The Latest: Vinci cruises past McHale into US Open 3rd round

BY foxsports • August 31, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

The 2015 U.S. Open runner-up, Roberta Vinci, cruised into the third round for the sixth straight year.

The seventh-seeded Italian beat American Christina McHale 6-1, 6-3 on Wednesday. Vinci needed just 22 minutes to win the first set.

The 55th-ranked McHale was trying to reach the third round at the U.S. Open for the third time.

Vinci stunned Serena Williams in last year's semifinals to thwart her bid for the first Grand Slam since 1988, then lost to countrywoman Flavia Pennetta in the final.


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Defending champion Novak Djokovic is ready to let his racket do the talking about how his body is holding up at this year's U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who declined comment earlier this week about a nagging left wrist or a right arm that bothered him in a first-round win, takes on Jiri Vesely in one of Wednesday's marquee matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Vesely upset Djokovic on clay at Monte Carlo 4 1/2 months ago when the No. 1-ranked Serb was seemingly at the top of his game. But since winning the French Open, Djokovic lost in the third round of Wimbledon and in the first round at the Olympics, bothered by the left wrist. And in his first-round U.S. Open victory over Jerzy Janowicz, Djokovic received treatment on his right arm and served much slower.

Also on Ashe on Wednesday and also nursing a left wrist injury is fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal, who faces Andreas Seppi.

On the women's side, second-seeded Angelique Kerber, the Australian Open champ, meets Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. And third-seeded Garbine Muguruza, who won the French Open, faces Anastasija Sevastova.

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