After rain washed out the first day of doubles, the US Open is getting back on track. Doubles Take looks at the on-court action.
It’s no secret that Jack Sock’s singles campaigns the past couple of years have been lost ones. But while he’s struggled in that discipline, doubles has been a saving grace: In fact, he triumphed in New York last year with Mike Bryan, one of three major titles they took home.
This year, Sock is teamed up with his countryman Jackson Withrow, and in the first round, the pair came away with a statement win, knocking off the No. 11 seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek, the recent Cincinnati Masters winners.
That was the biggest upset yesterday, with the only other one occurring when the standout World Team Tennis duo of Raquel Atawo and Fabrice Martin beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Oliver Marach, the seventh seeds, in mixed doubles.
Here’s a look at some must-see matches for today.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands/CoCo Vandeweghe vs. Magda Linette/Iga Swiatek Health issues have hit Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe hard the past couple of seasons: In fact, Vandeweghe just made her 2019 on-court debut a few weeks ago. Given how quickly they can shake off any lingering rust, they’re one of the most dangerous floaters in the women’s draw. Vandeweghe is the defending women’s doubles champ with Ashleigh Barty, while Mattek-Sands took the title in 2016 with Lucie Safarova. Linette and Swiatek have both had strong summers—on the singles courts. The doubles savvy of the Americans, who won Indian Wells several years ago, should see them through.
Cori Gauff/Caty McNally vs. Julia Goerges/Katerina Siniakova According to Friday's Order of Play at the tournament, this match is scheduled for third up on Court 5, which one would expect in a battle between two unseeded teams. But if this would’ve ended up on one of the larger show courts, that wouldn’t be much of a surprise. After all, last year’s junior winners Gauff and McNally are among the brightest prospects in American tennis and have adapted to the pro game quite quickly, as evidenced by their title in Washington a few weeks ago.
"I think that's actually going to prepare me for Naomi, because doubles to me is more faster paced than singles. Naomi actually hits the ball pretty hard," Gauff said. "I think it will prepare me well for Saturday's match."
Siniakova usually plays with her countrywoman Barbora Krejcikova, and the Czechs have been at the top of the game the past 18 months. Injury derailed them for New York this year and Siniakova teamed up with Goerges, a hard-hitting top-20 singles talent. The dream summer could continue for the American teens.
Pierre Hugues-Herbert/Nicolas Mahut (4) vs. Rohan Bopanna/Denis Shapovalov The partnership between Bopanna and Shapovalov might seem off-kilter upon first glance: The former is a doubles specialist who turned pro when his partner was only 4 years old, while the latter is one of the brightest prospects in the singles game. Still, in their limited time together this year, they’ve had some quality wins and come into this match as one of the hottest teams this summer. Hugues-Herbert and Mahut, past champions in New York, kicked off the year by completing the career Grand Slam in Australia, but took a break for a couple of months. They could get definitely get caught off-guard by the Indian-Canadian duo.
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