| By Eric C. Peck

Weekend action begins Saturday, Sept. 3rd at the 2011 U.S. Open and plenty of top seeds are sticking around this Labor Day weekend for their shot at the finals of the last Grand Slam of 2011 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Kicking things off on Saturday in the women's draw is top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark as she faces unseeded American Vania King at Arthur Ashe Stadium. King scored a big win over the number 29 seed, Australian Jarmila Gajdosova, 6-2, 6-4, setting up her match against Wozniacki, who has beaten two unseeded players so far at the 2011 Open, Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Rus of The Netherlands. Under the lights at Ashe Stadium, another American hopeful, Sloane Stephens, will face the number 16 seed, Serbian Ana Ivanovic. Stephens defeated the number 23 seed, Israel's Shahar Peer, 6-1, 7-6 and faced a tougher test in her opening round 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 opening round win over Hungary's Reka-Luca Jani. The number 28 seed, American Serena Williams, looks to continue her impressive comeback as she faces the number four seed, Victoria Azarenka from Belarus.In women's action on the Grandstand, the number seven seed, Francesca Schiavone from Italy faces unseeded Russian Chanelle Scheepers, and the number 10 seed, Germany's Andrea Petkovic faces another Italian, 18th-seeded Roberta Vinci.

On the men's side, top-ranked Novak Djokovic from Serbia will face Russian Nikolay Davydenko under the Saturday night lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Prior to that, the number three seed, Switzerland's Roger Federer will face Croatia's Marin Cilic, the number 27 seed.

At Louis Armstrong Stadium, the top-ranked remaining American male, eighth-seeded Mardy Fish will face the unseeded 6-ft. 8-in. South African Kevin Anderson. Kicking things off at Louis Armstrong will be Tomas Berdych, the number nine seed from the Czech Republic taking on Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, the 20th seed.

On the Grandstand, another battle of seeded players will feature the number 11 seed, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga facing the 19th-seeded Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco.

A few matches of local note on the Junior Circuit includes action on Court P14, the second round of the Junior Boys Qualifying Singles at 10:00 a.m. featuring Merrick, N.Y.'s Noah Rubin, taking on Israel's Bar Botzer, and second round action of the Junior Girls Qualifying Singles at 10:00 a.m. on Court P13 as Oyster Bay, N.Y.'s Julia Elbaba, the number 13 seed, faces fellow American, Blair Shankle from Texas.

Click here for the full schedule of matches for Day Six of the 2011 U.S. Open.

Eric C. Peck is Editor-in-Chief of Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by e-mail at eric@litennismag.com