Day three of the US Open saw a host of seeds eliminated. Robin Soderling (6th) withdrew due to illness in the men’s draw, while wildcard Julien Benneteau beat tenth seed Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.
In the women’s singles, Marion Bartoli (8th), Agnieszka Radwanska (12th), Dominika Cibulkova (14th) and Yanina Wickmayer (20th) were knocked out. Two time US Open champion Venus Williams was also forced to withdraw.
Ireland’s Louk Sorensen became the second Irishman to have to retire in as many days. Rogerio Dutra da Silva was leading 6-0, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 when Sorensen retired.
Fourth seed Andy Murray joined Djokovic, Nadal and Federer in round two after a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-3 victory over India’s Devvarman. American hopeful and the 2003 winner Andy Roddick overcame fellow American Michael Russell in four sets, while another former winner and 18th seed Juan Martin Del Potro beat Filippo Volandri 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.
Another American hopeful is 28th seed John Isner, who beat Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (13-11), 2-6, 6-4. Spain’s Feliciano Lopez is the 25th seed and the 29 year old beat Tatsuma Ito 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. Meanwhile, 12th seed Gilles Simon beat Brazilian Ricardo Mello 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
In the women’s draw, second seed Vera Zvonareva recorded a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko, while third seed Maria Sharapova only lost two games against Anastasiya Yakimova.
Sabine Lisicki (22nd) progressed after Venus Williams withdrew, while ninth seed Samantha Stosur beat American Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets. Lucie Safarova (27th) eliminated American Madison Keys with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory.
Bartoli was the highest female seed to go out at the second round stage on Wednesday, losing 6-7 (2-7), 2-6 to Christina McHale. Angelique Kerber accounted for Radwanska by a scoreline of 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, while Cibulkova lost 6-2, 3-6, 5-7 to Irina Falconi. Alla Kudryavtseva beat 20th seed Wickmayer 6-1, 3-0 after the Belgian retired.