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2019 U.S. Open Live Updates: Serena Williams Beats Caty McNally

Rain plagued the United States Open on Wednesday, postponing 58 matches on the outside courts. Only matches played in Ashe and Armstrong Stadiums, which have retractable roofs, were finished as scheduled.

Here’s what’s happening at the U.S. OpenSerena Williams survives a tough test. Serena Williams wins the second set. Serena Williams gains a second-set lead. Caty McNally claims the first set. Who is Caty McNally?Serena Williams survives a tough test.

Serena Williams beat the up-and-coming American Caty McNally, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, in 1 hour 55 minutes on Wednesday night.

McNally, who plays an imposing all-court game, did not let Williams break her until her ninth service game, midway through the second set. McNally’s next service game was a battle as well, with McNally ultimately holding on. It would be her last major resistance of the night.

Williams took the second set, and all suspense was suddenly suspended in the third. Williams won 16 of the first 17 points in racing out to a 4-0 lead, ultimately conceding just five points in the final frame.

Williams finished on an emphatic forehand return winner.

She will next face the winner of a match between two crafty players, Karolina Muchova and Hsieh Su-wei.

Serena Williams wins the second set.

Caty McNally wasn’t quite ready for a third set, staving off four Williams set points as she served at 2-5 in the second in what became the longest game of the match.

McNally saved the first Williams set point with a 100-m.p.h. ace out wide. The second Williams set point took considerably more effort to stave off, with McNally finally prevailing on an exchange of cross-court forehands to end a 13-stroke rally.

On the third set point, McNally hit another ace out wide, this one at 105 m.p.h. On the fourth, Williams blinked first in an exchange of powerful groundstrokes down the middle. McNally finally held on the 16th point of the game, winning an exchange when both players were at net when Williams missed a backhand swing volley into the net.

But when Williams served for the set at 5-3, she gained a fifth set point and converted it with a backhand volley winner.

Serena Williams gains a second-set lead.

Serena Williams was finally able to break in Caty McNally’s ninth service game, going up by 4-2 in the second set.

McNally had been 4-for-4 on serve-and-volley attempts before trying one on the second break point she faced on her serve. She seemed to whiff on a forehand half-volley, unable to read Williams’s forehand return. Williams, who had won more total points in the match but still found herself running out of time, doubled over in relief.

Williams then held her own serve in the next game after falling behind 15-30 to take a 5-2 lead.

Caty McNally claims the first set.

After hanging tough through the first 10 games, 17-year-old Caty McNally won the first set over Serena Williams, 7-5.

Neither player had a break point through the first 10 games until McNally earned one on Williams serve, and pummeled a forehand return to convert it. Williams, who grew louder and more animated once trailing, gained an 0-40 advantage on McNally’s serve in the next game, only for McNally to reel off three points in a row.

McNally clinched the set on her second set point, hammering a 103-m.p.h. serve onto the centerline, which Williams could not corral with her forehand.

Who is Caty McNally?ImageCreditRobert Deutsch/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

Serena Williams will wrap up Wednesday’s play under the roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium with her second-round match against Caty McNally.

McNally, 17, won the doubles title at the Citi Open in Washington this month with her fellow teenage Coco Gauff, 15. McNally lost to Gauff in last year’s French Open junior girls final. McNally, now ranked 121st, also reached the semifinals in singles in Washington. She earned her first Grand Slam main-draw victory on Monday, beating Timea Bacsinszky.

McNally was born and remains based in Cincinnati, where her mother works as a tennis instructor. Her brother, John, plays tennis for Ohio State University.

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Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 seed and defending champion, won his second-round match against Juan Ignacio Lóndero, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-1, but rarely has a tennis score line been so deceptive.

Djokovic was down a break in the first set against Juan Ignacio Lóndero, and came back to win it. He was broken three times in the second set, but won that one too, in a 7-3 tiebreaker.

And he did it while wincing through a left shoulder injury that required treatment multiple times during the match.

In a postmatch interview, Djokovic said the injury affected his serve and his backhand, but did not want to elaborate. He said only that it was “something I have been carrying for quite awhile.”

In his news conference later, he explained the shoulder had been bothering him for a couple of weeks.

“I’ve been experiencing some days of higher intensity of pain, some days less,” he said. “It has been really fluctuating a lot, going up and down.”

Djokovic next plays Friday against Denis Kudla or the No. 27 seed Dusan Lajovic. Their second-round match was postponed because of rain and will be played Thursday.

In the first night session match at Louis Armstrong Stadium, No. 2 Ashleigh Barty defeated Lauren Davis, 6-2, 7-6 (2).

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Some of the matches on the outside courts at the U.S. Open got underway about six and a half hours late because of two rain delays. But the players were not on court for long. Four matches began, and four games were completed, before it started to rain again.

Shortly after, the U.S.T.A. announced that all matches, except those being played in the roofed Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong Stadiums, would be postponed until Thursday. If you had day session tickets on Wednesday, here is the U.S. Open’s policy for inclement weather cancellations.

Playing in Armstrong, Madison Keys closed out a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Zhu Lin at 5:44 p.m. It was only the fifth match to finish all day.

Roger Federer wins; Venus Williams loses.

Two great champions played simultaneously under the roofs at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Venus Williams looked brilliant at times and energized the crowd in Louis Armstrong Stadium with flashes of her championship-caliber play. But she was unable to overcome a younger and much-higher-ranked player.

Roger Federer looked awful at the beginning of his match, but prevailed.

Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina defeated Williams, 6-4, 6-3, in their second-round match. It was the first time that Williams, 39 and ranked 52nd, lost in the second round of the Open since 2013.

Williams fought valiantly, saving several match points to forestall Svitolina’s celebration and give the fans a little more time to savor the twilight of her career, although Williams has said she has no plans to retire.

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Williams hit several wicked backhands down the line to delight the crowd and showed moments of daring at the net along with several electric serves reminiscent of her more dominant years on tour. But the tireless Svitolina proved too much to overcome.

With rain falling, only two courts were in operation Wednesday: Arthur Ashe Stadium and Armstrong, which have retractable roofs.

ImageCreditCalla Kessler/The New York Times

For the second consecutive match, the third-seeded Federer, 38, overcame a poor start to beat an unheralded player and advance, although with some concern.

In the first round, he lost the first set to Sumit Nagal of India before rallying to win, and on Wednesday he played an even worse first set and then regained his focus to beat Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

It is the first time that Federer lost the opening set of his first two matches at one of the four Grand Slam events.

Federer, who has played only two matches on hardcourts since he lost to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on grass, looked out of sorts in the first set, losing the first four games and making 17 unforced errors in the set. He got only 57 percent of his first serves in.

But it did not take long for Federer to reverse the trend, and he eventually overwhelmed Dzumhur, 27, who is ranked 99th in the world. Dzumhur was the first man representing Bosnia and Herzegovina to play in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament when he qualified for the Australian Open in 2014.

Earlier Wednesday, Karolina Pliskova defeated Miriam Bolkvadze, 6-1, 6-4, in the first match on Ashe, and Kei Nishikori beat Bradley Klahn, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, in the first match on Armstrong.

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Nick Kyrgios looked sharp on the court in his first-round win over Steve Johnson, which ended at 1:12 a.m. on Wednesday. Of course, with Kyrgios nothing comes easy. At his postmatch news conference he was asked about the $113,000 in fines he received from the ATP for his antics at his previous match: a loss to Karen Khachanov at the Cincinnati Masters. He said he was not troubled by the punishment and called the ATP “corrupt.”

The ATP said those comments were under investigation, and Kyrgios issued a clarification on social media later Wednesday.

Max Gendler contributed reporting.

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