Mauresmo, Sharapova, Serena Winners at Busy US Open

Posted on August 31, 2006

A slew of Slam winners, including Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova, Martina Hingis, Mary Pierce and Serena Williams, advanced into the second round of the US Open Wednesday as the event attempted to play catch-up after no matches were completed Tuesday due to rain.

The top-seeded Mauresmo (d. Barrois), No. 3 Sharapova (d. Krajicek, bagel in the second), and No. 5 Nadia Petrova (d. C.Fernandez) all advanced without dropping a set, while No. 8 Martina Hingis was forced to come from a set down to top China's Shuai Peng 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

"First of all, the energy of New York itself, it's already great," Hingis said of her fan support. "And then walking on to the stadium, it was amazing. I was nervous in the beginning. Just really the fans have been great. Sometimes you ask yourself after the first set, without the fans if you could still pull it out. I don't know. They just really carried me. It was a great atmosphere, once you're winning anyway."

Orchestrating upsets on the day were Belarus' Victoria Azarenka (d. (11) Myskina), France's Youlia Fedossova (d. (25) Medina Garrigues), and Austrian Sybille Bammer (d. (31) Dechy 6-1 in the third).

Other seeds into the second round on the day were (12) Dinara Safina (d. Beygelzimer), (13) Mary Pierce (d. Vesnina), (16) Ana Ivanovic (d. Dushevina in three), (17) Daniela Hantuchova (d. Mattek), (23) Anna Chakvetadze (d. Sucha), (24) Na Li (d. Sanchez Lorenzo 6-0 in the third), (27) Tatiana Golovin (d. Harkleroad), and (32) Elena Likhovtseva (d. Sun from a set down).

Serena Williams (d. Dominguez Lino) led the unseeded, joined by fellow American Jamea Jackson (d. Pironkova) and Meghann Shaughnessy (d. Vinci), Italian Mara Santangelo (d. Raymond), the Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko (d. Rolle), Yuilana Fedak (d. Poutchek) and Viktoriya Kutuzova (d. M.J.Martinez Sanchez), Czech Eva Birnerova (d. Voskoboeva in three), Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual (d. Frazier), Estonia's Kaia Kanepi (d. Foretz from a set down), Japan's Aiko Nakamura (d. Czink), Greek Eleni Daniilidou (d. Perry), France's Virginie Razzano (d. Ani) and Emilie Loit (d. Pin), Aussie Nicole Pratt (d. Sequera from a set down), Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska (d. Z.Yan), and Slovak Jarmila Gajdosova (d. Glatch).

"My desire is probably as high as it ever was -- probably even higher," Serena said. "Yeah, it's definitely -- it's fun to be out there. I really enjoy it, like I've been saying the past few weeks. It's awesome."

Highlights Thursday at the US Open are (10) Davenport vs. Kostanic, (8) Hingis vs. Razzano, (14) Schiavone vs. Mirza, (6) Kuznetsova vs. Albanese, (2) Henin-Hardenne vs. V.King, and (1) Mauresmo vs. Shaughnessy.