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Star Power at the US Open - Day 2 Highlights

August 31, 2011 | 10:18 AM

Day 2 highlights

Star Power:

- Serena gets a warm welcome, Toasts Lu 6-1,6-1 to close the day with a smile and what she happily dubbed a 'B' opening performance, given 1st round nerves (and perhaps some tension about how NYers would receive her). Shriver let her off easy in the interview on court - didn't ask her about her big toe, or what she wore to the Kardashin wedding. Serena got in a plug for her sister, readily confessing she hoped Venus would have time to do her online course homework for her (Venus plays #22 seed Lisicki today, so may have more time, though after this she has an easier draw than Serena)

- French Open champ and Oz Open finalist #6 Na Li joined Wimb champ Kvitova on the sidelines, losing with play she call 'expletive' to Simona Halep of Romania 6-2, 7-5; with Clijsters sitting out due to injury, none of the last 4 Major champs will contend with Serena, Maria, Venus, Vera and Victoria for the title

- Rafa fought off 5 match points in the 2nd set after Golubev had him 5-3, 40-0, winning 6-3,7-6 (1), 7-5; Andrey hit the hardest return of serve either McEnroe had 'ever seen' (or at least since Lendl drove one past Johnny in Paris)

- Joker played a mere 12 games, winning 11, and declared his should fine (he hit barely enough pitches to call it a warm up in MLB); his Irish opponent, Cal-Berkeley star Conor Niland, is not, apparently, made of the same stuff as Wozniacki's boyfriend Rory McIlroy, who has returned to the tour after a dance here in Manhattan with the Queen: her retired because of 'leprauchauns dancing in his stomach' (food poisoning), as reported by the NY Post

- Tsonga, Wawrinka and Gulbis (over #16 Youzhny) won convincingly in straight sets

- Ferrer & Verdasco found necessary form after dropping 1st sets

- Davydenko needed 5 to beat #32 Dodig (who beat Rafa in Montreal's opening match)

- Top seed Wozniacki won in straight, as did #5 Azarenka, #10 Petkovic, #11 Jankovic, #15 Kuznetsova and #16 Ivanovic

- #7 Schiavone struggled to win in 3, as Maria had on Monday

- there were no more upsets for the women seeds in action between #17 and 32

Along with Serena and Blake (who won in 4 sets) 9 Americans competed and 6 won yesterday - a good day's yield for Team USA:

- Donald Young took out Lukas Lacko in 3

- Coco Vandeweghe and Vania King also won in straight

- Sloane Stephens took a 3rd set breaker to notch the 6th win of the day for the USA

- Lauren Davis and Alsion Riske lost in straight

- Jean Hampton fought through at least a set and a half of cramps before retiring (in tears in a wheelchair) down 1-5 in the 3rd to Britain's Elena Baltacha;

it was a gritty performance from the powerful young American.

TODAY, the opening match on Armstrong will see 16 year old American Madison Keys (the youngest player in the tournie) take on #27 seed Lucie Safarova in the 2nd round. USTA Player Development Pooh-Ba Patrick McEnroe will be in the players' box to oversee her performance.



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