US Open 2022: Cornet, Burel and Gasquet slip away in the third round, Nadal takes revenge on Fognini… What to remember from Thursday

US Open 2022: Cornet, Burel and Gasquet slip away in the third round, Nadal takes revenge on Fognini... What to remember from Thursday

100% success for the French. The three engaged on Thursday, September 1 at the US Open, Alizé Cornet, Clara Burel and Richard Gasquet, have advanced to the third round of the American Grand Slam. The latter will face Rafael Nadal, who despite losing a set and a racket blow to the nose, beat Fabio Fognini. Carlos Alcaraz continues his career in New York, as do Marin Cilic, Jannik Sinner and Iga Swiatek, who performed flawlessly against American Sloane Stephens. In women’s doubles, the Williams sisters were eliminated in the first round.

Cornet avoids the trap Siniakova

The fight was tough but Alizé Cornet (40th in the world) overcame of the Czech Katerina Siniakova (6-1, 1-6, 6-3), in 2h03 of play. If the 83rd in the world gave the French a hard time, it was above all too irregular, falling 44 unforced errors , the last of which was a match point for Cornet.

Holder of the record of 63 consecutive Grand Slams, the niçoise, who has never exceeded the eighths New York final, and who has been eliminated since entering the competition last year, will therefore try to match his best performance against the American Danielle Collins (19).

Burel continues his American adventure

Clara Burel confirmed her feat in the first round where she beat last Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina, firing Belgian Alison van Uytvanck (43rd) (6-4, 4-6, 6-4). With this victory, the 131st ranked player in the world becomes the first French player in the rankings to reach a third round at the Grand Slam since Julie Coin, 14 years ago (US Open 2008). A tournament stadium that Burel achieved for the second time in his career, after Roland-Garros in 2020, and during which She will face Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, the No.6 seed and a semifinalist in 2021.

Gasquet surprises Kecmanovic

Richard Gasquet did his best to dominate Miomir Kecmanovic, the 36th player in the world, (6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4). The biterrois once again showed great fighting spirit to see off the Serb, relying above all on his exceptional one-handed backhand.

If he had reached the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2013, Gasquet hasn’t passed the third round since 2018. The 36-year-old Frenchman will have to fight to reach the round of 16, since his next rival is called Rafael Nadal. The Mallorcan has always beaten Gasquet in seventeen clashes on the main circuit. “Regardless of the past, it’s a chance for both of them to advance to the round of 16,” said the Frenchman’s favorite motive after qualifying.

Nadal a stunned but qualified time

Author of a catastrophic start to the match and despite a racket blow to the nose, Rafael Nadal, seeded number 2, ousted Italian Fabio Fognini in four sets (2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6- 1). The Spaniard erased the memory of the 2015 US Open, during which Fognini managed to come back from two sets against him at Grand Slam to finally beat him. However, on Thursday, the 36-year-old Spaniard was out a set and a half before losing 6-2, 4-2. Managing to correct the situation in the course of the match against the 60th player in the world, Nadal he finally seemed headed for a quiet victory.

But an incident almost changed the course of the game to 3-0 in the fourth set: on a backhand extension, the Spaniard’s racket bounced off the ground and back into his face. Half dazed, bleeding from the bridge of his nose, Nadal lay down, eyes closed, for on-court treatment. If it took him a few minutes to return to the game, bandaged on his nose, the world number 3 finally concluded the match at 2:38 of play.

Swiatek beats Stephens

number one Iga Swiatek found the efficiency that allowed him to add 37 wins and six titles in a row in the spring. The Pole left no hope for the American Sloane Stephens, 51 in the world and winner in New York in 2017. She won 6-3, 6-2 in 1:14.

“I tried to keep the same motivation as when I play on the other courts. But it’s a dream to be there, on the court and not in the stands from where I watched Serena (Williams) and Karolina Pliskova play when she was playing. the tournament as a junior”, reacted Swiatek who he played for the first time in his career on the huge arena of Arthur-Ashe Court. The Pole, who has never made it past the round of 16 at the US Open, She will face another American, Lauren Davis (105th), in the next round.

A solid Alcaraz fires Coria

World number 4 Carlos Alcaraz qualified without too much difficulty against Federico Coria. After a rocky start, the Spaniard went 4-1 up in the third set, before relaxing, giving the Argentine hope of another result.

But Alcaraz came from behind to find the third round and American Jenson Brooksby. In 2021, Alcaraz had reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament in New York for the first time. This year, the 19-year-old Spaniard returns disguised as one of the main contenders for the title. In the rest of the men’s draw, Marin Cilic and Jannik Sinner also advanced to the third round.

Loser comeback of the Williams sisters

Invitational champions Serena Williams and her older sister Venus were eliminated in the first round of the women’s doubles tournament, defeated 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 by Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Linda Nsokova. By their reunion in New York eight years later, the Williams sisters haven’t really found their automatisms, which had made them such a formidable duo with 14 Grand Slam titles on the line between 1999 and 2016, including two at Flushing Meadows. However, Serena Williams is still involved in the women’s singles table and will try to earn a place in the round of 16 against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic (46th) on Friday.


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