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Samantha Stosur has warned US Open officials that conditions were becoming dangerous for players as the temperature soared in New York.

The 2011 champion refused to blame the intense heat for her 6-3, 6-2 first-round loss to Caroline Wozniacki but said the welfare of players was a concern as the mercury hit 35 degrees Celsius before 2pm local time.

"You do have to be careful. There were a couple of incidents yesterday as well and I think you've got to be sensible," Stosur said.

"It was just bloody hot. I was drenched straight away … I mean, I felt fine but it was tough out there.

"My face was so red, I had to have a shower before I did anything else."

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There'd been four retirements in the men's event by mid-afternoon at Flushing Meadows.

On medical advice, the USTA implemented the extreme heat policy, offering female players a 10-minute break before deciding third sets and the men similar respite after three sets.

"What's 10 minutes in the span of a whole day if it means the safety and health of the players for sure?" said Stosur, who likened the heat and humidity to being home in tropical Queensland but rated the conditions more uncomfortable than at the Australian Open in Victoria.

"Everyone always talks about how hot Melbourne is and 'oh my god, it's so bad and everything', but the US Open's way worse than Melbourne," the veteran said.

"We get like one or two really hot days but I think they go on for longer and longer here in the States and there's more retirements and everything here than what there ever is in Melbourne.

"But for some reason we get the bad rap in Australia."

Fans watch the match between Caroline Wozniacki and Samantha Stosur at the US Open in New York.

Stosur said the unpleasant conditions had no impact on her performance.

Undone by eight double-faults and 34 unforced errors as she battled to strike a balance of controlled aggression, Stosur's campaign lasted just 84 minutes.

"I thought I played a pretty decent match. I'm actually proud of myself with what I was able to do out there," she said.

"Obviously there were things I wasn't so happy with but, overall, I was obviously playing a quality opponent and gave it everything I had.

"The one thing that probably did let me down was my second serve.

"I was trying to go for it but my rhythm was a bit off, maybe my ball toss was a bit off, and that equated to those double faults.

"But she's number two in the world at the moment for a reason."

In other Australian news, John Millman wasted little time advancing to the second round of the US Open with a straight-sets win over American teenager Jenson Brooksby.

Millman spent just one hour and 49 minutes in the suffocating heat at Flushing Meadows, thrashing the 17-year-old wildcard play-off winner 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 to join fellow Australian Jason Kubler in round two.

Millman next faces either Italian 14th seed Fabio Fognini or another American wildcard, Michael Mmoh.

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