US Open: Caroline Wozniacki suffers first-round defeat

 

US Open

  • Venue: Flushing Meadows
  • Dates: 27 August - 9 September

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Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki's US Open campaign came to an abrupt end as she lost in straight sets to Irina-Camelia Begu.

It was a poor performance by the eighth seed, who was comfortably beaten 6-2 6-2 by the world number 96 from Romania.

Serena Williams needed just 55 minutes to dispatch fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-1 6-1.

Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska eased into round two with a thumping victory over Russia's Nina Bratchikova.

The Pole wore strapping on her right shoulder but showed no signs of discomfort in a 6-1 6-1 win and will be joined in the second round by 12th seed Ana Ivanovic, who beat Ukrainian qualifier Elina Svitolina.

Wozniacki's 2012 Grand Slam record

  • Australian Open: Quarter-final
  • French Open: Third round
  • Wimbledon: First round
  • US Open: First round

Another ex-world number one, Venus Williams, dispatched American compatriot Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 6-1.

Two-time champion Williams has slipped to 46th in the world amid her struggles with Sjogren's Syndrome but looked in superb condition during the 62 minutes she spent on court.

Next up for the seven-time Grand Slam champion is German sixth seed Angelique Kerber, who overwhelmed Britain's Anne Keothavong.

Wozniacki, who played with strapping on her right knee, was the day's biggest casualty.

"I didn't play particularly well, made too many errors. It's unfortunate because it's a huge tournament, a tournament you want to play well in," said the 22-year-old, who also lost in round one at Wimbledon in June.

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I was ready and, coming here as Olympic champion, I feel so great

Serena Williams

"It's frustrating to have some injuries, but it happens to everyone. It's just about moving on.

"After the year's finished you can evaluate, you can see what was good and wasn't so good and work from there. I still have plenty of years in me. Hopefully I can just turn it around and play even better."

Three-time champion Serena Williams had no trouble reaching the second round, where she will play Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez for a place in the last 32.

"The conditions were really crazy, but, hey, it's the US Open so you have to be ready for the worst conditions," said the reigning Wimbledon and Olympic champion.

"I was ready and, coming here as Olympic champion, I feel so great."

Earlier on Tuesday, world number two Radwanska needed just 54 minutes to book a meeting with Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

There was no such success for her sister, Urszula Radwanska, as she went down 6-1 6-1 to 20th seed Roberta Vinci of Italy.

Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion from Serbia, won 6-3 6-2 and will next play unseeded Swede Sofia Arvidsson, a 6-4 6-2 winner over 41-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm.

Jelena Jankovic, the Serbian 30th seed, beat Kateryna Bondarenko 6-1 6-2, while home favourite Sloane Stephens progressed after a 6-3 6-4 victory over 22nd seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy.