Scenes from Queens: 2015 U.S. Open, First and Second Rounds

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Photos by Anita Aguilar; captions by Steve Tignor.

Dominika Cibulkova hasn’t had a lot to scream about over the last year, but she found some good reasons in her first two rounds, both of which ended in victory.

The Kei Nishikori faithful were out in force in Louis Armstrong Stadium on Monday.

They left disappointed, as their man was stunned by this man, Benoit Paire, in five sets.

We won’t be seeing this forehand anymore. Mardy Fish made his last hurrah at the Open into something both memorable and important.

Not yet, kid: Venus Williams held off a challenge from Monica Puig in the first round.

You might have said Eugenie Bouchard was a ghost of her former self when she arrived at Flushing Meadows this year, but she has shown signs of life this week.

Novak Djokovic only needs a glimpse of his opponent to be ready to return his serve.

Coco Vandeweghe rocked her way past Sloane Stephens in her opener, but she was rolled in the next round by Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

First step to stardom: Become good enough to win matches on the pro tour. Second step: Perfect selfie smile.

Serena Williams offered her injured opponent, Vitalia Diatchenko, some encouragement after her retirement from their first-round match.

Either way, Serena was happy to get through.

And show off her latest late-night-in-New-York number.

Diatchenko’s service motion was unique, but everything went south for her once it was over.

Thanasi Kokkinakis also showed off an interesting service toss.

But his opponent, Richard Gasquet, was the man on the move that day.

Kokkinakis said he felt something in his arm and knew it “wasn’t good.”

It was a cramp, and it spread, until every step become torture for player and fans alike.

After pulling the plug and retiring, though, the Aussie still had the strength to decimate his racquet.

Donald Young said thanks to someone up above, and those supporting him in the stands, after his five-set comeback win over Gilles Simon.

It was an up moment in a career that has seen its share of downs, and DY savored it.

Young’s countrywoman Madison Keys also felt the local love in her opener.

But no one got more applause, on the court and off, than Fish for the way he exited the game.

Milos Raonic emerged the Grandstand shadows to reach the third round.

While Raonic had us seeing red, it was greener on the other side of the asphalt for Rafael Nadal.

Few throw themselves into a serve like Feliciano Lopez. His athleticism is underrated.

Simona Halep’s is too.

The Halepeño gave thanks after her second-round win.

After losing the first two sets to Adrian Mannarino, Andy Murray could feel the tide turning in his direction in the third.

Who knew Murray had such passionate young fans in the States?

Victoria Azarenka, two-time finalist in New York, is back in the third round.

But Garbine Muguruza’s post-Wimbledon struggles continued, as she was bounced by Johanna Konta.

Nineteen-year-old Hyeon Chung—“The Professor,” according to Brad Gilbert—of South Korea took Stan Wawrinka to three tiebreakers.

“He’s good,” Stan said of Chung. Wawrinka was a little better.

But Caroline Wozniacki, last year’s finalist, wasn’t quite good enough for Petra Cetkovska. Wozniacki reached match point four times, and watched as Cetkovska wiped each of them away with a winner. “It hurts,” Caro said.

Cetkovska, though, was feeling no pain. The oft-injured 30-year-old electrified the night crowd in Ashe...

...and thanked her lucky New York stars above when it was over.

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