After weather pushed Day 3 matches back to the Day 4 schedule at the U.S. Open, Thursday has been jam-packed with tennis.
A lot of chalk has survived that action, but women's No. 4 Sara Errani was not so fortunate. She suffered a straight-set defeat in what is the biggest upset so far at Flushing Meadows.
Take a look at the early results, which can also be found at USOpen.org, and then I'll go more in depth with a few of the notable contests.
Errani Erupts in Tears After Massive Upset
Playing against her good friend Flavia Pennetta, No. 4 seed Sara Errani fell in the biggest upset of the tournament so far, 6-3, 6-1.
Errani, who is ranked fifth in the world, cruised in her first match with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Olivia Rogowska. However, the pressure of the expectations of being a top player is catching up to this 26-year-old.
Talking to the press after the match, Errani burst out in tears.
The New York Times' Lynn Zinser passed along this quote from the Italian:
I feel that I am not fighting good because of too much pressure. Because I don't want to go on the court. I don't want to play. I don't want to stay there on the court. I feel very bad. So that is the problem for me. I have to find the way to find the motivation to go there.
Errani was off all day. While she landed 93 percent of her first serves, they weren't causing enough strain on her opponent. Pennetta was able to take control of points and games with sharp returns, and she cruised to the easy win.
Roger Federer may not be the player he once was, but it was hard to tell on Thursday. Going against Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, the Swiss barely broke a sweat while earning a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 victory.
It took the 17-time Grand Slam champion just 95 minutes to put this one away.
Federer was magnificent in this match. He had his booming forehand dialed in and was also working a nice slicing backhand—and even worked in the through-the-legs shot:
Federer has yet to drop a set in his two matches at Flushing Meadows as he looks for his sixth U.S. Open title.
While his strong performance bodes well for his chances, Federer isn't going to get carried away.
Zinser passed along this post-match quote from the legend:
Right now, it's about winning for me, trying to gain confidence, enjoying myself. Some guys just want to play well. I'm more of a results guy. I hope I can progress. We'll see how it goes.
As far as his results, they are already better than they were at this past Wimbledon when he was bounced in the second round.
Those results will also get a lot more impressive in a hurry if he keeps winning. Federer is lined up to play Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals should the two both advance.
Serena Rebounds From Rough Start
Serena Williams' second-round match against Galina Voskoboeva got off to a bit of a rough start, but the defending champion settled in nicely and wound up with an easy 6-3, 6-0 victory.
Serena needed 44 minutes to take the first set against her game opponent. That set featured Serena slipping and falling as she chased down a shot while in the lead 5-3. However, not even the slip could defeat her. She got to the ball and won the point and soon after the set.
Williams settled into form as this match wore on and asserted her dominance. It took her just 27 minutes to sweep the second set and close out the match.
In her two matches at this tournament, Williams has lost just four games. She is now 65-9 at the U.S. Open for her career and looking strong to add another title.
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