US Open: seeds fall like shooting stars

The US Open has been the Grand Slam tournament with the most surprises during the two weeks of competition many times in the history of tennis, also due to the appearance of being placed towards the end of the season

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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US Open: seeds fall like shooting stars

The US Open has been the Grand Slam tournament with the most surprises during the two weeks of competition many times in the history of tennis, also due to the appearance of being placed towards the end of the season. This year the statistics have not been outdone, especially observing the data of seeded players who have already had to say goodbye to the New York competition, despite the 'privileged' position at the time of the draw for the main draw.

In the men's circuit, 12 of the first 32 players were eliminated: among these stand out luxury names such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, immediately beaten by the Colombian Galan, the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime and the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, both out after a single victory.

Even the main American Taylor Fritz, on whom the greatest hopes were placed on the part of the public, is no longer present in the draw, as well as his countryman Maxime Cressy. Others include Nikoloz Basilashvili, Roberto Bautista Agut, Francisco Cerundolo, Dutch Botic van de Zandschulp, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, Miomir Kecmanovic and Cincinnati Master 1000 winner Borna Coric, defeated by the home player Jenson Brooksby.

The situation in the WTA Tour

As expected on the eve, the scenarios among women have completely reversed, as happens now in every sporting event. Apart from Iga Swiatek who keeps her performance fairly constant, albeit a few more setbacks on concrete in the last period, a lot of uncertainty still reigns behind.

Half of the top seeds (exactly 16 out of 32) have already abandoned the race after the first two rounds. In the list there are tennis players of a certain depth, from Simona Halep to Anett Kontaveit (defeated by Serena Williams), through Paula Badosa and Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina.

Martina Trevisan, Maria Sakkari and last year's two finalists Emma Raducanu (defending champion and Leylah Fernandez are also out. Also eliminated Ekaterina Alexandrova, Amanda Anisimova, Jelena Ostapenko, Elise Mertens, Jil Teichmann, Beatriz Haddad-Maia, Daria Kasatkina and Barbora Krejcikova.

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