FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY: Playing tennis in the sweltering heat probably doesn’t top your to-do list. But that is exactly what top professional tennis players did at the 2010 U.S. Open yesterday in Flushing Meadows, New York. The annual hard court tournament is in full swing for the next two weeks and brings out the best players in the world.
Yesterday, there was a lot of action on the courts. The top seed on the ladies’ side, Caroline Wozniacki, sailed into the second round after defeating the American wild card player and NCAA champion, Chelsey Gullickson, 6-1 6-1. Chelsey Gullickson, daughter of former major league pitcher Bill Gullickson, made the two first points of the match that started just before midnight but couldn’t keep up with her opponent. Wozniacki was no match for the unranked Palm Beach Gardens, Florida native. Wozniacki came out strong on this Day 2 match and proved why she is currently the top player in the world.
Also advancing to the second round were Jelena Jankovic, Andy Roddick, Raphael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to name a few. The heat was a major factor throughout the matches and will unfortunately continue for the remainder of the week. Day 3 of the tournament is sure to bring surprises as players including Andy Murray, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick take to the courts.
Today’s matches will be covered on ESPN2 and the Tennis Channel.