NEW YORK, Sporting Alert — Results and recap from the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Round 1 matches on Monday, as two top 10 seeds were dumped on the opening day of competition.
WINNING SLAM RETURN FOR SHARAPOVA
Without a doubt, the highlight of the day came in the Arthur Ashe Stadium where Russia’s Maria Sharapova stunned No. 2 Simona Halep of Romania, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round.
Although she was playing in her first grand slam since testing positive for a banned substance at the Australian Open last year, Sharapova looked sharp throughout the entire battle and deserved the victory.
The former World No. 1 dominated the early goings in the contest before taking a three-set marathon to secure the match that took almost three hours.
U.S. OPEN EARLY EXIT FOR KONTA
Great Britain’s seventh-seeded Johanna Konta was also stunned in round one, losing 4-6 6-3 6-4 to Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia.
Konta took the first set, but struggled to contain Krunic and had to pack her things up early.
In other U.S. Open Women’s Singles Round 1 results, No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania, 6-1 7-5, No. 3 Garbine Muguruza Blanco of Spain conquered Varvara Lepchenko of the U.S., 6-0 6-3, while American No. 9 Venus Williams defeated Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, 6-3 3-6 6-2.
There were also first round wins for No. 11 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, No. 13 Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic, Latvia’s No. 16 Anastasija Sevastova and No. 18 Caroline Garcia of France.
U.S. Open Women’s Singles Round 1
Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat 2-Simona Halep (Romania) 6-4 4-6 6-3
3-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 6-0 6-3
5-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Mihaela Buzarnescu (Romania) 6-1 7-5
Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) beat 7-Johanna Konta (Britain) 4-6 6-3 6-4
9-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Viktoria Kuzmova (Slovakia) 6-3 3-6 6-2
11-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) 6-7(5)
13-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 7-5 7-5
16-Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) beat Carina Witthoeft (Germany) 7-5 6-1
18-Caroline Garcia (France) beat Tereza Martincova (Czech Republic) 6-0 6-1
Ashleigh Barty (Australia) beat 21-Ana Konjuh (Croatia) 4-6 6-0 6-1
22-Peng Shuai (China) beat Amandine Hesse (France) 6-4 6-1
Maria Sakkari (Greece) beat 24-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 6-3 6-4
29-Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) beat Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) 6-4 6-7(4) 7-6(4)
30-Julia Goerges (Germany) beat Annika Beck (Germany) 6-1 6-0
31-Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy) 6-3 6-4
Sofia Kenin (U.S.) beat 32-Lauren Davis (U.S.) 7-5 7-5
Sloane Stephens (U.S.) beat Roberta Vinci (Italy) 7-5 6-1
Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia) beat Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 7-5 6-4
Donna Vekic (Croatia) beat Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil) 6-2 6-1
Zheng Saisai (China) beat Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) 6-4 3-6 6-1
Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine) beat Irina Begu (Romania) 6-2 7-6(7)
Duan Yingying (China) beat Claire Liu (U.S.) 7-6(8) 7-6(3)
Sachia Vickery (U.S.) beat Natalia Vikhlyantseva (Russia) 4-6 6-4 6-1
Alize Cornet (France) beat Heather Watson (Britain) 6-4 6-4
Arina Rodionova (Australia) beat Richel Hogenkamp (Netherlands) 7-5 7-5
Ekaterina Alexandrova (Russia) beat Anna Zaja (Germany) 6-2 6-3
Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Misa Eguchi (Japan) 6-2 6-2
Timea Babos (Hungary) beat Viktorija Golubic (Switzerland) 7-5 5-7 7-5
Oceane Dodin (France) beat Pauline Parmentier (France) 3-6 6-0 7-6(6)
Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Ipek Soylu (Turkey) 6-4 6-2
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) beat Mona Barthel (Germany) 6-2 6-1
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) beat Julia Boserup (U.S.) 6-2 6-2