Among the women, the first seeded Karoliná Plísková at the US Open was already killed in the second round. The Czech forced very little against Caroline Garcia (1-6, 6-7).
It was only in the second set that the world’s number three had a short revival. A 4-2 deficit was turned into a 5-4 lead, but two set points were survived by the Frenchman. In the tiebreak Garcia was then supreme.
And there were more surprises in the second round. The American Ann Li, who was too strong for Arantxa Rus before, now beat the thirteenth-placed Alison Riske (6-0, 6-3).
For Markéta Vondrousová, the tournament is already over after two rounds. The Czech number nineteen of the world, in 2019 still a finalist on Roland Garros, had little to offer against Mikhaaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus (1-6, 2-6).
Williams highest ranking player
Serena Williams (ATP-8) is now the highest seeded player still active in the tournament.
But also the almost 39-year-old American, who hopes to match Margaret Court’s record 24 grandslaughter victories in New York, has not yet found her best form after the coronastop.
Williams lost her last four finals at a grand slam tournament, including the one against Bianca Andreescu in New York a year ago
In the first round in New York, she beat her compatriot Kristie Ahn 7-5, 6-2. That meant her 102nd U.S. Open victory, setting a record