Still no major upsets out of New York, as the majority of top players have had little struggle advancing at the U.S. Open, including a pair of Americans on the men's side in Andy Roddick and Sam Querrey, and Venus Williams on the women's side.
Roddick was squared off against another American: qualifier Rhyne Williams. Roddick's serve was enough as he wasn't broken in a straight set victory, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Querrey had a little bit more trouble against Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan, losing a first set in a tiebreak before earning his first round victory over the unranked Lu, winning 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, and Milos Raonic all also advanced, with the 15-seed Raonic needing five sets against Colombia's Santiago Giraldo.
Venus Williams looked strong after needing to withdraw from the Open last year. Williams played like the Venus of old, crushing Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-3, 6-1 and showing no ill effects of Sjogren's syndrome, the autoimmune disease that has kept her from elite tennis play of late. Her sister, Serena, will attempt to join her in the second round tonight.
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