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Raonic stunned by 120th-ranked qualifier

Published:Thursday | September 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Ryan Harrison of the United States reacts after winning a game from Milos Raonic of Canada during the second round of the US Open tennis tournament yesterday.


Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic hit 15 double faults and lost to 120th-ranked qualifier Ryan Harrison of the United States 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 in the US Open's second round.

The fifth-seeded Raonic was treated by a trainer for problems with his left wrist and left thigh during yesterday's match and generally looked weary as play went on.

For Harrison, a 24-year-old born in Louisiana and now based in Texas, this is his first trip to the third round at a Grand Slam tournament. He had been 0-6 in second-round matches.

Angelique Kerber had to work a bit harder in her second match, but she's still through to the third round without dropping a set.

The Australian Open champ blew a 4-1 lead in the second set then had to save three set points before pulling out a 6-2, 7-6 (7) win in 92 minutes over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

In the first round, the second-seeded Kerber spent just 33 minutes on court, winning all seven games before her ill opponent retired.

Johanna Konta has won a three-set match after collapsing on the court late in the second.

The 13th-seeded Konta advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory in two hours, 33 minutes over Tsvetana Pironkova.

As medical staff attended to her, she told them her heart started racing and she felt as though she was in shock. Temperatures were in the mid-80s. After several minutes, Konta was able to stand up and walk to her chair. She went back on court and double-faulted to give the second set to the 71st-ranked Pironkova, then was taken to the locker room before the start of the third.

Two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova has always said she prefers the genteel calm of the All England Club to the bustle of New York City.

After a 7-6 (2), 6-2 second-round win over Cagla Buyukakcay, the 14th-seeded Kvitova explained: "For me, it's really exhausting to still be in the car, and it's a lot of people here. You just practise, like, 45 minutes. I didn't need any more, anyway."

Playing an opponent also coming off a five-set match, American John Isner advanced in four sets in the second round. The 20th-seeded Isner beat Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (10), 6-3 in two hours, 54 minutes.

Two-time runner-up Caroline Wozniacki has defeated a top-10 opponent for the first time in nearly a year, bouncing back from a horrid start to beat 2004 champ Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-4, 6-4. The ninth-seeded Kuznetsova won the first four games of the match and was one point from going up 5-0.

Novak Djokovic will move on to the third round after his opponent, Jiri Vesely, withdrew before their match because of injury.