US Open biggest upsets
2008: Julie Coin defeats Ana Ivanovic
After surviving a scare in the first round against Vera Dushevina, number one seed Ana Ivanovic crashed in second round. She lost to french qualifier Julie Coin, ranked 188 and making her Grand Slam debut.
Ivanovic, who had been bothered by a thumb injury, cited fatigue and lack of preparation to explain the so-called “biggest upset in US Open history”.
Julie Coin’s magical run ended against former number one Amelie Mauresmo in the third round.
Until Coin’s win, the top seed at the US Open had not lost earlier than the third round when Billie Jean King was ousted in the 1973 tournament.
2005: Ekaterina Bychkova defeats Svetlana Kuznetsova
Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to number 97 Elena Bychkova in the first round, becoming the first female defending champion to lose in the first round.
I tried my best, it wasn’t my day. What do I do? Kill myself? No I don’t. Just take positive things out of this and maybe I’ll try to learn
Following the US Open, Kuznetsova played just 4 matches during the remainding of the year, winning 2 of them.
2000: Arnaud Clément defeats Andre Agassi
Defending champion Andre Agassi was ousted by frenchman player Arnaud Clément in the second round of the 2000 US Open: 6-3 6-2 6-4.
I just couldn’t figure out how to get to him. He started playing bigger and I never raised my level. It was just a brutal day.
Agassi got his revenge a few months later as he beat Clément in the final in Melbourne, to capture his third Australian Open.
1994: Jaime Yzaga defeats Pete Sampras
Sampras seemed invincible in 1994: he had captured finished 1993 with 2 Grand Slam titles (Australian Open and Wimbledon and US Open), and was the huge favorite to retain his US Open crown. But suffering from tendinitis in his left ankle, Pistol Pete came to Flushing lacking in tennis conditioning. He advanced to the fourth round, beaten by Jaime Yzaga.
A few years earlier, Yzaga had been the first ever opponent of Pete Sampras in a Grand Slam, in the first round of the 1988 US Open, winning in 5 sets.
1990: Alexander Volkov defeats Stefan Edberg
In 1990, Stefan Edberg had reached the Australian Open, captured his second Wimbledon title and hit the number one spot ranking, he also had won 21 straight matches and 4 tournaments in a row heading to the US Open. But he lost to Alexander Volkov in straight sets 6-3 7-6 6-2.
Tony Pickard, Edberg’s coach:
Stefan was too slow. It looked like me out there instead of him
Edberg went on to win two straight US Open: 1991 in dominating fashion (beating Lendl in three sets in the semis and destroying Courier in the final), and 1992 in a gutsy fashion as he won three consecutive 5-setters against Krajicek, Lendl, and Chang, and then beat Sampras after losing the first set in the final.