Posted on : 31 August 2016
NEW YORK, NY, USA - Six-time US Open champion Serena Williams leads the top half of the draw into action on Day Two at Flushing Meadows. Chris Oddo previews the action right here at wtatennis.com.
Tuesday, First Round
 Serena Williams (USA #1) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS #29)
Head-to-head: Williams leads, 4-1
Key Stat: Williams has to reach the semifinals in New York in order to have a chance at retaining the No.1 ranking.
Serena Williams holds a remarkable 63-1 record in the first round of majors but on Tuesday she'll be facing a player that she'd surely rather see later in the draw - if at all. In fact, the last time Williams and Ekaterina Makarova squared off it was in the semifinals of the 2014 US Open in a match that Williams won easily en route to her sixth career US Open title. Williams was dominant in that tilt, as she has been so often in a Grand Slam career that has netted her 304 wins, but her current injury status has many wondering if she can be her old dominant self in New York this year. That's the burning question ahead of this highly anticipated tussle, and we won't have our answer until Williams and Makarova duke it out to open Tuesday's night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium. What we do know is that Makarova owns a win against Williams on the Grand Slam stage. The Russian defeated Williams at the 2012 Australian Open and though she's lost the last three matches and last six sets to Williams, that victory could come in handy when it comes to Makarova's belief. As for Williams, belief won't be the issue. For the legendary American it will be more about getting off to a quick start and proving that she's fit enough to go on another magical run in New York.
Pick: Williams in three
 Samantha Stosur (AUS #17) vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA #67)
Head-to-head: First meeting
Key Stat: 2011 US Open champion Stosur has made the second week in New York four times, including last season.
A former champion will meet up with a dangerous floater on Tuesday when Aussie Sam Stosur and Italy's Camila Giorgi lock horns for the first time on Day 2. Giorgi can be wildly inconsistent and tends to play a somewhat one-dimensional game, but the 24-year-old can be lethal on a hardcourt if she is in the zone. She reached the round of 16 at the US Open in 2013 when she won a memorable night match against Caroline Wozniacki, and the victory proved that Giorgi has what it takes to succeed beneath the bright lights of New York. Stosur will look to serve big and hope to force a lot of Giorgi errors by using her world-class topspin to move the ball above the Italian's strike zone. It's the veteran Aussie's match to lose and if she remains focused, keeps Giorgi on the run and off balance, Stosur should be able to lock down the win.
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