U.S. Open Serves up Near Misses and Surprising Defeats

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(Newswire.net — August 26, 2014) Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA — The U.S. Open served up an interesting first day on Monday at Flushing Meadows in New York. In terms of the women’s matches, there weren’t many surprises. Top players like Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams all comfortably made it through the first round of play, along with Simona Halep and Agniezska Radwanska. 


French Open finalist and second seed Simona Halep was nearly knocked out in her first round match when she went her first set down to newcomer, American Danielle Rose Collins 6-7, 6-1, 6-2.

Previous winner and fifth-seeded player Maria Sharapova trailed 2-4 in the opening set, but quickly came back to take the set 6-4, 6-0 to take out her opening match against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko. Speaking of the match, Sharapova said, “I was happy I was able to step it up and play well.” Sharapova is a popular favorite to possibly take out the title this year, having won the French Open earlier this year to take her fifth career Grand Slam title.

Sharapova’s last success at Flushing Meadows was back in 2006. Despite having not been to the U.S. Open final since her win in 2006 and missing the 2013 Open because of a shoulder injury, she is feeling comfortable and positive about her current form for this Grand Slam.

In terms of the men’s first day of play, Andy Murray almost lost his opening round match to Dutchman Robin Haase. Maybe not so surprisingly, considering he underwent back surgery last fall, Murray struggled in the second half of his match with body cramps restricting his play. It was only down to the fact that Haase didn’t seem to be interested or capable of capitalizing on Murray’s poor form that saw Murray go on to take the match 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-5.

The biggest upset of the day was when 19-year old Australian Nick Kyrgios sent 21st seeded and previous 2006 and 2010 semi-finalist, Mikhail Youzhny, home. Kyrgios shot to fame when he sent Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon. In his opening match yesterday, Kyrgios who is ranked 60th, won 7-5, 7-6, 2-6, 7-6.

Despite some outbursts of frustration that almost saw the teenager disqualified, he played like a seasoned professional, hitting 29 aces and 68 winners. Of his outbursts, Kyrgios said, “I guess it was just the heat of the moment. I was frustrated the way I was playing and, yeah, it was just all that sort of stuff. It was just an outburst, and hopefully I will be able to control that the next time I play.”

Day two at Flushing Meadows is set to offer more twists, turns and surprises for sure.

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