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What to watch at US Open: Serena faces US teen

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 26, 2014 at 8:59 am •  Published: August 26, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Townsend doesn't get to ease her way into her first U.S. Open.

Nothing bigger than this: center court, prime time, Serena Williams.

The 18-year-old American faces the two-time defending champ under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night. It will be just her third Grand Slam tournament. In her first, she made the third round at this year's French Open.

Knocking on the door of the top 100 in the rankings, Townsend got into the U.S. Open on a wild card. Williams said she's jealous that the former top-ranked junior is a lefty. Turns out that the No. 1 player in the world has always dreamed of having the sort of spin that left-handers get on their groundstrokes.

Other things to watch Tuesday on the second day of the U.S. Open:

YOUNG AMERICANS: Townsend is part of a wave of up-and-coming U.S. women showing promise that they could someday emulate the Williams sisters' success.

Another teen, Madison Keys, is seeded 27th. She plays Tuesday against Jarmila Gajdosova at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Four other Americans ranked in the top 50 also start their tournaments Tuesday.

Alison Riske opens the day on Ashe against eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic. Lauren Davis faces 24th-seeded Samantha Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champ. Christina McHale plays Chanelle Scheepers, and CoCo Vandeweghe meets Donna Vekic.

KVITOVA'S QUEST: Wimbledon, with its white tennis outfits and strawberries and cream, gives off a refined air that makes Petra Kvitova feel comfortable.

The rowdy crowds in New York? Not so much.

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