NEW YORK (AP) — The latest news on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):
Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka lost in the first round of a second consecutive major tournament.
America’s 19th seeded Danielle Collins beat Osaka 7-6(5), 6-3 in a resounding clash at the US Open.
Collins reached her first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in January and showed the same kind of hard-court form in her win over former No.1 Osaka which ended after midnight as Tuesday turned to Wednesday.
Going into this contest, Osaka held a 3-0 career advantage against Collins, winning every set they had played.
Osaka won the US Open in 2018 and 2020, and the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021.
This season, she lost in the third round in Australia, in the first round of Roland-Garros, then missed Wimbledon.
Osaka is now ranked 44th, which means she could have been drawn to face anyone in the first round.
Sam Querrey will always remember his big wins over Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. He didn’t have time to assimilate what he will miss most as a professional tennis player.
Retirement has become a theme at the US Open and Querrey, a 34-year-old Californian, played the last game of his career on Tuesday night, losing to Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8), 6-3 on court 7 in the first round.
Querrey peaked at No. 11 in the ATP rankings. He reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2017, beating No. 1 Murray, and the quarter-finals in 2016, beating No. 1 Djokovic. His resume also includes quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2019 and the US Open in 2017.
Querrey, a father of two sons, said he had been considering ending his career for about six months and decided six weeks ago to move to Flushing Meadows.
“I came to terms with that. And it was great,” Querrey said. “The last six weeks have been really nice, just a bit mentally.”
He said he had around 15 relatives and friends in attendance on Tuesday.
As for what’s next? He wouldn’t say. Not yet.
“There’s something I’m working on,” Querrey said, promising news in the near future.
Rafael Nadal’s first US Open match since 2019 ended in a four-set victory over a player making his Grand Slam debut.
Nadal improved to 20-0 in major tournament games this season beating Australian wild entry Rinky Hijikata 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 over three hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium Tuesday evening.
Nadal showed no serious lingering effects from the abdominal muscle tear that forced the 22-time Grand Slam champion to pull out of Wimbledon before he was supposed to play in the semi-finals. This is not on his record as a loss, as he did not take the field for the match.
Nadal has won the US Open four times, including three years ago. He then didn’t return in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic or last year due to a left foot injury.
Hijikata, 21, was a wildcard starter who played college tennis at North Carolina.
Emma Raducanu’s defense of her surprising 2021 US Open championship ended in a first-round loss to Alizé Cornet.
Their match at Louis Armstrong Stadium ended 6-3, 6-3.
Raducanu is only the third woman to lose her New York opener a year after winning the title.
The others were 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.
Raducanu dealt with blisters on her right hand holding a racquet and took a medical time-out after the first set to seek treatment from a coach.
She was also simply dominated by Cornet, a 32-year-old Frenchwoman who ended Iga Swiatek’s 37-game winning streak at Wimbledon.
Andrea Petkovic shared a hug with her opponent, received a warm standing ovation from the fans, and then retired.
Just over a week shy of her 35th birthday, Petkovic ended her career with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 loss to No. 13 seed Belinda Bencic.
The German won seven singles titles and reached No. 9 in the rankings. She made up her mind recently and cried as she explained afterwards.
Petkovic said she still loved the game, but “it’s more the body that no longer allows me to play tennis in a way that I want to play, to train the way I want to train, just to really play a full season.”
Serena Williams won’t be duplicating the US Open, at least not yet.
She and her sister Venus are not on Wednesday’s schedule for their opening match of the women’s doubles tournament. First-round doubles matches will continue on Thursday, when the Williams sisters play unless weather or other factors cause delays.
Serena Williams will play her second-round singles match on Wednesday night against No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit. In what could be the last tournament of her career, she is also playing doubles with her older sister for the first time since Roland Garros 2018. They have won 14 Grand Slam championships as a team, most recently at Wimbledon in 2016.
They will face Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova in the first round.
Venus Williams was knocked out in the first round of her return to the US Open.
Williams lost 6-1, 7-6(5) to Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where younger sister Serena had won the night before.
Venus Williams, 42, received a wild card for the tournament she first entered in 1997, where she was a runner-up. She missed the event she won in 2000 and 2001 last year due to injury.
Williams fell to 0-4 in singles matches this year. She has won at least one match every year since 1994.
The Wimbledon women’s champion is eliminated in the first round of the US Open.
Elena Rybakina lost 6-4, 6-4 to France’s Clara Burel, who qualified to earn a place in the main draw.
Rybakina was only seeded 25th as her victory at the last Grand Slam failed to propel her up the rankings as no points were awarded at the tournament this year. Both the men’s and women’s tours passed this milestone after the All England Club banned Russian and Belarus players from competing due to the war with Ukraine.
Rybakina, who was born in Russia but represents Kazakhstan, said before this tournament that she thought it was unfair, adding that she didn’t even feel like a Wimbledon champion.
Carlos Alcaraz entered the second round of the US Open when his opponent was forced to stop with injury in the third set.
The No. 3 seed led Sebastian Baez 7-5, 7-5, 2-0 when the Argentine player signaled he couldn’t continue due to leg pain or cramps.
The Alcaraz US Open ended last year the same way. He reached the quarter-finals at 18, the youngest man to be this far in New York in the professional era, before stopping in the second set of his loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime due to a right leg injury.
Alcaraz followed that up by winning four ATP titles this year.
Serena Williams will be back in the spotlight at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday.
Williams will play the first match of the night session at the main stadium, the American Tennis Association announced Tuesday.
She will face the second seed, Anett Kontaveit of Estonia. They will be followed by defending men’s champion Daniil Medvedev against Arthur Rinderknech of France.
Williams beat Danka Kovinic on Monday night to start what could be the last tournament of his career. This helped attract the biggest crowd ever for a US Open night session, which had more than 29,000 fans.
Top-ranked Iga Swiatek advanced to the second round of the US Open, beating Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-0.
8-seeded American Jessica Pegula also played her opener, as Swiatek needed just over an hour to beat Viktorija Golubic 6-2, 6-2.
Swiatek is just 5-4 since her 37-game winning streak earlier this year, but the two-time French Open champion honed in on Tuesday’s game, buoyed by a number of Polish fans clad in red inside Louis Armstrong Stadium.
She is trying to become the first player since Serena Williams in 2014 to win seven titles in one year.
A day after Serena Williams won her opening match at the US Open, her sister Venus will start her tournament on the same ground at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Top-ranked Iga Swiatek was among the players on the field when day two of the event began on Tuesday morning. Garbiñe Muguruza and Jelena Ostapenko were other Grand Slam champions with early starts.
The game at Ashe was scheduled to start at noon with the No. 3 seed Carlos Alcaraz facing Argentina’s Sebastian Baez. Then it was Venus Williams, 42, returning to the tournament she first won 25 years ago. She takes on Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium after a year-long absence at Flushing Meadows.
Rafael Nadal was in action on the night, alongside defending champion Emma Raducanu and two-time winner Naomi Osaka.
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