Friday, December 8, 2023

US Open 2022: Nadal wins first match in three seasons, defending champion Emma Radukanu, Osaka and Venus out

Rafael Nadal Naomi Osaka US Open 2022: Rafael Nadal, who could not play the Tennis Grand Slam US Open in the last two seasons due to Corona, has made a great start. Spain’s star and most 22-time Grand Slam winner Nadal defeated 21-year-old Rinki Hijikata 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in the first match.

Nadal won this match by making a spectacular comeback after losing the first set. Nadal did not appear bothered by any injury during the match. He withdrew from Wimbledon this year due to a strain in his abdominal muscles.

Naomi Osaka was out after losing in the very first match

At the same time, Japanese star Naomi Osaka, who won two titles at the US Open, has been a victim of reversal. She got out after losing in straight sets. She was defeated by Australian Open runner-up Daniel Collins 7-6(5), 6-3.

Former world number one Osaka had also lost in the first round at this year’s French Open, slipping her to 44th place in the rankings. His record before this match against Collins was 3–0, but this time he did not get one against the 19th seeded player.

Venus Williams lost in the first round for the second time

Legendary player Venus Williams had to face defeat in the first round for the second time in a row in the US Open tennis tournament. While in women’s singles, defending champion Emma Radukanu and another former champion Naomi Osaka also failed to progress through the first round.

Venus, who celebrated her 42nd birthday in June, did not receive as much support from the audience as her younger sister Serena at the Arthur Aces Stadium and the seven-time Grand Slam champion lost in straight sets.

Venus lost to Alison van Uytwank 6-1, 7-6 (5) in the match played on Tuesday. While Serna has talked about retiring, Venus has not given any such indication yet. Venus had never been out in the first round of the US Open before 2020. He did not participate in this tournament last year.

Defending champion Radukanu could not even progress

Meanwhile, Radukanu became only the third US Open champion to lose in the first round. He was defeated by Elijah Cornet 6-3, 6-3. Radukanu participated in the US Open as a qualifier last year and was successful in becoming the champion, but this time she did not get one in front of Cornet.

In women’s singles, Van Uytwank will now face Clara Burrell, who defeated Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 6-4, 6-4. In the women’s section, 2017 champion Sloane Stephens, number one Inga Swietek, number six Aryna Sabalenka, number eight Jessica Pegula, number nine Garbine Muguruza, number 13 Belinda Bencic and number 22 Karolina Pliskova were also successful.

In the men’s section, players who made it to the next round include 2014 champion Marin Cilic, number three Carlos Alcaraz, number seven Cameron Nouri, number eight Hubert Herkás, number nine Andre Rublev, number 11 Yanik Sinner and number 17 Grigor Dimitrov.


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