Venus Williams Headlines Prime Time at US Open on Wednesday

Day three of the US Open,  with much of day two on the docket, thanks to Tuesday’s rain – provides a heavy slate of tennis’ top stars starting at 11 a.m. ET. The prime-time doubleheader from Arthur Ashe Stadium will feature No. 9 Venus Williams – at 37 the oldest woman in the draw, fully 20 years after her debut at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center – against Oceane Dodin of France.  The evening will finish with No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against Denis Shapovalov, the 18-year old Canadian lefthander who recently defeated both Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal in Montreal.

Earlier in the day, key players in action include Maria Sharapova – winner Monday night in a dramatic three-setter vs. No. 2 Simona Halep in her first Major tournament match since January 2016 – against Timea Babos of Hungary in the third match of the day on Ashe.  Other women scheduled:  No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza, No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 13 Petra Kvitova and a battle of Americans:  Alison Riske vs. CoCo Vandeweghe.  On the men’s side:  del Potro, No. 4 Sascha Zverev, No. 6 Marin Cilic, No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 14 Nick Kyrgios plus matches with Americans No. 10 John Isner and Steve Johnson.

In action begun Tuesday, No. 4 Elina Svitolina and No. 6 Dominic Thiem are close to moving on to the second round.