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Djokovic in walkover

NEW YORK (AFP) – Novak Djokovic made the last 32 of a major for the 33rd successive time without hitting a ball Wednesday while former world number one Caroline Wozniacki stopped the rot eating away at her career.

Top seed Djokovic was handed a walkover when Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic withdrew from their second round encounter suffering an inflammation of the left forearm.

Wozniacki, the runner-up in New York in 2009 and 2014 but who has slipped to 74 in the world after a season decimated by a right ankle injury, defeated 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4.