1. CiCi Bellis wins her first-round match. The 15-year-old Californian beat No. 12 seed Dominika Cibulkova to become the youngest player to win in the US Open since 1996. CiCi was our own Alexis Nelson's doubles partner back in the spring, so we couldn't help but feel an extra surge of elation when we saw that result. 

2. Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori play until 2am. The four-hour, five-set match tied the record for the latest finish in US Open history--the THIRD match that has ended precisely at 2:26am. (If only they'd played just ONE minute longer.)

3. Venus Williams falls to Sara Errani. Errani posted a 6-0 first set, then fell 0-6 in the next set; the third set saw a "rally of massive proportions" before things tipped in Errani's favor.

4. Wozniacki gets her hair caught in her racquet. Yeah. Just watch

5. Andy Murray advances gender equity. Did you know that Andy Murray's coach is a woman? It's an unfortunate fact that this is "weird". At number 9 in the world, Murray's hiring of Amelie Mauresmo was a dramatic statement--he's the only top 40 player whose primary coach is a woman. 

6. Ernests Gulbis shows off the "Albatross Forehand". Check out this awesome NYTimes article about "odd strokes" in an "era of uniformity". 

AuthorMatea Wasend