The first round ended and the second round got underway today in Flushing Meadows, and the action saw the top seeds on the men's side cruising, while the top women ran into just a bit more difficulty. Here's a look at some of the day's biggest stories:
- Laura Robson ushered Kim Clijsters out of the US Open and professional tennis in a fearless 7-6 7-6 win over the newly-retired Belgian. Kim fought hard and saved two match points toward the end of the second set, but succumbed to Robson's big first serve and stellar return game. The 18-year-old Brit has been a well-known prodigy in her homeland for years, but is beginning to break into tennis' mainstream thanks to big performances at Wimbledon, the Olympics, and now in New York. As for Kim, it's disappointing to see her take her final bow with such little fanfare, in a half-full Arthur Ashe stadium. Still, she's made a big mark on women's tennis, and is sure to remain a prominent figure in the game long after her retirement.
- Top names like Petra Kvitova, David Ferrer and Maria Sharapova advanced with ease, but Janko Tipsarevic and Marion Bartoli both survived very close calls. Tipsarevic was in a two-set hole to French wild card Guillaume Rufin before winning in five, while Bartoli needed 7-5 in the third to go past Romina Oprandi. Tipsarevic's win sets up an anticipated match against Brian Baker, who won 6-3 6-4 6-2 against the utterly overmatched Jan Hajek. Baker had a very shaky US Open series, but has done well in all three of the Slams he's entered this year. A clash against a potentially weary Tipsarevic will likely take place in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday.
- It was a huge day for Americans, as John Isner, Mallory Burdette, Varvara Lepchenko, Steve Johnson, and Bradley Klahn all won their matches. Klahn's five-set win on Grandstand may have been the match of the tournament thus far, as the qualifying wild card took out ATP Tour stalwart Jurgen Melzer in a very impressive performance. He joins a group of twelve American men in the second round, a staggering total that's been unheard of in recent years. Surprise winners like Denis Novikov, Tim Smyczek, and James Blake have helped to make this a great showing for the USA so far.