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Up now: Coco Gauff vs. Anastasia Potapova
Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old breakout star at Wimbledon, was awarded a wild card to play within the U.S. Open. Because of WTA age restrictions, she has performed just one match since Wimbledon, dropping to Zarina Diyas within the first spherical of the Citi Open in Washington.
At the U.S. Open, Gauff will face Anastasia Potapova, 18 and ranked No. 72, at Louis Armstrong Stadium, the second largest court docket on the grounds. Potapova will not be as intimidating a first-round prospect as Venus Williams was on the All England Club, however Gauff has spoken regularly about staying grounded and enjoying every match in isolation. Can she will be able to deal with the loud roars of Queens in addition to she did the well mannered rustles of Wimbledon?
Dominic Thiem loses; Alexander Zverev survives.
The much-hyped trio of Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas all crashed out of Wimbledon within the first spherical. An equivalent early exodus on the U.S. Open practically occurred.
With the No. eight seed Tsitsipas already out, the fourth-seeded Thiem misplaced to Thomas Fabbiano, 6-Four, Four-6, 6-Three, 6-2 on Ashe. The No. 6 Zverev seemed comfortably forward, 6-1, 6-Three on Radu Albot, however misplaced the third and fourth units to as soon as once more discover himself in a five-setter in an early spherical of a serious.
But he pulled out a 6-1, 6-Three, Three-6, Four-6, 6-2 win.
Simona Halep ends her U.S. Open dropping streak.
The reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep gained a match on the U.S. Open for the primary time in three years, but it surely wasn’t straightforward.
After Halep gained a decent first set, Nicole Gibbs, who made the primary draw as a fortunate loser from the qualifying occasion, took the second. Halep rapidly asserted herself within the ultimate body, nonetheless, and closed out a 6-Three, Three-6, 6-2 victory.
Gibbs just lately returned from remedy for salivary gland most cancers.
Halep had misplaced within the first spherical of the U.S. Open every of the final two years, falling to Maria Sharapova in 2017 and Kaia Kanepi final 12 months.
Halep will subsequent face one other American who got here by qualifying: Taylor Townsend.
Stefanos Tsitsipas: “I don’t feel inspired.”
At a Grand Slam match, the quarter of the lads’s draw with none of the Big Three (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) is all the time laden with alternative. Now there’s much more after the exit of two top-10 gamers within the first spherical.
No. eight Stefanos Tsitsipas succumbed to cramping and Andrey Rublev, dropping, 6-Four, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5, after Three hours 55 minutes. Tsitsipas, who additionally misplaced within the first spherical of Wimbledon final month, had a set level within the third-set tiebreaker. Rublev, a 21-year-old Russian ranked No. 43, beat Federer in Cincinnati this month.
Though dissatisfied, Tsitsipas didn’t have the identical sullen and morose response as he did after his Wimbledon loss. When he sat within the interview room Tuesday, the very first thing he stated was, “I’m not going to react again like in Wimbledon, that’s the only thing I know.”
“I saw myself in that interview a couple of days later, and it didn’t feel right,” Tsitsipas stated of Wimbledon. “My reaction was too much. I mean, there are far worse things in life than losses, and that day felt like someone was in the grave.”
Still, Tsitsipas, 21, expressed appreciable existential ennui.
“I feel like I’m doing the same thing over and over again, and my brain can’t really take it anymore,” he stated. “I feel like I’m doing the same routines on the court, the same execution, the same strategies and everything. And I feel like my mind is just — I don’t feel inspired. I play out on the court, and I don’t feel like I’m chasing something.”
No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut, a Wimbledon semifinalist final month, suffered a extra stunning upset by the hands of 47th-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin, Three-6, 6-1, 6-Four, Three-6, 6-Three.
With Tsitsipas and Bautista out, the one seeds remaining of their part of the draw are No. 24 Matteo Berrettini, who gained in 4 units over Richard Gasquet, and No. 28 Nick Kyrgios, who performs his first match Tuesday evening.
Osaka escapes with a first-round victory.
Around midday on Tuesday, Naomi Osaka walked onto the court docket at Arthur Ashe Stadium to start defending her girls’s singles title on the United States Open.
The scene was far totally different from the final time she performed a match on that court docket, in final 12 months’s controversy-riddled ultimate towards Serena Williams. Osaka was in tears at that award ceremony as boos crammed the stadium in response to a dispute between Williams and the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos.
The early-afternoon crowd for her match on Tuesday towards Anna Blinkova was sparse and largely quiet, as is usually the case in cavernous Ashe Stadium right now of day.
Osaka adopted her title in New York final September with a championship on the Australian Open in January, however she has struggled to play on the identical stage since then. She has proven spark within the hardcourts season this summer season, reaching the quarterfinals in Toronto and Cincinnati.
Osaka trailed by 1-4 in the first set before reeling off five straight games to claim it. The second had a topsy-turvy finish: Osaka saved three set points on her serve at 4-5, then broke Blinkova at love to put herself in position to serve for the win.
Osaka earned a match point at 6-5, 40-30, but then committed three unforced errors to put herself into a tiebreaker, which Blinkova won, 7-5, on her second set point.
Osaka saved two break points at 2-1 in the third set and then broke Blinkova in the next game. Osaka broke her again to end the match.
Alison Riske continues her summer surge.
Alison Riske of Pittsburgh backed up her Wimbledon breakthrough with a strong start to her U.S. Open with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over the former No. 1 Garbiñe Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam champion.
Riske, who beat then-No. 1 Ashleigh Barty to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last month, is ranked 36th, and could be one of the most dangerous unseeded players in the draw. Riske, known as a grass-court specialist, had not won a match at the U.S. Open in six years.
Since Wimbledon, Riske married into an Indian tennis dynasty, wedding Stephen Amritraj last month. Muguruza, a champion at the French Open three years ago and at Wimbledon two years ago, was playing her first Grand Slam event after separating from her longtime coach Sam Sumyk.
Rafael Nadal leads the night session.
Rafael Nadal vs. John Millman, 7 p.m.
Millman reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open last year after beating Roger Federer in the fourth round under the lights at Ashe Stadium. Nadal’s physical brand of tennis has hurt him on the hardcourts of Flushing Meadows in the past, though he has won three U.S. Opens among his 18 Grand Slam titles. He had to pull out of his semifinal against Juan Martín del Potro last year because of a knee injury. He’ll hope to keep those troubles at bay as long as possible this year. This month, he won the only U.S. Open tuneup event he entered, in Montreal.
Aryna Sabalenka vs. Victoria Azarenka, 7 p.m.
Look for an exciting match filled with big serves and hard-hitting rallies between these two Belarussians. Sabalenka, who reached the fourth round last year, is ranked No. 14 after a strong hardcourts season, reaching the final at the Silicon Valley Classic. Although Azarenka has reached the U.S. Open final twice, she has not been able to recapture her excellent form since her return from injuries and a pregnancy hiatus in 2016.
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