2019 US Open: With the two No. 1 seeds, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, out of the tournament, Serena Williams and Roger Federer seek spots in the semifinals. By Max Gendler
Sept. 3, 2019
Updated 12:13 p.m. ET
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How to get there: Take the 7 subway line or the Long Island Rail Road to Mets-Willets Point.
Tuesday’s schedule: Men | Women
The singles tournaments at the United States Open are down to their final eight — and neither draw includes the No. 1 seed after Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic were eliminated over the weekend.
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM, NOON
Elina Svitolina vs. Johanna Konta
The fifth-seeded Svitolina, a 24-year-old Ukrainian, won the year-end WTA Finals in October and reached her first Grand Slam semifinal this year at Wimbledon. She has yet to drop a set in this tournament, her consistent play able to draw errors from her opposition. She is the highest seed left in the women’s tournament and has never lost to Konta in four meetings.
But Konta had never beaten third-seeded Karolina Pliskova in eight tries before Sunday. With an improved baseline game, Konta, the No. 16 seed from Britain, has impressed this summer, reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and the semifinals at the French Open.
Daniil Medvedev vs. Stan Wawrinka
The fifth-seeded Medvedev has taken on the role of the villain at this year’s Open: egging on the New York crowd to boo him and then congratulating them for giving him the energy he needed to win the match. But since July 31, Medvedev has played 20 matches. It’s both a sign of his success this summer and a possible problem.
Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, has already taken out one physically compromised player. He was leading the No. 1 seed and defending champion, Novak Djokovic, by two sets to none when Djokovic retired from their fourth-round match. But Wawrinka, who won the 2016 U.S. Open, has been playing excellent tennis, and it was hard to imagine a healthy Djokovic could have handled Wawrinka the way he played Sunday.
Even for an afternoon match, this one is likely to be intense because of the high quality of play and the crowd’s energy.
ASHE STADIUM, 7 P.M.
Serena Williams vs. Wang Qiang
Since returning to the tour last year after the birth of her daughter, Williams has been the runner-up at three Grand Slam events, twice at Wimbledon and at last year’s U.S. Open. Although she was challenged by Caty McNally, an up-and-coming American player, in the second round, Williams has not dropped a set in any of her other matches, even against two particularly tough opponents, Karolina Muchova and Petra Martic.
Wang, who is in her first major quarterfinal, delivered a shocking upset to second-seeded Ashleigh Barty, who won the French Open this year. Wang, the 18th seed, reached the semifinals at the Bronx Open the week before the U.S. Open. Her excellent run of form and her upset over Barty may help give her the belief she needs to mount a serious challenge to Williams.
Roger Federer vs. Grigor Dimitrov
Using his exceptional backhand slice to dictate points, Federer blew past 15th-seeded David Goffin in just 1 hour 19 minutes on Sunday. That was one minute less than Federer needed to win his third-round match against Dan Evans.
Dimitrov, whose style is often compared to Federer’s, has reached a quarterfinal for the first time at a major since the 2018 Australian Open. Although Dimitrov won the 2017 ATP Finals, he struggled in 2018 and 2019 with a dip in form and then shoulder injuries. His ranking has fallen to No. 78. It will be a big challenge for him to overcome Federer, whom Dimitrov has never beaten in seven tries.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM, NOT BEFORE 4 P.M.
Mladenovic-Babos vs. Barty-Azarenka
Ashleigh Barty and Victoria Azarenka, two exceptional singles players with games well suited to transition to doubles, knocked out the popular young pair of Coco Gauff and Caty McNally in just 48 minutes on Monday.
In the quarterfinals, Barty and Azarenka will face top-seeded Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos, who have won two Grand Slam titles: at the Australian Open in 2018 and the French Open this year. They haven’t dropped a set in the tournament, and with both teams playing very well, this should be an exceptional doubles match.