Five things to watch, US Open Day 6: Coco Mania; Andreescu in action

Five things to watch, US Open Day 6: Coco Mania; Andreescu in action

In addition, Gael Monfils meets Denis Shapovalov in a first-time clash, while Kristie Ahn and Jelena Ostapenko battle for a fourth-round spot.

The third round of singles continues Saturday at the US Open. These are five storylines to look out for on Day 6 in New York.


The house will be rocking on Saturday night under the bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium as Coco Gauff faces off against defending US Open champion and world No. 1 Naomi Osaka. It’s not hyperbole to say Gauff might be the most hyped up 15-year-old athlete since LeBron James. Despite having won just five WTA level singles matches, she already has 445,000 Instagram followers, and has received praise from global superstars Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. In the end, Osaka’s firepower will likely prove too great for the inexperienced American, but this is a match you won’t want to miss. 

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In a near seed-less section of the draw, Andrey Rublev stands in the way of Nick Kyrgios and potential Grand Slam glory. Kyrgios knows draws like this don’t come along often, as three Top-10 seeds were eliminated in his quarter. Rublev, the toughest test remaining, has been slaying giants all summer, defeating Federer, Wawrinka, and Tsitsipas all within the past month. Rublev has earned the Aussie’s respect, “I played him once in Moscow,” Kyrgios said, “It was an incredibly tough match, he is going to have a great future.” 

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Make that 40-4 on the season for Bianca Andreescu, who hasn’t lost a completed match since Acapulco in February, when Sofia Kenin prevailed to win their semifinal. It seems like the 19-year-old Canadian only knows how to win. She is an astounding 7-0 against the world’s Top 10, one of the more impressive stats you will see. She kicked off her giant-killing 2019 season with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Caroline Wozniacki in Auckland, and now it’s the Dane's chance for revenge. 

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Two of the game’s greatest shotmakers, Gael Monfils and Denis Shapovalov, will face off for their first time in their careers on Saturday. After a sub-par season, Shapovalov is catching fire at the perfect time. He shocked the tennis world with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 destruction of compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round, and backed it up with another straight-set victory over Henri Laaksonen on Thursday. Monfils should put too many balls in play for the error-prone Canadian, but this match will certainly fill up the highlight reels. 

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Life has a funny way of coming full circle. On Tuesday, Kristie Ahn defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova to secure her first US Open main draw match win. This win came eleven years after her debut in 2008, where she lost to Dinara Safina. After her upset over Kuznetsova, Safina sent her a message saying “Congrats! So happy for you, keep it up!” Ahn was understandably thrilled by the message. It’s hard not to root for the former Stanford Cardinal standout, who is in the midst of a career renaissance. Ahn’s rock solid ground game should trouble the inconsistent Ostapenko, not to mention the pro-American crowd she will surely have in her corner. 

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