| By Eric C. Peck
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

The Round of 16 has taken shape, and the second week of action at the 2011 U.S. Open gets underway Monday, Sept. 5 with a full slate of top-seeded stars still in contention.

On the women's side of the draw, a marquee matchup in the afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium will see the 28-seed, American Serena Williams, take on the number 16 seed, Serbian Ana Ivanovic. Scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. start at Ashe Stadium is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the number 17 seed from Russia, facing the seventh-seeded Italian, Francesca Schiavone.

On the men's side of the draw, the number eight seed, Mardy Fish, leads the United States' hopefuls into the Round of 16 with a tough challenge from France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the number 11 seed, at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Also at Ashe under the lights will be the number three seed, Roger Federer from Switzerland, who will take on the unseeded Juan Monaco from Argentina.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic plays in a matinee match at Louis Armstrong Stadium against the 22-seed, Alexandr Dolgopolov from the Ukraine. Kicking things off at Armstrong Stadium at 11:00 a.m. is the match between the number 20 seed, Serbian Janko Tipsarevic and the unseeded Spaniard, Juan Carlos Ferrero.

In the first round of the Junior Girls Singles event, local Julia Elbaba from Oyster Bay, N.Y. will face Japan's Risa Ozaki. On Court 11 in mixed-doubles action, the American unseeded duo of Melanie Oudin & Jack Sock will face the Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and her partner, Germany's Philipp Petzschner.

So far, the 2011 U.S Open has been graced by amazing weather over the first week of action following the destruction left behind by last Sunday's Hurricane Irene. That all may change on Monday, as the forecast calls for a day of cloudy weather with showers to begin during the afternoon sessions.

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