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Photos from Flushing Meadows: Day 3

Thursday, August 29, 2013 /by

"Oh God, did I unplug the iron in the hotel room?" (Photos by Anita Aguilar)

Each day during the U.S. Open, we'll publish a photo gallery of on-site images from Anita Aguilar. Steve Tignor will provide the captions, but he's also looking for your best work. Can you beat his caption of the above photo? Write yours in the comments below, or email Steve at, and he'll announce the winner in tomorrow's gallery.

Wednesday was rain day at the Open, something that has become a regular feature of the event over the last decade. It was also a very long day: The final match, Sloane Stephens vs. Urszula Radwanska, didn’t begin until seven minutes before Thursday; it was the second-latest start in Open history. Here’s a look at what went on during, and in between, the drops:

The Zambonis, or Slambonis, as they’re known at Flushing Meadows, were busy on Wednesday. It does beat kids with towels.

Outside, fans passed the time staring at their phones, or, when that got old, staring into space. With lightning in the vicinity, they were warned away from anything made of metal.

David Goffin leaps for a backhand as dark clouds approach.

Before every service toss, France’s Caroline Garcia gazes up toward where’s she’s going to hit the ball.

Garcia lost to Laura Robson on Wednesday, in a battle of the hopefuls.

Robson, a Brit, is not a stranger to American tennis fans.

Alexandr Dolgopolov leads the circuit in body motion per shot.

Zheng Jie makes up for her 5’5” frame by achieving lift-off on her serve.

Zheng had never beaten either of the Williams sisters before Wednesday. She give a little extra thanks to someone for helping her pull through against Venus.

Getting a bird’s eye view, literally, of Court 11.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez pushed Juan Martin del Potro to four sets, irritating the Argentine and himself along the way.

Del Potro in pink and plaid, finishing his famous forehand.

In the end, del Potro pulled through at what he called his favorite tournament. No, this is not him going Gangnam.

This is someone going Gangnam. These young fans had to entertain themselves through three hours of rain.

Storms close in over the National Tennis Center.

Venus Williams stretches her long frame back for a backhand volley.

She showed her heart, as always, but it wasn’t meant to be for Venus. Her 15th U.S. Open isn’t over, though; she plays doubles on Thursday with her sister Serena.

And the Day 2 Caption Contest:

We have a two-way tie today. The first one requires a familiarity with AMC's Breaking Bad:

From Brotherman:

"Walt said he was doing everything under Hank's orders? No way!"

From Goudx:

Coming off court after another sprinting, jumping, and sliding filled match, Monfills' agent informs him that under his new Asics contract, he is liable for shoe repair costs.


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