- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet3 hrs ago
NEW YORK — I was walking up the ramp that leads into Arthur Ashe Stadium when I heard the first true roar of this year's U.S. Open. It was Tuesday, Day 2, and the noise came from the court directly behind me. I already knew what I'd find inside Ashe: 19th seed John Isner was working his way through Marcos Giron.
What was all the racquet behind me? I turned around, walked across the open plaza that separates Ashe from Courts 4, 5, and 6, and found a seat in the stands behind one of the Court 6 baselines. There, Victor Estrella Burgos was close to sealing a come-from-behind victory over Igor Sijsling. At 34, he is the oldest man to ever make his U.S. Open debut. He is also the first man from the Dominican Republic to play in the main draw here.
If not for the crowd, I would’ve missed the match completely. They chanted in Spanish. They chanted in English. When he closed out the 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win, they erupted. After a relatively quiet day 1, it finally felt like we were back at the U.S. Open.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet5 hrs ago
After three hard-fought sets, American Nicole Gibbs is on to the third round. To get there, she knocked off 23rd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on another hot, humid day at Arthur Ashe Stadium, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. Pavlyuchenkova had 15 double faults in the match; Gibbs converted eight of 12 break points. Playing in her third U.S. Open, the 21-year-old Gibbs had never advanced beyond the first round.
It was the second upset of the day for the Americans. Earlier, Sam Querrey pulled off a straight-set upset against 28th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.
"I felt like I played great today. Serve felt good, forehand felt good, I was making the right decisions. Hope I can keep playing like that," Querrey said after the match.
John Isner, the highest seeded American man at this year's Open, soon joined Querrey in the third round by trumping Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets. Isner racked up 30 aces and converted three of six break points.
The second-round success was a welcome end to a tough first week for the American men, as six were eliminated, including Jack Sock, Donald Young and Steve Johnson.
- Stephanie Myles at Busted Racquet12 hrs ago
NEW YORK – It took three days for the men at the U.S. Open to complete their first round of singles; that's the way it's scheduled and luckily the weather was cooperative, if a bit toasty.
Now they've joined the women in the second round. Here are some of the matches to keep an eye on.
Sam Querrey (USA) vs.  Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP): On paper, the American is quite capable of upsetting the seeded player and moving onto the third round. But with Querrey during the last year or two, it's been hard to tell whether he can or will play up to his level. It is definitely a potential upset in the making even if Garcia-Lopez, who possesses a terrific one-handed backhand, is as solid as they come.
- Stephanie Myles at Busted Racquet13 hrs ago
NEW YORK – It was far from the hottest day in recent U.S. Open history. But it was by far the hottest day of the tournament so far. And the heat and humidity Wednesday took its toll on several players as the first round of men's singles was finally completed.
The worst sight, by far, was that of American Steve Johnson, who went into a full body cramp in the fourth set of his match against Tatsuma Ito of Japan, a match he led two sets to one and a break of serve but had to retire from because one by one, body parts began to seize up.
First, Johnson landed awkwardly on his left ankle. The next point, his right calf went. Then both his quads. And then his right hand - Johnson couldn't even hold the racket, much less squeeze it, before the hand would start cramping again. The trainer tried to treat him on a changeover after his opponent received a penalty point, then a game as the rules dictate when play is delayed. But then his arm started cramping.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet20 hrs ago
At 34 years young, Venus Williams is the veteran in this tournament. She played her first U.S. Open two years before fellow American and first-round darling CiCi Bellis was born.
If she's slowing down with age, though, it didn't show on Wednesday night. For the first time in four years, 19th seed Williams advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open.
The two-time U.S. Open single's champion looked relaxed as she defeated Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 6-4 on a humid night in New York. She showed better control of her serve than she had in her first round match and saved all four of the break points that she faced.
"Well, now I’m happy. I won a match again. Finally I did something I couldn’t do the last couple years,” Williams said in her media conference. “That’s good stuff.”
This is her best performance since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that forced her to withdraw from the tournament in 2011. She'll face Italian Sara Errani in the third round.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet1 day ago
Sloane Stephens is the latest American to be ousted from the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open.
She battled to take the first set against Sweden's Johanna Larsson and led 3-0 in the second set before seeming to fall apart.
"Things just got a little shaky. Obviously she played some good games after that," Stephens said after the match. "Start of the third set I tried to just put it behind me and came out swinging. I did."
Larsson took the second and third sets 6-4, 6-2. Stephens, who was the 21st seed, had 63 unforced errors in the match, which lasted more than two hours.
Stephens was not the highest-ranked player defeated on Wednesday – fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska fell to China's Peng Shuai. Radwanska has notoriously struggled in Flushing Meadows, losing in the second round in five of her nine appearances here.
Madison Brengle lost to 26th-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-4, 6-1. In primetime, 19th seed Venus Williams beat Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-1, 6-4.
- Stephanie Myles at Busted Racquet1 day ago
NEW YORK – It takes three days, for reasons only the U.S. Open knows, to wrap up the men's first-round singles matches.
It must feel like an eternity to those who have been here close to a week, just waiting.
But as the mixed doubles also gets under way along with the men's and women's doubles, all the events are finally in full swing.
The last man to take the court in men's singles will be No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, who plays a night-session match.
10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Tennis Channel 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. - ESPN 6 p.m. to conclusion of play: ESPN2
Every time former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt takes the court at a Grand Slam, you wonder if it will be the last time even though he's shown no signs of wanting to stop. But with all his physical issues, surgeries, and wear-and-tear, the Aussie keeps coming out and giving it everything he has without fanfare, without flash. In Berdych, he meets a bigger, stronger foe but one who hasn't had the greatest summer.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet1 day ago
Roger Federer launched his Instagram account today with the help of another all-time great.
"It was an honor meeting one of my childhood idols today #MJ. Also, this is my first @instagram. How’d I do?"
I’d say he did pretty well: The photo earned more than 29,000 likes and 21,500 comments. More than 125,000 people are already following the account.
The photo of Federer and M.J. was snapped shortly after the two announced that they’d collaborated on a Nike tennis shoe that Federer is wearing during the U.S. Open.
The shoes are far from the only thing they have in common. Jordan won six NBA Championships. Federer is currently 33, has won more Grand Slams than any other male tennis player, and is seeking his sixth U.S. Open title this year.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet2 days ago
NEW YORK – A 22-year-old man stood up and wiggled his hips like a child. Blue cap turned backwards on his head, jean shorts hanging low, he held his smartphone up with both hands. As Catherine "CiCi" Bellis' forehand landed just inside the line, the man stood, continuing to record. There was no time to clap. He needed to keep the camera steady.
"Oh my god, that's definitely an ESPN top 10! Send it!" the man's friend yelled. "She turned 15 this year."
"She was 14 not long ago," another woman marveled out loud.
The time was 5:19 p.m. ET. Serena Williams was just about to take the practice court, a mere 200 feet away, where she'd warm up alongside Taylor Townsend, preparing for their match later Tuesday. Williams herself has dubbed Townsend the "future of American tennis."
At this moment, though, no one noticed. They were watching the future of American tennis right in front of them. Her name is CiCi Bellis. She's 15. She's ranked 1,208th in the world. Earlier this month, she won the USTA Girls 18's national championships, which earned her a wild card to the main draw here.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet2 days ago
NEW YORK — All eyes will be on Serena Williams on Tuesday night as she takes on 18-year-old Taylor Townsend. Williams was ousted in the third round last month at Wimbledon and she and sister Venus retired from their doubles match there because Serena was barely able to lift her racket. She later said she was battling a viral illness. She came back to win in smaller tournaments at Stanford and Mason, Ohio, but this will be her first test at the U.S. Open.
Williams held the No. 1 ranking for 76 weeks and she is looking to start her bid for a third straight U.S. Open title. If she wins here, she’ll tie Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert with 18 Grand Slam titles. She tends to dominate in Flushing Meadows, often knocking off American prospects in the process. This year, she’ll have to start by defeating the woman she’s called the “future of American tennis.”