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Stats Corner: Top 4 Seed Dominance

The US Open's Top 4 seeds surrendered only four games combined in their first round matches, an Open Era Grand Slam record.

Published August 28, 2013 12:00

Stats Corner: Top 4 Seed Dominance
Sara Errani

NEW YORK, NY, USA - The US Open's Top 4 seeds all won their first round matches comfortably earlier this week. Convincing wins at this stage of a Grand Slam for the favorites are common, but not this convincing. In fact, the four games combined surrendered by No.1 seed Serena Williams, No.2 seed Victoria Azarenka, No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska and No.4 seed Sara Errani are the least for the Top 4 seeds at a Grand Slam in the Open Era in which each of them played a first round match. Here are all the instances in which the Top 4 seeds combined to lose seven games or less in their first round matches:

Event Games Lost
'13 US Open 4 (Williams: 1, Azarenka: 0, Radwanska: 3, Errani: 0
'85 Wimbledon 5 (Evert: 1, Navratilova: 2, Mandlikova: 1, Maleeva: 1
'68 US Open 7 (King: 1, Jones: 4, Tegart: 1, Court: 1)
'81 US Open 7 (Evert: 2, Jaeger: 1, Austin: 3, Navratilova: 1)
'92 French Open 7 (Seles: 1, Graf: 4, Sabatini: 0, Sánchez-Vicario: 2)
'12 Australian Open 7 (Wozniacki: 3, Kvitova: 2, Azarenka: 1, Sharapova: 1)

 

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