(Reuters) - Highlights from day three of the U.S. Open tennis championships on Wednesday (all times GMT):
- Former world number one Maria Sharapova overcame a slow slow start to book a place in the third round, beating Hungarian Timea Babos 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1.
- Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded 10th, secured a place in the second round with a 6-4 7-6(3) win over Croatian Petra Matic.
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- American CoCo Vandeweghe came back from a set down to claim a 2-6 6-3 6-4 first-round victory over compatriot Alison Riske.
- Vandeweghe, coached by 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, fired 31 winners to book a second-round meeting with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.
- Eighth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova saved three match points before securing a 4-6 6-4 7-6(2) first-round victory over Czech Marketa Vondrousova.
- Ninth seed David Goffin needed over two hours to see off France’s Julien Benneteau 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-2 in the first round.
- Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro kicked off his campaign with a 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(5) win over Swiss Henri Laaksonen.
- Del Potro, the 2009 winner, will meet Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras in the second round.
- American wildcard Taylor Fritz beat Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-4 6-3 to claim his first grand slam victory.
- The 19-year-old will meet sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the second round.
- Italian Stefano Travaglia beat 22nd seed Fabio Fognini 6-4 7-6(8) 3-6 6-0 in the first round.
- Australian 14th seed Nick Kyrgios struggled with shoulder pain as he suffered a 6-3 1-6 6-4 6-1 first-round defeat to compatriot John Millman.
- “It’s a victory but it’s slightly hollow. On court he’s a great sport, good guy off the court, I feel for him (Kyrgios),” Millman said after the match.
“It’s not been easy, I had groin surgery last year. I’ve played some good tennis at times since coming back but I’m still searching for consistency.”
- Seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov recorded 22 winners on his way to a 6-1 6-4 6-2 first-round victory over Czech Vaclav Safranek.
- Cincinnati winner Dimitrov is one of the favourites for the title this fortnight but has failed to progress past the fourth round in six previous appearances at Flushing Meadows.
- Frenchman Gael Monfils, seeded 18, beat compatriot Jeremy Chardy 7-6(6) 6-3 6-4 to reach the second round.
- Monfils, a semi-finalist last year, will meet American Donald Young in the next round.
- Russian Evgeniya Rodina beat 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 7-6(2) 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium and will face fourth seed Elina Svitolina in round two.
- Frenchman Richard Gasquet, seeded 26th, was dumped out of the U.S. Open first round for the second year in succession after being beaten by unseeded Leonardo Mayer 3-6 6-2 6-4 6-2.
- The Argentine will face Japan’s Yuichi Sugita in the next round.
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- Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, playing his first U.S. Open, beat fellow rookie Patrick Kypson of the United States 6-4 7-6(9) 6-1 and awaits either Argentine Juan Martin del Potro or Swiss Henri Laaksonen in round two.
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- Fourth seed Svitolina lost a second-set tiebreak against unseeded Czech Katerina Siniakova after their match resumed with the Ukrainian having won the first set.
- Svitolina went down a break in the decider but rallied to win 6-0 6-7(5) 6-3.
- Romania’s Monica Niculescu beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-2 in the first round.
- American Jennifer Brady advanced to the second round after beating Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-4 3-6 6-1 and her compatriot Nicole Gibbs defeating Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay 6-0 1-6 6-1.
- Austria’s Dominic Thiem, the men’s sixth seed, made short work of Australian Alex de Minaur after their first-round match resumed on Wednesday.
- Thiem, who was two sets and a game up in the third before play was halted on Tuesday, won 6-4 6-1 6-1 and will face either American Taylor Fritz or Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the next round.
Compiled by Hardik Vyas and Simon Jennings in Bengaluru,; Editing by Ed Osmond