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As the U.S. Open heads into its first weekend, let’s have a moment of silence for all the top seeds gone too soon.

On the women’s side:

  • No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Maria Sharapova in the first round (not exactly inconceivable, but still an upset).
  • No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki lost to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round (after the match, Wozniacki was not happy about Sharapova getting placed on Center Court).
  • No. 6 Angelique Kerber lost to Naomi Osaka in the first round, despite the fact that Osaka’s mind sometimes wanders to mesothelioma commercials.
  • No. 7 Johanna Konta lost to Aleksandra Krunic in the first round.
  • No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to Kurumi Nara in the second round.
  • No. 11 Dominika Cibulkova lost to Sloane Stephens in the second round.
  • No. 14 Kristina Mladenovic lost to Monica Niculescu in the first round.

On the men’s side:


There are survivors: No. 1 Karolina Pliskova is still in it, after winning a three-set match over American Nicole Gibbs, as are 2017 Wimbledon winner and No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza, No. 9 Venus Williams, and 2017 French Open winner and No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko. The unseeded Sharapova, though, could create more havoc.

As for the men, Rafael Nadal and a shaky Roger Federer are in the mix, as well as No. 9 David Goffin and No. 10 John Isner. A whole crop of talented teens will try to unseat them.

Reporter at Deadspin.

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