New York | More seeds tumble as Garcia, Kudermetova and Tomljanovic reach round 3

As morning matches gave way to afternoon contests at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Wednesday, more surprises were in store with the up-ending of Leylah Fernandez and Barbora Krejcikova, seeded 14 and 23 respectively, while Caroline Garcia, Veronica Kudermetova and Ekaterina Alexandrova all progressed into round 3.

Fernandez, last year’s finalist from Canada took on Liudmila Samsonova, the hottest player most fans have never heard of, late in the afternoon, and lost 6-3 7-6(3).

Samsonova, who was born in Russia but lives in Rome, is an inch shy of 6 foot and riding an 11-match winning streak, claiming back-to-back warm-up titles in Washington, DC, and Cleveland.

At 23-years old, Samsonova is a bit of a late bloomer and has suddenly risen to a career-high ranking of 35, while she now owns 8 Top 20 wins, including this year over Emma Raducanu and Karolina Pliskova.

Fernandez, the 14th seed, had a hard time staying with the big hitter and although the young Canadian, who is still a teenager for a few more days, scrapped and fought, the left-hander was ultimately outplayed by Samsonova, who won in two tough sets, after an hour and 45 minutes.

The Canadian hung in well enough to push Samsonova into a second set tiebreak after fighting off 5 match points, but the Russian is brimming with confidence and her powerful groundstrokes, peppered with plenty of topspin, simply outpaced Fernandez as she notched up her 12th win on the trot.

Samsonova’s second serve frequently bounced above Fernandez’s ears as she won 71% of her second delivery, while she won 81% of her first serve points and struck 10 aces, never facing a break point.

In the 3rd-round, Samsonova will take on Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic, who came from behind to upset Krejcikova, the Czech 23rd seed and 2021 French Open champion, 2-6 6-4 6-2.

In so doing, Krunic extended her head-to-head record against Krejcikova to 3-1.


Caroline Garcia romped past Anna Kalinskaya to reach the 3rd-round of the US Open

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Also played late in the day, out on Court 5, 28-year-old Caroline Garcia, a former World No 4, took an hour and 2 minutes to see of Anna Kalinskaya, 6-3 6-1, using her new-found aggressive and imposing game to outpace the Russian.

Garcia is on hot streak of her own, winning the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati last week to take her current winning run to 10 matches, and she now has won 28 of her last 32 contests, dating back to June.

The Frenchwoman systematically waltzed past 23-year old Kalinskaya with a growing sense of self-belief in the venom of her forehand, and her tactics apparent from start to finish.

Garcia opened up a 3-0 lead in the first set against the World No 60, and never looked back after dropping just 2 first-serve points in the opener, and only another 2 in a second that saw her reel off the final 5 games of the contest.

She struck 22 winners against 12 unforced errors, and has yet to face a break point through two jaw-dropping rounds in New York.


Veronika Kudermetova saw off Maryna Zanevska to set a contest with Dalma Golf, who dispatched Harriet Dart on Wednesday

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Kudermetova, the 16th seed from Russia, defeated Belgian Maryna Zanevska, 6-2 6-3, on Wednesday and will play Hungarian Dalma Galfi, who dispatched an out-of-sorts Harriet Dart from Great Britain, 6-4 6-0, in the next round.

In a match held over, another Russian, Alexandrova, seeded 28, completed the last 1st-round match in the lower half of the draw with a 6-4 4-6 7-5 win over American Peyton Stearns, and will play another American, Lauren Davis, for a place in round 3 on Thursday.

Zhang Shuai, one of four Chinese left in the draw, accelerated into the 3rd-round with a 7-5 6-1 win over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, where she will meet Canada’s Rebecca Marino.

In a match switched from Court 11 to Court &, Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic came from a set down to battle past past Evgenlya Rodina from Russia, 1-6 6-2 7-5, and awaited the winner of the night match between World No 2 Anett Kontaveit from Latvia and American idol Serena Williams.


Ajla Tomlijanovic came from a set down to beat Evgeniya Rodina in the 2nd-round at Flushing Meadows

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