DECRYPTION – The French created a sensation by eliminating the British Emma Raducanu, the defending champion, in 1er round of the US Open. Although it was far from perfect, the Spaniard escaped the trap of Australian Rinky Hijikata.
Signed by Alizé Cornet. A few hours after the victory of Clara Burel against Elena Rybakina (Wimbledon winner), Alizé Cornet eliminated Emma Raducanu in the first round of the US Open and offered French tennis a good performance. Lobs (during the 1st set), amortizations (in the 2nd), Alizé Cornet, deploying his usual strength, ended 6-3, 6-3 in 1h42 in the fairy tale of Briton Emma Raducanu In New York. Niçoise (quarter-finalist at the Australian Open, 8th finalist at Wimbledon this season after defeating the Polish Iga Swiatek to end his crazy streak of 37 winning matches) is alive, at the age of 32, the his 63rd Grand Slam tournament (record, ahead of Ai Sugiyama, 62) and benefited from the late harvest. 22 winning points, 14 points out of 16 scored in the net, the Frenchwoman (40th in the world) eliminated the one that shone in the tournament last year when, after qualifying, the Briton overcame all the obstacle to go and lift the trophy. The French woman, in court, summed up: “ I’m sorry, I know you love Emma… I put my heart into it, the atmosphere (at the Louis-Armstrong court) is good and I’m very happy to win. I had a little slack at the start of the 2nd set, tired but happy. I have so much variety, it works so well and I need to keep the cushioning in my game. And I think I’m more in control of my emotions, I’m getting older… When it’s time to serve for the game, I’m able to stay in the game. I’m 32, better late than never. “In the 2nd round, Alizé Cornet has an appointment with the Czech Katerina Siniakova (83rd in the world). Since her title in New York, Raducanu (11th in the world) has won only 15 of 34 matches The Briton became the first reigning US Open champion to lose in the first round since Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005 and Germany’s Angelique Kerber in 2017. She will fall in the WTA rankings and leave the Top 75.
“ I started from zero », signed Emma Raducanu
A hat placed on her head to hide a foggy appearance, Emma Raducanu, after her defeat against Alizé Cornet, told a press conference: “ It was a painful loss because it was my favorite tournament and I experienced great emotions there last year. I started from zero and I had to start again. I don’t know how many places I will lose, what my new rank will be…maybe a little lower. But let’s put things in perspective: the Top 100 in 19, if someone told me last year, I would have signed. It’s nice to start over, to find newness. Somehow the target was a little behind me. »
Rafael Nadal listed at 5e match point that allowed the Spaniard to overcome the trap of 1er round against the unknown young Australian Rinky Hijikata (19; 198e worldwide), inspired, eye-catching bent unbroken and must be used. Taken from the throat of young Australian Rinky Hijikata (19 years old; 198e world), the Spanish (seed n°2) gave the 1er placed, before gaining momentum, tightening the game and proving, once again, his ability to negotiate important points well (5 break points converted from 10), as when he, with authority , dismissed the three break balls that would allow the Australian. to tie the game 4-4 at 4e set. The Spaniard did not seem to suffer physically to complete the victory of 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in 3h7 in his 1.er round. Nadal, who returned to the US Open for the first time since 2019, lined the court: “ The important thing is to live. You have to stay positive, maintain the right attitude, get back to training. I have fun here. He punctuated his 1er turn with an outstanding match point punctuated by a beautiful forehand passing shot fired with power and precision to end the race. Voice 20e success this season at the Grand Slam (injured, he was forced to miss before his semi-final against Nick Kyrgios).
The flop: Sofia Kenin
The American (265e whole world; 23), the 2020 Australian Open champion (the last American to be crowned a Grand Slam), was eliminated in straight sets by Jule Niemeier of Germany, Wimbledon quarter-finalist, who won 7-6 (7/3) 6-4. Since his Grand Slam title, the American has not crossed the gates of the round of 16 in major tournaments. And he stayed in two eliminations in 1er round…
Final point: Sam Querrey
The American (34; 287e worldwide), which is 11e The World Cup in 2018 ended his career after the last appearance at the US Open. He lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10/8), 6-3 against Belarusian Ilya Ivashka. Among the most important moments of the American’s career (10 titles) remains an extraordinary victory over Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2016, a tournament where he reached the semi-finals in 2017.
The crazy Italian chase
Lorenzo Musetti (seeded n°26), at the end of the suspense, beat David Goffin. They trailed 5-2 in the deciding set, then 4-1 and 7-4 in the tie-break. Before finally won 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9). His compatriot Jannik Sinner also emerged victorious in a fierce match against Daniel Altmaier of Germany, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Like Fabio Fognini, winner 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 over Russian Aslan Karatsev.
The number: 4
The brutal departure of Jack Sock from the US Open. The American started his match against Diego Schwartzman. He was leading 6-3, 7-5, before suffering back pain, losing 3e went 6-0 and went 1-0 in 4e laid, and must throw in the towel. Cut its tracks. Last year, in 3e round in New York, the American took 2 sets from Alexander Zverev, before being forced to retire. Smart but fragile, he was forced to retire in New York in 2014 and 2015…
The model: Jimmy Connors for Danielle Collins
There is commitment, power, the will not to give up, it is Danielle Collins (seeded n°19) who has the last word 7-6, 6-3 against the Japanese Naomi Osaka, double winner in New York . On the court, the finalist of the last Australian Open said that his backhand (his favorite shot) and his fighting spirit are due to his father’s admiration for Jimmy Connors: “ Jimmy Connors was my father’s favorite player, I was quite inspired by that. I’m also a competitor, I can’t lose. I try to give it my all. »
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