US Open Tennis 2022 Results: Iga Swiatek Wins, Paula Badosa Upset in Thursday Play

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 1, 2022

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The second rounds of the U.S. Open women's and men's singles draws continued Thursday from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.

For the second straight day, a top-five seed was ousted early as No. 4 Paula Badosa fell in three sets to Petra Martic.

Three of the top-four women's seeds are now out after No. 2 Anett Kontaveit and No. 3 Maria Sakkari lost to Serena Williams and Wang Xiyu, respectively, the day before.

The chalk is holding at the top, though, as World No. 1 Iga Swiatek took down 2017 U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens in straight sets.

On the men's side, No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz highlighted the action. Nadal pulled away from Fabio Fognini in four sets, while Alcaraz defeated Federico Coria in straight sets.

Here's a look at the scores as well as recaps of the day's biggest results.

Women's Draw Matches and Scores

No. 1 Iga Swiatek def. Sloane Stephens: 6-3, 6-2

Petra Martic def. No. 4 Paula Badosa: 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2

No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka def. Kaia Kanepi: 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4

No. 8 Jessica Pegula def. Aliaksandra Sasnovich: 6-4, 6-4

No. 9 Garbine Muguruza def. Linda Fruhvirtova: 6-0, 6-4

No. 13 Belinda Bencic def. Sorana Cirstea: 3-6, 7-5, 6-2

No. 19 Danielle Collins def. Cristina Bucsa: 6-2, 7-5

No. 21 Petra Kvitova def. Anhelina Kalinina (walkover)

No. 22 Karolina Pliskova def. Marie Bouzkova: 6-3, 6-2

No. 26 Victoria Azarenka def. Marta Kostyuk: 6-2, 6-3

Lauren Davis def. No. 28 Ekaterina Alexandrova: 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5)

Clara Burel def. Alison Van Uytvanck: 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Alize Cornet def. Katerina Siniakova: 6-1, 1-6, 6-3

Jule Niemeier def. Yulia Putintseva: 6-4, 6-3

Yue Yuan def. Irina-Camelia Begu: 6-3, 7-6 (6)

Qinwen Zheng def. Anastasia Potapova: 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3)

Men's Draw Matches and Scores

No. 2 Rafael Nadal def. Fabio Fognini: 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz Garfia def. Federico Coria: 6-2, 6-1, 7-5

No. 7 Cameron Norrie def. Joao Sousa: 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4)

Ilya Ivashka def. No. 8 Hubert Hurkacz: 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3

No. 9 Andrey Rublev def. Kwon Soon-woo: 6-3, 6-0, 6-4

No. 11 Jannik Sinner def. Christopher Eubanks: 6-4, 7-6 (8), 6-2

No. 14 Diego Schwartzman def. Alexei Popyrin: 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (6)

No. 15 Marin Cilic def. Albert Ramos-Vinolas: 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3

Brandon Nakashima def. No. 17 Grigor Dimitrov: 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-3

No. 19 Denis Shapovalov def. Roberto Carballes Baena: 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

No. 20 Dan Evans def. James Duckworth: 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

No. 22 Frances Tiafoe def. Jason Kubler: 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (2)

Jenson Brooksby def. No. 25 Borna Coric: 6-4, 7-6 (10), 6-1

No. 26 Lorenzo Musetti def. Gijs Brouwer: 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

No. 28 Holger Rune def. John Isner (walkover)

Richard Gasquet def. No. 32 Miomir Kecmanovic: 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

No. 1 Iga Swiatek def. Sloane Stephens: 6-3, 6-2

Swiatek entered the tournament as the favorite, and her chances have only gotten better after the Nos. 2-4 seeds exited early.

It also helps that she's looking like her usual dominant self. On Thursday, Swiatek went up a break early in the first set, but Stephens fired back with a break of her own. However, Swiatek bounced back with three break-point opportunities in the next game before winning on the fourth to go up 3-1. She held serve the rest of the way for the 6-3 first-set victory.

The second set was all Swiatek, who went up 4-0 after breaking Stephens twice en route to the 6-2 win.

This marked the first time Swiatek had ever played in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and she spoke about the experience afterward.

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It's always crazy hearing yourself for the first time in the world's largest tennis stadium, <a href="https://twitter.com/iga_swiatek?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@iga_swiatek</a> 😆 <a href="https://t.co/cWUjhiJSg9">pic.twitter.com/cWUjhiJSg9</a>

Swiatek won 23 of 30 first-serve points and eight of 12 break-point opportunities. She will play unseeded Lauren Davis in the third round.

Petra Martic def. No. 4 Paula Badosa: 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2

The upset of the day came courtesy of unseeded Petra Martic, who overcame losing a first-set tiebreaker by winning 12 of the final 15 games en route to the three-set win.

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That big win feeling for Petra Martic 🙌 <a href="https://t.co/IDocmJzRAF">pic.twitter.com/IDocmJzRAF</a>

An hourlong set went Badosa's way to start:

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It took an hour ⏰ but <a href="https://twitter.com/paulabadosa?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@paulabadosa</a> takes the first set 7-6(5) over Petra Martic. <a href="https://t.co/JTcRvqAPD4">pic.twitter.com/JTcRvqAPD4</a>

There were signs Martic was on point, though. Of note, she earned seven break-point opportunities during the first set and earned five aces. She wasn't able to break Badosa, but Martic proved to be a tough opponent.

The underdog soon rolled through the next two sets. She won 12 of 15 first-serve points in the second set and broke Badosa twice.

Martic's serves continued to be a problem. She had three more aces in the third set and won 12 of 16 first-serve points. Match point was courtesy of another excellent serve:

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Serve of the Day on match point? 🥶️<br><br>Petra Martic scores the upset over No. 4 Badosa! <a href="https://twitter.com/Heineken?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Heineken</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/in0LZknwUK">pic.twitter.com/in0LZknwUK</a>

No. 26 Victoria Azarenka awaits Martic in the third round.

No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz def. Federico Coria: 6-2, 6-1, 7-5

Alcaraz started his U.S. Open run with a straight-set win over Sebastian Baez, and he added another one Thursday against Coria.

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We see you, <a href="https://twitter.com/carlosalcaraz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@carlosalcaraz</a> 👀 <a href="https://t.co/lGEZZin5dS">pic.twitter.com/lGEZZin5dS</a>

Alcaraz lived on the edge at times in this one, as Coria earned 14 break-point opportunities. However, Coria won just one of them as Alcaraz stayed in control throughout the match. Meanwhile, Alcaraz took advantage of his chances with 7-of-10 break-point conversions.

Alcaraz also had 46 winners to Coria's 15 and won 38 of 39 net points. He also won nine straight games at one point.

The 19-year-old has the most wins of any men's singles player in 2022 with 46 (Swiatek is No. 1 overall with 52), but he spoke afterward about how he's looking for even more success.

"I'm happy about that and about my season, but 2022 didn't end. I have to keep doing and I'm doing," Alcaraz said, per Jose Morgado of the Diario Record.

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Alcaraz. "I'm happy about that and about my season, but 2022 didn't end. I have to keep doing and I'm doing".

Alcaraz will play unseeded Jenson Brooksby in the third round.

No. 2 Rafael Nadal def. Fabio Fognini: 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

Nadal looked totally out of sorts for the first set and a half Thursday night, including three straight service games lost to open the second set, but he eventually found his rhythm and took care of Fognini without a ton of drama.

There was a brief scare in the fourth set as the 22-time Grand Slam champion hit himself in the face with his racquet, which left his nose bloodied, but he returned after receiving treatment to finish off the win.

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Rafa Nadal returns to action after sustaining a cut on his nose. 👏 <a href="https://t.co/m6gOlcqk2K">pic.twitter.com/m6gOlcqk2K</a>

"[It] was just a strong hit. At the beginning, I thought I [broke] the nose because it was a shock at the beginning. Was very painful," Nadal told reporters. "I lost little bit the—I don't know how to say in English—but a little bit the feeling of my head. It's about being a little bit out of the world."

He jokingly added: "No, that's just a shock some way I deserved to play that bad for a while."

While Nadal advanced, his level of play must improve if he's going to capture his fifth U.S. Open championship next week. He finished with 20 winners and 37 unforced errors.

Fognini couldn't take advantage of that mediocre play from the 36-year-old Spanish superstar, however, as he tallied 60 unforced errors and nine double faults.

Nadal advances to face Richard Gasquet in the tournament's third round. He's won all 17 career ATP Tour meetings with the Frenchman.


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