Top seed Karolina Pliskova was knocked out of the US Open in the second round with a heavy defeat by France’s Caroline Garcia. US Open men’s top seed Novak Djokovic defeated Briton’s Kyle Edmund to advance to 3rd round on the Day-3 of the tournament.
US Open 2020 : Top seed Karolina Pliskova beaten in Round 2
Pliskova, runner-up in 2016, lost 6-1 7-6 (7-2) to the world number 50.
Czech world number three Pliskova was the highest ranked player here in the absence of Australian Ashleigh Barty and Romania’s Simona Halep.
Meanwhile, other seeds to tumble were Elena Rybakina (11), Marketa Vondrousova (12) and Alison Riske (13).
But there were victories for sixth seed Petra Kvitova, eighth seed Petra Martic and Estonian 14th seed Anett Kontaveit.
‘I am not a robot’ – Pliskova
Six of the world’s top 10 players were already absent from the behind-closed-doors tournament amid the coronavirus pandemic.
And Pliskova’s exit may further improve Serena Williams’ chances of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title in an open women’s draw.
Garcia, who has won seven tour titles, will face American world number 41 Jennifer Brady in the next round.
US Open 2020 : Kvitova & Kerber through but other seeds tumble
Two-time Grand Slam champion Kvitova came back from a break down in the first set and saved a set point to beat Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.
Former champion Angelique Kerber also came through a tough encounter, winning 6-3 7-6 (8-6) against fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam.
But Kvitova’s Czech compatriot Vondrousova – the 2019 French Open runner-up – lost 6-1 6-2 to Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Later on Wednesday Japanese fourth seed and 2018 champion Naomi Osaka takes on Italy’s Camila Giorgi.
US Open 2020 : Novak Djokovic through to 3rd round despite of 1st set hiccup
US Open men’s top seed Novak Djokovic defeated Briton’s Kyle Edmund to advance to 3rd round.
Edmund, 25, unexpectedly won the first set but ultimately struggled to keep up with the world number one’s intensity.
The 33-year-old maintained the level that has helped him stay unbeaten in 2020 and won 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 6-2.
Djokovic is seeking his 18th Grand Slam title and plays German 28th seed Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round.