This wasn't a complete shocker given that Vera Zvonareva reached the Wimbledon final in her last major tournament. But her 6-4, 6-3 semifinal victory was still surprising: The top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, a 2009 U.S. Open finalist, had lost only 17 games in five matches en route to the semifinals.
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The 59th-ranked Kateryna Bondarenko, a surprise U.S. Open quarterfinalist last year, delivered the first major upset of the Open with a 6-2, 4-6, 2-6 win over Li Na on the tournament's second day. As Asia's top-ranked player and the highest Chinese seed in Grand Slam history, Li had reached the Australian Open semifinals earlier this year and won her third career WTA singles title at Birmingham in June
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In staggering heat for three-and-a-half hours on Aug. 31, Frenchman Arnaud Clement prevailed over Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 5-7 in an entertaining match on Louis Armstrong Stadium court. Midway through the fifth set, ESPN reported that the temperature on court had reached nearly 120 degrees. Baghdatis, the 2009 Australian Open runner-up, finished with more aces than Clement (22-6) and more winners (56-42) but played high risk tennis that felled him in the end.
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Tomas Berdych, the Wimbledon runner-up, was done in by the serve-and-volley style of Michael Llodra, the 35th ranked player and better known for his doubles play. Llodra won 60 out his 101 points from the net in the 6-7 (3-7), 4-6, 4-6 win on Sept. 1.
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In a match that will be remembered more for Andy Roddick's petulance over a third-set foot fault call than the brilliant tennis from his opponent, the 44th-ranked Janko Tipsarevic used his big groundstrokes and 66 winners for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory. "He played very high-risk and executed for four sets," Roddick told reporters afterward. "I kept telling myself, 'You know, this has to have an expiration date on it.' Unfortunately, I needed another set for that."
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The Frenchmen Richard Gasquet, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 7 three years ago but was unseeded at this year's Open, lost only seven of 52 points on his first serve as Nikolay Davydenko made his quickest U.S. Open exit in five years. A semifinalist at the Open in 2006 and 2007, Davydenko failed to capitalize on all of his eight break-point opportunities in Gasquet's 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win.
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Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska was the highest ranking player to lose on Day 4 as Peng Shuai delivered a 2-6 6-1 6-4 win after losing the opening set. China's Peng, the world's number 61, reached a career-high of 37 in 2005. Last month, Radwnaska reached the finals of the San Diego tournament before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova
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Playing the role of this year's Melanie Oudin, the 18-year-old Beatrice Capra took out Aravane Rezai 5-7, 6-2, 3-6 in their second-round match. It was a remarkable win for Capra, ranked No. 371 in the world, after earlier in the summer losing in the USTA's girls 18-and-under national championship. Capra was the youngest and lowest-ranked player in the draw.
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In the longest match of the day on Sept. 2, Kei Nishikori, a 20-year-old Japanese qualifier, pulled off a remarkable 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 upset over Marin Cilic. The match lasted a minute shy of five hours, and Cilic was cramping on the court during the later stages.
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Unseeded at the U.S Open just two years after sitting atop the WTA rankings, Ana Ivanovic needed just 56 minutes in a dissection of Zheng Jie at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Ivanovic, now ranked No. 40, hit 22 winners during the 6-3, 6-0 victory.
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In an all-Frenchwoman matchup, Virginie Razzano showed mettle in a 7-5, 6-4 win over Marion Bartoli, a Wimbledon finalist in 2007.
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The 18-year-old American scored his first career Grand Slam match victory with a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 ousting of the veteran Ljubicic. Harrison, a Bradenton, Fla., native, made it through qualifiers to get into the U.S. Open.
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Kanepi, a Wimbledon quarterfinalist, ousted Jankovic 6-2, 7-6 (1). Jankovic, the highest-seeded player to lose in the first six days, struggled with the wind, at one point hitting a serve so badly the ball flew straight up into the air. The Serb had 41 unforced errors and just 13 winners.
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Andy Murray had been a popular pick to win, based on trips to the finals at Flushing Meadows two years ago and this year's Australian Open, along with a win in Montreal last month in which he beat both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Instead, he makes his second straight early exit from the U.S. Open. Last year, as the No. 2 seed, he was upset in the fourth round by Marin Cilic. Wawrinka prevailed 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in Armstrong Stadium.
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