2010 U.S. Open: Andy Roddick Falls; Venus Williams Advances

Andy Roddick, the highest American men’s seed, was booted out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, losing to Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic in their second-round match at Arthur Ashe Stadium, 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 6-7.

Roddick, who had an argument with a lineswoman in the third set, could not find an answer to his 44th-ranked opponent’s powerful groundstrokes, which accounted for most of the Serbian’s 66 winners. Roddick’s loss capped the day at the main court, where third seed Venus Williams survived a tough first-set challenge from Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino before eventually prevailing and moving into the third round, 7-6, 6-3.

While Roddick’s loss was the story of the night, women’s tenth seed Victoria Azarenka hogged the spotlight in the morning sessions when she collapsed while trailing in the first set, 1-5, against Argentina’s Gisela Dulko. Azarenka was taken out of the court on a wheelchair and was treated as a heat exhaustion victim. However, it was later revealed that the Azarenka was suffering from a head concussion, which she got when she fell and hit her head while warming up for the match.

More seeds crashed out on the third day at Flushing Meadows, with men’s seventh seed Tomas Berdych being the highest ranked player to go. Other seeds to fall were Ivan Ljubicic, Marion Bartoli, Zheng Jie, Alisa Kleybanova, and Tsvetana Pironkova.