The US Open started on Monday August 29 with a masters day. Before the long-awaited match of Serena Williams – which will be the last – Caroline Garcia perfectly started the edition of 2022. The Habs reached the second round without difficulty, leading the way for the blue-white- red contingent at Flushing Meadows. They are 11 French in the courts on this first day, after the repechage of Hugo Grenier as the lucky loser in the men’s draw. World number one Daniil Medvedev qualified without difficulty.
Idyllic start for Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia is in good shape and it shows. Fully confident of his two crowns in Warsaw and especially in Cincinnati in recent weeks, the seeded number 17 of the tournament continued his momentum to qualify for the second round. The 28-year-old Russian Kamilla Rakhimova dominated in two sets (6-2, 6-4). Without being imperial, Garcia dominated the game from start to finish (32 winning points to 6) with his offensive style of play that he has been successful with lately. He will face another Russian, world No. 60 Anna Kalinskaya, in the next round.
Caroline Garcia is solid!
– Eurosport France (@Eurosport_FR) August 29, 2022
A series of successes that allowed the Frenchwoman to be ambitious in New York, where she has not been more than the 3rd round so far: “I am confident that I can improve on my best result in the Grand Slam [quart de finale à Roland-Garros 2017 et 3e tour à l’US Open]he said after his victory. The Cincinnati title brought me a lot of positive energy. Winning a Grand Slam tournament has been one of my goals since I started on the circuit. My win in Cincinnati changed the way a lot of people thought about my chances of going there.
Medvedev on a trot, Sakkari is afraid, Halep in the trap
No bad surprises for Daniel Medvedev. The world number one did not shake against American Stefan Kozlov (6-2, 6-4, 6-0). The score does not say everything about the performance of the defending champion, far from reaching high intensity. But against the 111th in the world, always far from the standards of the men’s circuit by his low service speed (flashing 100 km / h many times), that was enough. Kozlov suffered physically at the end of the match, which made it easier for the world number one to win in just two hours (2:01).
Among the women, Maria’s battle turned to Sakkari’s advantage. The Greek, seeded number 3, dominated the German Tatjana Maria, without difficulty (6-4, 3-6, 6-0). If the Hellene finished the game well, he passed more than once near the correctional entry, and carried a 4-1 lead in the 1st set. But by crossing each other during each Major – they crossed paths in the 1st round in Melbourne, and in the 3rd in Wimbledon! -, Sakkari was able to make the difference despite his 39 unforced errors.
Simona Halep was also pushed to the third set and did not reach it. The former world number one, seeded number 7, was surprisingly eliminated by Ukrainian qualifier Daria Snigur (6-2, 0-6, 6-4). At 20, Snigur played his first Major match. Halep, a candidate for victory after her coronation in Toronto, immediately left the US Open, as in 2017 and 2018.
Big surprise at the US Open!
The seeded No. 7 and winner of the WTA 1000 in Toronto, Simona Halep lost to Daria Snigur (No. 124), who suffered her third loss in the 1st round in her last 19 Grand Slams:
US 2017 (Sharapova)
US 2018 (Cannabis)
US 2022 (Snigur) pic.twitter.com/ScQWTlThFW
– Games, Sets and Maths (@JeuSetMaths) August 29, 2022
Murray and Berrettini are safe, Bautista Agut stumbles
The first seed pushed in New York two weeks ago is called Roberto Bautista Agut (n°17). Affected by Covid-19 before his second round at Wimbledon and forced to forfeit, the Spaniard this time was taken in his debut by the American JJ Wolf, 87th in the world, (6-4, 6-4, 6 -4). . However, there is no concern, for Matteo Berrettini, seeded n ° 13, winner of the Chilean Nicolas Jarry (6-2, 6-3, 6-3), or for Casper Ruud (N.5), who was dismissed by Kyle Edmund.
Andy Murray, 51st in the world, was not seeded, so he became a cador executioner. Against Francisco Cerundolo (n°24), the Scot signed one of his best matches since his return to the front by winning in three sets (7-5, 6-3, 6-3). He has not won a Grand Slam match without losing a set in five years.
Andy Murray’s first consecutive set win at a grand slam tournament since Wimbledon 2017 (beat Paire in the last 16). https://t.co/SUfCHU0opJ
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) August 29, 2022
The beautiful story of Grenier, Rinderknech pass, Tan and Jeanjean break
Hugo Grenier, the repeat offender. Just like at Wimbledon, the 26-year-old lost in the third qualifying round before being drafted as a lucky loser… and won his first round! After replacing Pablo Andujar, injured in the arm and missing in the last minute, the Frenchman, ranked 119 in the world, won against Argentinian Tomas Martin Echeverry (4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4) , his first US Open success. He will face Matteo Berrettini in the next round. Also qualifying for Corentin Moutet, who dominated Stan Wawrinka for two sets, before seeing the Swiss surrender (6-4, 7-6). Arthur Rinderknech was the first French qualifier, winner of the 100% hexagonal match of the day, against Quentin Halys (4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2). Daniil Medvedev is waiting for him in the second round.
Little success on the other hand for Harmony Tan, the revelation of the last Wimbledon in the French rankings (eliminated in the round of 16). She lost to the winner of the 2019 edition of Flushing Meadows, the Canadian Bianca Andreescu after a disjointed match (6-0, 3-6, 6-1). Leolia Jeanjean was also absent, swept by Coco Gauff (6-2, 6-3).