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US Open: Round Up From Day 1:Serena shines,Medvedev marches

Memorable moments from Day 1 at US Open.Giving the New York crowd something to get on their feet for on Monday night, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion was a winner under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

by Kolkata Today

Memorable moments from Day 1 at US Open.Giving the New York crowd something to get on their feet for on Monday night, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion was a winner under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium. But Serena Williams’ triumphant debut—the first match of what’s expected to be her career’s swansong—wasn’t all that went on around the grounds of the first day of America’s Grand Slam.

On Opening Night in a sold-out, celebrity-filled Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 40-year-old American became only the fourth woman in the Open Era to win matches in her teens, 20s, 30s and 40s, advancing to the second round of the US Open with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over 80th-ranked Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.

After a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Danka Kovinic in front of a sellout crowd in Ashe—a nighttime gathering of 29,402, in fact, a new US Open record—Williams did a little dance. It was a fitting reaction for what was her 19th straight-sets win in 21 career first-round matches at the US Open.

Williams hadn’t lost a set in Round 1 at the Open in 20 years, and was only briefly under threat of that happening again against the world No. 80, who led by a break at 3-2 in the first set.

In a career that’s been full of memorable nights, Williams said there’d never before been one quite like this.

“When I walked out, the reception was really overwhelming. It was loud and I could feel it in my chest. It was a really good feeling,” Williams said after the match. “It’s a feeling I’ll never forget, so … that meant a lot to me.

“It was so loud. I just was overwhelmed in a good way. But at the same time it’s like you have to be focused, you have to be laser focused. That’s what I needed to do and that’s what I tried to do.”

Williams earns a Round 2 date with No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who cruised through her opening match with the loss of just three games.

Galan, Snigur shock Tsitsipas, Halep: Two qualifiers sent shockwaves through their respective draws with wins over Top 10 seeds.

In the day session, Ukraine’s Daria Snigur knocked out No. 7 seed and former No. 1 Simona Halep in three sets, 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, in a match that was not only her US Open debut, but her tour-level debut.

The 20-year-old, a former Wimbledon junior champion, was emotional in victory inside Louis Armstrong Stadium: She dedicated her win to the people of her homeland, who’ve been on the minds and hearts of many at this US Open. Snigur participated in last week’s Tennis Plays for Peace exhibition during US Open Fan Week which raised more than $1 million for humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.

“I’m very happy,” she said, on the verge of tears. “I’m very, very, very nervous,” she continued. “But I tried to do my best.”

Under the lights, no one would have scripted Daniel Elahi Galan’s US Open debut quite like this.

Facing fourth seed Tsitsipas, the world No. 94 rode a blistering start to a shock 6-0, 5-0 lead. But that was just the start of the story, as Tsitsipas got off the canvas to take charge of set three and the start of set four before his comeback fell short.

Galan’s 6-0, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 victory was only secured on his ninth match point as the two men combined to give the Armstrong crowd a thrilling final act.

“Definitely one of the best moments of my career,” Galan said. “Definitely the best match of my career, not only because of the circumstances, also the opponent. I’m really happy.”

Tsitsipas’ early exit continues an unwelcome theme for the 24-year-old in New York. Now 5-5 lifetime at the US Open, he has not been beyond the third round.

Holt’s dream takes shape in Fritz stunner: At this time last year, American Brandon Holt wasn’t sure if he’s play tennis again. Look at him now: After winning three matches last week in qualifying, the son of two-time US Open champion Tracy Ausin scored the biggest win of his life.

In four sets, Holt was a 6-7(3), 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-3 winner over No. 10 seed Taylor Fritz.

Holt showed grit in his tour-level debut after surrendering a double-break lead at 5-2 in the opening set. But he dominated the second-set breaker, capping it off with a forehand winner, and was able to capitalize on fast starts in sets three and four.

“I’m very happy that it ended up going my way because I could have definitely been losing in that fourth set, starting a fifth set if a few points would have gone a different way,” Holt said. “I think Taylor elevated his game a lot. He started playing really well. I was playing really well, as well. It was a really fun match for me… I’m very, very pleased to get out of it.”

Gauff earns first win in Ashe: Coco Gauff’s done so much in her young career to date that it’s easy to forget that she’s still just 18. That fact was never more evident on Monday at the US Open, when she walked into Arthur Ashe Stadium looking to win her first match on the Open’s main stage.

Gauff, previously 0-2 in her career in Ashe, was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over French qualifier Leolia Jeanjean.

“I was definitely nervous. I literally told myself last night—last night or this morning, I said, ‘You know what, I’m just going to go out there and have fun, enjoy the moment, who cares if I win on Ashe or not. I’m sure there is going to be other opportunities,'” Gauff said after the match.

“But it is nice to break the barrier. I really didn’t think about it until after the match was over and then I walked out into the crowd and said, ‘Wait, I haven’t done this before.'”

Up next, Gauff faces Elena Gabriela Ruse. They’ll play at a Grand Slam for the second time this year; at Wimbledon, Gauff was a three-set victor in Round 1 after Ruse served for the match.

Ten years after Open title, Murray’s still kicking: With his triumph at the 2012 US Open, Andy Murray became the first British man to win any of tennis’ four Grand Slams since Fred Perry in 1936. A decade later, Murray’s still taking names in New York.

The 35-year-old knocked off No. 24 seed Francisco Cerundolo inside Louis Armstrong Stadium, claiming a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 result for his first straight-sets win at the US Open in six years. Murray recovered from losing a 5-2 lead in the opening set to triumph in straights.

“It was very tricky conditions today,” Murray said in his on-court interview. “I am very happy with the way I got through that one, it was not easy. He has had a brilliant year this year and I knew I had to play well and I did in the important moments.”

n 2016, Murray reached the US Open quarterfinals. He hasn’t won back-to-back matches in New York since then. To do that in 2022, he’ll have to beat young American Emilio Nava, who ground down Australian John Millman 7-6(9), 4-6, 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-1 in nearly four hours.

2021 finalist Leylah Fernandez sweeps into US Open second round

At the 2021 US Open, Leylah Fernandez staged a remarkable run, turning aside former champions and Top 5 seeds on a fairy tale ride to the final. This year, however, has been a cold dose of reality: a foot injury derailed her French Open, knocked her out of Wimbledon and limited her to just three matches—and one victory—since May.

Monday night in Louis Armstrong Stadium, the 19-year-old from Montreal took a first step toward getting her 2022 back on track. She tapped into some of her 2021 US Open magic to oust an uneven Oceane Dodin 6-3, 6-4, and advance to the second round.
“I had goose bumps stepping back into this court tonight,” said Fernandez following the match. “I felt the love here tonight. I was a bit tired waiting all day long, but the crowd’s cheers pushed me to the end.”

Jack Draper win his US Open debut

Playing in his first US Open main draw, 20-year-old Jack Draper executed high-level tennis to overcome Emil Ruusuvuori, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

In matches in which both players hit a similar percentage of shots in attack and defense, the winner will be decided by who converts the points when they are attacking and steals the points when they are defending.

Anett Kontaveit gets back on track with Round 1 win

It’s been a tough season for Anett Kontaveit, but you wouldn’t know it based on how the Estonian performed as day turned to night on Monday at the US Open.

The No. 2 seed opened up her tournament with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Jaqueline Adina Cristian, a match where she won the last nine games.

Kontaveit was one of the stories of the last quarter of 2021, a stretch where she won four of the eight tournaments she played and also finished runner-up at the season-ending WTA Finals. She became the first Estonian to ever crack the Top 10, and this year, first touched No. 2 in June.

“I’m really excited. I was really rooting for her to win today. I’ve never played against her. I mean, this is the last chance. Better late than never,” Anett Kontaveit, said with a smile.

“I’m really excited. I think the atmosphere is going to be amazing. I’m really looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be one of those matches this year that I haven’t had too many where I just have no pressure on me. I’ll just get to enjoy and play as good as I can on the day.”

“I don’t feel like there is any pressure on me on the results or anything. I’m just going to take it as a real unique experience. I’m not sure if I’ll ever experience something like this again. I think it’s a special moment for her.”

No. 12 Pablo Carreño Busta ousts 2020 champ Dominic Thiem

Spainiard Pablo Carreno Busta stopped former men’s singles champion Dominic Thiem.

The No. 12-seeded 31-year-old took down the 2020 tournament winner on Court 17, winning 7-5, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.

Returning semifinalist Auger-Aliassime starts US Open with win over Ritschard

Returning to New York after his best Grand Slam performance in a semifinal run one year ago, Felix Auger-Aliassime flew out of the blocks, but needed to hold his nerve to avoid a fifth set in his Monday US Open first-round match.

In a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win against Swiss qualifier Alexander Ritschard, the Canadian saved 10 of 12 break points—including seven of eight in the fourth set—to avoid any extended late drama.

Harriet Dart comes from behind to upset No. 10 Kasatkina

Harriet Dart of Great Britain launched comeback campaigns in the first and third sets to beat No. 10 seed Daria Kasatkina, 7-6(8), 1-6, 6-3 in the first round of the 2022 US Open on Monday. A match that might have seemed like an easy win for Kasatkina—who claimed the inaugural Championnats Banque Nationale de Granby trophy in Canada just two days ago—turned out to favor the British underdog.

Alex de Minaur downs Filip Krajinovic in blazing opener

Unseeded Serb Filip Krajinovic came out swinging hard and fast, but was ultimately unsuccessful against 18th-seeded Australian Alex de Minaur in a Day 1 match that was closer than the scoreboard might indicate, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.

Madison Keys knocks out Dayana Yastremska

American Madison Keys, the No. 20 seed, faced the unseeded Dayana Yastremska from Ukraine for her Round 1 contest. While Yastremska was the clear underdog at No. 86 in the world, the match immediately followed fellow Ukrainian Daria Snigur’s upset win over Simona Halep in Louis Armstrong Stadium.

No, not today. In a hard-fought, big-hitting match, Keys took it, 7-6(3), 6-3.

Ons Jabeur survives tricky test from Brengle

On a star-studded Day 1 at the US Open, fifth-seeded Ons Jabeur found herself relegated to the intimate ambiance of Court No. 5, a smallish, packed-to-the-gills battleground nestled in the shadows of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

A chaotic environment, to say the least.

Making the challenge even more treacherous for this year’s Wimbledon runner-up was an American who has done damage against her type before. Delaware native Madison Brengle, a pesky all-courter known for her ability to frustrate her opponents, has logged a pair of Top-5 wins in her career. She threatened Jabeur in both sets, but could not penetrate the steely self-belief of the Tunisian star, who managed the ups and downs of a tricky encounter to prevail, 7-5, 6-2.

“It was tricky the whole match,” Jabeur told reporters in her post-match press conference. “I had a lot of opportunities to break her serve. She’s not a big server, so I always knew I had to really just put the ball in and put pressure [on her] so I can get more and more [opportunities].

“I’m just happy that I stayed focused and really went for every game after.”

Haddad Maia surges into Round 2 with double-bagel victory

Surging Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia is showing no signs of slowing down.

In her first US Open as a seeded player, the No. 15 seed won her first-round match comfortably over Croatian Ana Konjuh without the loss of a game.

Haddad Maia is coming off a recent swing of success, most notably making the final in Toronto earlier this summer. She continued to display impeccable form and needed just one hour to secure the 6-0, 6-0 victory.

Wawrinka retires, Moutet advances after two sets

After two hours of play in what was heating up to be a thrilling exchange between Stan Wawrinka and Corentin Moutet, Wawrinka retired from the contest at the end of the second-set tiebreak, allowing the lucky loser to take the win, 6-4, 7-6(7), ret.

Injured Cressy forced to retire in first round

An injured No. 30 seed Maxime Cressy retired in his US Open opening round match against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics cutting short a tantalizing matchup between the two big men on Monday.

After two tense sets, Cressy physically faltered with an injury and the American dejectedly walked up to retire after dropping his serve at love to fall behind 5-1 in the third set.

Fucsovics advanced, 6-7(4), 7-5, 5-1, ret. to make it to the second round at Flushing Meadows for the second time, and first since 2020.

French Open finalist Casper Ruud advances on Day 1

On Monday afternoon, Court 12 felt hotter than a microwave and the first thing to melt down was Kyle Edmund’s service game. In the Brit’s first meeting with No. 5 seed Casper Ruud of Norway, Edmund won just 6 of his 10 service games in the first two sets while Rudd, this year’s French Open runner-up, won 9 of his first 11 and then quickly overtook Edmund in the third set to advance, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.

Daniil Medvedev beats Stefan Kozlov, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev had a dream start to his title defense at the 2022 US Open. The world No. 1, top seed and 2021 champion dropped just six games to defeat American Stefan Kozlov, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.

Former champion Andreescu downs Tan in Round 1

Three years ago, Bianca Andreescu hoisted the women’s singles trophy in Arthur Ashe Stadium after beating Serena Williams in the final. At the time, the 19-year-old Canadian was the youngest Grand Slam winner in 20 years, since Maria Sharapova won the 2009 US Open.

For her Day 1 match, Andreescu, now No. 48 in the world, drew Harmony Tan of France, currently ranked No. 112. Tan has also notched a win against Williams—in a first-round match at Wimbledon this summer, where Tan advanced to the Round of 16, her best showing at a Grand Slam tournament to date.

At the end of a seesaw battle, Grand Slam experience won the day: Andreescu took the match in three hard-fought sets, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.

Berrettini defeats qualifier Jarry

No. 13 seed and 2019 US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini fired off 10 aces to defeat qualifier and former world No. 38 Nicolas Jarry in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the second round of the 2022 US Open.

J.J. Wolf scores early upset over Roberto Bautista Agut

Opening day at the 2022 US Open on Monday featured humidity, sunshine, and big crowds at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center—and an early men’s upset by American wild card J.J. Wolf.

Leading off on Court 5, No. 87 Wolf showed Spain’s No. 16 seed Roberto Bautista Agut a quick exit at the year’s last Grand Slam with a convincing 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 triumph.

Maria Sakkari beats Tatjana Maria 6-4, 3-6, 6-0

No. 3 seed Maria Sakkari survived a stern test from Germany’s Tatjana Maria on Day 1 of the 2022 US Open. In a rematch of a Round 3 clash at Wimbledon, won by the German in straight sets, Sakkari came from 4-1 down in the first set to triumph in three, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

Riske-Amritraj defeats newcomer Yu

No. 29 seed Alison Riske-Amritraj beat 17 year-old Eleana Yu 6-2, 6-4 on Day 1 of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center. Yu came out of the gates swinging in her US Open women’s singles debut, fresh off a championship run at the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships that earned her a US Open wild card. She aced her first serve against her American compatriot, but struggled to maintain that momentum throughout the match as Riske-Amritraj broke Yu twice in the first set.

Caroline Garcia wins in straight sets

Talk about a sharp start. No. 17 seed Caroline Garcia opened her 2022 US Open campaign with a 6-2, 6-4 scoreline over lucky loser Kamilla Rakhimova.

“Obviously the last week was pretty intense,” admitted the ambitious Garcia, transitioning from Cincinnati success over to New York.

“We really tried to enjoy a couple of weeks, try to manage the external, the media, the best way we can, trying to learn from the past as well, and then focus on the past while recovering physically as well.”

“Practices have been good, not great but good,” Garcia added. “One day at a time, and happy with the win of today. Tomorrow is a new day of practice.”

Nick Kyrgios beats Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4)

Countrymen, lifelong friends and oft doubles partners, Aussies Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are unaccustomed to facing each other on the tennis court. In fact, their Opening Night clash at the US Open was their first-ever tour-level encounter.

In the end, it was the 27-year-old Kyrgios who would collect the Monday win, a momentous one at that. The 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4) decision marked the 200th victory of the Canberran’s career, and his first in the cavernous Arthur Ashe Stadium in six career attempts.

“When we both saw the draw, it was a nightmare, honestly,” said Kyrgios. “We never want to play each other. I’ve just got so much respect for him. I can’t wait to get out there and play doubles with him on the right side of the net.”


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