Surprises galore for women at U.S. Open, men steady

Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:15am EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Open women's draw was blown wide open by a series of upsets on Friday but it was business as usual on the men's side with Roger Federer leading a parade of seeds into the third round at the year's final grand slam.

The shockwaves began early on another sunny day at Flushing Meadows with 32-year-old qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni dismissing Romanian second seed Simona Halep 7-6(6) 6-2 to reach the fourth round.

Lucic-Baroni, who failed to build on her run to the 1999 Wimbledon semi-finals, was almost overcome by the victory.

"I mean, I'm a little bit emotional now. Sorry," she said, wiping away tears. "It's been really hard.

"After so many years to be here again, it's incredible. I wanted this so bad. So many times I would get to ... a place where I could do it.

"Then I wanted it so bad that I'm kind of burned out. I'm so happy."

The tremors continued at the U.S. National Tennis Centre as Swiss teen Belinda Bencic ousted sixth-seeded German Angelique Kerber 6-1 7-5 to reach the round of 16 in her U.S. Open debut.

The tournament also lost a fan favorite when Italy's Sara Errani posted her first career win over twice champion and 19th seed Venus Williams, coming out on top in an absorbing roller-coaster clash 6-0 0-6 7-6(5).   Continued...

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia raects after defeating Simona Halep of Romania during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Adam Hunger