2014 US Open (Tennis)

US Open Tennis 2014: Day 4 Results, Highlights and Scores Recap from New York

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot against Vania King of the United States during their women's singles second round match on Day Four of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2014

Many of the top players in the world were in action at the 2014 U.S. Open, and for the most part they showed why they are ranked so high.

There were certainly a few upsets, but top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic cruised to easy victories on Day 4. Crowd favorites Victoria Azarenka and John Isner also had no problem in their second-round matchups.

On the other hand, this deep tournament continues to feature surprises that are keeping all of the fans on their toes. Here is a look at the latest matches in New York along with a full breakdown of the most notable results from Thursday.

2014 U.S. Open Day 4 Results
Men's Draw
WinnerLoserScore
No. 1 Novak DjokovicPaul-Henri Mathieu6-1, 6-3, 6-0
No. 8 Andy MurrayMatthias Bachinger6-3, 6-3, 6-4
No. 13 John IsnerJan-Lennard Struff7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 Milos RaonicPeter Gojowczyk7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(3)
No. 10 Kei NishikoriPablo Andujar6-4, 6-1, ret.
No. 9 Jo-Wilfried TsongaAleksandr Nedovyesov6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Sam QuerreyNo. 28 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez6-3, 6-4, 6-4
No. 16 Tommy RobredoSimone Bolelli5-7, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
No. 22 Philipp KohlschreiberMichael Llodra6-2 ret.
Nick KyrgiosAndreas Seppi6-4, 7-6(2), 6-4
Andrey KuznetsovNo. 31 Fernando Verdasco6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
No. 23 Leonardo MayerMatthew Ebden6-1, 6-3, 6-4
Victor Estrella BurgosBorna Coric7-6(2), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Women's Draw
WinnerLoserScore
No. 16 Victoria AzarenkaChristina McHale6-3, 6-2
No. 1 Serena WilliamsVania King6-1, 6-0
Karolina PliskovaNo. 8 Ana Ivanovic7-5, 6-4
Aleksandra KrunicNo. 27 Madison Keys7-6(4), 2-6, 7-5
No. 3 Petra KvitovaPetra Cetkovska6-4, 6-2
Nicole GibbsAnastasia Pavlyuchenkova6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3
Elena VesninaMarina Erakovic7-5, 2-6, 6-4
Kaia KanepiNo. 24 Samantha Stosur3-6, 6-3, 7-6(8)
No. 11 Flavia PennettaShelby Rogers6-4, 6-3
No. 13 Carla Suarez NavarroCoco Vandeweghe6-3, 6-3
No. 29 Casey DellacquaQiang Wang4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Varvara LepchenkoMona Barthel6-4, 6-0
No. 17 Ekaterina MakarovaPolona Hercog6-1, 6-2
No. 7 Eugenie BouchardSorana Cirstea6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4
Zarina DiyasCici Bellis6-3, 0-6, 6-2
via USOpen.org

You can view the men's draw and women's draw courtesy of USOpen.org. 

 

Notable Results

No. 8 Ana Ivanovic Goes Down

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Karolina Pliskova (L) of the Czech Republic shakes hands with Ana Ivanovic (R) of Serbia after their women's singles second round match on Day Four of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Augus
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Ana Ivanovic was considered one of the few players capable of knocking Serena Williams out of this tournament, but she will not get a chance after her second-round exit at the hands of Karolina Pliskova.

The Czech player lost in the first round of her only other appearance at the U.S. Open, but Pliskova was impressive in the second round this year with her solid receiving play. She prevented Ivanovic from getting any easy points and then came through when needed to earn a straight-set win.

Ivanovic spoke about her struggles after the match, via Lynn Zinser of The New York Times:

It was very tough out there for me today. I really struggled to find my rhythm and made way too many unforced errors. Yeah, it was just really bad day. 

It’s very disappointing. It’s never easy, you know, to finish, and especially this early. I was really hoping I can make a good run.

Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times explains why this is even more disappointing for Ivanovic based on her recent performances:

Still, this becomes an opportunity for Pliskova to build on her best showing ever at a Grand Slam.

 

CiCi Bellis Fights Hard but Comes up Short

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Catherine 'CiCi' Bellis of the United States reacts against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during their women's singles second round match on Day Four of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August
Chris Trotman/Getty Images

After becoming the youngest player in almost 20 years to win a match at the U.S. Open, 15-year-old CiCi Bellis earned quite a following heading into the second round.

Unfortunately, Zarina Diyas was unimpressed as she jumped out to a first-set win thanks in part to 22 unforced errors by Bellis. This just led to a thrilling comeback as the American dominated the second set to pull even.

Along the way, she had some impressive shots in the first two sets, captured by U.S. Open Tennis:

Still, Diyas was able to get back on track in the final set with some great serving. She won 17 of her 23 service points in the third set to come away with a 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 win.

Despite the loss, Bellis showcased plenty of her ability and gained more fans along the way, including Grantland's Brian Phillips:

Although she is still an amateur, it is clear the young player has a bright future.

 

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Easily Advance

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot against Paul-Henri Mathieu of France during their men's second round match on Day Four of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2014 in the Flu
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Although Novak Djokovic had a few disappointing performances leading into the U.S. Open, he has looked the part of the No. 1 seed through the first two rounds. 

After losing just seven games in a straight-set victory to start off his tournament, Djokovic improved upon this result with 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu. The Serbian was incredibly efficient, totaling 13 aces to zero double faults while also gaining 33 winners to just 16 unforced errors.

The top seed was dominant in every phase of the game, keeping up an impressive streak as noted by ESPN's John Buccigross:

Meanwhile, Serena Williams had an even easier day, losing just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory that ended in under an hour. This continued her own streak:

Williams struggled a bit with her accuracy, but Vania King could not handle the pure power of the No. 1 seed. The top seed also won nine of her 11 points at the net, a strategy that could help her later on in this tournament.

Each of these players will have tougher matches in the future, but it is hard to imagine anyone beating them any time soon.

 

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