US Open Tennis 2013 Results: Recapping Most Dominant Day 1 Performances
Although the results are unsurprising, all of the top seeds cruised to opening-round victories on Day 1 of the 2013 U.S. Open.
But not all seeded players escaped unscathed. American Venus Williams pulled off an upset against Belgium’s 12th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens and Brit Daniel Evans unseated 11th seed Kei Nishikori. Both wins came in straight sets for the underdogs.
But whose performance really stood out on the opening day of America’s Grand Slam tournament? We’ll take a look at some of the most dominant showings from the early action in New York.
Rafael Nadal defeats Ryan Harrison, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Coming into the U.S. Open, Rafael Nadal was 15-0 on hard courts this summer. Add another win to that total after he dismantled American challenger Ryan Harrison in straight sets.
Rafael Nadal defeated Ryan Harrison in straight sets to improve to 54-3 this season, including 16-0 on hard courts.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 26, 2013
Harrison struggled and beat himself as badly as Rafa beat him, making 34 unforced errors and connecting on just 62 percent of his first serves. Nadal capitalized on his second-chance serves, winning 71 percent of those opportunities, according to AP reporting (via CBS New York).
It took until the fifth game of the second set for the challenger to win her first game against top seed and defending Open champion Serena Williams. Sometimes that can be a moral victory.
At least she could find some comfort in her impending defeat. Francesca Schiavone hugged a ball boy while trailing 0-6, 0-2 in the second set. But her humor in the moment and late rally wasn’t enough to topple or even contend with Williams at her best.
And she was in top form on Monday in New York.
Williams was locked in from the beginning, winning 24 of the first 30 points in the first set. Schiavone battled back in the second set, at least from a competitive standpoint, but was never in position to challenge.
Carla Suarez-Navarro blanks Lauren Davis, 6-0, 6-0
What happens when an American teenager goes up against the 18th seed at the U.S. Open? Sometimes lightning can strike, but in most cases an easy victory for the favorite is the result.
That’s exactly what happened during Spain’s Carla Suarez-Navarro's 6-0, 6-0 victory over American Lauren Davis on Monday.
Suarez-Navarro didn’t give up a single break point while scoring three of her own in the first set. While Davis rallied back with two break points and 12 total points in the second set, it wasn’t enough to win a single game.
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