US Open 2019: Serena dismisses Maria and other Day 1 stories plus my picks for Day 2

There were scares for Ash Barty and Roger Federer and other household names including Wawrinka and Pliskova certainly had to work hard for their victories.

Of the seeds, we have already lost 2016 champ Kerber (Mladenovic) and Fognini.

Of the homegrown, we say goodbye to Sam Querrey, Coco Vandeweghe and Taylor Fritz (Lopez).

Some matchups delivered; Pouille’s bettering of Kohlschreiber in 4 sets was one example. But Serena’s drubbing of the surely now defeated Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 was truly brutal. There were some flourishes from Maria in the 2nd set but on this evidence it will soon be time to hang up that racquet and retire that screech to the annals of history.

Day 2 picks

Millman Vs Nadal

Potapova Vs Gauff

Sabalenka Vs Azarenka

Riske Vs Muguruza

Shapovalov Vs Auger-Aliassime

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