The first week of the US Open is all possibility. Diehard tennis fans watch in anticipation, one part of them rooting for the unpredictability that comes with top seeds falling, another mourning the loss of a fallen star. Therein lies the beauty of sport: when this 2014 US Open ends, there will be new stars born upon the blue and green asphalt of New York.
By now, you’ve likely heard of 15-year-old CiCi Bellis, the American junior national champion and vanquisher of 2014 Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova. It’s still early in the tournament, yet arguably no win in either singles draw measured up to her 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 triumph in the first round.
It’s not just the youngsters providing unexpected chaos. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 32, had only made it out of the first round once in her last eight majors before beating rising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, 6-3, 7-6. And on Day 3, Peng Shuai, a veteran at age 28, handled No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
USOpen.org asks you, the fans, to sound off: Which women’s player has impressed you the most in the early going?