Day 1 of the U.S. Open is in the books, and although it mostly went according to plan, it wasn't short on excitement.
Several top names were in action from New York on Monday, as Serena Williams began her quest to defend her title of the year's final major, Rafael Nadal continued his white-hot play from the past month and David Ferrer, Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na all looked ready to make a deep run.
Roger Federer, however, didn't get a chance to mimic that domination, as he saw his opening match delayed by Mother Nature.
Throw in purple-haired Venus Williams looking more like the Venus who has two U.S. Open titles than the one who hasn't made it past the fourth round at a major the past three years, and it was a thrilling first day from Flushing Meadows.
Let's take a look at how it all went down.
Notable Day 1 Results
Note: You can take a look at all of the scores from Day 1 here, via USOpen.org
Also note: You can find Roger Federer's rescheduled match and the rest of Day 2's order of play here, via USOpen.org
Most of the Top Seeds Advance
Not only were there a minimal amount of shocking results on Monday, but there were a fair amount of transcending ones from the top seeds.
Serena Williams nearly double-bageled Francesca Schiavone in a clinical performance, Rafael Nadal easily handled American Ryan Harrison and Agnieszka Radwanska lost just three games against Silvia Soler-Espinosa.
The best players in the world came to play.
ESPN gave high praise to Williams following her victory:
For Sloane Stephens, who many have dubbed the "next Serena," it wasn't nearly as much smooth sailing.
After making the third round in New York the past two years, the 20-year-old American, who is seeded at Flushing Meadows for the first time, came in with very high expectations.
But 27-year-old Luxembourg international Mandy Minella gave Stephens all she could handle, winning the first set and taking the back-and-forth third to a tiebreak.
Although Stephens eventually overcame the adversity and advanced, she will have to be much better going forward.
Venus Williams Highlights the Day's Upsets
Williams' purple hair and multicolored wardrobe was quite the interesting sight, as U.S. Open's Twitter account shows us:
But with a new look came a vintage performance.
Venus, a two-time champ who hasn't made much noise in New York since a semifinal appearance in 2010, looked like her once dominant self on Monday, crushing No. 12 seed Kirsten Flipkens, 6-1, 6-2.
It's still early, but if she continues to play at this level, we could very easily see a sister-sister quarterfinal down the road.
The day's other big upset came on the men's side, as qualifier Daniel Evans coasted past No. 11 seed Kei Nishikori in straight sets.
The 23-year-old Nishikori had made it to at least the third round in the previous five Grand Slams, and hard court is his preferred surface, so this was a considerable surprise.
Moreover, his defeat also opens up Roger Federer's path to the quarterfinals, as Tommy Robredo and Sam Querrey are now the highest-ranked players standing in FedEx's path.
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