Five Shockers at The U.S Open

R LSenior Analyst IAugust 30, 2008

This year's U.S Open in tennis has served plenty of shocking victories early on. With Rafael Nadal the new number-one on the mens side, and nobody clearly dominating on the womens, it's as wide open as ever. It's the women who have produced the most surprising finishes so far.

Five days gone, and five huge upsets. There were plenty more, and I could have easily made a list for the top 20. But, that would take too long, and many wouldn't probably take the time to read them all.

So, here they are.

5) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (141) def. Daniela Hantuchova (11)

Hantuchova made her return to a Grand Slam after being sidelined for months with a foot injury. It was a return to forget though, as the Slovakian made a first round exit in straight sets (6-4, 6-2).

Groenefeld was once ranked as high as 14th in 2006. She will take on Alize Cornet (17) in the third round. Hantuchova, who reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open this year, needs more time to get back into top form.

"I don't feel 100 percent fit," she said. "The foot feels much better but I lost the feeling of playing and that takes time to get back."

4) Ekaterina Makarova (56) def. Anna Chakvetadze (10)

Makarova rebounded from a horrible first set to defeat her fellow country woman (1-6, 6-2. 6-3). It's been a tough year for Anna, as she only made the fourth round in one of her four Grand Slam appearances this season.

Makarova was eliminated in the third round by China's Na Li.

3) Tatiana Perebiynis (76) def. Vera Zvonareva (8)

Another wild finish for the womens side, in straight sets no less. Zvonareva, who won a bronze at the Beijing Olympics, was sent packing in the second round (6-3, 6-3). It's the first time the Russian has not made the third round of the Open in six appearances.

Perebiynis was eliminated the following round by Sybille Bammer of Austria.

2) Katarina Srebotnik (28) def. Svetlana Kuznetsova (2)

Last year's runner-up, and the 2004 champion was upsetted by Srebotnik in the third round. The Slovakian, who plays doubles also, won thanks in large part to her play at the net. She won 22 of the 32 times she approached the net.

"She played her top game," Kuznetsova said. "For me, like, she played unbelievable."

Kuznetsova kept screaming at herself near the end of the match, making some costly errors. After the loss, she threw a white towel over her head and walked off the court.

Srebotnik will take on Patty Schnyder (15) in the round of 16.

1) Julie Coin (188) def. Ana Ivanovic (1)

One of the biggest upsets in tennis history. No number-one ranked woman has lost this early in the Open since 1968. To Ivanovic's defense, she was dealing with a thumb injury, and didn't look 100 percent.

"Obviously, if you would ask me at the moment if I'm playing like a No. 1, probably not," said Ivanovic.

"It's very frustrating because I know I can play so much better."

Coin won (6-3, 4-6, 6-3), and will take on Amelie Mauresmo (32) in the third round. Is there another upset in the making?

The womens side is anyone's ball game. Jelena Jankovic (2) has already been thoroughly tested twice, and had to push herself to victory. Maria Sharapova is out with a shoulder injury too. This means that the only former champions still playing are the Williams sisters (Serena and Venus).

There's also young up-and-comers like Dinara Safina (6) and Agnieszka Radwanska (9) looking for their first Grand Slam title. Elene Dementieva, a former finalist, is in search of the glory too.

This is the most exciting U.S Open I've seen on both sides, and I'm hoping we see a first-timer win the title.