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Wawrinka powers through, Brit Konta stuns Muguruza

French Open champion Stan Wawrinka displayed his usual all or nothing, aggressive style

By Larry Fine

French Open champion Stan Wawrinka outslugged gutsy South Korean teenager Chung Hyeon 7-6(2) 7-6(4) 7-6(6) to reach the third round of the U.S. Open tennis championships on Thursday.

Wawrinka belted 26 aces and hammered in 62 winners on another sweltering hot day at Flushing Meadows but the 19-year-old Chung held his own against the Swiss fifth seed, ripping 28 winners and winning 21 of 33 forays to the net.

Wawrinka, in his all or nothing, aggressive style, also registered 66 unforced errors against the bespectacled Korean, a 2013 Wimbledon junior finalist who is now ranked 69th.

“It was a really tough match, more than three hours,” said Wawrinka. “I was playing good tennis. He’s a great fighter and not easy to play.”

The 30-year-old Wawrinka, who also has the 2014 Australian Open crown to his credit, next faces Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium, who advanced when American Jack Sock retired due to cramping while leading 6-4 6-4 3-6 1-2.

In the women’s draw, Britain’s Johanna Konta pulled off a huge upset when she beat Spanish ninth seed and Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (7/4) 6-7 (4/7) 6-2 in the second round.

Results from the U.S. Open Men’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday:
22-Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat Rajeev Ram (U.S.) 7-6(10) 6-4 3-6 6-3
Ruben Bemelmans (Belgium) beat 28-Jack Sock (U.S.) 4-6 4-6 6-3 2-1 (Sock retired)
5-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Chung Hyeon (South Korea) 7-6(2) 7-6(4) 7-6(6)
30-Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) beat Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan) 6-0 6-3 6-4

Results from the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday:
Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) beat Wang Qiang (China) 6-2 4-6 7-5
Mona Barthel (Germany) beat Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 2-6 6-2 6-4
2-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukraine) 6-3 6-4
11-Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat Karin Knapp (Italy) 7-5 6-2
Johanna Konta (Britain) beat 9-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) 7-6(4) 6-7(4) 6-2
16-Sara Errani (Italy) beat Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) 0-6 6-4 6-3
20-Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) beat Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) 7-5 6-4
Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) beat Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) 7-6(7) 6-2
18-Andrea Petkovic (Germany) beat Elena Vesnina (Russia) 6-3 7-6(4)
22-Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat Evgeniya Rodina (Russia) 6-1 6-1

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