US Open 2022: Garcia qualified, Wawrinka surrenders to Moutet, Halep out, Medvedev easy… What to remember from Monday

US Open 2022: Garcia qualified, Wawrinka surrenders to Moutet, Halep out, Medvedev easy... What to remember from Monday

The US Open began on Monday August 29 with a day of teachers. Before Serena Williams’ long-awaited match -which could be her last-, Caroline García kicked off the 2022 edition. The Habs made it to the second round without difficulty, leading the way of the blue and white contingent in Flushing Meadows. There are 11 Frenchmen on the fields during this first day, after the playoff of Hugo Grenier as lucky loser in the men’s draw. World number one Daniil Medvedev qualified without difficulty.

Idyllic start for Caroline García

Caroline Garcia is in great shape and it shows. In full confidence with her two crowns in Warsaw and especially in Cincinnati in recent weeks, the tournament’s 17th seed continued her momentum to qualify for the second round. The 28-year-old dominated Russia’s Kamilla Rakhimova in straight sets (6-2, 6-4). Without being imperial, García dominated the game from start to finish (32 points won to 6) with her offensive style of play that has given her so much success lately. She will face another Russian, world number 60 Anna Kalinskaya, in the next round.

A series of successes that allow the Frenchwoman to be ambitious in New York, where she has never been beyond a third round until now: “I am confident that I can improve on my best Grand Slam result [quart de finale à Roland-Garros 2017 et 3e tour à l’US Open]he said after his victory. The Cincinnati title brought me a lot of positive energy. Winning a Grand Slam tournament has been one of my goals since I started on the circuit. My win in Cincinnati changed the way a lot of people thought about my chances of getting there.”

Medvedev on the trot, Sakkari is scared, Halep in the trap

It was not a bad surprise for Daniil Medvedev. The number one in the world did not tremble against the American Stefan Kozlov (6-2, 6-4, 6-0). The scoreboard does not say everything about the performance of the reigning champion, far from reaching heights of intensity. But against the world 111, frequently far from the standards of the men’s circuit for its low speed in service (he blinked at just 100 km / h several times), that was enough. Kozlov suffered physically at the end of the match, which made it a little easier for the world number one to win in just over two hours (2:01).

Among the ladies, the battle for Maria turned in favor of Sakkari. The Greek, seeded number 3, dominated the German Tatjana Maria, not without difficulty (6-4, 3-6, 6-0). If Helen finished the game well, she passed more than once near the correctional gate and lost 4-1 in the 1st set. But by dint of crossing each other during each Major, they had already crossed paths in the first round at Melbourne and the third at Wimbledon! -, Sakkari knew how to make the difference despite her 39 unforced errors.

Simona Halep was also pushed into the third set and failed to make it. The former world number one, seeded number 7, was eliminated to everyone’s surprise by the Ukrainian qualifier Daria Snigur (6-2, 0-6, 6-4). At 20, Snigur was playing her first major match. Halep, a candidate for victory after her coronation in Toronto, starts immediately at the US Open, as in 2017 and 2018.

Murray and Berrettini secure, Bautista Agut stumbles

The first seed sent off in the New York fortnight is called Roberto Bautista Agut (n°17). Affected by Covid-19 before his second round at Wimbledon and forced to leave, the Spaniard was this time eliminated in his debut by the American JJ Wolf, 87th in the world, (6-4, 6-4, 6 -4). ) . However, they do not worry Matteo Berrettini, seeded n° 13, winner of Chilean Nicolás Jarry (6-2, 6-3, 6-3), nor Casper Ruud (N.5), who got rid of Kyle Edmund.

Andy Murray, 51st in the world, is unseeded, so he became an executioner. Facing Francisco Cerundolo (n ° 24), the Scot signed one of his best matches since his return to the fore by winning in three sets (7-5, 6-3, 6-3). He hadn’t won a Grand Slam match without dropping a set for five years.

The beautiful story of Grenier, Rinderknech passes, Tan and Jeanjean break up

Hugo Grenier, the repeat offender. Just like at Wimbledon, the 26-year-old lost in the third qualifying round before being drafted as the lucky loser…and winning the first round from him! After replacing Pablo Andújar, injured in an arm and dropped out at the last minute, the Frenchman, ranked 119th in the world, beat Argentine Tomás Martín Echeverry (4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4), the his first success at the US Open. He will face Matteo Berrettini in the next round. Classification also for Corentin Moutet, who dominated Stan Wawrinka for two sets, before seeing the Swiss give in (6-4, 7-6). Arthur Rinderknech was the first French classified, winner of the 100% hexagonal match of the day, against Quentin Halys (4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2). Daniil Medvedev awaits him in the second round.

Less successful instead for Harmony Tan, revelation of the last Wimbledon in the French ranks (eliminated in the round of 16). She fell to the winner of the 2019 edition at Flushing Meadows, the Canadian Bianca Andreescu after a disjointed match (6-0, 3-6, 6-1). She was also left out Leolia Jeanjean, swept by Coco Gauff (6-2, 6-3).


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