By Jed Jones

  • 25 of the 64 seeds have tumbled out of the tournament in the opening two rounds
  • Who benefits from these departures?
NEW YORK, USA – A few big names have exited the tournament, but the favourites still remain in the draw.

 

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Men’s Draw US Open 2019 Casualties

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  • (R1) Dominic Thiem [4]
  • (R1) Stefanos Tsitsipas [8]
  • (R1) Karen Khachanov [9]
  • (R1) Roberto Bautista Agut [10]
  • (R1) Fabio Fognini [11]
  • (R2) Borna Coric [12]
  • (R1) Felix Auger-Aliassime [18]
  • (R1) Guido Pella [19]
  • (R2) Lucas Pouille [25]
  • (R1) Taylor Fritz [26]
  • (R2) Dusan Lajovic [27]
  • (R2) Beniot Paire [29]
  • (R1) Kyle Edmund [30]
  • (R2) Cristian Garin [31]
  • (R2) Fernando Verdasco [32]

The men’s draw has thrown its fair share of surprises in the opening four days of the event. Dominic Thiem‘s departure may be the most shocking given he won Indian Wells this year, as well as reaching the Roland Garros final.

Fellow Masters champions, Karen Khachanov and Fabio Fognini, also crashed out in the opening round. Kyle Edmund suffered a disappointing first round loss to Pablo Andujar.

The most opportunity seems to be in the third quarter of the draw as Gael Monfils, Matteo Berrettini and Nick Kyrgios are the only seeds that remain – with one of them likely to reach the semifinals.

 

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Women’s Draw US Open 2018 Casualties

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  • (R2) Simona Halep [4]
  • (R2) Petra Kvitova [6]
  • (R2) Aryna Sabalenka [9]
  • (R1) Sloane Stephens [11]
  • (R1) Angelique Kerber [14]
  • (R1) Garbine Muguruza [24]
  • (R1) Caroline Garcia [27]
  • (R1) Carla Suarez Navarro [28]
  • (R2) Hsieh Su-wei [29]
  • (R1) Babora Strycova [31]

Taylor Townsend‘s victory over Simona Halep is the shock of the tournament so far. Halep had the fortnight of her life to claim the Wimbledon title. We have also seen three other Grand Slam champions have early exits (Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens, Angelique Kerber and Garbiñe Muguruza).

Britain’s Johanna Konta remains in the draw, as well as defending champion, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams. Konta faces a tough test if she wants to go deep into the tournament. The No. 16 seed may have to tackle Karolina Pliskova and Williams to make the semifinals.

 

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