The sensation of the Cornet, the solidity of Nadal: what to remember from the night at the US Open

The sensation of the Cornet, the solidity of Nadal: what to remember from the night at the US Open

DESCRIPTION – The French created a sensation by eliminating Britain’s Emma Raducanu, reigning champion, in the 1Ahem US Open round. Although he was far from perfect, the Spaniard escaped Australian Rinky Hijikata’s trap.

Performance

Signed by Alize Cornet. A few hours after Clara Burel’s victory over Elena Rybakina (winner of Wimbledon), Alizé Cornet eliminated Emma Raducanu in the first round of the US Open and offered a great performance to French tennis. Des lobs (during the 1st set), des amorties (dans le 2e), Alizé Cornet en déployant son énergie habitual a, d’entrée, mi fin 6-3, 6-3 in 1h42 au conte de fées de la Britannique Emma Raducanu In New York. The niçoise (quarterfinalist at the Australian Open, 8th finalist at Wimbledon this season after beating the Polish Iga Swiatek to end her crazy streak of 37 winning matches) is living, at 32 years old, her 63rd Grand Slam tournament (record, ahead of Ai Sugiyama, 62) and benefiting from late harvests. With 22 winning points, 14 points out of 16 scored on the net, the Frenchwoman (40th in the world) eliminated the one who had illuminated the tournament last year when, after qualifying, the British had overcome all obstacles to go and lift the trophy. . The Frenchwoman, on the court, summed up: “ I’m sorry, I know you love Emma… I put my heart into it, the atmosphere (of Louis-Armstrong’s court) was great and I’m so happy I won. I had a bit of a slack at the beginning of the second set, I’m tired but happy. Vary a lot, it worked very well and I have to keep the damping on my game. And I think I manage my emotions better, I’m getting old… When it’s time to serve for the game, I manage to stay. in the game. I am 32 years old, better late than never. “In the 2nd round, Alizé Cornet has a date with the Czech Katerina Siniakova (83rd in the world). Since her title in New York, Raducanu (11th in the world) has only won 15 of the 34 matches she has played. The Briton becomes the first reigning US Open champion to lose in the first round since Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005 and Germany’s Angelique Kerber in 2017. She will drop down the WTA rankings and leave the Top 75.

The declaration

I’m starting from scratch », Signed Emma Raducanu
With a cap placed on her head to hide a misty look, Emma Raducanu, after her defeat against Alizé Cornet, confided in a press conference: “ This defeat hurts me because it is my favorite tournament and I experienced immense emotions there last year. I’m starting from scratch and I have to start over. I don’t know how many places I’m going to lose, what my new ranking will be… probably pretty low. But let’s put things in perspective: Top 100 at 19, if someone had told me last year, I would have signed. It will be good to start all over again, to find some freshness. Somehow the target will be a little less on my back. »

Point

Listed by Rafael Nadal at 5me match point that allows the Spanish to save the stumbling block of 1Ahem round against an unknown young Australian Rinky Hijikata (19; 198me around the world), inspired, eye-catching that bent without breaking and had to be worn. Taken by the neck by the young Australian Rinky Hijikata (19 years old; 198me world), the Spaniard (seeded n°2) yielded the 1Ahem set, before gaining momentum, tightening the game and demonstrating, once again, his ability to negotiate important points well (5 break points converted from 10), like when he, with authority, fired three break balls that would have allowed the Aussie to equalize at 4-4 in the 4me establish. The Spaniard did not seem to suffer physically to complete his 1Ahem round. Nadal, who is returning to the US Open for the first time since 2019, underlined on court: “ The important thing was to survive. You have to stay positive, keep the right attitude, get back into training. I enjoy being here. He scored his 1Ahem he swerved with a spectacular match point punctuated by a splendid forehand thrown hard and accurately late in the run. sound 20me success this season at Grand Slam (injured, he was forced to lose before his semi-final against Nick Kyrgios).

The flop: Sofia Kenin

The American (265me all over the world; On February 23), the 2020 Australian Open champion (the last American to win a Grand Slam), was eliminated in straight sets by Wimbledon quarterfinalist Jule Niemeier of Germany, who won 7-6 (7/3) 6- Four. Since her Grand Slam title, the American has not crossed the gates of the round of 16 at major tournaments. She and she stays in two eliminations at 1Ahem round…

The end point: sam querrey

The American (34; 287me worldwide), which was 11me The World Cup in 2018 ended his career after a final appearance at the US Open. He lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10/8), 6-3 to Belarusian Ilya Ivashka. Among the most significant moments of the American’s career (10 titles) is a remarkable victory against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2016, a tournament in which he reached the semifinals in 2017.

crazy italian chases

Lorenzo Musetti (seeded n°26) is, at the end of the suspense, overtaking David Goffin. They lost 5-2 in the deciding set, then 4-1 and 7-4 in the tiebreaker. Before finally winning 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9). His compatriot Jannik Sinner was also victorious in a fierce clash against German Daniel Altmaier 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Like Fabio Fognini, winner 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 of Russian Aslan Karatsev.

The amount : 4

The cruel abandonment of Jack Sock at the US Open. The American had started his match against Diego Schwartzman. He was leading 6-3, 7-5, before suffering back pain, losing 3me set 6-0 and be down 1-0 in the 4me set, and having to throw in the towel. Cut dry. Last year, on the 3me round in New York, the American had won 2 sets from Alexander Zverev, before being forced to retire. Gifted but fragile, he who had been forced to retire in New York in 2014 and 2015…

The model : Jimmy Connors by Danielle Collins

There was commitment, power, the will not to give up ground, it was Danielle Collins (seeded n°19) who had the last word 7-6, 6-3 against Japan’s Naomi Osaka, double winner in New York. On court, the finalist of the last Australian Open said that her backhand (her favorite shot) and her fighting spirit were due to her father’s adoration of Jimmy Connors: “ Jimmy Connors was my father’s favorite player, that inspired me a bit. I’m also a competitor, I hate losing. I try to give it my all. »


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