Radwanska out, Sharapova survives Open threat

Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:09pm EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Open heated up on Wednesday with China's Peng Shuai upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and fifth seed Maria Sharapova averting an early exit on a sweltering day in Flushing Meadows.

French Open champion Sharapova lost the first set to 95th-ranked Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania, but the five-times grand slam winner bounced back to reach the third round with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory in warm breezes at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Radwanska was not so fortunate as she fell 6-3 6-4 to world number one doubles player Peng, who supplied a shock start to second-round play in Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Men's first-round play was completed with sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych dismissing 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 6-3 6-4 6-3 and seventh seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov a 6-2 7-6 6-2 victor over local wild card Ryan Harrison.

Other men's seeds reaching the second round included Ernests Gulbis of Latvia (11), Marin Cilic of Croatia (14), South African Kevin Anderson (18) and Feliciano Lopez of Spain (19).

Cilic and Lopez advanced in abbreviated fashion. Cilic was leading 6-3 3-1 when Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus retired with an ankle injury, while Lopez was at 1-1 in the fifth set when Croat Ivan Dodig could no longer continue due to cramping.

BEAT HEAT   Continued...

 
Aug 27, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Maria Sharapova (RUS) reacts after beating Alexandra Delgheru (ROU) on Ashe Stadium court on day three of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports