In the most compelling match-up of the tournament so far, top seed and defending champion Serena showed fellow American Stephens who’s boss.
Hewitt, a former No. 1 who won the tournament in 2001, is a win away from making his first Grand Slam quarterfinal since Wimbledon in 2009.
Stephens beat a hobbling Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January.
Andy Murray’s next opponent will be No. 20 Andreas Seppi or Denis Istomin in the fourth round.
The Bryan’s are trying to become the first men’s double team of the Open era, the first since 1951, to win all four majors in the same year.
Serena Williams will be back on court Friday, facing Yaroslava Shvedova in the nightcap at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Former champs Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also have matches, while two other US Open winners, Juan Martin del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt, play each other.
Blake embraced the symbolism of starting his last tournament on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, an African-American tennis star inspiring young players. It was just past midnight when his match, and career, ended.
Each year at the US Open, there is a story that captivates and stands out more than any other. This year, it was only two days before 17-year-old Vicky Duval became ‘that’ story.
Li Na got her work done quickly Wednesday at the US Open, so when the rain started falling, she had little to worry about.
Gone is the Golden Era of American tennis. Every year, the names Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert seem to fade further in our country’s tennis consciousness.
Roger Federer had 12 aces and 35 winners as he breezed past Grega Zemlja.
A new report has claimed the legendary battle of the sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs was not fair play, and that Riggs threw the match to pay off a mob debt.
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center had more personnel at the entry gates, which opened a half-hour earlier.
The US Open got off to a frustrating start Monday as beefed-up security had some waiting up to two hours just to enter the grounds earlier Monday.
The second-seeded Spaniard won 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round Monday. Nadal, the 2010 champion, skipped last year’s US Open.