As the US Open unfolds, the semifinals promise intense action. Meanwhile, Medvedev's stark warning about the sweltering conditions serves as a stark reminder of the challenges these athletes face.
Thrilling Semifinals Await as US Open Action Continues
The 2023 US Open roars on with an electrifying lineup of women's singles semifinals set to captivate tennis enthusiasts on Thursday, In the spotlight at Arthur Ashe Stadium is the homegrown sensation, Coco Gauff, who, at just 19, is on the brink of her first Grand Slam triumph, Gauff faces off against the Czech 10th seed, Karolina Muchova, in a highly anticipated night session showdown.
Following this riveting clash, the stage is set for yet another American contender, the 17th seed Madison Keys, to take on the formidable second seed, Aryna Sabalenka, Notably, Sabalenka, the reigning Australian Open champion, has never tasted the US Open final while Keys, in 2017, came tantalizingly close, falling short to compatriot Sloane Stephens.
Meanwhile, over at Louis Armstrong Stadium, British doubles star Joe Salisbury, in tandem with Rajeev Ram, is set to grace the court in a gripping semi-final encounter against the second-seeded duo of Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek.
For tennis aficionados eagerly awaiting the action, here is the schedule for Thursday, September 7th, at Flushing Meadows:
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM
From 7 PM ET / Midnight BST
- 1. Coco Gauff (USA)  vs. Karolina Muchova (CZE) 
- 2. Madison Keys (USA)  vs. Aryna Sabalenka 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM
From 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST
- 1. Rohan Bopanna (IND)  & Matt Ebden (AUS)  vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) & Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
- 2. Rajeev Ram (USA)  & Joe Salisbury (GBR)  vs. Ivan Dodig (CRO)  & Austin Krajicek (USA) 
Not before 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST
- 1. Alfie Hewett (GBR)  & Gordon Reid (GBR)  vs. Stephane Houdet (FRA) & Takashi Sanada (JPN)
Get ready for a thrilling day of tennis as these elite athletes vie for a coveted spot in the US Open finals.
Medvedev Issues Stark Warning Amid Sweltering US Open Conditions"
Daniil Medvedev, currently ranked world No. 3, raised a stark concern during his match against Andrey Rublev in the scorching heat of the ongoing US Open, New York finds itself in the grip of a relentless heatwave, with temperatures soaring to 33°C amidst stifling humidity.
As Medvedev battled Rublev in an all-Russian quarter-final, the relentless sun bore down on the court, In the third set, with Medvedev holding a two-set advantage, the outspoken player turned to the camera and issued a chilling statement: "One player is going to die, and then you're going to see..."
Medvedev ultimately sealed the victory in straight sets against Rublev, who struggled throughout the match due to the oppressive heat, His next challenge will be world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals on Friday.
However, the brutal conditions took a toll on more than just the players, During the women's quarter-final between Madison Keys and Marketa Vondrousova later in the day, a fan in the stands collapsed, leading to a temporary match delay.
Reflecting on the match, Medvedev described the conditions as among the worst he has encountered, alongside the Tokyo Olympic Games, He emphasized that both players endured the grueling weather, saying, "The only good thing I see in these conditions is that both suffer, It's tough for both of us."
Acknowledging the physical toll, he added, "At the end of the third set, I kind of couldn't see the ball anymore, I kind of played with sensations, It seemed like he couldn't run anymore, but he kept coming back, Super tough to win."
While tournament organizers did implement extreme heat measures on Wednesday, male players were only permitted a 10-minute break after the third set.
The one silver lining for the tournament is that both women's singles semi-finals are scheduled to take place in the cooler evening hours, However, it's worth noting that one of the men's singles semi-finals is set for 3 PM ET on Friday, once again in the sweltering midday sun.