“What’s going on?” someone called from the stands late this afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium, speaking for a crowd stunned by huge, back-to-back upsets. Directly after Melanie Oudin’s win over Elena Dementieva, another of the stars of the women’s game fell in the second round. Jelena Jankovic, the runner-up here last year who, like Dementieva, has never won a major, lost to 21-year-old Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 . It was a close, grinding slugfest pitting two power baseline hitters against one another, and was capped by a tense third-set tiebreaker. Jankovic was in it to the end, and even had two match points in the tiebreaker, but Shvedova had the edge in winners. Shvedova, who didn’t get past the first round in her first two Opens, now moves on to a third-round matchup with Gisela Dulko, who beat 30th-seeded Alona Bondarenko.
With Jankovic (yet another chapter in the Fall of the Power Serbs) and Dementieva out, and Dinara Safina looking uncertain after another difficult win against Kristina Barrois, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3, the top half of the women’s draw is looking rosier for Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won today, not to mention for Safina herself, who would have been on track to meet Jankovic in the quarters. Bondarenko and 23rd-seeded Sabine Lisicki (who lost to Anastasia Rodionova) were also cleared out of Safina’s quarter of the draw.
Things are still more more stable in the men’s tournament. All the seeds who played–Sam Querrey, Tommy Haas, Nikolay Davydenko, and Fernando Verdasco–advanced, though Querrey had a lively fight from Kevin Kim. The Greatest Twins in Tennis History also won!