Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Day Two - US Open

Day Two of the US Open determined a number of things, among them the lack of wisdom in predicting which matches may be ones to watch out for.  Of the six carefully selected by me, Dolgopolov lasted 11 games before retiring against Ferrer, Coric only 7 before raising the white flag against Lopez.

Halep smashed Flipkens for the cost of just 2 games, while Williams took just over an hour taking care of Makarova and Wawrinka also won in straight sets.
Only the three set win by Samantha Stosur over Camila Giorgi lived up to expectations of a close tussle, at least for two sets.

Of the seeds, Steve Johnson survived after giving Evgeny Donskoy a two set start, but Americans will be hoping their highest ranked male starts a little quicker in his next match against Juan Martin Del Potro, whose three set win over Diego Schwartzman was far more impressive. 
Eighth seed Dominic Thiem and 21st seed Ivo Karlovic also are breathing easier following five set victories over Millman and Lu respectively.

Not as happy are David Goffin (12), Bernard Tomic (17), Philipp Kohlschreiber (25) and Sam Querrey (29), all first round losers.  Andy Murray won easily, as did Nick Kyrgios -  Kei Nishikori not quite as convincingly.

Venus Williams and Elena Vesnina joined Stosur as seeds needing the full distance to reach the second round, but seeds Kiki Bertens (20), Daria Kasatkina (23) and Ana Ivanovic (29) failed to make it that far, together with exiting fan favourite Genie Bouchard.

Simona Halep and Serena Williams led an impressive group whose straight sets wins gained entry into the final 64 - Aga Radwanska, Carla Suarez Navarro (6-0, 6-0), Timea Bacsinszky, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Karolina Pliskova all showed signs that they could figure prominently in this year's Open.  Of course it is only one match.

Round two commences in a matter of hours, and a few reputations are on the line.

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