RADWANSKA VS. SOLER- ESPINOSA
Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska cruised into the second round of the U.S. Open with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Silvia Soler-Espinosa on Monday.
In the tournament's first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Radwanska needed only 63 minutes to improve to 28-2 in Grand Slam openers. She won 15 of 21 points at the net.
The U.S. Open is the only major tournament in which the Polish star has never made the quarterfinals. She has reached that stage at the first three Grand Slam events this year, something no other woman has accomplished.
The 69th-ranked Soler-Espinosa, from Spain, advanced to the third round at the U.S. Open the last two years.
LI VS. GOVORTSOVA
Li Na needed just 64 minutes to win her first-round match at the U.S. Open, beating Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-2 on Monday.
The fifth-seeded Li didn't face a break point and had 28 winners.
The U.S. Open has been the least successful Grand Slam event for the Chinese star, who has advanced past the fourth round only once. The 2011 French Open champ came in just 4-3 in her first match at Flushing Meadows.
The 88th-ranked Govortsova, from Belarus, reached the third round at the U.S. Open last year.
JAMES BLAKE TO HANG UP HIS RACKET
Former top-five player James Blake says he will retire from tennis after the U.S. Open.
The 33-year-old Blake announced his decision at a news conference at Flushing Meadows on Monday, the opening day of the year's last Grand Slam tournament.
The American, who attended Harvard before turning pro in 1999, reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in 2006. He is currently 100th and has a 9-13 record this season heading into his first-round match against Ivo Karlovic in the U.S. Open.
Blake reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals, including two at the U.S. Open, losing at that stage to Andre Agassi in 2005 and to Roger Federer in 2006.
Blake's announcement comes a year after his friend and former U.S. Davis Cup teammate, Andy Roddick, retired after the U.S. Open.