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US Open Tennis 2014: Early Results, Highlights and Scores Recap from Day 2

Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, serves against Alison Riske, of the United States, during the opening round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2014

Day 2 of the U.S. Open isn't yet in the books, but the early action has provided plenty of drama and big names in action as the tennis in New York continues to sizzle.  

Will the top seeds keep on cruising? Will the American men in action give the host nation hope they'll be able to crown a champion? Who will be the early victims of upsets?

Below, we'll take a look back at the early scores and recap the action thus far as Round 1 continues. 

 

Men's Scores 

Men's U.S. Open Early Results
Matchup12345
No. 13 John Isner767
Marcos Giron626
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Sam Querrey64646
Maximo Gonzalez26463
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Pablo Andujar636
Jack Sock (Retired)461
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No. 10 Kei Nishikori666
Wayne Odesnik242
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No. 15 Fabio Fognini666
Andrey Golubev442
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Federico Delbonis666
Noah Rubin430
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No. 25 Ivo Karlovic6636
Jarkko Nieminen4464
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No. 28 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez666
Yen-Hsun Lu422
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Victor Estrella Burgos2666
Igor Sijsling6432
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Marcel Granollers766
Jurgen Melzer632
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Men's Recap

Chalk generally held for the men in the early going on Tuesday, as top players like No. 10 Kei Nishikori, No. 13 John Isner and No. 15 Fabio Fognini all moved on without much incident. In fact, none of the five seeded players in action to open the day failed to advance. 

Of course, there wasn't a ton of star power on display in these early matches. But for fans in the United States hoping to see an American man break through at the Grand Slams, all eyes will be on Isner.

While Marcos Giron gave him all he could handle over three sets, Isner managed to advance in his usual fashion, leaning on his serve. The powerful server blasted 26 aces and not only won 86 percent of his first serve points, but also 85 percent of his second serve points.

Suffice to say, he kept Giron on his heels throughout the match, as the challenger never so much as forced a break point. 

Another American, Sam Querrey, had more of a battle on his hands, per Lynn Zinser of The New York Times:

Querrey was on particularly high alert, and for good reason. His first-round match against Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina, the kind of defense-first player who makes power players like Querrey sweat for reasons other than the weather, was just as arduous as he might have imagined. His 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory took 2 hours 53 minutes and produced buckets of sweat.

'It’s always tough in the first round here,' Querrey said. 'Maximo played great. I’m just happy to get through.'

He wasn't focusing on the battle behind him but the battle ahead, however, telling Zinser after the match that, "I want to come out and be aggressive, really use my forehand and go after the returns. If I do that and serve well, I think I’ll be OK.”

Fans of the host nation will certainly hope he is. He and Isner are the country's best hope at seeing an American man win this year's U.S. Open.

 

Women's Scores

Women's U.S. Open Early Results
Matchup123
No. 8 Ana Ivanovic66
Alison Riske30
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No. 24 Sam Stosur66
Lauren Davis14
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Marina Erakovic367
No. 20 Svetlana Kuznetsova626
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Mona Barthel66
No. 32 Shuai Zhang12
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Sorana Cirstea66
Heather Watson11
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No. 30 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova66
Ashleigh Barty13
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Varvara Lepchenko76
Alison Van Uytvanck52
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Shelby Rogers66
Maryna Zanevska43
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No. 29 Casey Dellacqua76
Patricia Mayr-Achleitner53
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Qiang Wang 66
Paula Kania20
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Elena Vesnina67
Yung-Jan Chan05
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Kaia Kanepi736
Pauline Parmentier661
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Karolina Pliskova66
Yvonne Meusburger22
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No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard66
Olga Govortsova21
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Women's Recap

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26:  Olga Govortsova (L) of Belarus comes to the net to shake hands after losing against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in their women's singles first round match on Day Two of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tenni
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In general, the top women playing early on Tuesday advanced without much incident, as No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard, No. 8 Ana Ivanovic and No. 24 Sam Stosur cruised to relatively easy victories, while No. 11 Flavia Pennetta had a bit more of a battle on her hands but survived a tough challenge from Julia Goerges to win in three sets.

In all, seven of the nine seeded players in action were able to advance.

But No. 20 Svetlana Kuznetsova and No. 32 Shuai Zhang weren't amongst them. The former lost a three-set battle to Marina Erakovic, while the latter was smoked by Mona Barthel. That continued Zhang's rather dreadful form at the Grand Slams, per Carl Bialik of FiveThirtyEight:

Even Tony Romo thinks that record on the big stage is pretty poor. 

And the loss of Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open chance, could also clear the way for another primary contender at this year's tournament, per Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:

It will be interesting to see how the tournament starts to shake out as even more elite players start to join the proceedings. Certainly on the women's side of the draw, Tuesday was a reminder that a high seed doesn't guarantee you anything early on. 

That wasn't the case on Monday, when the only seeded player to lose was No. 25 Garbine Muguruza. In general, the best players have been moving on thus far. 

But with the possibility of an upset around every corner, the top contenders can't take these early rounds for granted. That much has been made clear thus far on Tuesday.

 

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