WTA 2016 US Open

Keys Comebacks to Beat Riske in 2016 US Open

Madison Keys advances to the second round of the 2016 US Open over American compatriot Alison Riske with a come-from-behind win.

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Madison Keys sneaks past American compatriot
Madison Keys sneaks past American compatriot Alison Riske in round one of the 2016 US Open.

2016 US Open eight seed Madison Keys defeats American compatriot Alison Riske to advance to the second round of the final Grand Slam event of 2016. The world no. 9 Madison Keys wins two consecutive sets after dropping the first to world no. 60 Alison Riske to emerge with a 4-6, 7(7)-6(5), 6-2 come-from-behind win in a two hour and twenty-six minute first round match. The victory also improves Madison Keys to a 5-1 record over Alison Riske in their head to head singles matchup.

The first round match between Madison Keys and Alison Brengle begins with Keys winning three of the first four games for an early 3-1 advantage. Keys then wins three of the next four games to win the opening set at 6-2 after just twenty-seven minutes. Madison Keys was leading 4-2, thirty-nine minutes into the second frame, when Madison Brengle was forced to retire from the 2016 US Open first round match.

Madison Keys unleashed 13 aces to 0 against the 26-year old Alison Riske during their first round match. Keys also came out ahead on break points, finishing with three breakers out of twelve break point opportunities. Alison Riske had seven of her nine break point attempts saved by Madison Keys throughout the first round meeting. The less experienced Riske was also hampered by 5 double faults against just 2 for Madison Keys.

The 21-year old Madison Keys moves on to face another American compatriot in the next round. Keys will be matched up against world no. 50 Madison Brengle in the second round of the 2016 US Open. Madison Keys holds a dominant 4-0 advantage over Madison Brengle in their singles head to head record. The last time that Keys and Brengle squared off on the tennis court was in last year’s Rome Masters. Madison Keys swept the lower ranked Brengle 6-2, 6-4 in the round of 16 of the Rome tournament.

Madison Brengle also benefits from an early first round retirement as she moves past 16-year old compatriot Kayla Day. Brengle won the first set 6-2 and was leading the second at 4-2 when Kayla Day was forced to retire thirty-nine minutes into the set because of injuries. The victory also ties Madison Brengle with Kayla Day at 1-1 in their singles head to head record.

The United Kingdom's Johanna Konta
The United Kingdom’s Johanna Konta punches through Bethanie Mattek-Sands to reach round two.

The United Kingdom’s world no. 14 Johanna Konta routs American world no. 109 Bethanie Mattek-Sands to reach the second round of the 2016 US Open. Konta sweeps Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-3 after one hour and twenty-two minute first round match. The win also gives Johanna Konta first blood over Bethany Mattek-Sands in their singles head to head matchup.

The thirteenth seeded Johanna Konta will face Bulgarian world no. 71 Tsvetana Pironkova in round two. This first round meeting between Konta and Pironkova is the first-ever match for the two players.

Tsvetana Pironkova advances to round two by defeating France’s world no. 166 Virginie Razzano. Pironkova marches past the 33-year old Razzano with a 6-1, 6-2 straight sets victory after a one hour and fourteen minute match. The win evens Tsvetana Pironkova with Virginie Razzano at 2-2 in their singles head to head record. Coincidentally, Pironkova and Razzano’s last match was in last year’s US Open, with Pironkova eliminating Razzano in the first round with a 6-2, 6-3 sweep.

Elina Svitolina avoids a first round upset
Elina Svitolina avoids a first round upset against world no. 110 Mandy Minella.

World no. 19 Elina Svitolina pulls through with a three-set win over Luxembourg world no. 110 Mandy Minella. Svitolina wins back-to-back sets after Minella takes the first to push past with a 6(5)-7(7), 6-0, 6-2 come-from-behind win after a one hour and fifty-two minute first round match. The victory also gives Elina Svitolina a 1-0 record against Mandy Minella in their singles head to head matchup.

Elina Svitolina will face 23-year old American Lauren Davis in round two of the 2016 US Open. Entering their upcoming US Open second round meeting, Elina Svitolina currently holds a 2-0 record over Lauren Davis in their singles head to head matchup. Svitolina took both of her career wins against Davis in 2014, beating the next generation American talent in Osaka and the Cincinnati Masters.

Lauren Davis stamps her passport to the second round by advancing past Belarus world no. 107 Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Davis survives with a three-set 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 win after a two hour and thirty minute opening round match. The win also gives Davis first blood against Sasnovich in the pair’s singles head to head record.

Monica Niculescu will face Romanian compatriot Ana Bogdan in round two of the 2016 US Open.
Monica Niculescu will face Romanian compatriot Ana Bogdan in round two of the 2016 US Open.

Romania’s world no. 58 Monica Niculescu enters round two of the US Open with an upset win over Czech Republic world no. 21 Barbora Strycova. Niculescu advances past Strycova with a 6-3, 6(4)-7(7), 6-1 victory after a two hour and twenty-three minute first round meeting. The win ties Monica Niculescu with Barbora Strycova at 4-4 in their singles head to head record. Niculescu also avenges a 2014 US Open round of 64 elimination suffered at the hands of Strycova.

Monica Niculescu will face Romanian compatriot, world no. 116 Ana Bogdan in the second round of the 2016 US Open. Niculescu holds a 2-0 record over Bogdan heading into their US Open match. The pair’s last match came one year ago, with Niculescu eliminating Bogdan in the round of 32 of the 2015 Bucharest Open.

Ana Bogdan wins in a first round US Open battle between Romanian compatriots, as she upsets world no. 86 Sorana Cirstea. Bogdan drops the first set to Cirstea without scoring s single point. She bounces back with back-to-back wins to pull through with a 0-6, 7-5, 6-2 come-from-behind win after a one hour and twenty-nine minute first round match. Ana Bogdan also claims the maiden victory over Sorana Cirstea in their head to head singles matchup.

Kateryna Bondarenko
Kateryna Bondarenko dominates Chinese Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh in round one.

The Ukraine’s world no. 59 Kateryna Bondarenko reaches round two of the 2016 US Open with a first round rout of world no. 79 Su-Wei Hsieh. Bondarenko sweeps Hsieh 6-0, 7-5 in a relatively brief one hour and five minute match. Kateryna Bondarenko has now beaten the 30-year old Chinese Taipei native in both their career singles matches. The pair last met in their first ever match ten years ago during a 2006 tournament in Pattaya City.

Kateryna Bondarenko will face China’s world no. 61 Saisai Zheng in round two. Their upcoming US Open match will be the first-ever meeting between Kateryna Bondarenko and Saisai Zheng.

2016 Rio Olympic women’s tennis singles gold medalist Monica Puig falls to Saisai Zheng in round one of the 2016 US Open. Saisai Zheng stuns Monica Puig with a 6-4, 6-2 sweep in a one hour and eighteen minute match. Zheng takes the win in the first ever match between the 23-year old Puerto Rican in their head to head singles record.

Evgeniya Rodina
Evgeniya Rodina sets up a second round meeting with 2016 Eastbourne International champion Dominika Cibulkova.

Russia’s world no. 98 Evgeniya Rodina eases past US Open qualifier Danielle Collins to reach the next round. Rodina pushes past Collins with a 6-1, 6-2 straight sets win after finishing one of the shortest matches of the tournament at fifty-nine minutes. The win also gives Rodina first blood over Danielle Collins in their head to head singles matchup.

Evgeniya Rodina will be tested by 2016 Eastbourne International champion Dominika Cibulkova in the second round of the US Open. Rodina and Cibulkova enter the US Open with an even 1-1 record. Dominika Cibulkova won their latest match prior to the US Open with a round of 32 victory in the 2016 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy last February.

Dominika Cibulkova enters the second round with a first round rout of Poland’s world no. 83 Magda Linette. Cibulkova powers past Linette with a 6-2, 6-3 sweep after a one hour and thirty-two minute match. Dominika Cibulkova takes first blood against Magda Linette in the pair’s head to head singles record.

Lesia Tsurenko stuns
Lesia Tsurenko stuns world no. 23 Irina-Camelia Begu to push past the first round.

World no. 99 Lesia Tsurenko moves through to the second round with an upset win over Romanian world no. 23 Irina-Camelia Begu. Tsurenko sweeps the US Open twenty-first seed 6-0, 6-4 after a one hour and thirteen minute first round match. The victory also gives Lesia Tsurenko a 3-1 record against the higher ranked Irina-Camelia Begu. Tsurenko avenges a Grand Slam defeat suffered at the hands of Begu during the round of 64 of last year’s Wimbledon Grand Slam.

 Lesia Tsurenko will face China’s Yafan Wang in the second round of the US Open. Their upcoming Grand Slam meeting will be the first-ever career match between Lesia Tsurenko and Yafan Wang.

Yafan Wang also enters the second round of the 2016 US Open with an upset win. The world no. 163 Wang stunned world no. 112 Alison Van Uytvanck with a 6-3, 7(7)-6(4) sweep after a two hour and one minute match. The victory also gives the 22-year old Wang first blood against Van Uytvanck in their career singles head to head matchup.

The second seeded Garbine Muguruza avoids an upset from
The second seeded Garbine Muguruza avoids an upset from world no. 137 Elise Mertens.

2016 US Open third seed Garbine Muguruza survives a first round match with Belgium world no. 137 Elise Mertens. The world no. 3 Muguruza wins back-to-back sets after dropping the first to Mertens for a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 comeback win in a one hour and fifty-seven minute first round match. The victory also gives the higher ranked Spaniard first blood against Mertens in their singles head to head.

Garbine Muguruza will be matched up with Latvian world no. 48 Anastasija Sevastova in the next round. Their upcoming US Open match will be the first ever meeting for Muguruza and Sevastova.

Anastasija Sevastova eases through to round two past Slovakian world no. 85 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Sevastova sweeps Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-3 in a one hour and thirteen minute first round match. Anastasija Sevastova also improves to a 2-0 record over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

China's Ying-Ying Duan
China’s Ying-Ying Duan gets a mini-upset over Maria Sakkari during their round one match.

China’s world no. 103 Ying-Ying Duan outlasts world no. 94 Maria Sakkari to advance to the second round. Duan defeats the higher ranked Sakkari 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 after a two hour and eleven minute first round match. The win also gives Ying-Ying Duan first blood over the 21-year old Maria Sakkari in their head to head singles match record.

Ying-Ying Duan will face 19-year old Japanese next generation talent Naomi Osaka in round two. Their upcoming US Open match will be the first-ever meeting for Naomi Osaka and Ying-Ying Duan.

Japan’s world no. 81 Naomi Osaka stuns the USA’s world no. 30 Coco Vandeweghe to reach round two of the 2016 US Open. Naomi Osaka claims the maiden victory against the 25-year old Coco Vandeweghe in their singles head to head matchup.

Yulia Putintseva
Yulia Putintseva disposes of Sabine Lisicki  to reach round two of the New York Grand Slam.

Kazakhstan world no. 49 Yulia Putintseva dominates Germany’s world no. 84 Sabine Lisicki to reach round two of the 2016 US Open. Putintseva sweeps Lisicki 6-1, 6-2 after a one hour and three minute first round match. Yulia Putintseva improves to a 2-0 record against Sabine Lisicki in their career singles head to head matchup.

Yulia Putintseva will face world no. 102 Carina Witthoeft. Witthoeft holds a 1-0 advantage over Yulia Putintseva in their head to head singles record. Carina Witthoeft defeated Putintseva in their first ever meeting during the quarterfinals of this year’s Connecticut Open.

Carina Witthoeft enters round two of the 2016 US Open with a 6-4, 6-1 sweep of Japan’s world no. 32 Misaki Doi. With the first round win, Witthoeft improves to a 2-0 record over Doi in their singles head to head matchup. Carina Witthoeft defeated Doi in their first ever meeting during the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Open.

Next generation American talent Catherine Bellis reaches the second round of her home Grand Slam event.
Next generation American talent Catherine Bellis reaches the second round of her home Grand Slam event.

17-year old Catherine Bellis overcomes world no. 65 Viktorija Golubic to make it to the second round of the US Open. The world no. 158 Bellis sweeps the higher ranked Golubic 6-2, 6-3 in a one hour and seventeen minute first round match. Catherine Bellis advances to the second round of her first-ever Grand Slam event as well as taking first blood against Golubic in their singles head to head record.

Catherine Bellis will face higher ranked American compatriot Shelby Rogers in the second round. Heading into their second round match, Shelby Rogers holds a 1-0 advantage over Catherine Bellis in their head to head record. Rogers defeated Bellis in their first-ever meeting earlier this year in the round of 32 of the 2016 75k Indian Harbour Beach tournament.

Shelby Rogers advances to the second round of the US Open with an upset win over Italy’s world no. 28 Sara Errani. The world no. 49 Shelby Rogers stuns Sara Errani with a 6-4, 7-6 sweep after a one hour and forty-three minute first round match. Shelby Rogers also improves to a 2-0 record over Sara Errani in their singles head to head meetings.

Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova dominated Italian Francesca Schiavone during their first round match.

US Open ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova routs Italian world no. 97 Francesca Schiavone to ease through to the second round. Kuznetsova sweeps Schiavone 6-1, 6-2 after a brief fifty-eight minute match. Svetlana Kuznetsova improves to a 10-6 record against Francesca Schiavone in their career singles head to head.

Svetlana Kuznetsova will be matched up with Denmark’s world no. 74 Caroline Wozniacki in round two. Heading into their upcoming US Open match, Kuznetsova and Wozniacki stand at an even 6-6 record in their career head to head matchups. Svetlana Kuznetsova holds the only win of the year against Wozniacki with a win during the first round of this year’s Wimbledon Grand Slam.

The USA’s world no. 55 Christina McHale makes it through to the second round of her home Grand Slam as she breezes past Germany’s world no. 96 Mona Barthel. The 24-year old McHale eliminates Barthel with a 6-2, 6-2 straight sets win after a one hour and sixteen minute first round match. The victory also give Christina McHale a perfect 3-0 record over Barthel in their singles head to head matchup.

Christina McHale will face Italy’s world no. 8 Roberta Vinci in round two of the US Open. The higher ranked Roberta Vinci holds a 2-0 advantage over Christina McHale in their singles head to head record. The pair’s last meeting came more than three years ago, with Vinci defeating McHale in the round of 64 of the 2013 Miami Masters.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni will face US Open second seed Angelique Kerber in round two.

Croatian world no. 57 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni steps past France’s world no. 53 Alize Cornet to reach the second round of the US Open. Lucic-Baroni sweeps the 26-year old Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-1 in a fifty-seven minute first round match. The win is the first-ever for Lucic-Baroni against Cornet in three career matches. Lucic-Baroni also avenges a Grand Slam loss to Cornet inflicted during the round of 32 of the 2015 French Open.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni will face her toughest test of the 2016 French Open, as she is set to meet world no. 2 Angelique Kerber in the next round. Angelique Kerber holds an undefeated 3-0 record over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Kerber also defeated Lucic-Baroni in their first meeting of 2016 during the round of 32 of the 2016 Canadian Masters.

2016 US Open second seed Angelique Kerber benefits from a second set retirement from Slovenian world no. 120 Polona Hercog. Kerber won the first set 6-0 and was leading 1-0 over Hercog six minutes into the second frame, when the 25-year old Slovenian was forced to retire due to injuries. Angelique Kerber also improves to a 4-2 record over Polona Hercog in their career singles head to head. This US Open match was the pair’s first meeting in over five years.