| By Brian Coleman
Photo courtesy of USTA/Darren Carroll

 

The second half of the 2019 US Open’s first round is set for Tuesday on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with a number of intriguing matches scheduled.

Last year’s champion Naomi Osaka begins her title defense on Arthur Ashe Stadium when she takes on Russian Anna Blinkova to start things off at Noon EST. The top-ranked woman in the world hopes to erase some recent struggles in the Grand Slams, having lost in the third round of the French Open and  opening round of Wimbledon after winning both the US Open and Australian Open. 

Osaka has recently reached the quarterfinals in Toronto and Cincinnati, and hopes to build off of that as she embarks on her 2019 US Open campaign. 

The Wimbledon champion from a couple of months ago gets her tournament underway as Simona Halep, the fourth-seed, takes on American Nicole Gibbs on Louis Armstrong Stadium. The two have played just once before, in Shenzhen last year, with Halep winning in straight sets. 

That match will be preceded by the eighth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of the brightest young stars on the men’s side, taking on another talented young player in Russia’s Andrey Rublev.

Those two matches kick off an exciting slate on Armstrong, as the 15-year-old American Coco Gauff concludes the Day Session there against Anastasia Potapova as Gauff looks to build off of her Wimbledon run last month. In the Night Session, it’s an all Belarusian-clash as ninth-seed Aryna Sabalenka squares off against Victoria Azarenka, a two-time finalist in Flushing Meadows, before American Steve Johnson takes on 28th seed Nick Kyrgios. 

On Grandstand, American Alison Riske, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, takes on two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza in the day’s first match. John Isner hits the court after that against Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, before two-time finalist Caroline Wozniacki takes on China’s Yafan Wang. The all-Canadian clash between Denis Shapovalov and 18th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime closes out play on the Grandstand.

All that and more highlights the tennis action on the second day of the US Open, and other stars such as Gael Monfils, Frances Tiafoe, Bianca Andreescu, 2015 champion Marin Cilic and Petra Kvitova will all be on the court on Tuesday.

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Brian Coleman

 Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for New York Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at brianc@usptennis.com