In one of her most lacklustre performances ever, eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, a former world number one but on the slide in the rankings recently, was bundled out of the 2012 US Open in the first round on Tuesday night. Her conqueror was Irina-Camilia Begu of Romania, ranked at 91 on the WTA list of players, who happily celebrated her first win over a top ten player after a very easy 6-2 6-2 win.
Even though Wozniacki injured her right knee during her match against Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter finals at the New Haven tournament last week, she still managed to play on and defeat her opponent easily. She then she took to the court against the very in form Maria Kirilenko in the semis. Only when she lost the first set did she retire, after consultation with the trainer, as clearly another two more difficult sets was not in her best interest going into the final Grand Slam of the year. On a normal day at the office for Wozniacki, she would have sailed past such a lowly ranked player and gone further into the tournament without doing much more damage to her injury, but she just could not get going in this match.
In a night match between two Americans, the seemingly unstoppable Serena Williams sailed past Coco Vandeweghe, winning 6-1 6-1, in under an hour on court. For Williams, ranked and seeded 4th, the 75th ranked player simply gave her a practice session on the famed Arthur Ashe Stadium in preparation for her next matches.