Rain will prevent any further play on uncovered outside courts at the US Open on Wednesday, tournament organisers have confirmed.

Poor weather conditions in New York meant action had to be paused midway through the day.

Serena Williams will still take to the covered Arthur Ashe Stadium to face Caty McNally after Novak Djokovic meets Juan Ignacio Londero.

Number two seed Ashleigh Barty will also be in action against American Lauren Davis at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Earlier in the day, Roger Federer moved into the third round by beating Damir Dzumhur on Arthur Ashe.

As he did in the first round against Sumit Nagal, Federer dropped the first set but raised his game to come through.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka was forced to dig deep in her first-round match, while former winner Sloane Stephens was a surprise casualty in New York.

Returning to the scene of her maiden grand slam title, world number one Osaka outlasted Anna Blinkova in three sets on Tuesday.

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, former world number one Caroline Wozniacki and 15-year-old sensation Coco Gauff also reached round two, but Stephens headlined the exits.



Top seed Osaka edged unseeded opponent Blinkova 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 in an unconvincing display at Flushing Meadows.

Osaka was not at her best, tallying 50 unforced errors, but the two-time grand slam champion still managed to book a second-round date with Magda Linette.

"I don't think I've ever been so nervous in my life," Osaka said during her on-court interview. "I don't think I ever really found my rhythm, but I just fought as hard as I can."



Romanian star and fourth seed Halep prevailed 6-3 3-6 6-2 against lucky loser Nicole Gibbs.

Halep produced when it mattered most as she avoided becoming only the second player in the Open Era to follow up victory at Wimbledon with a first-round loss in New York.

Next up for Halep is qualifier Taylor Townsend, who rallied past Kateryna Kozlova 3-6 6-3 6-2.

Wozniacki, meanwhile, came from a set down to see off Wang Yafan 1-6 7-5 6-3 in an opening-round scare.

Runner-up in 2009 and 2014, 19th seed Wozniacki meets Danielle Collins in the second round after the 2019 Australian Open semi-finalist defeated Polona Hercog 6-3 4-6 6-4.



The fairytale story of Wimbledon, Gauff fought past fellow teenager Anastasia Potapova 3-6 6-2 6-4.

Gauff rose to stardom at Wimbledon earlier this year, making the fourth round at the All England Club.

The American sensation emerged triumphant in her main-draw debut at her home major on Tuesday thanks to seven breaks of serve.

"It was crazy," said Gauff, who will play qualifier Timea Babos after 28th seed Carla Suarez Navarro retired at the end of the first set. "Obviously I was nervous going out on the court. It's such a big court. Then my home slam, so I wanted to do well. The crowd really helped me the whole match. Like, it was really a great atmosphere to play in and a great experience for me."



There was a major upset in New York, where 2017 champion Stephens was sensationally eliminated 6-3 6-4 by qualifier Anna Kalinskaya.

Stephens hoped to enjoy another deep run at Flushing Meadows after reuniting with long-time coach Kamau Murray but Kalinskaya had other plans for the 11th seed.

Two-time grand slam winner and 24th seed Garbine Muguruza also fell at the first hurdle, knocked out 2-6 6-1 6-3 by Alison Riske.

Svetlana Kuznetsova – the 2004 champion – went down 7-5 6-2 to Kristie Ahn, while two-time finalist and former world number one Victoria Azarenka lost 3-6 6-3 6-4 to ninth seed Aryna Sabalenka.

Teenage sensation Coco Gauff battled through the opening round at the US Open on her main-draw debut in New York.

Gauff, 15, overcame fellow teenager Anastasia Potapova 3-6 6-2 6-4 at Louis Armstrong Stadium on Tuesday.

The American rose to stardom at Wimbledon earlier this year, making the fourth round at the All England Club.

Gauff's main-draw debut at her home major went to plan, but only after a nervy start against the 18-year-old Russian.

The teenagers each committed 16 unforced errors in the opening set before Gauff steadied, eventually moving through in two hours, one minute.

Gauff will face Hungarian Timea Babos in the second round before a potential meeting with world number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka.

Top seed Naomi Osaka conceded the nerves of defending her US Open title marred her first-round tie against Anna Blinkova.

Osaka became the first defending US Open women's champion to be taken to a third set in a first-round contest on Tuesday, but eventually triumphed 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2.

The world number one starred at the 2018 US Open, dropping just one set on her way to the final, where she comfortably beat Serena Williams – whose meltdown overshadowed the achievement.

However, Osaka's return to Flushing Meadows was not a smooth one, with Blinkova testing the 21-year-old's resolve, and the Japanese star acknowledged she was delighted to have got the match over with.

"I felt nervous. For me it's definitely a new feeling. I never had to come into a grand slam [as champion]," Osaka told a news conference. 

"I went to Indian Wells [as champion] once. So I did feel like that gave me a little bit of practice, but the amount of nerves that I felt today was completely different than in California.

"I'm really glad that's over."

"Oh, I didn't," Osaka replied when asked how she overcame her nerves during the match, which lasted just under two-and-a-half hours.

"It was consistent throughout the entire match, which was very strange for me because normally it would be the first couple of games or the first set. But it never really went away."

Osaka added she must now use her experience against Blinkova to improve her performances for the rest of the competition, with Magda Linette awaiting in the second round.

"I feel like at this point everyone that I play is going to play really well, and I just need to learn how to cope with that and expect that going into the matches.

"I feel like I have been doing a better job of that recently. I think I need to factor in the fact that this is a grand slam, too, and that's also going to raise everyone's level, so I shouldn't be taken by surprise as much as I was."

Naomi Osaka made a shaky start to her US Open title defence as she edged out Anna Blinkova with an unconvincing 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 victory at Flushing Meadows.

Osaka rose to prominence at last year's US Open, dropping just one set throughout the tournament before overcoming Serena Williams in a final overshadowed by the latter's dispute with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

The world number one, who crashed out in the first round at Wimbledon, made 50 unforced errors on her return to Arthur Ashe Stadium, though, and - bar a five-game winning streak in the first set - struggled to exert any control over Bronx Open quarter-finalist Blinkova.

Osaka became the first defending women's champion to be taken to a third set, but the 21-year-old's mistakes did not come back to haunt her thanks to Blinkova's failure to convert three break points in the third set.

That good fortune handed Osaka the impetus she needed, and the two-time grand slam champion booked a second-round clash with Magda Linette when she converted a second match point to finally break Blinkova's resolve. 

Blinkova raced into a three-game lead - Osaka, wearing a knee brace following an injury which forced her out of the Western & Southern Open - failing to find any rhythm and struggling to land her first serves.

But Osaka hit her stride in game six, going on to win 11 points out of 12 to draw level at 4-4.

After a 14-shot rally went the top seed's way, Blinkova bounced back with a sublime winner, only to lose the game with an overhit backhand, and a venomous cross-court forehand handed the defending champion the set.

Osaka's troubles with her first serve continued, though, and she had to claw back break points in successive service games.

The momentum seemed to turn in Osaka's favour when she fought back from three set-points down before breaking serve, only for Blinkova to rally herself and force the tie-break, which the Russian clinched when her opponent clipped into the net.

Blinkova's exasperation became evident as she failed to capitalise on two break points in the third game of the final set, and the world number 84's frustrations were compounded when she lost her next service game.

Having finally forged ahead, Osaka saved another break point to go 4-1 up, and although Blinkova held serve with a fantastic volley, it was not enough to halt her opponent, who settled an exhilarating, two-hour, 28-minute contest in her favour with a thumping down-the-line forehand.



Naomi Osaka [1] bt Anna Blinkova 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2.

Osaka – 44/50
Blinkova – 15/22

Osaka – 8/1
Blinkova – 1/4

Osaka – 5/8
Blinkova – 2/11

Osaka – 57
Blinkova – 64

Osaka – 68/52
Blinkova – 58/60

Osaka – 110
Blinkova – 102

Williams sisters Serena and Venus barely raised a sweat on day one of the US Open, while Ashleigh Barty dug deep to advance in New York.

Serena and Venus Williams lost three games between them as the American pair cruised through to the second round at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

Former world number one and French Open champion Barty survived a big scare, 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys eased into the next round but Angelique Kerber crashed out.



It was a ruthless performance from 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams, who demolished Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-1.

Serena – who was at the centre of an infamous meltdown during last year's US Open final – made it 19 straight victories over five-time major winner Sharapova.

Fellow American Caty McNally is up next for Serena after easing past Timea Bacsinszky 6-4 6-1.

Two-time champion Venus Williams, meanwhile, routed Zheng Saisai 6-1 6-0 to extend her first-round record at the tournament to 21-0.

"I was happy with today, so I'm not going to ask for more," said Venus, who faces Elina Svitolina after the fifth seed defeated Whitney Osuigwe 6-1 7-5.

As for 10th seed Keys, she kicked off her campaign with a 7-5 6-0 victory over Misaki Doi after 63 minutes.



Australian sport was reeling on Sunday when Ben Stokes and the England cricket team produced a stunning fightback in the third Ashes Test.

And it briefly appeared fans Down Under were set for further pain when Aussie star Barty remarkably fell 5-0 behind to Zarina Diyas in the first set played at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the tournament.

But Barty – a former cricketer – rallied 1-6 6-3 6-2 to provide a much-needed boost, having herself taken in Australia's Headingley aberration.

"[England's performance] was pretty good. Credit where credit's due," she said. "Stokesy was incredible.

"I think we missed some opportunities and my whole team were glued to it. I have an English trainer, as well. He's had a fantastic 24 hours of feeding it to us and not letting us forget that result."



Karolina Pliskova came through two tie-breaks in an all-Czech clash packed with breaks to beat Tereza Martincova – and the third seed cheekily blamed her opponent's nationality for her nervy display.

"It was not perfect, but I'm through, so that's important," she said. "The first rounds they are always a little bit nervous, I would say, for most of the players.

"It doesn't help that you play somebody from your country, because then it adds some extra nerves, which maybe would not be there if she's from China or something."

Unable to respond as Pliskova did, Kerber was a big opening-day casualty, losing 7-5 0-6 6-4 to Kristina Mladenovic.

Meanwhile, Johanna Konta, who reached the last four at Roland Garros and the last eight at Wimbledon, was made to work for three sets by Daria Kasatkina, having appeared set for swift and stylish progress after taking the opener before prevailing 6-1 4-6 6-2.

Anastasija Sevastova consigned Eugenie Bouchard to a miserable 12th straight singles defeat, a run stretching back to February.

Serena Williams offered a terse response when asked about the decision to not have Carlos Ramos as part of her matches, claiming she did not know who the umpire was.

Ramos will not umpire Williams during the US Open after the pair infamously clashed during last year's final, which the American lost to Naomi Osaka.

Williams had a meltdown during the decider and was involved in numerous altercations with Ramos, calling the umpire a "liar" and "thief" after he initially gave her a warning for coaching.

After her 6-1 6-1 thrashing of Maria Sharapova in the first round on Monday, Williams was asked about the United States Tennis Association's decision not to have Ramos umpire her matches.

"Yeah, I don't know who that is," Williams responded.

Williams was in impressive form against Sharapova, needing just 59 minutes to claim her 19th straight victory over the Russian.

It was also Williams' 20th win in 22 meetings with Sharapova and the 23-time grand slam winner said the match-up just seemed to suit her.

"I just feel like her game really matches up well against mine. I always said her ball somehow lands in my strike zone," she said.

"I don't know. It's just perfect for me."

Williams entered the year's final major having retired during the Rogers Cup final and pulled out of Cincinnati, but the 37-year-old played down any concerns over her back injury.

"Yeah, back feels good. I thought I could finagle and play in Cincy. Last-minute decision that I definitely couldn't," she said.

"I got some more training in, yeah."

Serena Williams produced an impressive performance to crush Maria Sharapova in the US Open first round on Monday.

The American star made it 19 straight wins over Sharapova with a 6-1 6-1 thrashing at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams, back at the US Open after her meltdown during her loss to Naomi Osaka in last year's final, was in incredible form, winning in just 58 minutes in New York.

The 37-year-old – looking to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slams – showcased her usual power, but made few mistakes in what was a dominant display.

After a high-quality and intense start, Williams – showing no signs of the back injury that saw her retire during the Rogers Cup final – landed the first blow, breaking in the fourth game when Sharapova sent a backhand into the net.

Williams looked in superb form and another backhand error from Sharapova saw her race into a 5-1 lead on the way to taking the opening set.

Sharapova had few answers to Williams' power and precision, the latter powering through in style.

Williams, the eighth seed, will face American Caty McNally in the second round.


Serena Williams [8] bt Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-1

Williams – 16/12
Sharapova – 6/20

Williams – 5/2
Sharapova – 1/3

Williams – 4/5
Sharapova – 0/5

Williams – 57
Sharapova – 75

Williams – 78/60
Sharapova – 52/0

Williams – 55
Sharapova – 28

Ashleigh Barty recovered from a terrible first set to defeat Zarina Diyas 1-6 6-3 6-2 to move into the second round at the US Open.

The first match-up at Arthur Ashe Stadium, French Open champion Barty - the second seed - looked shell-shocked as Diyas preyed on her errors early on at Flushing Meadows.

Barty rallied impressively, however, and maintained her hopes of a second grand slam title following an underwhelming fourth-round exit at Wimbledon.

The Australian - a former cricketer no doubt dismayed by Sunday's Ashes Test result - had allowed Diyas to race into a 5-0 lead before she came up with a superb forehand down the line to get on the board.

But despite preventing a humiliating bagel, Barty gifted away the set as she fired long when a looping return from Diyas had sat up comfortably for her.

Diyas then dug in well early in the second, preventing a swift riposte to keep the set on serve and Barty still on the brink of elimination.

However, the favourite slowly started to turn the screw and her first break point opportunity was converted as she forced Diyas into the net, setting up a comfortable hold to tie the match.

And an eight-minute game early in the third proved decisive as Diyas was worn down and Barty finally capitalised on a fourth break point.

A dominant break to love then allowed Barty to serve out the match and advance to face Lauren Davis or Johanna Larsson in round two.


Ashleigh Barty [2] bt Zarina Diyas 1-6 6-3 6-2

Barty - 27/36
Diyas - 8/32

Barty - 8/3
Diyas - 0/2

Barty - 3/6
Diyas - 2/3

Barty - 43
Diyas - 59 

Barty - 83/56
Diyas - 59/61

Barty - 77
Diyas - 67

Darren Cahill says there is "no question" Serena Williams can end her grand slam drought as she attempts to banish the memories of last year's US Open meltdown.

Williams has lost all three major finals and failed to win a tournament since giving birth to her first child two years ago.

She was once again unable to match Margaret Court's record of 24 major singles titles when Simona Halep dismantled her in the decider at Wimbledon last month.

Angelique Kerber beat Williams in the final at the All England Club 12 months earlier and the 37-year-old had a run-in with chair umpire Carlos Ramos as she was denied a seventh triumph on home soil by Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows last September.

The former world number one has not won a grand slam since the 2017 Australian Open, but is favourite to draw level with Court in New York next month.

Williams will face old foe Maria Sharapova in a mouthwatering first-round clash and Cahill, Halep's former coach, feels it is a matter of time before one of the all-time greats adds to her haul.

Cahill, an ESPN commentator at the final major of the year, told Omnisport: "There is no question she can win more majors, you do not make the final of grand slams, playing the tennis she has played and not be capable of going that extra step and winning them.

"She came into a couple of hot players: Osaka here was playing great last year and she was going to be tough to beat and we saw what she went on to do at the Australian Open. Simona then played out of the best matches of her life at Wimbledon.

"She's made three grand slam finals since becoming a mum and that's a remarkable achievement in itself.

"Anybody else in the world would be incredibly satisfied and proud of what she's been able to do. I'm sure she's proud anyway, but I'm sure she's incredibly hungry to add to her tally of grand slam titles and I'm sure she will."

Qualifier Magda Linette won an epic final against Camila Giorgi to triumph in the first edition of the Bronx Open, sealing her first WTA Tour title.

In the last WTA event before the US Open, the world number 80 triumphed 5-7 7-5 6-4 in two hours and 33 minutes, topping her sole previous success on the 125k circuit.

Three competitive sets eventually led to Linette taking the victory, while Italian Giorgi lost her second final in the space of 20 days, having suffered the same fate in Washington.

Four of the first five games in the opening set produced breaks and Giorgi ultimately prevailed by striking to love on Linette's serve at 5-5 before converting the first of three set points.

But the Pole has scrapped hard all week, winning seven matches to reach the final, and claimed the second set with some clutch play. 

She saved four break points at a critical moment to move 5-4 ahead and, despite failing to take two set points in the next game, ultimately got the break she needed.

Giorgi, ranked 58, appeared to have regained the ascendancy by breaking in the first game of the decider. However, Linette saved another four break points to stop herself from falling a double break behind.

That changed the momentum and she subsequently rallied from 4-2 down, winning four straight games and claiming the first of two championship points when Giorgi put a forehand into the net, Linette celebrating by embracing her team.

Linette heads to Flushing Meadows on a high and could face defending champion Naomi Osaka in the second round of the US Open.

Marketa Vondrousova took the decision to pull out of the US Open after another injury flare-up convinced her she was not ready to "play against the best" at Flushing Meadows.

The 20-year-old burst onto the scene at the French Open, beating Johanna Konta to reach a first grand slam final that she lost to Ashleigh Barty.

But Vondrousova struggled for form on the grass courts and had hoped to return at the US Open, only for a wrist problem to cause her concern in practice ahead of the year's final major.

The world number 17 subsequently decided not to continue at Flushing Meadows, with Zhang Shuai taking her line in the draw as the 33rd seed and playing Viktorija Golubic.

Vondrousova explained on Instagram: "A very tough day for me [on Friday]. I had a long break after Wimbledon to give my wrist a good rest and treatments and I was very excited to be cleared for competition.

"But at my second practice in NY my wrist injury came back with swelling and pain. To be able to play against the best at a grand slam I have to be 100 per cent fit and unfortunately I came to terms that I am not.

"I will now go home and speak with my doctors about further plans. I miss my tennis and my fans and can't wait to be back."

Darren Cahill says Simona Halep can take her game to another level and has backed the two-time grand slam champion to mount a strong challenge for a maiden US Open title.

Halep doubled her tally of major triumphs by demolishing Serena Williams with an imperious performance to win Wimbledon for the first time last month.

The 2018 French Open champion has suffered first-round defeats at Flushing Meadows in each of the past two years but is among the leading contenders to win the final grand slam of the year.

Cahill, the world number four's former coach who still spends time working with the amiable Romanian, says there is more to come from Halep.

"I think Simona can get better, absolutely, and she has a great chance at Flushing Meadows," Cahill, who will work as a commentator for ESPN at the US Open, told Omnisport.

"She's only 27 and, as we've seen over this generation in both the men's and the women's game, a lot of the players are playing their very best tennis in their early 30s, so age is not really a problem for her.

"She's been one of the most hungry tennis players I've ever met, which is part of the reason I decided to work with her when she asked four years ago.

"I could see in her eyes that desire to be as good as she could possibly be and her work ethic is second to none. She dedicates herself 100 per cent to her tennis, that comes before everything else, and that's part of the reason she's been as successful as she has.

"Winning a couple of majors has been great for her, but I think she still views every single tournament exactly as she has done before. She'll take the approach that, 'I'm here, I'm ready and if I play my best tennis, I've got a great chance of winning'."

Cahill believes last year's runner-up Williams is a worthy favourite but thinks up to 20 players are capable of being crowned US Open champion.

"Simona is coming in refreshed, relaxed about the year she's had after winning Wimbledon and she's confident." he added.

"I think it's wide open. The bookies have Serena as the favourite, but then she has an incredibly difficult draw against [Maria] Sharapova in the first round - even though she has a great record against Maria.

"Maria is always the type of player who will rise to the occasion, so it will be a difficult one.

"If Serena plays her best I'm confident she would win that and then she has to go into any major as a slight favourite with the record that she has.

"Beyond that there are 15-20 players who you would not be surprised if they win it - such is the depth of the game on the women's side and the professionalism has improved out of sight over the last 10 years."

Coco Gauff will make her second grand slam appearance at the US Open next week, fresh from capturing the tennis world's imagination with her stunning Wimbledon performance.

The 15-year-old reached the fourth round after becoming the All England Club's youngest qualifier in the Open era, and she will be one of the main attractions at her home slam.

Gauff beat her idol in the first round at Wimbledon when she defeated Venus Williams, who in 1997 shocked tennis by progressing to the US Open final as a 17-year-old before losing to Martina Hingis.

It will be a difficult challenge for Gauff to replicate that achievement, but how does her career to this point stack up to that of the adolescent Venus? We compared their two records to find out.

WTA Tour record: Williams (before the 1997 US Open) 10-9, Gauff 4-4

By the time she arrived at Flushing Meadows for her first US Open, Williams was effectively a regular on the tour and had already enjoyed reasonable success. She reached the quarter-finals at Indian Wells and beat Jennifer Capriati in Miami, where she suffered the first of two straight-sets defeats to Hingis that served as preludes to their New York showpiece.

Gauff, meanwhile, has been largely limited to the lower-level ITF circuit beyond her exploits at Wimbledon. She did beat fellow emerging talent and doubles partner Caty McNally in the first round in Miami, but that marks her only victory on the WTA Tour away from the All England Club.

Singles finals: Williams 0, Gauff 1 (ITF)

Gauff does have the experience of a singles final that the young Venus did not, though it came on the ITF Tour in Surprise, Florida in February. She suffered defeat to Sesil Karatantcheva and there was no clue at that point of the highs to come at Wimbledon.

World ranking: Williams 66, Gauff 141

The teenage Venus' performances on the tour going into the US Open had helped her become established in the top 100. Gauff still has some way to go to achieve the same feat but a Wimbledon-esque run for the 15-year-old in Queens would catapult her up the rankings.

Grand Slam win-loss record: Williams 1-2, Gauff 3-1

The major difference between the 17-year-old Venus and the 15-year-old Gauff is that prior to her dream run in the Big Apple, Williams had shown no signs of being able to deliver on the grand slam stage. She reached the second round at the French Open before being beaten by Nathalie Tauziat. At Wimbledon she lost to Magdalena Grzybowska in round one, providing little indication of the form she was about to find - or the game that would see her eventually win seven slam singles titles.

The contrast to Gauff could hardly be greater, with plenty of expectation sure to be on her shoulders after Wimbledon wins over Venus, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog and a defeat to Simona Halep in which she did herself no disservice.

Camila Giorgi claimed a thrilling semi-final win over Wang Qiang to reach the Bronx Open decider, while Magda Linette also progressed on Friday.

Giorgi saved four match points to edge top seed Wang 4-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) after two hours, 39 minutes in New York City.

The Italian came from a break down three times in the third set, saving her first match point in the 10th game.

Giorgi squandered a match point of her own in the 12th game before coming from 6-3 down in the tie-break to reach an eighth WTA Tour final.

She will face qualifier Linette, who upset fifth seed Katerina Siniakova 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 in their semi-final.

Linette is into her second WTA Tour decider and lost to Giorgi in three sets when they last met in 2015.

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