It is becoming clear that no one is safe at the 2014 U.S. Open.
While many of the top seeds were expecting to cruise into the quarterfinals and possibly beyond, a few of them could not even make it out of the first two rounds.
With the final first-round matches concluding on Day 3, along with the start of the second round, there was plenty to watch for in a dramatic day in New York City. Unfortunately, a few players will be going home earlier than expected.
Some of this was due to injuries as Steve Johnson, Ivan Dodig and Marcos Baghdatis were all forced to retire.
Here is a full look at the scores through the morning and afternoon sessions, courtesy of USOpen.com.
|No. 6 Tomas Berdych||Lleyton Hewitt||6-3, 6-4, 6-3|
|No. 14 Marin Cilic||Marcos Baghdatis||6-3, 3-1 ret.|
|No. 19 Feliciano Lopez||Ivan Dodig||1-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 1-1 ret.|
|No. 18 Kevin Anderson||Pablo Cuevas||6-3, 6-7(3), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(1)|
|Tatsuma Ito||Steve Johnson||6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 4-1 ret.|
|Jerzy Janowicz||Dusan Lajovic||6-3, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5|
|Teymuraz Gabashvili||No. 27 Santiago Giraldo||6-3, 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-3|
|Alexander Kudryavtsev||Evgeny Donskoy||2-6, 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|Martin Klizan||Steve Darcis||3-6, 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-5, 6-4|
|David Goffin||Niels Desein||6-1, 6-3, 6-3|
|Dominic Thiem||Lukas Lacko||6-3, 6-3, 6-2|
|Illya Marchenko||Marco Chiudinelli||7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(13), 7-6(4)|
|No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov||Ryan Harrison||6-2, 7-6(4), 6-2|
|Johanna Larsson||No. 21 Sloane Stephens||5-7, 6-4, 6-2|
|No. 5 Maria Sharapova||Alexandra Dulgheru||4-6, 6-3, 6-2|
|Shuai Peng||No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska||6-3, 6-4|
|No. 2 Simona Halep||Jana Cepelova||6-2, 6-1|
|No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki||Aliaksandra Sosnovich||6-3, 6-4|
|No. 22 Alize Cornet||Daniela Hantuchova||6-3, 6-3|
|Belinda Bencic||No. 31 Kurumi Nara||6-4, 4-6, 6-1|
|No. 6 Angelique Kerber||Alla Kudryavtsesa||6-2, 6-4|
|No. 18 Andrea Petkovic||Monica Puig||3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)|
|No. 14 Lucia Safarova||Saisai Zheng||6-3, 4-6, 6-2|
|Roberta Vinci||Irinia-Camelia Begu||2-6, 6-4, 6-1|
Shuai Peng def. No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska; 6-3, 6-4
Agnieszka Radwanska has been as high as No. 2 in the world and currently sits at No. 5 thanks to her success at almost every event. However, she has never even reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open.
After losing to Shuai Peng, she has now exited in the second round of this event in four of the last six years.
Radwanska performed well, getting 70 percent of her serves in play while winning 68 percent of those first serves. However, she struggled to close out games when she had a chance, winning just one of seven break points.
Meanwhile, the No. 4 seed gave a lot of credit to her opponent after the loss.
"I didn't play bad today," Radwanska explained to reporters, via BBC Sport. "I think it was just her day. Of course I could do something different maybe or try something else, but I really tried my best and I was fighting until the end. I just couldn't do it."
Things remain tough for Peng going forward with a battle against No. 28 Roberta Vinci. However, this performance against one of the best players in the world proves she has the ability to make a deep run in this tournament.
Johanna Larsson def. No. 21 Sloane Stephens; 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Sloane Stephens appeared to be on her way to her second straight-set win in a row against Johanna Larsson, but a complete collapse in the final two sets cost her the match.
Stephens won the opening set 7-5 thanks mostly to great work at the net. However, the match became a battle to see who could hurt themselves more. Larsson totaled seven double faults, but Stephens came back with 63 unforced errors.
Larsson ended up being the better player down the stretch to move into the third round, matching her deepest run ever at a Grand Slam. On the other hand, this is the first time Stephens failed to reach the third round at this tournament.
Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated did not hold back in his assessment:
Sloane Stephens simply failed to show up. Disappointing day, disappointing year— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) August 27, 2014
Similarly, Hayley Kaufman of the Boston Globe questioned the American's effort:
Sometimes I think I want Sloane Stephens to win more than Sloane Stephens wants Sloane Stephens to win. #USOpen2014— Hayley Kaufman (@GlobeHayleyK) August 27, 2014
The No. 21 seed seems to be going in the wrong direction in her young career.
No. 6 Tomas Berdych def. Lleyton Hewitt; 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
When the draws came out, most expected this to be one of the best matches of the first round. Lleyton Hewitt had won this tournament in the past while Tomas Berdych has a knack for first-round exits at Grand Slams.
Matt Cronin of Tennis Reports believed an upset over the No. 6 seed was certainly possible:
With Rafa out, so many opportunities. Hewitt who once one USO has real shot v Berdych. Fed has really easy to 8th, v Karlovic, & Fognini— Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) August 21, 2014
However, Berdych was as good as ever in this match, totaling nine aces with zero double faults. While he still needs to cut down his unforced errors, he was solid with both his first and second serve and came through with the big points when needed.
The win also helped him end a dubious streak, as noted by Josh Meiseles of ATPWorldTour.com:
Tomas Berdych ends a 7-year streak of at least one 1R loss at a slam, recording major win No. 100, 63 64 63 over Hewitt.— Josh Meiseles (@jmeistennis) August 27, 2014
He will now face Martin Klizan in the next round, but this portion of the bracket is wide open for him to make a run to the quarterfinals—and possibly beyond.
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