The fourth day of play at the U.S. Open has already produced one notable upset. With the night sessions still to come, we'll see if more big names fall.
No. 8 seed Ana Ivanovic fell to unseeded Karolina Pliskova at Louis Armstrong Stadium on Thursday in straight sets (7-5, 6-4). Ivanovic never seemed to gain any rhythm in the match. This was the earliest Ivanovic had been ousted from the U.S. Open since 2009.
She was the second top-eight seeded woman to fall this week.
No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska was upset in the second round by Shuai Peng. Victoria Azarenka continued her quest as the most dangerous 16th seed in the world. Vika defeated Christina McHale 6-3, 6-2.
Top-seeded Serena Williams is showing no ill-effects from a tumultuous Wimbledon experience. She breezed past Vania King 6-1, 6-0 on Thursday. Williams looks every bit the part of a woman on a mission to silence her critics.
Here's a look at the results from early action on Thursday, as well as the matches scheduled for the evening session. Matches that are final have the final scores printed. All others are in progress or hadn't begun by 3 p.m. ET.
Paul-Henri Mathieu is a 32-year-old, unranked Frenchman who will probably be dispatched in straight sets by Novak Djokovic. However, it's worth noting, Mathieu did defeat Djokovic once in their head-to-head series.
It happened in 2006 when Djokovic was just 19 years old. Even then it was a struggle for Mathieu. Both of the sets went to tiebreakers before Mathieu prevailed 7-6(11) 7-6(4).
Since then, Djokovic has barely broken a sweat against Mathieu in four consecutive straight-set wins.
Even if it is a romp, viewers will at least get an opportunity to see the No. 1 ranked player in the world in action.
Sorana Cirstea vs. No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard
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If you're looking for a slightly more competitive tilt, the Eugenie Bouchard-Sorana Cirstea match might be a better bet.
Cirstea already upset Heather Watson in the first round, so she'll likely be feeling confident heading into this match with Bouchard.
Cirstea might be catching Bouchard at the right time for an upset. The young Canadian star has been battling injuries of late, but she says she's happy to be closer to 100 percent.
Per Steve G Tennis, Bouchard said this after advancing to the second round:
I’m definitely feeling healthier than I have the past few weeks. For about a week now I have been playing pretty good with my knees and hamstring, so I’m happy with that. I took a lot of time off for these injuries, so I think, you know, I feel good on the court. Just maybe not as much practice or matches have gone into it that I wanted. It’s like give and take that you have to do for the body, but I’m feeling good now. So I’m happy, and I just want to play more matches.
Bouchard is clearly the one to favor in this match, but Cirstea is playing well enough to make it competitive.