Second set: Gasparyan 2-6, 4-4 Williams* (*denotes next server)
Gasparyan hums through her first comfortable hold of serve since 1-5 in the first. Sorely needed.
Gasparyan breaks in seventh game of second set!
Second set: *Gasparyan 2-6, 3-4 Williams (*denotes next server)
Williamsâ€™ puzzling issue with consolidating these service breaks surfaces again as she quickly goes love-40 down on her serve, giving Gasparyan three looks at a break point. She saves the first with a forehand winner, but follows with an unforced error on a net approach. Back on level terms in the second.
Williams breaks in sixth game of second set!
Second set: Gasparyan 2-6, 2-4 Williams* (*denotes next server)
Another complicated service game for Gasparyan, who saves one break point with a tidy overhand winner at the net, then a second when Serena mishits a forehand, then a third with a 104mph serve out wide, then a fourth when Willams sends a forehand astray. But she finally blinks on the fifth, sending a backhand wide early in a baseline rally and giving Serena the break after a marathon game spanning 16 points and more than 10 minutes.
Gasparyan breaks in fifth game of second set!
Second set: *Gasparyan 2-6, 2-3 Williams (*denotes next server)
Williams faces a break point for only the third time today at 30-40 … and Gasparyan converts when Williams sends a forehand sailing past the baseline. Meanwhile, itâ€™s coming down in torrents outside and all matches on the outer courts have been canceled and will be completed tomorrow.
Williams breaks in fourth game of second set!
Second set: Gasparyan 2-6, 1-3 Williams* (*denotes next server)
Gasparyan falls behind 15-30, then 30-40, and gets broken after misfiring from the baseline. Williams has converted four of six break-point chances and the match seems all but a handshake away.
Second set: *Gasparyan 2-6, 1-2 Williams (*denotes next server)
Another comfortable hold for Williams, who cracks her fourth and fifth aces of the night along the way.
Second set: Gasparyan 2-6, 1-1 Williams* (*denotes next server)
Gasparyan holds but sheâ€™s made to labor for it. Williams is moving as well as weâ€™ve seen since the tour returned from coronavirus hiatus.
Second set: *Gasparyan 2-6, 0-1 Williams (*denotes next server)
Important for Williams to reassert her serve after inexplicably getting broken at love at 5-2 in the first. And thatâ€™s exactly what she does, capping a drama-free hold with a 115mph ace down the center.
Williams wins first set, 6-2!
Williams breaks in eighth game of first set!
First set: Gasparyan 2-6 Williams
Gasparyan makes her second double fault of the match to go 15-30 down. She rallies for 40-30 but goes break and set point down after a couple of unforced errors from the baseline. She saves one, but sprays a backhand on a second moments later. First set to Serena after 35 straightforward minutes.
Gasparyan breaks in seventh game of first set!
First set: *Gasparyan 2-5 Williams (*denotes next server)
A bit of a wrinkle as Williams is broken at love â€“ four straight points on her serve after losing only five in the entire set. Still, Williams holds a break advantage. Gasparyan will serve to stay in the first set after the change of ends.
First set: *Gasparyan 1-4 Williams (*denotes next server)
Serena crushes her second ace of the night, a 109mph missile down the center, for 30-love. Sheâ€™s won 10 of the 12 points on her racket so far. But Gasparyan gets her teeth into a couple rallies over the next few points and suddenly Williams is facing a break point. The American saves it with a forehand volley winner, then holds after hitting a 97mph second-serve service winner and forced error by Gasparyan from the baseline.
First set: Gasparyan 1-3 Williams* (*denotes next server)
Gasparyan having trouble with her serve toss, but crowds Williams with a 103mph serve to the body that she canâ€™t return in play. Williams wins two quick points to make things uncomfortable at 15-30, but Gasparyan holds from there to get on the board.
First set: *Gasparyan 0-3 Williams (*denotes next server)
Another stress-free service game for Williams, who caps the hold with a crisp backhand winner down the line. Gasparyan will need to show something and quickly or this one could be over in a hurry.
Williams breaks in second game of first set!
First set: Gasparyan 0-2 Williams* (*denotes next server)
Gasparyan appears bound for a comfortable hold of her own after quickly winning the first three points of her opening service game from the baseline. But sheâ€™s broken from 40-love after following a double fault with a flurry of unforced errors.
First set: *Gasparyan 0-1 Williams (*denotes next server)
Williams opens the match with a commanding service game, punctuating the love hold with a 104mph ace down the pipe. Promising start.
A steady rainfall has started right as the players finish their warm-ups. The decision to close the roof, which typically takes about seven minutes, is an easy one. All play on the outer courts, including four singles matches, has been suspended. The break comes moments after Britainâ€™s Dan Evans saved two set points against Franceâ€™s Corentin Moutet. The No 23 seed will serve at 6-4, 3-6, 5-6, Ad In when play resumes.
Good evening and welcome to Arthur Ashe Stadium for tonightâ€™s prime-time twinbill. A pair of second-round matches are on the menu with Serena Williams facing Russiaâ€™s Margarita Gasparyan, followed by Andy Murrayâ€™s first career meeting with FÃ©lix Auger-Aliassime.
Some quick items from the day session to get you caught up:
- Britainâ€™s Johanna Konta became the latest top seed to bow, coming from ahead in a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 loss to Sorana Cirstea
- Bulgariaâ€™s Tsvetana Pironkova, who is playing her first tournament since Wimbledon 2017 after taking a three-year break to have a son, reached the third round with a 7-5, 6-3 win over No 10 seed GarbiÃ±e Muguruza
- Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion who entered this yearâ€™s tournament with a 1-7 record for the year, was dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova â€“ and could face Serena in the third round
- No 25 seed Milos Raonic is out after a 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 loss to Canadian compatriot Vasek Pospisil
- Second-seeded Dominic Thiem earned a spot in the third round with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over Indiaâ€™s Sumit Nagal
Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime, itâ€™s safe to say that Kristina Mladenovic was not happy with conditions in Queens this week:
Franceâ€™s Kristina Mladenovic complained of living a â€œnightmareâ€ due to the Covid-19 health protocols at the US Open after suffering a spectacular meltdown to lose to Russian Varvava Gracheva in her second-round match.
Against an opponent ranked outside the top 100 and playing her first grand slam, Mladenovic looked set for a breezy win while serving at 6-1, 5-1 but things went downhill for her abruptly and she ended up losing 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-0.
Mladenovic was one of several athletes placed under an â€œenhanced protocol planâ€ for being in contact with compatriot BenoÃ®t Paire, who tested positive for the coronavirus and was withdrawn ahead of the grand slam.
â€œWeâ€™re living a nightmare here. I have only one desire and that is to regain my freedom,â€ the 44th-ranked Mladenovic said. â€œWe have to fight to have our freedom and even that we donâ€™t have yet.â€
The United States Tennis Associationâ€™s protocols have meant that players in contact with Paire are being tested for Covid-19 every day rather than once in four days and are confined to hotel rooms.
Mladenovic, who along with partner Timea Babos are the top seeds for womenâ€™s doubles, earlier said she felt like being stuck inside a â€œbubble within a bubbleâ€.
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