US Open Prime Time Day Three: Serena, Nadal on Ashe; Sock, Muguruza on Armstrong


US Open Prime Time Day Three: Serena, Nadal on Ashe; Sock, Muguruza on Armstrong

·         Wednesday on ESPN+:  Two-Time Major Champion Victoria Azarenka, 2017 Finalist Kevin Anderson, #8 Karolina Pliskova, #9 Dominic Thiem, #25 Milos Raonic, #28 Denis Shapovalov and More


Wednesday’s US Open prime-time doubleheader in Arthur Ashe Stadium has 40 Major singles titles on display when #17 Serena Williams (23) plays Carina Witthoft and top-seeded Rafael Nadal (17) meets Vasek Pospisil.  Meanwhile, the Louis Armstrong Stadium night session – new this year – starts with American #18 Jack Sock vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili then two-time Major winner #12 Garbine Muguruza vs. Karolina Muchova.

Daytime matches on Ashe, Armstrong and the Grandstand Court include:

  • Defending champion #3 Sloane Stephens vs. Anhelina Kalinina
  • Three-time Major winner Andy Murray vs. #31 Fernando Verdasco
  • Two-time champion #16 Venus Williams vs. Camila Giorgi
  • 2009 champion #3 Juan Martin del Potro vs. American Denis Kudla
  • 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka vs. Ugo Humbert
  • Americans #11 John Isner and Sofia Kenin, Vania King, Claire Liu and Taylor Townsend

A number of big names will play on ESPN+, the new direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN.  Starting at 11 a.m., key players in action include:

  • Two-time Major champion Victoria Azarenka vs. #25 Daria Gavrilova
  • #9 Dominic Thiem vs. American Steve Johnson
  • Last year’s finalist (also at the recent Wimbledon) #5 Kevin Anderson vs. Jeremy Chardy
  • Summer sensation #15 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Daniil Medvedev
  • #25 Milos Raonic vs. Giles Simon
  • #8 Karolina Pliskova vs. Ana Bogdan
  • #28 Denis Shapovalov vs. Andreas Seppi
  • Americans Todd Fritz, Vania King, Claire Liu and Taylor Townsend

ESPN has exclusive live action of the US Open beginning Monday, Aug. 27, with 130 hours on television and 1,300 more streaming live on the ESPN app via ESPN+ and ESPN3.  The daily action from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will culminate with the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 8, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 9, both at 4 p.m. ET.

ESPN & the 2018 US Open

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Aug 27 – Sep 5 11 a.m. US Open – up to 16 courts ESPN+


Wed Aug 29 12 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Second Round ESPN




Dave Nagle

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