The US Open began in earnest on Monday, with fifth seed in the women’s draw Petra Kvitova the biggest casualty. The 21 year old Wimbledon champion surprisingly lost 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to the Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru.
Young British hopeful Heather Watson also caused problems for third seed Maria Sharapova. The Russian had also struggled against teenage British opposition at Wimbledon, when Laura Robson lost in three sets to Sharapova. The 19 year old Watson won the first set 6-3 before breaking early in the second. Sharapova responded strongly, however, and won 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Second seed Vera Zvonareva strolled into round two with a comfortable 6-3, 6-0 victory over qualifier Stephanie Foretz Gacon.
Laura Robson moved into round two by a score line of 7-6, 1-0 after her opponent Ayumi Morita retired. Meanwhile, two time US Open champion Venus Williams eased to a straight sets victory over Vesna Dolonts.
27th seed Lucie Safarova progressed after a three set victory, while 12th seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat younger sister Urszula 6-2, 6-3. Seeds Marion Bartoli, Peng Shuai, Julia Görges and Dominika Cibulkova won in straight sets, while Maria Kirilenko, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Nadia Petrova triumphed in three sets.
Most of the big names progressed in the men’s side of the draw on day one. 15th seed Viktor Troicki exited the US Open at the first hurdle, however. The 25 year old Serb amassed a two sets to one lead over Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, but ultimately lost 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
Five time champion Roger Federer is hoping to rediscover his Grand Slam winning form and began his campaign by beating 23 year old Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
Seventh seed Gael Monfils, eighth seed Mardy Fish and ninth seed Tomas Berdych enjoyed straight sets victories. Fellow seeds Janko Tipsarevic, Radek Stepanek, Marin Cilic and Marcel Granollers also triumphed in straight sets.
Michael Llodra had a tougher time against Romanian Victor Hanescu, but Llodra eventually secured a 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Meanwhile, big serving Ivo Karlovic defeated former US Open quarter finalist Fernando Gonzalez by 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
Irish number one Conor Niland will play Novak Djokovic later today.