Thursday, September 2, 2010

US Open Report: Day 3

It was Day 3 at the US Open and it was more memorable than anyone could've imagined. The heat was still a big story as well as the big upsets that took place, but most everyone was buzzing early when 10th seed Victoria Azarenka, down 1-5 in the first set, actually collapsed on court and had to be taken out on a wheelchair. While initially thought to be heat-related, it was later found out that she had a mild concussion.

The heat was no less oppressive though with temperatures reaching the upper-90s for the third straight day. The first round was completed today with Andy Murray, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Mikhail Youzhny, and most other seeded playing moving through. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about 15th seed Ivan Ljubicic and 7th seed and Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych who both lost their first matches. Ljubicic was taken out by 18 year old American Ryan Harrison.

Azarenka was not the only seeded female to go down today. 13th seed Marion Bartoli, 21st seed Jie Zheng, and 32nd seed Tsvetana Pironkova all fell. For what it's worth, Zheng was taken out by former world no. 1 Ana Ivanovic who is showing great form in this tournament. With that said, the other top ladies continued their own great form including Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams, Francesca Schiavone, Elena Dementieva, and Samantha Stosur. 24th seed Alona Bondarenko ended the Cinderella story of American Melanie Oudin who reached the quarterfinals last year.

The only other big storyline happened at the very end of the day when Janko Tipsarevic defeated the 2003 champion and 9th seed Andy Roddick. Roddick looked sluggish out there while Tipsarevic was hitting winner after winner. A foot fault in the third set fired Roddick up, but to no avail as he suddenly found himself down 2 sets to 1. The fourth set was decided on a tiebreak and that was all the Serbian needed to cause the big upset.

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