Friday, September 4, 2015
Wozniacki, 2014 runner-up, falls in U.S. Open
Wozniacki, the fourth seed who reached the final at Flushing Meadows for the second time last year, fell to Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (1) on Thursday in the second round.
Cetkovska survived four match points, all with winners, at 5-6 in the third set. The battle ended after midnight EDT.
"It's amazing for me," the 30-year-old veteran told ESPN's Pam Shriver. "Even to participate here, I was so happy to be able to be back and to compete."
Cetkovska had not won a WTA main-draw match this year entering the U.S. Open. Ranked as high as No. 25 in 2012, she has tumbled to No. 149 because of a hip injury.
Earlier Thursday, qualifier Johanna Konta of Great Britain ousted ninth-seeded Garbine Muguruza, the Wimbledon runner-up in July, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-2 in 3 hours, 23 minutes on a sweltering day. It was the longest women's match at the U.S. Open since the tiebreaker was introduced 45 years ago.
Only three of the top 10 women's seeds remain: No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 2 Simona Halep and No. 5 Petra Kvitova.
Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, eliminated former Stanford standout Nicole Gibbs, a two-time NCAA singles champ, 6-3, 6-4.
Third-seeded Andy Murray narrowly avoided an upset. The 2012 U.S. Open winner topped French left-hander Adrian Mannarino 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.
American Jack Sock, seeded 28th, retired from his match against Belgian left-hander Ruben Bemelmans with severe cramps while leading 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 1-2. Only two of 16 U.S. men are left: 13th-seeded John Isner and unseeded Donald Young.
Bernard Tomic ended the U.S. Open singles career of fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt, the 2001 champion, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5. Hewitt, 34, held two match points. He plans to retire after the Australian Open in January.
Another 34-year-old, second-seeded Roger Federer, routed Steve Darcis of Belgium 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. Federer, a five-time U.S. Open titlist (2004-08), has not lost more than two games in a set in two matches.
In the first round of men's doubles, Eric Butorac and former Stanford star Scott Lipsky surprised 16th-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 7-6, (4), 7-5.
Meanwhile, sixth-seeded Raquel Kops-Jones of San Jose and Abigail Spears of San Diego overwhelmed two-time reigning NCAA doubles champions Maya Jansen of the United States and Erin Routliffe of Canada 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round of women's doubles.
In the first round of mixed doubles, Bethanie Mattek-Sands of Phoenix and Sam Querrey, a San Francisco native, knocked off third-seeded Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 6-4, 3-6 [10-7].
Lisa Raymond of the United States and Jamie Murray of Great Britain edged Spears and Lipsky 5-7, 6-2 [10-8].
Also, U.S. wild cards Sachia Vickery and Frances Tiafoe nipped Anabel Medina Garrigues, the World TeamTennis co-Female MVP for the Sacramento-based California Dream in July, and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden 5-7, 6-3 [10-8].