Caroline Wozniacki's US Open comes to an abrupt end

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

It's the second time in the Open Era the top two women's seeds lost in the first two rounds of a major; the other time came at the 2014 French Open, which saw the early exits of Serena Williams and Li Na.

"Guess Wimbledon used to have a 'Graveyard Court, "' Wozniacki said, referring to the old court No 2 at the All England Club, which was infamous for upsets before it was torn down. "Maybe that is going to be the new 'graveyard court.' I think it's a little too early to tell".

The Great Dane was bounced out of the second round in a 6-4, 6-2 night-card defeat to Ukraine's 36th-ranked Lesia Tsurenko on Armstrong's night card.

Keys, the US Open runner-up past year, served eight aces and never lost her serve in a match that lasted 1 hour, 12 minutes.

"I don't think it's easier, " she replied. "I think it's not right to get two-point penalties because of this".

After breaking her grand slam duck in Melbourne after so many years of trying, it has not been a great season for Wozniacki, barring a title in Eastbourne in June.

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"I was really fearless, I think, today, " she said.

Things didn't look good for her at the outset, when she shook her right forearm and had a trainer come out to massage it at changeovers.

Tsurenko turned the tables from there, winning four straight games - including a marathon eighth game to consolidate her break of serve - and gamely served out the opening set. But Wozniacki erased her advantage point with an unforced error and minutes later bowed out of the tournament.

"She (Tsurenko) played really well, and I was trying to find everything that I could today, but it just wasn't going that way".

"I was not nervous", Tsurenko said in her post-match interview on the court. She waited for the short ball. "I've never played match against her".

She has failed to go beyond the fourth round at any of the three slams since, with this defeat following a second-round loss against Ekaterina Makarova at Wimbledon. All I can do now is regroup, think what I can do, and also just make sure my body is 100 per cent.

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