There was a big shock on day three of the US Open as French Open champion Garbine Muguruza’s hopes of a second grand slam came to an end with defeat to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.
The world number 48 had led 5-1 in the second set as the Spaniard threatened a comeback winning three games in a row but Sevastova converted her fourth match point to win 7-5 6-4 and book her spot in the third round.
It was also the end of the road for ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova as former world number one Caroline Wozniacki came back from 5-0 down in the first set to beat the Russian 6-4 6-4.
There was to be no early exit for Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber as the German overcame the tough test of Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 7-6 (9/7).
Czech Petra Kvitova overcame a first tie-break to keep her US Open title hopes alive with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 win over Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay, while Madison Keys is also safely through with a 6-1 6-1 victory over fellow American Kayla Day.
12th seed Dominika Cibulkova had to come from a set down to beat Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 6-2, but Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic cruised into the third round with a 6-3 6-2 win over German Andrea Petkovic.
Great Britain’s Johanna Konta booked her place in the next round despite collapsing on course as she pushed herself to the limit to beat Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2 5-7 6-2 to reach the third round.
There was also a big shock on the men’s side of things as Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic fell victim to cramp in a surprise defeat to American qualifier Ryan Harrison at Flushing Meadows.
The Canadian was among the favourites to win the US Open but the 24-year-old American took advantage of Raonic’s discomfort to come from a set down to stun the fifth seed 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 7-5 6-1.
World number one Novak Djokovic is through to the third round of the US Open without playing a single minute of action on Wednesday as he received a walkover due to Czech Jiri Vesely pulling out with an arm injury.
It was also an easy day the office for 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic, as Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky proved no match for the Croatian who marched to a 6-1 6-2 6-3 straight sets victory.
There was no mistake made by 14 time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal, as the fourth seed cruised past Italian Andreas Seppi 6-0 7-5 6-1 to keep hopes of a third US Open title alive.
France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was made to work for his place in the third round as the ninth seed overcame the tough challenge of Aussie James Duckworth in four sets 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4.
It was an easier route into the third round for Tsonga’s teammate Gaels Monfils who won against Czech Jan Satral in straight sets 7-5 6-4 6-3, while another Frenchman Lucas Pouille had to come from two sets down to beat Switzerland;s Marco Chiudinelli 4-6 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-2 6-0.
However, Benoit Paire failed to make it a quartet of Frenchman in the third round as Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis overcame the tough challenge of the 32nd seed in four sets 6-2 6-4 3-6 6-4.
John Isner was brought to five sets in his opening match on Monday and it was another day of hard work for the American as he shut down a comeback by Belgian Steve Darcis to win in four sets 6-3 6-4 6-7 (10/12) 6-3.
Isner’s compatriot Jack Sock enjoyed an easier second round victory over Mischa Zverev dropping just four games in a 6-1 6-1 6-2 victory, but Ernseto Escobedo failed to join his Americans in the third round as Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund beat him 7-5 6-4 6-4.
South African Kevin Anderson had to dig deep to beat Canadian Vadek Pospisil 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 6-4, while 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut came from a set down to advance with a 5-7 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory over Federico Delbonis of Argentina.