Well, that didn't last long. The "revived" Ana Ivanovic and the slightly less "revived" Samantha Stosur were both upset in the second round of the U.S. Open today. AnaIvo fell to Karolina Pliskova, who is very quietly making her (big-serving) way through the twists and turns of WTA competition. Pliskova hit only seven aces today, though she generally goes into double digits, and beat 8th-seeded Ivanovic 7-5, 6-4.
2011 champion Stosur went out in a thriller against the mercurial Kaia Kanepi. Each held two match points in a very tense third set tiebreak, and Kanepi saw it through with a 10-8 win. Also making an exit was Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who lost to Nicole Gibbs. Genie Bouchard needed three sets to defeat Sorana Cirstea in what was a most entertaining night match. Serena Williams beat Vania King in under and hour, and Petra Kvitova beat countrywoman Petra Cetkovska in straight sets.
Qualifier Aleksandra Krunic defeated Madison Keys, and CiCi Bellis, the new "big thing," lost in three sets to Zarina Diyas (and gave Diyas a bagel in the second set). U.S. Open-loving Flavia Pennetta advanced, as did Vika Azarenka. Two Russians, Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova, also moved on to the third round.
In doubles, Venus and Serena Williams beat 7th seeds Timea Babos and Kiki Mladenovic 7-6, 6-7, 6-1. That was quite a match to have in the first round. Top seeds Errani and Vinci and 2nd seeds Hsieh and Peng advanced to the second round.