New York - China's Peng Shuai put a stop to Agnieszka Radwanska's bid to
reverse her US Open fortunes on Wednesday, toppling the fourth seed in
three sets to reach the third round.
Poland's Radwanska, a former
Wimbledon finalist who counts this year's Australian Open among two
other Grand Slam semi-final appearances, had hoped to make it past the
fourth round at Flushing Meadows in her ninth attempt.
39th-ranked Peng had other ideas, breaking Radwanska three times en
route to a victory sealed with a backhand winner on her third match
point -- her 28th winner of the contest.
"She's tough to play," said Peng, who beat Radwanska at the same stage of the US Open in 2010.
thought that coincidence might be a lucky talisman, but her biggest
memory of playing Radwanska was a 2011 Australian Open loss in which she
squandered two match points.
"I kept running, I fought. It was amazing. I will try to keep going," Peng said.
Radwanska, meanwhile, couldn't put her finger on her US Open trouble.
really want to know the answer, then maybe I will find a way to play
better here and just try another way to be in the second week," she
With two-time defending champion Serena Williams taking the
day off, French Open finalists Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep, and
seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams headlined women's
Fifth-seeded Sharapova, who lifted a fifth
career Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros, was to take on Alexandra
Dulgheru, the Romanian world number 95.
World number two Halep,
seeded second behind two-time defending champion Serena Williams, needed
less than an hour to advance with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Slovakian
Halep was broken early to trail 0-2, but won 12 of the next 13 games to secure the win.
Johanna Larsson and Swiss teen Belinda Bencic sprung minor upsets.
Larsson rallied to beat 21st-seeded American Sloane Stephens 5-7, 6-4,
6-2 while 17-year-old Bencic, ranked 58th in the world, joined the youth
movement spearheaded by 15-year-old CiCi Bellis by ousting Japanese 31
seed Kurumi Nara 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
Sixth-seeded German Angelique
Kerber advanced on cue, downing Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 6-4 in a
match that saw seven breaks of serve, and French 22nd seed Alize Cornet
defeated Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-3,
The biggest names of the men's field - Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray also had Wednesday off.
Open winner Stan Wawrinka, the third seed from Switzerland, headlined
the night session, taking on Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci in one of two
men's second-round matches on the slate.
Wawrinka's triumph in
Melbourne broke a streak of 16 straight Grand Slam titles won by tennis'
Big Four of Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray.
That major breakthrough was followed by a first-round exit at the French Open and a first quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon.
Czech Tomas Berdych brought Lleyton Hewitt's 62nd Grand Slam appearance
to a quick end, downing the former world number one, and 2001 champion,
6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the second round.
The 33-year-old Hewitt,
who has had five surgeries in five years to keep his career going, had
early breaks in both the second and third sets, but couldn't deny
Berdych a 100th career Grand Slam match win.
Berdych became the ninth active men's player to reach the milestone - an exclusive club that naturally includes Hewitt himself.
14th seed Marin Cilic, who reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final
at Wimbledon, reached the second round with a truncated victory over
Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open finalist who was
trailing 6-3, 3-1 in their match when he retired.
Spanish 19th seed Feliciano Lopez advanced when Croatian Ivan Dodig retired with their match knotted a 1-1 in the fifth set.
Dodig also retired at both the Australian and French Opens, and was a no-show at Wimbledon due to injury.
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, trying to win his first US Open match after
first-round exits the past three years, takes on US wildcard Ryan
Results on Wednesday from the third day of the US Open, the final Grand Slam tournament of 2014 (x denotes seeded player):
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/1)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA x30) 6-2, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3
Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) bt Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
Martin Klizan (SVK) bt Steve Darcis (BEL) 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5, 6-4
Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) bt Santiago Giraldo (COL x27) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3
Feliciano Lopez (ESP x19) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 1-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 1-1 - retired
Tatsuma Ito (JPN) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 4-1 - retired
Dominic Thiem (AUT) bt Luks Lacko (SVK) 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
Ernests Gulbis (LAT x11) bt Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
Marin Cilic (CRO x14) bt Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-3, 3-1 - retired
Illya Marchenko (UKR) bt Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 7-6 (15/13), 7-6 (7/4)
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-3, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
Kevin Anderson (RSA x18) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/1)
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x7) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-2, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2
Dudi Sela (ISR) bt Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5
David Goffin (BEL) bt Niels Desein (BEL) 6-1, 6-3, 6-3
Joao Sousa (POR x32) bt Frank Dancevic (CAN) 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2)
Angelique Kerber (GER x6) bt Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 6-2, 6-4
Belinda Bencic (SUI) bt Kurumi Nara (JPN x31) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Johanna Larsson (SWE) bt Sloane Stephens (USA x21) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Jelena Jankovic (SRB x9) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 7-5, 6-4
Lucie Safarova (CZE x14) bt Zheng Saisai (CHN) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Alize Cornet (FRA x22) bt Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 6-3, 6-3
Roberta Vinci (ITA x28) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
Peng Shuai (CHN) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) 6-3, 6-4
Maria Sharapova (RUS x5) bt Alexandra Dulgheru (ROM) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Sabine Lisicki (GER x26) bt Madison Brengle (USA) 6-4, 6-1
Andrea Petkovic (GER x18) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x10) bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-3, 6-4
Sara Errani (ITA x13) bt Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)
Venus Williams (USA x19) bt Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 6-1, 6-4
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) bt Shahar Peer (ISR) 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-2
Simona Halep (ROM x2) bt Jana Cepelova (SVK) 6-2, 6-1