Day two of the US Open saw disappointment for Irish number one Conor Niland. The 29 year old had qualified for his second Grand Slam main draw in succession after coming through three qualifying matches. Niland got food poisoning the night before his match with world number one Novak Djokovic, however, and the Irishman had to retire with the Serb leading 6-0, 5-1.
Elsewhere, women’s sixth seed and French Open champion Li Na was the biggest casualty on day two. Romania’s Simona Halep beat the Chinese player 6-2, 7-5. Fellow seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez also bowed out yesterday.
Top seed and world number one Caroline Wozniacki is still yet to win a Grand Slam, but the 21 year old Dane began her US Open campaign with a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 victory over Nuria Llagostera Vives on Tuesday. Fourth seed Victoria Azarenka also won relatively easily, racking up a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.
Other seeds to win in straight sets were Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic (11th) and Ana Ivanovic (16th) and three time US Open champion Serena Williams (28th), who beat Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 6-1.
Seventh seed Francesca Schiavone struggled slightly in the second set against Galina Voskoboeva, but won 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. Great Britain’s Elena Baltacha beat Jamie Hampton 2-6, 6-2, 5-1 after her opponent retired.
In the men’s draw, most of the big names progressed on day two. Rafael Nadal joined Djokovic in round two with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5 victory over Andrey Golubev. The fifth seed David Ferrer beat Igor Andreev 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-4, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (11th) triumphed in straight sets over Lu Yen-hsun.
Stanislav Wawrinka (14th) beat Maximo Gonzalez in four sets, with Fernando Verdasco (19th) beating Jarkko Nieminen 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.
Florian Mayer (26th) won in straight sets, while Juan Ignacio Chela (24th) won by retirement. US hopeful James Blake also made it through to round two with a 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Jesse Huta Galung.
Two seeds were knocked out, however. 15th seed Mikhail Youzhny lost in straight sets to Ernests Gulbis, while Nikolay Davydenko beat 32nd seed Ivan Dodig 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2.