The Latest: Kerber advances at US Open, better than in 2019

Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is sticking around longer at the U.S. Open than she did a year ago

NEW YORK — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is sticking around longer at Flushing Meadows than she did a year ago.

Kerber eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in a nearly empty Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Kerber won the 2016 U.S. Open but lost in the first round a year ago. She used to be ranked No. 1 and is seeded 17th in New York.

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12:15 p.m.

Marketa Vondrousova is the first winner of a match at the 2020 U.S. Open — and of any Grand Slam match since early February.

The 2019 French Open runner-up, who is seeded 12th in New York, beat Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-4.

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11:20 a.m.

Grand Slam tennis is back in action for the first time in nearly seven full months as the U.S. Open gets started without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion at Flushing Meadows, is facing Ajla Tomljanovic in the first match in Louis Armstrong Stadium.

There are about 15 people, including reporters, scattered in the stands of an arena that holds about 14,000.

The No. 1-seeded woman, Karolina Pliskova, will face Anhelina Kalinina later Monday in the first match in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are scheduled to play at night.

The professional tennis tours were on hiatus from March until August because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The last Grand Slam matches were at the Australian Open, which ended in early February. The French Open was postponed from May to late September, and Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II.

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