Open