By Helen Cook
What a week! And now the players are facing a long rally with Mother Nature in the shape of Hurricane Earl - which was the size of a small country earlier this week.
Aside from the smashing tennis, the weather – come rain or shine – has had everyone chatting and the umbrellas are now out for the lashings of rain about to come crashing down on Flushing Meadows.
Some big names on opening day at Flushing Meadows, with a birthday win for Andy Roddick and a nervous start for fifth seed Robin Soderling.
It seemed an easy opener for defending champ Kim Clijsters, but a scare in the second set could have seen the first big upset at the last grand slam of the year. But the Belgian overcame Gerta Arn 6-0 7-5 in her first tie of the tournament.