The hits started early, and they simply kept coming. (Getty)

The stars were out, and they were bright in New York. Famous faces dotted player's boxes and the USTA president's suite alike over two weeks of scintillating tennis. This 17-point roundup is not about them; it's about the men and women who put it all on or inside the lines at the last major of the season. The hits started early, and they simply kept coming.


There were upsets, and there were losses. Such is the case with tennis, when players win or lose week to week and come back and do it again. But some notables were upended early, further rendering a draw lacking Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka all the more ready to be ripped wide open.

The seemingly forever-litigious Eugenie Bouchard didn't last a round despite some prime human-product placement.

Then Aleksandra Krunic, who had beaten Petra Kvitova and others in 2014 at the US Open, pulled one over on Johanna Konta.

To her credit, Konta was introspective post-loss: 

"I don't take anything for granted. I think it would be quite obnoxious of me to come in here expecting I have a right to be in second week. The tennis season moves on quickly. We are very spoiled in that sense that we get a lot of opportunity week in and week out to perform and to play." 

Krunic said she just wanted to "shut up and play," and while even her game was quieted not too long after her loud opener, she made the most of her latest New York foray. 

It was Naomi Osaka's takedown of Angelique Kerber that perhaps stung the most. Kerber needs some tender loving care at this point, as the defending champion in Queens was bounced unceremoniously in what seemed sort of a foregone conclusion when the players stepped on court.

With a wonderfully wavy head of hair to match her flashy game, Osaka claimed a resounding 6-3, 6-1 victory that further sent the women's singles field into a free-fall. At that juncture, who truly knew what surprises would come?

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