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The U.S. Birth, the year’s fourth and remaining Fleshy Slam match, got underway Monday at Flushing Meadows in New York with men’s and ladies folk’s singles play.
Final year, there had been no followers within the stands as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu, amongst other huge names, skipped the match thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, with a proof-of-vaccination requirement for followers, spectators are back within the stands at Arthur Ashe Stadium. So, too, are the wide names. Monday’s early singles play saw matches contested between Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Ivo Karlović, Halep and Camila Giorgi, Coco Gauff and Magda Linette and further.
The unhurried action Monday is highlighted by a showdown between Marie Bouzková and Naomi Osaka, which gets underway at 7: 50 p.m. ET. On the men’s side, No. 2 Daniil Medvedev takes on Richard Gasquet at 9 p.m. ET.
Monday’s rotund present an explanation for of play may possibly well be found on the U.S. Birth web situation. ESPN is broadcasting marquee matches, and outer-court matches are streaming on the ESPN app and ESPN.com.
The U.S. Birth runs via September 12, with the ladies folk’s singles remaining Sept. 11 and the men’s singles remaining Sept. 12.
High Men’s Outcomes
No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas def. Andy Murray 2-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 Andrey Rublev def. Ivo Karlović 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-3
No. 8 Casper Ruud def. Yūichi Sugita 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
No. 11 Diego Schwartzman def. Ričardas Berankis 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
High Girls’s Outcomes
No. 5 Elina Svitolina def. Rebecca Marino 6-2, 6-3
No. 8 Barbora Krejčíková def. Astra Sharma 6-0, 6-4
No. 9 Garbiñe Muguruza def. Donna Vekić 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5)
No. 12 Simona Halep def. Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-6 (3)
The highlight of Monday’s opening U.S. Birth singles action became as soon as diminutive doubt Andy Murray’s return to tennis at Arthur Ashe Stadium, taking on No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
In a exciting-fought, five-place match, Tsitsipas in a roundabout scheme proved victorious, but Murray compelled him to approach back from within the back of to rep so.
Tsitsipas is making an strive to search out redemption after his shining first-spherical loss at Wimbledon. He made it to the semifinals of the Australian Birth.
After two hip surgical procedures in 2018 and 2019, Murray’s future in tennis regarded to be uncertain. Then, he injured his groin at the Miami Birth in March.
The broken-down world No. 1 has battled his manner back to the ATP Tour, and retaining the No. 3-ranked participant to a slim victory in a four-hour and 49-minute match can as soon as in a while be concept of a setback.
Tsitsipas, who had a whopping 19 aces within the first-spherical match towards Murray, will face France’s Adrian Mannarino within the 2d spherical.
Fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev hit 19 winners towards Ivo Karlović and became as soon as in a region to neutralize the Croatian’s deadly wait on.
Additionally at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Simona Halep took on fellow Fleshy Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza and held on to defeat her in two sets. Halep had first-spherical exits in every the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens and did now not play in 2020.
Thanks to a left calf harm, Halep missed the French Birth and Wimbledon, the two Fleshy Slam tournaments she’s won.
Sloane Stephens is on to the 2d spherical as effectively after a 3-place victory over fellow American Madison Keys that took two hours, 10 minutes. The two faced off within the 2017 remaining as effectively.
Stephens had two aces within the match, including this beauty:
The boys’s and ladies folk’s singles first-spherical action continues Tuesday, with the men’s and ladies folk’s 2d spherical and the doubles first spherical initiating Wednesday.