(August 29, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium was home to a slate full of tennis“beatdowns” from beginning to end.
The day began with the upset of No. 4 seed Italy’s Sara Errani by countrywoman No. 83 in the world Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-1. A teary-eyed Errani admitted in press that she’s having a hard time dealing with her high ranking and big expectations.
“My problem isn’t that I lost. I’ve lost a million times in my life,” Errani said. “My problem is trying to find the desire to fight and be on the court ready to fight. For a few weeks, I haven’t felt like I wanted to be on the court. That’s the problem.”
Next, Serena Williams had no real challenge from Galina Voskoboeva winning 6-3, 6-0. The only challenge for Williams in the match was playing in windy conditions.
“Definitely had to be a little more cautious in the wind,” Williams said. Just natural taking that in.”
In the last match of the day session on Ashe, seventh seed Roger Federer hit 37 winners in his 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 second-round victory over Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq in 95 minutes.
“I’m happy,” Federer said about the match. “I mean, it’s one of those matches I expect myself to win if possible in straight sets, and, you know, gain confidence in the process.”
The evening session continued the streak of non-competitive matches on Ashe. Former No 1 and US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki opened the night session with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Chanelle Scheepers.
“I felt pretty good,“ said Wozniacki. “I mean, I really like playing the night session on Ashe. It’s great. It’s a nice atmosphere. It’s very electric.”
No. 2 Rafael Nadal ended the night session on Ashe by destroying Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-2, 6-1, 6-0.
Nadal now has a 17-0 record on hard courts this year and has lost only 11 games at the US open this year.
Nadal is now 55-3 on the year with his victory and leads the ATP World Tour with 9 titles.
“I started a little bit too slow, in my opinion,” Nadal said. “Then during the match I tried to play better and better every time. I think I finished the match playing well, doing a few things well, moving myself better.
“Important thing at the end winning 6‑2, 6‑1, 6‑0. The result says that I did the right things.”