Serena Williams in the second round of the Western & Southern Open, WTA Cincinnati 2018
Serena Williams in the second round of the Western & Southern Open, WTA Cincinnati 2018 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Tennis | US Open 2020 | Day 6 Diary: Serena gathers momentum in battle of the champs

  • Serena Williams battles through to fourth round
  • Daniil Medvedev coasts onwards
NEW YORK, USA – Serena Williams overcomes Sloane Stephens, and the Canadians are coming – winners and losers from Day Six of the US Open.


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Notable Wins

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Serena Williams may not have that aura she once had, and she may take a while to get going, but she is still going. There were worrying times in her third-round encounter with the 2017 champion Sloane Stephens, who shot out of the blocks while Williams struggled to even move her feet.

In the second set, errors started to rack up for Stephens, allowing Williams to get more of a foothold in the match, before glimmers of the Williams of old as she put pedal to the metal to round out another hard-fought singles win.

A lot more straight-forward was the win for last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev – now seen as possibly the only person capable of stopping Novak Djokovic on his quest for another US Open title. He swept away the mulleted JJ Wolf and so far looks well on course to match his progress of last year.


Notable Losses

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The usually very consistent and capable Roberto Bautista Agut came up against an inspired Vasek Pospisil to be perhaps a surprise third round exit. Pospisil is enjoying a real resurgence, as indeed is Canadian Tennis. First he dispatched Milos Raonic and now he joins compatriots Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov as the ‘old man’ of the trio.

While Bautista Agut is metronimically steady, Pospisil charged the net enough to disrupt the Spaniard to land in the R16 at the US Open for the first time.


Quick Hits

Yes, it’s time for bubble-update. Kristina Mladenovic has been very vocal about everything to do with the re-jigged policies following the withdrawal of Benoit Paire from the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19 and the knock-on effect.

Things took a turn when Mladenovic and doubles partner Timea Babos were subsequently withdrawn from the doubles tournament, given the involvement of the State of New York with regards to the policies.

Why was this different to the situation involving Adrian Mannarino? Because Mannarino was actually on site preparing ahead of his match when the State intervened, while Mladenovic was off-site and now is out of the tournament altogether.

The real issue though is the knock-on effect with regards to travelling back to Rome for the warm-up ahead of Roland Garros. Players who were in contact with Paire will how have to self-isolate before they are allowed to leave the country. For some this may well affect the chance to play Rome qualifying.

Play continues on Day 7 of the US Open at 11am (4pm BST).


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