New York, August 31
Venus Williams made a quiet exit from the US Open singles on Tuesday after losing 6-1 7-6(5) to Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck in front of a half empty Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The subdued scene was in stark contraast to what unfolded on Monday when a raucous star-studded crowd filled the world’s biggest tennis venue to cheer on her younger sibling Serena to a 6-3 6-3 win over Danka Kovinic in her Flushing Meadows opener and then celebrated the 23-times Grand Slam winner’s career.
Meanwhile, defending champion Emma Raducanu lost 6-3 6-3 to Alize Cornet. Naomi Osaka, unseeded this year, lost 7-6(5) 6-3 to Danielle Collins.
Nadal survives scares
Second seed Rafael Nadal faced a surprise test in his first appearance since winning the 2019 title, as he overcame 21-year-old Australian wildcard Rinky Hijikata 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-3 in the opening round.
“I started not that bad the first couple of games, but then I had some opportunities that I was not able to make,” Nadal said. — Reuters
Day 3: Highlights
Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina was knocked out in straight sets by qualifier Clara Burel, going down 6-4 6-4.
Work cut short
Third seed Carlos Alcaraz advanced to the second round after his Argentine opponent Sebastian Baez retired with an injury when he was down 7-5 7-5 2-0. Diego Schwartzman also advanced after American opponent Jack Sock retired with an injury while leading 6-3 7-5 0-6 0-1.
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, a three-time US Open finalist, bounced back in the decider to clinch a 6-1 4-6 6-2 victory. Former champion Sloane Stephens fought back from a set down to beat Greet Minnen 1-6 6-3 6-3 at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Badosa keeps cool
Eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz had no problems dispatching Oscar Otte, who did not have a single break point opportunity in a 6-4 6-2 6-4 defeat. Women’s fourth seed Paula Badosa survived an early scare to beat Lesia Tsurenko 3-6 7-6(4) 6-3.
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