Solvents premieres of Pliskova, Sakkari, Bencic and Barty

Pliskova will meet Anisimova in the second round. Sakkari and Bencic did the same against Kostyuk and Rus, respectively. And Barty took down veteran Zvonareva.


Five years Karolina Pliskova has been, since Roland Garros 2016, without losing the first match of a Grand Slam. And today was no exception. The Czech, fourth-seeded in New York, started her path at the US Open with good feelings by beating the local player, Catherine McNally (130th), thanks to a solid performance: 6-3 and 6-4 in one hour. and 23 minutes of play time.

Two totally opposite trajectories were measured on the track: a veteran like Pliskova, runner-up here in 2016, against a young 19-year-old talent who still does not know what it is to beat a top-10 in the ranking. There was no surprise, and that is already a success in the case of a women's circuit in which bombings in the first rounds of the Grand Slam are the order of the day. Karolina cemented her victory from thanks to a serve (despite giving it up three times and committing six double faults) with which she won 70% of points won with first service, in addition to connecting two consecutive aces (eight in total) to settle the match on your second match ball. Her next rival will be Amanda Anisimova, who beat the Kazakh Diyas (7-5 and 6-2) .

Sakkari, Bencic and Barty also avoid surprises

Maria Sakkari, another of the tournament's seeds, delivered in the same way as Pliskova. With almost the same result, she beat the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in two sets: 6-4 and 6-3 in 90 minutes of the match. The Greek used her aggressive play to stand in the next round, with tremendous efficiency with the serve (eight aces and 78% of points won with first service) and balance between winning points and unforced errors (25 in each facet). His next opponent will be Siniakova, who beat Sevastova 7-6 (6) and 6-3.

Another focus of the day was on the reigning Olympic champion, Belinda Bencic, who also asserted her status as a favorite in her first match. The Swiss beat the Dutch Rus (71st) in 90 minutes by a double 6-4 with a seamless tennis: 85% of points won with first serve, 21 winning strokes (for only 14 unforced errors) and no break points awarded to his rival throughout the clash. His next stumbling block will be the Italian Martina Trevisan.

Ashleigh Barty, world number one and a great favorite to lift the title, got rid of the occasional difficulty of the Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva (36 years and 101st), whom he defeated 6-1 and 7-6 (7) in 88 minutes. The Australian, leader of the year in victories with 41, found a way to overcome the resistance of a tennis player who came from the previous one, and will face the 18-year-old Danish girl Clara Tauson in the second round, who beat the French Burel by 7-5 and 6-0. Very solvent with the serve, Barty won 81% of points with firsts.

Swiatek, Kvitova and Pavlyuchenkova, without problems

Another favorite, Iga Swiatek, easily beat Loeb (6-4 and 6-4 in 1:14), the only American who was successful in the previous one. The Polish woman has a great 10-1 record in Grand Slams premieres, and she was not caught this time either, so she will be able to oppose France's Fiona Ferro on Thursday. Petra Kvitova (10th) swept Polona Hercog (6-1, 6-2) in 61 minutes. The Czech, who beat the Slovenian on the same stage and in the first round of 2014, advanced in the hope of improving her result in the tournament, the quarters she reached in 2015 and 2017. To do this, she will have to try to beat the Czech Krystina Pliskova. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (14th) dispatched American Alison Riske, who has not raised her head for just over a year. The Russian won 6-4 6-2 in 1:18. Riske dominated 3-2 head-to-head, but has not beaten a top-20 since late 2019. Pavlyuchenkova will face Slovakian Schmiedlova. Bianca Andreescu had not played for Arthur Ashe since she was champion in 2019 and did not get off to an easy start two years later. The Canadian, who has had problems during this time to endorse what she achieved then, needed almost three hours and 38 winners to overcome the Swiss Viktorija Golubic, who has never made it past the first round in New York, 7-5, 4 -6 and 7-5 and will face local Lauren Davis in the second.

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