Until she had her on-court interview, Serena Williams looked unusually detached this evening in Flushing Meadows. According to ESPN commentator Pam Shriver, the "Williams camp" was not pleased with the schedule; Williams was the last woman (along with her opponent, of course) to play her first round match.
It took the 28th seed only 56 minutes to defeat Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 6-1. She hit 22 winners and made ten unforced errors.
Francesca Schiavone, the 7th seed, quietly advanced when she defeated Galina Voskoboeva. Also advancing were world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki, 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and New Haven runner-up Petra Cetkovska. Mona Barthel of Germany upset 32nd seed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, and Dallas runner-up Aravane Rezai lost to 26th seed Flavia Pennetta.
Jamie Hampton "retired" with only a few points left to play in her match: Hampton passed out on the court because of heat and dehydration. Her opponent, Elena Baltacha, reports that Hampton made a good recovery.