U.S. Open Day 2 recap: Federer, Halep win; Young rallies to score an upset
NEW YORK – Catch up on the news and results from Day 2 at the 2015 U.S. Open.
Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki advance: The No. 2 seed came out firing in the first match on Arthur Ashe against Marina Erakovic, taking a 6–2, 3–0 lead in just 47 minutes. Due to a knee injury, Erakovic retired in the second set, advancing Halep into the second round and adding to the seven retirements on Monday. "Actually is first time when I start a Grand Slam well. I had a good match. I think I played very aggressive. I played with confidence and I didn't let her playing her game," Halep said after the match. "I served pretty well; I return okay. She has a second serve with a lot of topspin and it's really tough to return. But it was a great match, and, you know, it's always good to start good a tournament."
Last year's runner-up Wozniacki also had a solid start to her U.S. Open campaign, cruising past 2015 NCAA women's champ Jamie Loeb 6–2, 6–0 in just over an hour. The No. 4 is coming off a semifinal loss to eventual champion Petra Kvitova at the Connecticut Open in New Haven just a few days ago. "I have been struggling with injuries, which has held me back. But now, I am feeling 100%. I am feeling good," she said before the tournament. "Last week, I showed that I can play at a high level. There is no doubt that I play tennis at a high level when I am fit and when I can practice well. I am here. I am here to win and do well."
Women's seeds continue to crash out: While Halep avoided the upset, two other women's seeds fell on Tuesday as No. 6 Lucie Safarova and No. 14 Timea Bacsinszky both lost in their opening matches. Lesia Tsurenko avenged her loss to Safarova in New Haven, winning 6–4, 6–1. The win marked the fifth Top 10 win for the young Ukrainian, who's won 15 matches since Wimbledon, including her first title in Istanbul, a quarterfinal run in Toronto and a semifinal appearance in New Haven. She'll face American Varvara Lepchenko next, who beat Kirsten Flipkens 6–1, 6–1, on Tuesday. Barbora Strycova took out Bacsinszky, 7–5, 6–0 to advance to the second round.
John Isner gets past Malek Jaziri in straight sets: The No. 1 American man and No. 13 seed started off his U.S. Open with a 6–2, 6–3, 6–4 win over Jaziri on Tuesday. After a long summer season which saw him win his third consecutive title in Atlanta and make a run to the final at the Citi Open, Isner said he was feeling the effects of the matches. "I did have a good summer, a very tiring summer. I was a little out of gas my last tournament [at Cincinnati], but it’s a good problem to have," he said. "I want to beat my personal high ranking. I’d love to finish in the top 10 and right now I’m on pace for that."
Donald Young mounts a stellar comeback: Down two sets and a break, Young rallied and came back to defeat No. 11 seed Gilles Simon 2–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 in three hours and 34 minutes on Court 17. The 26-year-old had a 0-11 record in sets vs. Simon before Tuesday's match. "I wasn't absolutely playing great, but he's 11 in the world, quality opponent, and beaten me a few times before. He was definitely with the mental edge," Young said after the match. "When I saw that, it gave me hope and gave me a chance to really feel like if I was to stay in it and, you know, in the moment, I could actually come back and see what happened." Here more from Young on his win below:
Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka and Tomas Berdych win openers: Continuing his Cincinnati form, Federer closed out the day session on Ashe with a dominant 6–1, 6–2, 6–2 win over Leonardo Mayer. No. 20 seed Victoria Azarenka topped Lucie Hradecka 6–1, 6–2 and No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych defeated American Bjorn Fratangelo, 6–3, 6–2. 6–4.
More notable results: Angelique Kerber d. Alexandra Dulgheru, 6–3 6–1; Tomas Berdych d. Bjorn Fratangelo, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4; Johanna Konta d. Louisa Chirico 6–3, 6–0; Jurgen Melzer d. Denis Kudla, 6–3, 7–5, 6–1; Robin Haase d. Dustin Brown, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4; Elena Vesnina d. Laura Robson, 3–6, 6–3, 7–5.
Quotes of the Day
Wozniacki crashed Isner's press conference on Tuesday afternoon. See their exchange below:
Q. Cincinnati maybe wasn't where you wanted to go there, but obviously good result. How much confidence do you feel coming into the tournament, especially with the way you played today?
JOHN ISNER: Yeah, a lot of confidence. I played well this summer. It started in Atlanta, and I played well in D.C. and Montreal. Went deep three tournaments in a row, and it really did a number on me physically. I lost a super tough match in Montreal where I left it all out on the court there and didn't have much in Cincinnati. I'm rested up and I'm ready to go. I'm happy to get off the court today in a quick fashion, ala Caroline Wozniacki. I don't win many matches like that. I don't win 0-0 like she does.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Just because you have been playing really well leading up to the US Open, you're close to the top 10 again, doesn't mean that you should push my press conference out. I would appreciate being you being on time?
JOHN ISNER: Now that I'm close to the top 10, Caroline is actually talking to me again. When I was ranked like 90 she would walk right by me. If I could get in single digits I think I can get some of Caroline's attention. That's my goal.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I was standing in the hallway and you walked straight past me.
JOHN ISNER: I didn't see you.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: He says, I didn't see you. It happens twice in a row and I said, Well, then look down.
JOHN ISNER: I have to get in single digits. This is my incentive. Caroline talks to me if I get in single digits.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Will you be on time then?
JOHN ISNER: Yes, I apologize. That's my bad. Are you next?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I'm not here just for fun (laughter).
JOHN ISNER: You never know.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: No offense.
JOHN ISNER: I thought you really wanted to watch my press conference.
Photo of the Day
Before his win today, Young was 0-17 after losing the first set in Grand Slam and Davis Cup play and 0-5 in matches against Simon.
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