Wednesday, August 29, 2012

US Open Round-Up

Williams sisters romp through, Wozniacki falls

Serena Williams

Serena Williams powered to a 6-1 6-1 win over Coco Vandeweghe in the first round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows while her sister Venus clocked the fastest women's serve in overpowering Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 6-1.

Serena Williams plays a forehand in the opening round of the US Open. Serena needed only 55 minutes to defeat her fellow American Vandeweghe and continue the imposing form that took her to the Wimbledon and Olympic titles this year.

The fourth seed was dominant in every department and will next face Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

Serena's match completed a short night session at Flushing Meadows following Novak Djokovic's 6-1 6-0 6-1 win in 73 minutes against Paolo Lorenzi in the men's draw.

Venus withdrew from the US Open last year shortly before her second-round match against Sabine Lisicki and revealed she had Sjogren's syndrome.

After a long and difficult battle to control the autoimmune disease, she is back in the second round but has a tough assignment against the sixth-seed Angelique Kerber from Germany.

Williams lost the first two games to Mattek- Sands before showing glimpses of the form that has earned her seven major titles. She landed a first serve of 124 mph (199.5km/h) - the quickest of the women's tournament to date.

Kerber moved on with ease as she defeated Britain's Anne Keothavong 6-2 6-0 winning more than double the amount of points in the process.

Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska ignored a niggling shoulder problem to breeze past Russian world number 91 Nina Bratchikova. The Wimbledon runner-up, who withdrew from the warm-up event in New Haven because of pain in her right shoulder attributed to a long season, enjoyed a speedy 6-1 6-1 win over Bratchikova in humid conditions at Flushing Meadows.

But the only sign of a shoulder problem on Tuesday was the strapping visible beneath her shirt and the 23-year-old Pole said it was something she was coping with.

"It's sometimes worse but it feels better right now," Radwanska said after her 54-minute opening match at the year's final Grand Slam.

"That's about it. "It's always different when I'M playing matches or I'm just practising and not pushing that much. Of course I had some rest before the US Open. I'm really taking care of it right now. It's really better."

Radwanska, who has never advanced beyond the last 16 at Flushing Meadows, had just six unforced errors as she advanced to a meeting with either Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan or Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

Radwanksa's sister Urszula did not have things go her way though as she was beating 6-1 6-1 by 20th seed Roberta Vinci of Italy.

Vinci's compatriot Sara Errani beat Garbine Muguruza Blanco of Spain 6-3 6-7(6) 6-1, while 13th seed Dominika Cibulkova came from behind to beat Johanna Larsson 6-7(5) 6-2 6-0.

Maria Kirilenko raced through her first-round match with Chanelle Scheepers, the Russian number 14 seed winning 6-2 6-1, while Jelena Jankovic saw off Kateryna Bondarenko in equally comprehensive fashion 6-1 6-2.

Number 12 seed Ana Ivanovic overcame a lack of hard court preparation and recent foot problems to cruise by 17-year-old Ukrainian qualifier Elina Svitolina, 6-3 6-2. and she will next play Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson who defeated Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan 6-4 6-2.

Francesca Schiavone was stunned 6-3 6-4 by American Sloane Stephens, the Italian 22nd seed being joined on the scrapheap by 24th seed Klara Zakopalova who lost 6-4 6-4 to Andrea Hlavackova.

Other seeds to fall were Peng Shuai of China, who lost 7-6(5) 6-1 to Russia's Elena Vesnina and 26th seed Monica Niculescu of Romania, who was beaten 6-3 6-3 by Ayumi Morita.

Tamira Paszek, the 29th seeded Austrian, also tumbled out, 6-3 6-4 to Austria's Olga Govortsova and in the last match to finish on Tuesday, American 21st seed Christina Mchale fell to Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 6-4 4-6 6-3.

Djokovic begins defence with easy win

Novak Djokovic

Round-up: Champion Novak Djokovic crushed Paolo Lorenzi 6-1 6-0 6-1 in the first round of the US Open on a good day for the seeds at Flushing Meadows.

The second seed took only 73 minutes to make a dominant start to his title defence. He blasted 32 winners in a complete performance that mirrored his opening match at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Djokovic also played the Italian in the first round at Melbourne Park and conceded only two games on that occasion.

Former champion Andy Roddick gave young American Rhyne Williams a harsh introduction to Grand Slam tennis as he breezed to a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory.

The 29-year-old, whose only Grand Slam title to date came in 2003, banged down 20 aces as he claimed victory on a sweltering day at Flushing Meadows.

Williams, a qualifier ranked 289th in the world, gave a good account of himself on the vast Arthur Ashe Stadium court but Roddick had too much experience and class for him.

The 20th seed now awaits the winner of the match between Australia's Bernard Tomic and Carlos Berlocq of Argentina.

Fifth-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat qualifier Karol Beck 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (2) despite being a break down in the final set.

Sixth-seed Tomas Berdych also moved on in straight sets despite some tricky moments against David Goffin 7-5 6-3 6-3.

Milos Raonic survived a huge scare before finally coming through against Santiago Giraldo 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4. The 15th-seeded Canadian could meet Andy Murray in the fourth round.

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