Flushing Meadows, NY - Former champions Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams were among the first-round winners Monday at the U.S. Open. Second-seeded Simona Halep and fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska also advanced on the first day of play at the years fourth Grand Slam, as did former world No. 1 and U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki. There wasnt much drama in the womens draw Monday, as only one seeded player was beaten, although Sharapova was down a break early to start the night session at Ashe Stadium against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko. The 2006 U.S. Open champ trailed 2-4 in the opening set, then ripped off 10 straight games to complete the 6-4, 6-0 triumph. Sharapova, seeded fifth this year, missed the 2013 U.S. Open with a shoulder injury and hasnt been to the final at Flushing Meadows since capturing the title eight years ago. "I was happy I was able to step it up and play well," said Sharapova, who improved to 17-0 in night matches at the U.S. Open. Sharapova won the French Open this spring for her fifth career Grand Slam title and suffered a fourth-round exit at Wimbledon. She was a third-round loser at the Rogers Cup and fell to Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals at Cincinnati in her two U.S. Open tune-up events. Williams rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over 43-year-old Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm. The 34-year-old American claimed two of her seven Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open, winning it all in 2000 and 2001 while also finishing as the runner-up in 1997 and 2002. She has, however, lost in the second round in each of her last three trips to Flushing Meadows. "Not the ideal start, but shes a tricky player," said Williams. "I think she started coming up with some really good shots off my serve. She just goes for runs, and I give her a lot of credit for winning the first set and really making it extremely challenging." Halep, the French Open runner-up, came from behind to beat 20-year-old NCAA champion Danielle Rose Collins of the United States, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 6-2. The Romanian has never advanced past the fourth round at the U.S. Open. "Theres a lot of pressure on me. Everyone is telling me that I have chances to win," said Halep, who will next play Slovakias Jana Cepelova. Radwanska, the former Wimbledon runner-up from Poland, pasted helpless Canadian Sharon Fichman, 6-1, 6-0, in a mere 47 minutes. Shell next face Chinas Peng Shuai. The 10th-seeded Wozniacki had her hands full on Monday and held a 6-1, 3-6, 2-0 advantage against Magdalena Rybarikova when the Slovak had to call it quits because of a right thigh injury. "Its unfortunate that she had to retire," said Wozniacki, the 2009 U.S. Open runner-up. "It wouldve been a good finish, especially for the crowd." Meanwhile, sixth-seeded German left-hander Angelique Kerber snuck past Russian Ksenia Pervak, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, and ninth-seeded former top-ranked star Jelena Jankovic subdued fellow Serb Bojana Jovanovski, 6-2, 6-3. Jankovic was a U.S. Open runner-up back in 2008. In other action involving seeds, No. 13 Sara Errani of Italy claimed a 6-1, 7-5 triumph over Belgian Kirsten Flipkens; No. 14 Czech Lucie Safarova handled Hungarian Timea Babos, 6-4, 7-5; No. 18 German Andrea Petkovic got past Tunisian Ons Jabeur, 7-6 (9-7), 1-6, 6-3; No. 21 American Sloane Stephens grounded German Annika Beck, 6-0, 6-3; No. 22 Alize Cornet leveled fellow Frenchwoman Amandine Hesse, 6-1, 6-2; No. 26 Sabine Lisicki of German beat Canadian qualifier Francoise Abanda, 6-3, 7-5; No. 28 Roberta Vinci of Italy dismantled Argentine Paula Ormaechea, 6-3, 6-3; and No. 31 Japanese Kurumi Nara drilled Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, 6-2, 6-1. Only Spains Garbine Muguruza was a beaten seed on Monday. 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Whether it was one-on-one, running back blitz pick up, quarterback getting rid of the ball, or concept and design the ability of Denver to keep Manning upright and confident did determine the game. With New England it is not very often - if ever at all - that you see Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins or excellent left tackle Nate Solder get beat clean and give up sacks on Tom Brady. As players they will have those moments "ingrained in their brains" until the season starts again next year. The difficulty of pass blocking is that to feel satisfaction you have to grade out 100 per cent. For the pass rusher it is a complete opposite, you can be a non-factor all game but if you make one or two critical fourth-quarter plays you can end up being a star performer. Its why concentration is so important in football as one concentration lapse is the common denomination of one poor play. Issue number two is that Mannings receivers were just superior to anything by comparison for New England. Especially after Wes Welker blocked Aqib Talib out of the game. That changed everything. After Talib left, Manning had choices of who to go to downfield that presented his "best opportunity". Then when you associate that with the pass protection, the time he had to read and react without fear of consequences you could sense the game was slipping away from New England and being dominated by Denver. A final issue was the running game for the Patriots, it just wasnt there and Denver took it away. Only 64 total yards and only 16 in the first half. Very significant issue in that New England in its last two regular season games ran for 267 yards against Buffalo and 234 against the Colts. What was magnificent in most recent games was not even evident on Sunday. There will be a constant and consistent conversation that Manning has to win Super Bowl XLVIII to have his ultimate legacy ensured for the time to come. And if he ddoes then probably it will.ddddddddddddBut in Manning vs. Brady, Manning did play better than Brady but Manning had more to work with and used it all game long. In Seattle, that was a brutal physical game. One thing that television does not do is transfer the intensity and violence of hitting. Because you see so much of it as fans you get numb to it after a while, I know I do. But both teams played hard and you could tell both teams "wanted" the win and wanted to move on. Richard Sherman will be criticized for his emotional response and he should have handled it better but the highest emotions are in those moments after the game. Players on each team need a "cooling off period" to not respond from emotion and to respond more from thought and composure. Overall, Seattle dominated the hidden mathematical battle when Marshawn Lynch ran for 109 yards while Frank Gore ran for just 16. In what was anticipated as a battle of hitting, the ability of Lynch to hit the seams and make yards made a big difference. A lot will be made of Colin Kaepernick and his three turnovers and it seemed that the longer the game went on he regressed. It was a bit of an opposite for Russell Wilson. Early in the game the 49ers did a phenomenal job of containing and still pass rushing Wilson. As the game went on that ability to be disciplined and aggressive was not as effective. For Seattle it was the opposite. Early in the game they could not contain Kaepernick, and later in the game it was better and was a subtle reason for the turnovers. The Seahawks greatest asset may just be the energy and confidence they play with throughout a game. The speed of everyone on defence was on display but effort and speed go together. This must be an amazing moment of satisfaction for Pete Carroll. He beat his number one coaching competition in Jim Harbaugh and did it his way. When he took over the organization as head coach, Carroll made over 200 personnel moves until he found the people he wanted with very specific abilities. This Super Bowl for Pete Carroll was by design and plan and luck had little or nothing to do with the Seahawks representing the NFC. It is amazing how far genuine enthusiasm and intelligent planning can take you. Out of 32 teams that started the season we have the best two remaining. No one has a better offence than Denver. No one has a better defence than Seattle. Which will be the reason for Super Bowl success? We will know the answer in less than two weeks. ' ' '