Ana Ivanovic's comeback tour has ended with yet another early exit at the US Open.
Wednesday was another busy day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, and the lesser-known Chinese participants have already made a name for themselves.
Peng Shuai admits she feels the huge burden of Chinese expectation in the absence of superstar Li Na after stunning Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska at the US Open on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Peng, the doubles world number one, used her piercing, two-fisted groundstrokes to put Radwanska on the defensive and claimed the biggest scalp of the championship on her third match point with a backhand crosscourt winner.
On Monday, the 134th US Open Tennis Championship began play at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. On day one, four female Chinese players took to the court, with Peng Shuai beating Zheng Jie 6-3, 6-3, and Zheng Saisai coming from behind to beat Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele 1-6, 6-2, 6-2. Two more Chinese players - Zhang Shuai and Wang Qiang - make their debuts on Monday.
US Open day 1 preview
World number 39th Peng Shuai beat compatriot Zheng Jie 6-3, 6-3 in the 2014 U.S. Open first round match here on Monday.
20-year-old Chinese rising star Zheng Saisai moved into US Open second round after beating Stefanie Voegele from Switzerland 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 in her Grand Slam debut on Monday.
Heading into the US Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005 French Open.
Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai, who are among a group of outstanding Chinese women's tennis players nicknamed the "golden flowers", will clash in the first round of the US Open.
Serena Williams, Russian world No 6 Maria Sharapova and Li Na, together with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are set to make the China Open the most star-studded in its 11-year history.
Reigning champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the US Open because of an injury for the second time in three years Monday, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the men to beat at the year's last Grand Slam tournament.