Amanda Anisimova, the American up-and-comer who is ringing in her 20th birthday today, has reached the second round with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan. The surprise 2019 French Open semi-finalist, who hails from the nearby New Jersey town of Freehold (where Bruce Springsteen grew up), moves through to a second-round meeting with fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who dispensed of the American wild card Catherine McNally earlier today in straight sets.
A couple of notable results trickling in from the outer courts. Wimbledon semi-finalist and No 10 seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland is through to the second round after pounding 14 aces in a drama-free 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov on Court 11. Then there’s the South African Lloyd Harris – who took out Rafael Nadal earlier this month in Washington – who’s come from behind for a 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over No 25 seed Karen Khachanov on Court 6.
An easy hold in the opening game of the second set made it 24 points out of 29 for Emma Raducanu. Then a bit of turbulence as Voegele held for 1-all and broke the British teen at love in the next game, but Raducanu breaks right back for 2-all amid a mounting crowd on Court 17. Elsewhere, Ashleigh Barty is off to a flying start against Vera Zvonareva on Ashe with an early break for 2-0 in the opener.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, is through to the second round after a straightforward 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 win over Italy’s Salvatore Caruso on Grandstand. He advances to a second-round date with Washington finalist Mackenzie McDonald, the 26-year-old American who scored a tidy straight-sets win over No 27 seed David Goffin earlier today on Court 5.
Emma Raducanu has answered her first patch of adversity with verve. After getting broken in the third game, the British teenager won the next eight points – and 20 of the next 24 – to storm from behind and take the opening set, 6-2, over Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele.
The embattled Alexander Zverev came into this year’s US Open as the hottest player on the men’s tour, having won 11 straight matches following runs to the Olympic gold medal and a fifth career Masters title in Cincinnati. And he’s shown no sign of slowing down today, seeing off Sam Querrey by a 6-4, 7-5, 6-1 scoreline in a brisk 1hr 40min that comes in eight minutes shorter than Kanye’s latest.
Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti has picked up his first win since Roland Garros with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 triumph over American wild card Emilio Nava on Court 7. A second-round date with another American, Reilly Opelka, is next.
The rising British star Emma Raducanu, who swept through last week’s US Open qualifying tournament without dropping a set to reach the main draw in her first overseas grand slam appearance, is on court for her first-round match against Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele. One of 11 teenagers in the women’s singles draw, Raducanu is looking to build on her sensational run to the fourth round of Wimbledon in July in her only other appearance in the main draw of a major.
Greetings and welcome to a mostly sunny Tuesday afternoon at Flushing Meadows. A jam-packed schedule is already under way all over the grounds with both the men’s and women’s world No 1s and a pair of Tokyo Olympic gold medalists due to launch their US Open campaigns. The toplines:
- Novak Djokovic’s bid for a record-setting 21st major championship and the first calendar-year grand slam by a men’s player in more than five decades begins at the top of tonight’s night session when he meets Danish teenager Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune. The top-ranked Serb, who’s won eight of the last 12 major titles, is a perfect 15-0 in first-round matches at the US Open.
- Ashleigh Barty, the top-ranked women’s player, is on Ashe in the final match of the day session against 2010 US Open finalist Vera Zvonareva of Russia. The Aussie star, who’s never made it past the fourth round in Queens, appears poised to make a run at her first hard-court major title after previous wins on clay and grass, having won her second career WTA 1000 title on the surface this year and 25 of 28 matches on American pavement since the start of 2019.
- It’s been nearly two full decades since an American man won a major title – Andy Roddick at the 2003 US Open, lest we forget – and it doesn’t seem as if that drought will be ending anytime soon. But the closest thing to a proper homegrown contender at this year’s Open is Reilly Opelka, the 6ft 11in firebomber who reached the Toronto final last month. The No 22 seed and former Wimbledon boys’ champion has already taken care of South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon in straight sets over on Court 17 to gain passage to the second round.