Around the Grounds: Day 3 at the 2019 US Open

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akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief


NEW YORK – It is impossible to not gravitate to the star power that Ashe Stadium has on offer every day single day of the US Open, even if our objective is to stay away from the hallowed edifice for as long as possible. But, sometimes, you just can’t stay away

Oh, and sometimes, rain happens. Lots of it.

Though we are getting a very, very late start on A Lot of Sports Talk‘s coverage of Day 3 of the 2019 United States Open Tennis Championships, we have a legitimate excuse and hall pass for that: mother nature. The rains started here in Queens early on this Wednesday and did not let up throughout the afternoon, — canceling all of the matches on the outer courts for the day. Well, mother nature, if it’s Ashe and Armstrong match coverage you want, then that’s what you’ll get it.

At the moment, we are in Ashe right now and there’s an opportunity for an American teenager to send shockwaves throughout the tennis world. No, we’re not talking about Coco Gauff, who played (and won) yesterday. Actually, we are talking about her doubles partner, 17-year-old Catherine “Caty” McNally, who has won the first set against Serena Williams!  Can she pull off the massive upset?

Once again, stay tuned to all of our commentary and coverage of Day 3 of the US Open and keep hitting the refresh button for our updates from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Like always, we absolutely encourage you to contact us on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and let us know where on the grounds we should blog from. We always love your feedback.

Let’s have some fun, shall we? Latest entries are at the top of the page.


12:03 AM EDT:Wow, that was quick! Williams wraps up the third set at 6-1. She tells Rennae Stubbs that she was not too pleased with her match today, but says she’s glad to be through to the third round. That, and she referred to herself in the third person at least twice in the interview!

11:49 PM EDT:Here are McNally and Gauff at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., winning the doubles title. Both are not old enough to vote, yet old enough to win a more-than-respectable tournament title on the WTA Tour!

Age of the person (me) posting this picture: 36…and turning 37 in 16 days.
COMBINED AGE of the two people in this picture: 32.

11:48 PM EDT:Double fault from McNally! Game — and a double break — to Serena! 3-0!

11:47 PM EDT:It’s now 10 straight points won by Serena to start the third set! McNally finally wins her first point, but then an unforced error brings up double break point!

11:42 PM EDT:And in the blink of an eye, Serena breaks at love to start the third set!

11:37 PM EDT:SECOND SET TO WILLIAMS! McNally does a wonderful job of reaching a volley at the net from Williams, but Serena puts a backhand just past the scrambling McNally to her forehand side and we’re at one set apiece! At the moment, the mass migration to the bathroom and/or to move to the lower bowl of Ashe Stadium has begun!

11:37 PM EDT:Williams in a tight battle to hold. It’s 30-30…and then an ace from Williams out wide! Set point No. 4 for Serena.

11:34 PM EDT:Game McNally after a wonderful point! McNally comes in after a big first serve, Serena has an answer to a couple of volleys from McNally before Serena hits a backhand into the net. Williams 5-3 in the second set, and she will have a chance to serve out the set after not converting on three set points on McNally’s serve.

11:33 PM EDT:Third set point saved from McNally after a Serena forehand is dumped into the net…then an unreturnable serve gives McNally a game point!

11:30 PM EDT:Another game point for McNally…and another double fault! Back to deuce.

11:27 PM EDT:  McNally answers back with an ace to set up deuce! Then set point again after a forehand goes wide.

11:26 PM EDT:  Set point now for Serena!

11:20 PM EDT:Cannot help but be totally impressed by McNally’s game, as she won the first set 7-5. In big points, she’s coming up with big shots. That, and she’s a throwback!! She will serve-and-volley! She will chip and charge! The variety in McNally’s game is impressive…though not shocking, especially given that she and Coco Gauff won the doubles title in Washington, D.C. earlier in the summer.

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