Early action during the third day of competition is under way at the 2014 U.S. Open, and with it came an upset of the No. 4-ranked player on the women’s side.
Agnieszka Radwanska was upset by Peng Shuai in straight sets Wednesday in a stunning development that is sure to shake up the women's bracket moving forward. Here is a look at Shuai's victory and the rest of the early scores and remaining schedule for Day 3.
|U.S. Open Wednesday Schedule|
|(6) Tomas Berdych||Lleyton Hewitt||Arthur Ashe Stadium||2nd Match|
|(3) Stan Wawrinka||Thomaz Bellucci||Arthur Ashe Stadium||5th Match|
|Blaz Kavcic||(30) Jeremy Chardy||Court 11||4th Match|
|Carlos Berlocq||Dudi Sela||Court 13||4th Match|
|Steve Johnson||Tatsuma Ito||Court 17||2nd Match|
|Evgeny Donskoy||Alexander Kudryavtsev||Court 4||2nd Match|
|Steve Darcis||Martin Klizan||Court 6||2nd Match|
|Jerzy Janowicz||Dusan Lajovic||Court 5||2nd Match|
|Frank Dancevic||(32) Joao Sousa||Court 5||3rd Match|
|Niels Desein||David Goffin||Court 6||3rd Match|
|Kenny De Schepper||(11) Ernests Gulbis||Grandstand||4th Match|
|(14) Marin Cilic||Marcos Baghdatis||Louis Armstrong Stadium||Cilic wins 6-3, 3-1 (retired)|
|(7) Grigor Dimitrov||Ryan Harrison||Louis Armstrong Stadium||4th Match|
|Lukas Lacko||Dominic Thiem||Court 7||4th Match|
|Illya Marchenko||Marco Chiudinelli||Court 10||1st Match|
|Teymuraz Gabashvili||(27) Santiago Giraldo||Court 13||Gabashvili wins -3, 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-3|
|Pablo Cuevas||(18) Kevin Anderson||Court 17||1st Match|
|(19) Feliciano Lopez||Ivan Dodig||Grandstand||Lopez wins 1-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 1-1 (retired)|
|(5) Maria Sharapova||Alexandra Dulgheru||Arthur Ashe Stadium||3rd Match|
|(6) Angelique Kerber||Alla Kudryavtseva||Court 11||2nd Match|
|(18) Andrea Petkovic||Monica Puig||Court 11||3rd Match|
|(14) Lucie Safarova||Saisai Zheng||Court 13||2nd Match|
|Mirjana Lucic-Baroni||Shahar Peer||Court 13||3rd Match|
|Madison Brengle||(26) Sabine Lisicki||Court 17||3rd Match|
|(13) Sara Errani||Anastasia Rodionova||Court 5||4th Match|
|Tsvetana Pironkova||(9) Jelena Jankovic||Grandstand||2nd Match|
|Aliaksandra Sasnovich||(10) Caroline Wozniacki||Grandstand||3rd Match|
|Jana Cepelova||(2) Simona Halep||Louis Armstrong Stadium||3rd Match|
|(21) Sloane Stephens||Johanna Larsson||Arthur Ashe Stadium||Larsson wins 5-7, 6-4, 6-2|
|Belinda Bencic||(31) Kurumi Nara||Court 11||Bencic wins 6-4, 4-6, 6-1|
|Daniela Hantuchova||(22) Alize Cornet||Court 5||Cornet wins 6-3, 6-3|
|Peng Shuai||(4) Agnieszka Radwanska||Louis Armstrong Stadium||Peng wins 6-3, 6-4|
|Timea Bacsinszky||(19) Venus Williams||Arthur Ashe Stadium||4th Match|
|(28) Roberta Vinci||Irina Begu||Court 7||Vinci wins 2-6, 6-4, 6-1|
Scores posted were matches finished as of this writing. For a full scoreboard with live scoring, go to USOpen.org.
Early Result of Note: Peng Shuai defeats Agnieszka Radwanska
It was only a matter of time before we had a major upset at the U.S. Open, and Peng provided us with just that early Wednesday. Radwanska became the first top 10 player to get knocked out of the Grand Slam event.
The Women’s Tennis Association noted how big a win it is for Peng's career:
Interestingly, the U.S. Open is the only major tournament that Radwanska has failed to reach the quarterfinals. She was overmatched Wednesday, and all the credit belongs to Peng. Peng outlasted Radwanska on a 27-point rally that helped propel her to the 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Before the match, Peng was 3-22 against top-five opponents and hadn't had such a victory since 2011. This win should certainly provide a boost of confidence as she advances deeper into the tournament's field.
Match to Watch: Maria Sharapova vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
Maria Sharapova had to dip into an extra gear in her first match against Maria Kirilenko, but when she did, she won 10 straight games on her way to a straight-sets victory.
Sharapova commented on her hot finish, via Zach Schonbrun of The New York Times:
I thought there was a few times I could've broken her at the beginning of the match. But she started off playing well and solid, and despite not taking those opportunities in a couple of those first-service games, I felt pretty good, especially toward the end of the match.
Her opponent Wednesday, Alexandra Dulgheru, also won her first match in straight sets.
Dulgheru may have breezed into this matchup, but Sharapova has won both head-to-head showdowns against her and has bigger goals in mind than just a victory Wednesday. Sharapova has to be considered a title contender after winning the French Open earlier this season and notching two other WTA titles.
She also won the 2006 U.S. Open and made the semifinals in 2012, so success at Flushing Meadows is nothing new for her.
Sharapova has momentum on her side after winning 10 straight games to take that first set. Her two victories over Dulgheru also suggest she is the more talented player between the two.
Look for Sharapova to seize control of the match early and cruise to another victory Wednesday.
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