Makarova dumps former world number one as more men seeds exit the US Open

Makarova dumps former world number one as more men seeds exit the US Open

Action resumed at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday after matches were brought to a halt due to heavy rain showers the previous day. As usual,  fans had a feel of the losers, the winners and those who couldn’t shake off injury and the tight schedule.

Here is a wrap of day 3 at the US Open.

Losers

14th seed Nick Kyrgios struggled with a shoulder injury as he lost to compatriot John Millman at Flushing Meadows.

The 22-year-old Australian was beaten 6-3 1-6 6-4 6-1 in the first round.

In addition, Kyrgios was penalised a point for violently smashing his racquet.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev has been dumped out of the US Open in four sets by Croatia’s Borna Coric in New York.

The German, took the first set but eventually fell to a 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-4) defeat on Wednesday.

Despite winning five titles this year, Zverev has still not progressed beyond the last 16 of a Grand Slam.

Italian Fabio Fognini has also been dumped out by his compatriot Stefano Travaglia, losing 6-4 7-6 (10-8) 3-6 6-0.

Elsewhere, 2013 semifinalist Richard Gasquet, lost 3-6 6-2 6-4 6-2 to world number 59 Leonardo Mayer.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas, seeded 20th, lost in five sets to 35-year-old Nicolas Mahut, who won 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-0.

And Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov stunned number 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

18 year old Shapovalov has been in good form this summer with wins over Nadal and a run to the Montreal semis this month.

The Canadian is through with a 6-4 6-4 7-6 win over the French man.

Winners

2014 US Open champion, Marin Cilic is through to the second round with a straight set victory. The Wimbledon finalist beat Florian Mayer 6-3 6-3 6-3 on Wednesday.

Juan  Martin del Potro, seeded 24th, beat  Henri Laaksonen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5).

Czech 15th seed, Tomas Berdych knocked out home-crowd favourite Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

26 year old Grigor Dimitrov beat Czech qualifier Vaclav Safranek 6-1 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round of the US Open.

In a rain- delayed match, Austria’s Dominic Thiem made light work of Alex de Minaur with a 6-4 6-1 6-1 victory.

In an all French contest, Gael Monfils swept pass Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 6-4 in the first round at Flushing Meadows.

Uruguay’s 27th seed Pablo Cuevas was beaten 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 by Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur.

John Isner enjoyed home support to beat South Korea’s Hyeon Chung in straight sets and David Goffin overcame Julien Benneteau in four sets.

South African Kevin Anderson, Lucas Pouille, David Goffin, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Fernando Verdasco who benefited from  Vasek Pospisil’s retirement are all through to the next round.

In the women’s draw, Fourth seed Elina Svitolina survived a scare to beat world number 42 Katerina Siniakova in the US Open first round.

The world number 4 recovered from sloppy second set to win 6-0 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian will face Evgeniya Rodina in the second round, after the Russian beat Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (7-2) 6-1.

Struggle Continued for Fourteenth seed Kristina Mladenovic, who has gone out in the first round in her last three tournaments,as she lost in straight sets to Romania’s Monica Niculescu.

Russian wild card, Maria Sharapova struggled to beat Hungary’s Timea Babos at the US Open.

Sharapova beat Babos 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-1 to reach round three in two hours 20 minutes.

Eighth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova saved three match points before securing a 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-2) victory over Czech Marketa Vondrousova.

American Coco Vandeweghe came back from a set down to claim a 2-6 6-3 6-4 success over compatriot Alison Riske.

Two time champion Venus Williams is through the round of 32 after a straight-set win over France’s Oceane Dodin in the night-session opener. The American seed came through 7-5 5-3 on Wednesday.

Agnieszka Radwanska, Daria Gavrilova and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova also progressed to the third round.

Garbine Muguruza, Lucie Safarova, and Sloane Stephens are also through to the round of 32 at the US Open.

Loser

Fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki bounced back in the second set but eventually slumped 6-1 in the third to Ekaterina Makarova. Makarova had 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1 for her first career win in eight attempts against the former world No1.

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