NEW YORK, USA – Emma Raducanu, 11th player in the world and defending champion, was eliminated as soon as she entered the United States Open, beaten 6-3, 6-3 by France’s Alizé Cornet (40th), on Tuesday.
The Brit stunned the tennis world in 2021 by becoming the first sacred history player in a Grand Slam after qualifying, plus without losing a single set of the tournament.
For her big return to Flushing Meadows, she was once again a rarity as her poor performance made her the third player in the history of the New York Major to be released as soon as she entered the running for the next edition. the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005 and the German Angelique Kerber in 2017.
For the first match Cornet has overcome his chronic awkwardness in the service (9 double fouls), dominating the exchanges, more aggressive (22 winning shots against 15) and also taking advantage of the unforced errors of the opponent (30 against 22).
“I put my heart into it, the atmosphere (of the Louis-Armstrong court) was fantastic and I am very happy to have won”, commented the 32-year-old Frenchwoman (32), who will face in the next round the Czech Katerina Siniakova (83a) .
“I’m more mature and I can manage my emotions better,” she said to explain the good results she has achieved this year in the Majors.
In Australia, at the very beginning of the year, he reached the quarter-finals of a major for the first time in his career. She was then beaten in the third round at Roland-Garros and in the round of 16 at Wimbledon where she had expelled world number 1 Iga Swiatek in the third round, thus ending a streak of 37 consecutive victories for the Pole.
Cornet is playing his 63rd consecutive Grand Slam tournament in New York, a new record after equaling the previous score held by Japan’s Ai Sugiyama at Wimbledon.
For Raducanu, 19, her difficulty in confirming her status as a new star is confirmed, the one who from her New York enterprise has not gone beyond the quarter-finals of a WTA circuit tournament and the 2nd round of a Major.
Iga Swiatek solid at the debut
Iga Swiatek, a favorite of the United States Open in view of her status as world number 1, despite a laborious summer preparation, was reassured by easily passing her first round at the United States Open on Tuesday.
Calm had returned to Flushing Meadows, a few hours after the great moment that constituted Serena Williams’ match and the subsequent tribute ceremony, which ended up being somewhat premature.
Because in an atmosphere of great evenings, the American, all dressed in diamonds for the occasion, managed to postpone her inevitable retirement announced at the beginning of August, with a victory over Montenegrin Danka Kovinic, even then claiming that she wanted to ” stay vague “about when he will retire.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. It was the most watched first round of a Grand Slam tournament ever. It is simply fantastic. Not all players would put up with that kind of confusion. It handles it quite well, as usual. Confirm how awesome it is. And also the outfit, by the way, rather cool “, commented Swiatek at the end of his authoritarian 6-3, 6-0 win over the Italian Jasmine Paolini (56a) in 1:07.
A success as convincing as it is encouraging, which the 21-year-old Pole was logically satisfied with on the sunny Louis-Armstrong field: “A first lap like this is a good test, it allows you to find the rhythm, to set the correct settings.
Aside from a slight dip midway through the first set, which saw her make unforced errors, Swiatek was purposeful and ultra dominant, landing on the fly with sharp attacks.
In the end she won seven of Paolini’s eight service games, constantly attacked in the second leg without the opponent leaving a crumb.
After an irresistible spring, which saw her chain 37 wins and six titles in a row, including Roland-Garros in June, Swiatek experienced an inconclusive hard training this summer, marked by two eliminations in 8th in Toronto and Cincinnati, complaining in particular of the bullets, which were lighter than those of the men.
For the moment they don’t seem to bother her at Flushing Meadows, where she is trying for her fourth participation, the first as a big favorite, to get through the round of 16, her best result ever year.
His next round seems to be close at hand against American Sloane Stephens (51st), winner at Flushing Meadows in 2017, who defeated Belgian Greet Minnen (110th) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 .
Venus eliminated from the entrance
Venus Williams, double winners of the event in 2000 and 2001, was eliminated in the first round 6-1, 7-6 (5) by Belgian Alison Van Uytvack (43a).
Unlike her younger sister Serena, who announced her upcoming retirement in early August, which could take place in the next few days in Flushing Meadows, the 42-year-old American never mentioned this prospect.
On the pitch, however, it is quite rare, as it is his fourth game of the season, ended like the others by a setback. Her last match won was at Wimbledon in 2021.
“It means so much to women’s tennis. Tennis in general, Van Uytvack said. She is a legend. “
Venus, winner of 7 majors in singles, however, did not close with the US Open, as she has to play double with Serena, who on Monday managed to overcome her first round by beating Montenegrin Danka Kovinic, effectively rejecting the deadline for his withdrawal from the courts.
Beat the Wimbledon champion
Winner of last Wimbledon, Kazakh Elena Rybakina (25th in the world) was eliminated in the first round by French Clara Burel (131st and qualified) 6-4, 6-4.
The Frenchwoman, who is participating at the age of 21 in her second New York Major (elimination in the first round in 2021), will face the Belgian Alison van Uytvack in the second round who beat the American Venus Williams 6-1, 7-6 ( 5).
Burel was more realistic than Rybakina: he made his three break points and saved 8 of the 9 he conceded to the opponent.
The French also benefited from the large number of unforced errors committed by Rybakina (37 against 24 for Burel).
The Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (6th), Jessica Pegula (8th) and the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza (9th) for their part respected the logic without forcing them to move on to the next phase.
In addition, Paula Badosa, 4th in the world, has just qualified in second place after overthrowing Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko (87th) 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
The Spaniard will oppose the Russian Varvara Gracheva (72nd) or the Croatian Petra Martic (54th) in the second round, who has never crossed paths at Flushing Meadows.
Unveiled by last year’s victory at Indian Wells’ WTA 1000, the 24-year-old has long been burdened by her many unforced errors (57), without hiding her annoyance and seeking solutions from her court in the stands.
Finally he was able to force his fate, almost with his back to the wall, winning the tiebreak of the second set, after letting his opponent reach three points from the match. After that, he found more momentum to reverse the trend and get out of the trap in 2:32.