Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – French Open runner-up Simona Halep was an easy winner, while fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was sent packing Wednesday in the second round at the U.S. Open.
The Romanian star Halep whipped Slovak Jana Cepelova 6-2, 6-1 in 56 minutes on a very hot Day 2 in New York.
Halep has reached at least the quarterfinals at this year’s first three Grand Slam events, including a trip into the final at Roland Garros and a semifinal appearance last month at Wimbledon.
China’s Peng Shuai upended the former Wimbledon runner-up Radwanska 6-3, 6-4 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The 2014 Australian Open semifinalist Radwanska has never reached a quarterfinal in New York, where she exited in the fourth round the previous two years. The Polish star been a second-round U.S. Open loser now on five occasions.
After missing on her first two match points, Peng said she thought about squandering match points in a fourth-round encounter with Radwanska at the 2011 Australian Open.
“I told myself to fight, and don’t think about that match,” Peng said. “This is an amazing time for me.”
Radwanska was fresh off her hardcourt title in Montreal.
Sixth-seeded German Angelique Kerber, a semifinalist in Flushing in 2011, moved on by handling Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 6-4, while ninth-seeded former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic topped Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5, 6-4. The Serbian Jankovic was a U.S. Open runner-up in 2008.
Meanwhile, Swede Johanna Larsson upset 21st-seeded American Sloane Stephens 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. The 21-year-old Stephens, who was up a set a 3-0 on Day 3, is now 1-3 in her last four Grand Slam matches.
In other action involving seeds, No. 22 Frenchwoman Alize Cornet handled Slovak Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-3, No. 28 Roberta Vinci overcame Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, and Swiss Belinda Bencic tackled No. 31 Japanese Kurumi Nara 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.