Tuesday, August 27, 2013

US Open - Day 1

Dan Evans

If you're British then day 1 at Flushing Meadows was a great day for you. Laura Robson began her quest against Spain's Dominguez Lino who had beaten Robson earlier this year on clay. The first set consisted of breaks of serves with double faults but thanks to some blistering shots by Robson she went on to take it 75. From there on she never looked back with a very impressive 75 60 victory. Quoting the BBC after the match Robson said:-
"I'm really happy with the way that I played today," Robson told BBC Radio 5 live.
"Especially in the second set, I really felt like I got a rhythm in the rallies, played very patiently, but then took my chance when the opportunity arose." 
For the first time in a long time the most talked about male British tennis player isn't Andy Murray but Birmingham lad Dan Evans who caused the biggest upset of the tournament so far. Playing beautiful tennis and powerful shots, the British qualifier produced a fantastic 64 64 62 win over 11th seed Nishikori to give the 23 year old his biggest career win so far. Evans had always been such a talented player and has beaten top 100 players in the Davies Cup before so it is good to see him to finally be able to produce all this promise he has on the main tour.Quoting the BBC Evans said after the match:-"It's definitely a good one," said Evans. "That was pretty good out there to play so well and against someone so highly ranked.
"I felt pretty confident all through the week, and that was a good match. I wasn't worried"

US Open TennisElsewhere Rafael Nadal began his quest to the title with a easy 64 62 62 win over American Ryan Harrison. This has now increase Nadals win-loss on hard surface this year to 16-0 so far. Richard Gasquet had a similarly easy win against Russell from America winning 63 64 62 and 4th seed Ferrer came thought 75 63 62 against a potential future tennis star and the current junior world number 1 Nick Kyrgios. There was six five setter matches on days one with two of them resulting in seeded players being knocked out. Andy Murrays Canadian conqueror Gulbis lost a close match against world 88 Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer (63 36 61 67 46) and 27th seed Fernando Verdasco lost of of Croatian Dodig (36 57 61 64 36). Some other wins includes controversy prone Bernard Tomic, Feliciano Lopez, Tommy Robredo and Dimitry Trusunov. 

Serena Williams
Meanwhile in the women's draw defending champion Serena Williams blasted her way into the second round destroying former French open champion Schiavone 60 61 (with Williams winning the first ten games in a row). Up next for Williams is Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva who beated Romanian Niculescu 64 63. Serena will be joined in round 2 by sister Venus who eased past wimbledon semi finalist Kirsten Flipkens 61 62. There was also easy wins for third seed Radwanska (61 62 against Soler Espinosa), 9th seed Jankovic (63 64 against Madison keys) and Carla Suarez-Navarros double beagle against Laura Davis (60 60). Sloane Stephens had a much harder time scrapping past Luxembourg's Mandy Minella 46 63 76(75). Over wins includes Angelique Kerber, Sabrine Lisicki and jamie Hampton.

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