US Open 2021: Defending champion Naomi Osaka of Japan started her campaign with a resounding victory in the first round of the US Open. Osaka defeated 87th ranked Czech Republic player Marie Bujakova 6-4, 6-1 in straight sets. Apart from this, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Victoria Azarenka and 17-year-old American player Coco Gough have also managed to reach the second round in women’s singles. In men’s matches, third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece faced a tough fight against Andy Murray.
After winning this match played at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the presence of spectators, Osaka said, “It feels good to play in the audience once again. I feel very good here. I am glad that I win this match. I was successful.” Osaka will face Serbia’s qualifier Olga Danilovich in the second round.
Tsitsipas had to fight hard against Murray
In the tournament, third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas fought hard to win against former world number one and 2012 US Open champion Andy Murray of Britain. In this match that lasted four hours and 49 minutes, Tsitsipas defeated Murray by a margin of 2-6, 7-6 (9/7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Second seed Daniil Medavdev also won his match easily in the tournament. He defeated Richard Gasquet in straight sets by 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. Fifth seed Andrey Rublev also made it to the next round with a win. He defeated Ivo Karlovic in the first round match by 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 margin.
At the same time, 2014 champion Marin Cilic is also out. He withdrew from the match in the fifth set due to an injury against Philippe Kollschreiber. Thus, the only player left in the men’s draw after the first day’s play is world number one Novak Djokovic, who has a Grand Slam title to his name. Let us tell you that Djokovic has come here for the purpose of completing the calendar Grand Slam. Djokovic is also eyeing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to break the record of 20 Grand Slam titles.