NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after defeating Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus during Day Three of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

U.S. Open 2011, Day 3: Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, John Isner Advance

18-year-old Jack Sock will face Andy Roddick in the second round of the U.S. Open. Venus Williams was forced to withdraw due to a virus.

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On Andy Roddick And Criticizing The Critics

Andy Roddick blasted the field of tennis commentators after his first round win Wednesday at the 2011 U.S. Open. But are the critics worthy of criticism?

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Maria Sharapova Cruises, Advances To Third Round

Third-seeded Maria Sharapova easily advanced into the third round of the 2011 U.S. Open with a 6-1, 6-1 victory Wednesday night over 84th-ranked Anastasia Yakimova.

After a slow start, Sharapova ran away with the match. She had 28 winners while her opponent had two and she won 59 points to 32. She also saved all five break points against her. Sharapova needed just 70 minutes to complete a match that started late Wednesday night on Arthur Ashe stadium court.

Sharapova was able to put her opening round match behind her. She struggled to put away Britain's Heather Watson before advancing.

She will now meet No. 26 Flavia Pennetta in the third round. Pennetta beat Romina Oprandi 6-0, 6-3.

Sharapova is in search of the fourth major title of her career.

For all of our U.S. Open coverage, head over to SB Nation Tennis. For the men's and women's draws check out our StoryStream.

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Andy Roddick Survives, Will Face Jack Sock In Second Round Of 2011 U.S. Open

Andy Roddick survived his first round match over Michael Russell, winning 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to advance to the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open. Russell, currently ranked 96th in the world, staved off elimination in straight sets with some nice work at the net. Ultimately, he couldn't break serve in the fourth set, losing the match on a double fault for Roddick's decisive break point.

Roddick will have to face 18-year-old Jack Sock in the second round. Sock won the junior U.S. Open championship last year which, fittingly, hadn't been won by an American since Roddick took the title in 2000. Sock beat Frenchman Marc Gicquel, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 to advance. A fifth set looked likely when Sock went down 3-1 in the fourth to the 97th-ranked Gicquel. Sock won five of the last six games, however, taking advantage of four unforced errors for Gicquel.

For all of our U.S. Open coverage, head over to SB Nation Tennis. For the men's and women's draws check out our StoryStream.

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John Isner Finishes Off Marcos Baghdatis In Four Sets, Advances To Second Round Of 2011 U.S. Open

John Isner finished off Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 7-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open. Isner will take on American Robby Ginepri in the second round. Ginepri beat Brazilian Joao Souza in four sets.

Isner, much like in his marathon match against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon last year, was almost undone by unforced errors. He had 62 unforced errors compared to 24 for Baghdatis. Isner's serve helped power him through however, with 14 aces in the match compared to 11 for the Cyprian.

In women's tennis, American Madison Keys was bested by Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, ranked No. 27 in the world. Keys, just 16 years old, took the first set against the favored Safarova. Unfortunately for Keys, her nerves and inexperience would ultimately get the best of her. Safarova will face Monica Niculescu in the third round.

For all of our U.S. Open coverage, head over to SB Nation Tennis. For the men's and women's draws check out our StoryStream.

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Jack Sock Headed To 2nd Round Of 2011 U.S. Open Over Frenchman Marc Gicquel

American Jack Sock earned a place in the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open with a victory over Frenchman Marc Gicquel on Wednesday. The 18-year-old Sock won the match in four sets, going 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, earning his first career U.S. Open win. He will face the winner between No. 21 Andy Roddick and Michael Russell, still underway. Sock won the U.S. Open junior title in 2010, becoming the first American to do so since Roddick did it in 2000.

Dennis Istomin of Uzbekistan also advanced to the second round, taking down Ukrainian Ryan Sweeting in four sets, winning a 7-4 tiebreak in the fourth. Istomin will take on Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who made swift work upsetting Nicolas Almagro, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

On the women's side, ninth-ranked Samantha Stosur of Australia easily handled Coco Vandeweghe of the U.S. in straight sets, and will move on to face No. 24 Nadia Petrova in the third round.

For all of our U.S. Open coverage, head over to SB Nation Tennis. For the men's and women's draws check out our StoryStream.

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Andy Murray Onto 2011 U.S. Open 2nd Round With Straight Sets Win

Great Britain's Andy Murray advanced to the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open, disposing of India's Somdev Devvarman in a straight set win on Wednesday afternoon.

Murray, the fourth-ranked player in the world, struggled with the former NCAA champion Devvarman in first set, winning the tiebreaker 7-5, before settling down and taking the next two sets 6-2 and 6-3.

Up next for Murray is Robin Haase, who cruised to a straight set win over Rui Machad.

Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro also advanced on Wednesday, scoring a straight set win over Filippo Volandri. Del Potro has a second-round match-up with fellow Argentine Diego Junqueira, who advanced to the second round when Slovakia's Karol Beck retired after the first set.

On the woman's side, 19-year-old American Christina McHale advanced to the third round in a major for the first time in her career with a straight set win over France's Marion Bartoli, the No. 8 seed. McHale won a first-set tiebreaker 7-2 before winning the second set 6-2 in just under 50 minutes. McHale's next match is against Russia's Maria Kirilenko, the No. 25 seed in the tournament.

For all of our U.S. Open coverage, head over to SB Nation Tennis. For the men's and women's draws check out our StoryStream.

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U.S. Open 2011: Results From Day 3's First Matches

The 2011 U.S. Open has claimed another first-round upset. The latest highly seeded player to fall is No. 10 Nicolas Almagro of Spain, who lost 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to No. 81 ranked Julien Benneteau on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Frenchman entered the match with a career record of 145-167, but is coming off a runner-up performance in the Winston-Salem Open where he lost to John Isner.

Almagro struggled mightily, registering 41 unforced errors and converting just 1 of 13 break-point opportunities. Benneteau was not exactly dominant, needing just 24 winners and five aces. He was opportunistic, though, converting 6 of 10 break-point chances.

 Elsewhere in the men's bracket, No. 25 seed Feliciano Lopez beat Tatsuma Ito 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

Wednesday's early results were not quite as interesting on the women's side with all five seeded players moving on. No. 2 seed Vera Zvonareva was pushed to three sets in her second-round match, but held on to beat Kateryna Bondarenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.

No. 27 seed Lucie Safarova also needed three sets to beat 16-year-old American Madison Keys 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Keys ultimately was her own worst enemy, registering 55 unforced errors and nine double-faults.

For live scores, check out the U.S. Open's website. For the latest updates, be sure to follow this StoryStream.

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U.S. Open 2011 Schedule For Wednesday: Andy Roddick, John Isner Among Americans In Action

Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova and Robin Soderling are all in action at the US Open on Wednesday.

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