No. 1 Victoria Azarenka opened play at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Day 3 of the U.S. Open and quickly became the first player to advance to the third round. Azarenka defeated Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, 6-2, 6-2, in a match that lasted an hour and five minutes. She committed 10 unforced errors and hit 15 winners in the tidy match against the overwhelmed Flipkens. Match point was an emphatic ace right into the body of Flipkens. The world No. 1 has not always played her best in Flushing but she's easily handled her business in the first two rounds.
No. 19 Nadia Petrova also advanced on the women's side, defeating Simona Halep, 6-1, 6-1. American Mallory Burdette moved on to the third round as well with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Czech Lucie Hradecka. The wild card qualifier could face Maria Sharapova in the next round. Sharapova will headline the evening session.
American John Isner will now take the court at Ashe Stadium for the second match of the day.