Aug 27, 2014 6:44 PM

Steve Johnson retires at US Open due to cramping

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) American Steve Johnson had to retire from his first-round match at the U.S. Open because of severe cramping.

The two-time NCAA champ led two sets to one and was up a break in the fourth Wednesday when he collapsed on the court and started writhing in pain. Johnson eventually tried to play on, but could barely move.

Temperatures were in the high 80s.

Johnson, 24, reached a career-high ranking of No. 49 this month after beating then-12th-ranked John Isner and 13th-ranked Ernests Gulbis in hard-court tuneups. The Californian made it to the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open.

For Ito, a 126th-ranked qualifier, it was just his third career Grand Slam win.


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