NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):
Coming off her trip to the Wimbledon finals, Ons Jabeur is hoping to finally make a run at the U.S. Open.
The No. 5 seed from Tunisia beat American Elizabeth Mandlik 7-5, 6-2 to reach the third round, where she has lost in each of the last three years.
It was Jabeur’s 40th win of the season. Only top-ranked Iga Swiatek has more.
She also played with Serena Williams in a doubles tournament before Wimbledon, where they reached the semifinals before having to withdraw because Jabeur had a knee injury.
Mandlik is the daughter of Hana Mandlikova, the 1985 U.S. Open champion.
Singles and doubles play got Day 3 of the U.S. Open off to a busy start, though it was still eight hours before the match that was the center of attention.
Serena Williams is playing in the first night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, just as she was on the opening day of the tournament. She plays No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.
Williams began what could be the final tournament of her career by beating Danka Kovinic 6-3, 6-3 on Monday night.
Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev, the defending men’s champion, follows Williams against Arthur Rinderknech of France.
Early starters Wednesday included third-seeded Maria Sakkari, a semifinalist in Flushing Meadows last year, and No. 5 seed Ons Jabeur, the Wimbledon runner-up. Opening-round matches in men’s and women’s doubles were also on the court.
Past champion Andy Murray, 18-year-old Coco Gauff and Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios were also scheduled for day singles action.
Also playing at night is Bianca Andreescu, who is already the most recent women’s champion still left in the field. The 2019 winner, who beat Williams in the final, faces No. 15 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Defending champion Emma Raducanu and Naomi Osaka, the 2018 and 2020 winner, both lost Tuesday night.
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