The highest profile seed to exit from the men’s side was Grigor Dimitrov, but it is probably fair to say that it came as no surprise to most people. Dimitrov may have finished 2017 on a high, capturing the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals title, but his progress in 2018 has been rocky, to say the least.
To add insult to injury that’s now twice that he has lost to the returning Stan Wawrinka in the first round of a Slam, in a row. Dimitrov seems lost.
Wawrinka now finds himself in the bottom quarter with Milos Raonic next – both men have been battling injuries this season, and the Swiss leads in the head to head 4-2 and could be an outside bet to come through that quarter.
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Women’s Draw US Open 2018 Casualties
(R1) Simona Halep 
(R1) Caroline Wozniacki 
(r2) Julia Goerges 
(R2) Daria Kasatkina 
(R2) Garbiñe Muguruza 
(R1) Coco Vandeweghe 
(R2) Daria Gavrilova 
(R1) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 
(R1) Anett Kontaveit 
(R1) Magdalena Rybarikova 
(R2) Maria Sakkari 
The impact of the top two seeds exiting stage right in the Women’s draw will have far more of an impact. Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki may have started the year solidly with the Australian Open final, but it has been mixed fortunes since, especially for Wozniacki.
The Dane was left bemoaning whether the formerly perennial question of ‘why haven’t you won a Slam yet?’ has now been replaced with ‘when are you going to make it past the fourth round?’, especially at Wimbledon.
Injury has meant that Wozniacki’s hard court season has been disrupted and so perhaps it can be explained why she came unstuck at the end of another hot and humid day in New York.
For Halep, fatigue definitely seems to be creeping in. Her in in Montreal and then reaching the final in Cincinnati saw her pull out of New Haven, and she was denied any chance to even get into her game against Kaia Kanepi.
Cincinnati champion Kiki Bertens heads up Wozniacki’s quarter and do not be surprised to see her make the most of that chance. Halep’s exit opens things up nice for one of the Williams sisters but which one? Serena and Venus will clash in a much-anticipated third round match-up, but who will win?
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