Defending champion Emma Radukanu and former champion Naomi Osaka out of US Open first round
Iga Schwamtek, Alice Cornet, Collins Rafael Nadal, Isner, Marin Cilic in second round
New York: US. Reigning women’s singles champion Emma Raducanu and former champion and former world number one Naomi Osaka were knocked out in the first round of the Open tennis.
British star Emma was defeated by French veteran Alice Cornet in straight sets in the first round. Score 6-3,6-3. 32-year-old Cornet won the battle against 19-year-old Emma in one hour and 42 minutes. Emma, who did not lose a single set in 10 matches last year, was caught in the first match this time.
Two-time winner Naomi Osaka of Japan was defeated by Daniela Collins of America in the first round in straight sets (7-6, 6-3). This is Collins’ first win against Osaka in four times in her career. This year, Osaka also lost in the first round of the French Open. With this, he was relegated to the 44th position in the ranking. Former champion Venus Williams of America also had to lose in the first round. Van Uttivanck sent Venus back in straight sets.
Meanwhile, in women’s singles, top seed Polish player Iga Schwamtek and in men’s singles, second seeded Spanish player Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round. Nadal advanced to the second round by defeating Australian player Ringi Hijikata 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in a four-set battle. This is Nadal’s first appearance at the US Open since winning in 2019. After losing the first set against Ringi, the player made a stunning comeback. Nadal is playing with hopes of the title as Novak Djokovic is not competing this time.
Iga defeated the Italian Jasmine Paulini in the first round. Score: 6-3, 6-0.