In what turned out to be a surprising day of action at the US Open, several seeds exited the tournament unexpectedly, including fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who lost to Peng Shuai in a rematch of the 2010 United States Open.
In a clear case of Déjà vu, Peng Shuai replicated her 2-1- second round upset over Radwanska to send herself into the third round of the US Open. It was a dominant performance that ended in straight sets.
“Really happy and really exciting,” Peng said about her match. “Before the match actually a lot of fans was like ask me in the e-mail, you know. China, the web always say I play her four times and then I win her only one time and that was in the US Open four years ago. So maybe I saw from like long time the lucky may be coming back today. In Australian Open I remember I have two match points. Didn’t make it. Like three years ago or something, so today when I play I know she was really like tough one of top players, because she never miss and she’s running so fast. She make like you saw a lot like angle, you know, really smart player. And then for the match I was really happy today. I have to running a lot.”
Less than an hour later, 21st seed Sloane Stephens failed to reach the third round of the US Open for the first time in her young career when she lost 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to Sweden’s Johanna Larsson. It was a weak showing from the American, who made 63 unforced errors, 45 of which were in the last two sets in the match.
“Things just got a little shaky. Obviously she played some good games after that. Start of the third set I tried to just put it behind me and came out swinging. I did. Today she played a solid game, and it was just unfortunate. I had many opportunities, but just couldn’t convert.”