U.S. Open 2017 Tennis Live Updates: Pliskova, del Potro Advance; Fognini Suspended
The latest news, results and today's schedule for the 2017 U.S. Open.
Men's and women's draws
Top results on Saturday
• No. 1 Karolina Pliskova survived an upset bid from No. 27-seed Shuai Zhang on Saturday, saving a match point in the second set to come back from a set down, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, to advance to the fourth round.
A finalist here in 2016, Pliskova needs to reach the final to remain atop the WTA rankings. If No. 3-seed Garbine Muguruza gets to the semifinals and loses, Pliskova would have to win the title to keep the No. 1 ranking.
• No. 6-seed Dominic Thiem moved into the Round of 16 on Saturday, dispatching Adrian Mannarino in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.
“Of course there is always room to improve, but it was really way better, and I really like the feeling that it's getting better from match to match,” Thiem said after the match. “It's necessary to improve a lot for the next round.”
Thiem will have to step-up his game against his next opponent, No. 24-seed and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated No. 11-seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.
• In non-results news on Saturday, the tournament announced that Italy's Fabio Fognini is provisionally suspended from the tournament "pending a final determination whether a major offense was committed" after he went on a misogynistic rant against a female umpire in his first-round loss on Wednesday. Fognini was also fined $24,000 for his misconduct. Read more about Fognini's suspension here.
• Naomi Osaka’s run at the U.S. Open has come to an end. After upsetting Angelique Kerber in the first round, 19-year-old lost to Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 on Saturday. In the fourth round, Kanepi will face 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina, who defeated French Open champion and No. 12-seed Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2.
Matches to watch on Saturday
The second half of third round matches continues on Saturday, headlined by a night session featuring No. 3-seed Roger Federer against No. 31-seed Feliciano Lopez and American and No. 15-seed Madison Keys taking on No. 17-seed Elena Vesnina.
• No. 20-seed CoCo Vandeweghe is back in action on Saturday, facing No. 10-seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the second match on Arthur Ashe as she aims to make her first-ever fourth round at the U.S. Open. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will following, playing Leonardo Mayer in the third match on Arthur Ashe on Saturday.
• Others in action include No. 4-seed Elina Svitolina against Shelby Rogers, and David Goffin vs. Gael Monfils.
• News that Serena Williams gave birth to her first child were swirling the grounds on Friday afternoon, with Rafael Nadal, Beyonce and others chiming in to congratulate the 23-time Grand Slam champion. One person that did not comment on the news was the child’s aunt, Venus Williams, who is into the fourth round after beating Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-4 on Arthur Ashe Friday afternoon.
The No. 9 seed is into the second week for the seventh straight major, the longest active streak in women's tennis. It's the first time since 2010 that she reached the fourth round in every major.
She’ll face Carla Suarez Navarro for a spot in the quarterfinals, after the Spaniard took out Ekaterina Makarova in three sets.
• While Williams was eliminated from the battle for World No. 1, Garbine Muguruza moved closer to claiming the WTA’s top ranking on Friday. The No. 3 seed cruises into the fourth round, defeating Magdalena Rybarikova, who she easily beat in the semifinals en route to her Wimbledon title in July.
Muguruza has continued her strong summer at the U.S. Open, dropping only nine games through three matches. She’ll face Petra Kvitova in the fourth round, after the No. 13-seed topped No. 18-seed Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-4.
• 18-year-old Canadian sensation Denis Shapovalov continued his fairytale run on Friday at Flushing Meadows. Making his U.S. Open debut this week, Shapovalov advanced to the fourth round after Kyle Edmund retired with injury down 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 0-1. Shapovalov's win means that he is the youngest man to reach the fourth round at the U.S. Open since Michael Chang in 1989, and the youngest man to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam since Safin in 1998 at Roland Garros.
• The Sloane Stephens comeback train is moving right along. The 24-year-old American advanced to the fourth round on Friday, beating Ash Barty 6-2, 6-4. Stephens did not play for nearly a year after injuring her left foot and just made her return to tennis at Wimbledon in July, climbing from No. 934 in the rankings to No. 83 before the U.S. Open.
Now into the second week at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2015, Stephens will face Julia Goerges in the next round.
• The bottom half of the men’s draw is wide open. 2014 U.S. Open champion and No. 5-seed Marin Cilic bowed out in the third round, committing 80 unforced errors en route to a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 loss to No. 29-seed Diego Schwartzman.
Cilic’s exit guarantees that there will be a first-time Grand Slam finalist this year. Read more about the opportunities and chaos in the men’s draw here.
How to watch the U.S. Open
The 2017 U.S. Open will be broadcast daily on ESPN. Tennis Channel will have a pre-match show starting at 8 a.m. ET each day.
View the complete U.S. Open TV schedule here.
You can live stream matches on Watch ESPN.
Pre-tournament top stories
Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova are the top two seeds in the men's and women's singles draws, respectively. Nadal is a two-time winner of the U.S. Open, while Pliskova reached the final last year. The 2017 U.S. Open will be without Serena Williams, who remains sidelined due to her pregnancy, and several top men's players—Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic—are skipping the event due to injury.