2008 US Open – Big upset in Big Apple
People are calling it the biggest upset in US Open history, as French qualifier Julie Coin defeated world #1 and top-seed Ana Ivanovic in three sets late this afternoon. It is the first time in the Open Era (1968) that a #1 seeded woman lost in the second round!! Coin, who came into the tournament ranked #188, is playing in her first career US Open and for that matter her first Grand Slam main draw. This is a huge upset for a tournament that hadn’t really seen any big upsets. Coin really came out of nowhere to beat the 2008 French Open champion. Unbelievable.
Ivanovic did come in with a thumb injury, but she said after her first round match that it wasn’t a problem. I don’t think it was the reason that she lost, but it certainly didn’t help her chances either. She will have to regruoup and get focused on the rest of the year and the season-ending championships.
Three NBTA alumni took the court today, but only one came out victorious. Nicole Vaidisova and Sabine Lisicki both lost, but Kei Nishikori moved on to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his young career. Vaidisova fell to Severine Bremond in straight sets, and Lisicki lost to Alona Bondarenko in three sets.
Japanese phenom Kei Nishikori moved on after his opponent, Roko Karanusic, retired before the third set. Kei was winning 6-1, 7-5 when Karanusic retired. Karanusic didn’t look healthy from the outset, as he was limping from the second game. Kei looked excellent. His groundstrokes were deep and heavy, forcing Karanusic way back behind the baseline.
It has been a very long time since a Japanese male has made it to the third round, and when you are out at the matches you can really see how excited the Japanese fans are. Kei will now take on #4 David Ferrer in the third round. Ferrer hasn’t been playing his best tennis as of late, but he did reach the semis here last year. It is going to take one heck of a performance for Kei to upset Ferrer, but he definitely has the talent to do it.
What do you think of today’s action?