Serena Williams made short work of her second round opponent at the US Open on Thursday. Williams downed unseeded Vania King in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Williams has struggled since winning Wimbledon prior to the Olympics, and she is defending a whole mess of points at the US Open.
This means that Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza and Agnieszka Radwanska all entered the tournament with the ability to take Williams' No. 1 ranking away from her. Kerber won her match on Wednesday, Muguruza was eliminated, and Radwanska took to the court for her second-round match before Williams did on Thursday.
That match saw Radwanska best Naomi Broady in straight sets, 7-6(9), 6-3.
Andy Murray was also in action, and he made short work of unseeded Marcel Granollers. Murray is one of the favorites in the tournament, and it was crucial that he advance with little wear on his body. His top competition, Novak Djokovic, advanced to the third round via walkover on Wednesday. Murray bested Granollers in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.
Serena's sister, Venus Williams, had a much easier time with her second round opponent than her first. She was pushed to three sets in her opener but had little trouble with Julia Goerges on Wednesday, winning in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Venus struggled big time at the Olympics, losing in her opening singles match and also in her doubles match with Serena.
Kei Nishikori, the sixth seed, and Dominic Thiem, the eighth seed, were also both victorious for the men. Nishikori was pushed to four sets in his match, but Thiem downed Ricardas Berankis in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova, the fifth and 10th seeds for the women, also won their second round matches in straight sets on Thursday.
Below is a list of singles results from matches that include seeded competition. If a match has no result, then it's not yet completed and will be updated when over.
Men's Singles results
No. 2 Andy Murray def. Marcel Granollers, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 Stan Wawrinka def. Alessandro Giannessi, 6-1, 7-6(4), 7-5
No. 6 Kei Nishikori def. Karen Khachanov, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 8 Dominic Thiem def. Ricardas Berankis, 6-4 ,6-3, 6-2
No. 11 David Ferrer def. Fabio Fognini, 6-0, 4-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
No. 14 Nick Kyrgios def. Horacio Zeballos, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4
Joao Sousa def. No. 16 Feliciano Lopez, 6-2, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
Juan Martin Del Potro def. No. 19 Steve Johnson, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-2
No. 21 Ivo Karlovic def. Donald Young, 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-4
No. 22 Grigor Dimitrov def. Jeremy Chardy, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Daniel Evans def. No. 27 Alexander Zverev, 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
Women's Singles results
No. 1 Serena Williams def. Vania King, 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska def. Naomi Broady, 7-6(9), 6-3
No. 5 Simona Halep def. Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Venus Williams def. Julia Goerges, 6-2, 6-3
No. 10 Karolina Pliskova def. Montserrat Gonzalez, 6-1, 7-5
No. 11 Carla Suarez Navarro def. Jelena Jankovic, 6-1, 6-4
Barbara Lepchenko def. No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Shuai Zhang def. No. 16 Samantha Stosur, 6-3, 6-3
No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Kristina Mladenovic, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(5)
No. 25 Caroline Garcia def. Katerina Siniakova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 26 Laura Siegemund def. Nicole Gibbs, 6-3, 7-5
No. 31 Timea Babos def. Richel Hogenkamp, 6-2, 6-4
The third round begins, and both Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber will be in action. Djokovic is well-rested after a walkover in the second round allowed him to advance without playing. He'll be up against Mikhail Youzhny, while Kerber will face Catherine Bellis on the day.
On Friday, play begins at 11 a.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. That coverage will run through 6 p.m., at which point ESPN2 will pick up coverage for the remainder of the night. Live streams will be available online at WatchESPN.
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