The US Open began on Monday August 29 with a day of masters. Before Serena Williams’ long-awaited match – which could be the last – Caroline Garcia kicked off the 2022 edition perfectly. The Habs reached the second round without difficulty, leading the way for the blue-white-red contingent at Flushing Meadows. They are 11 French on the courts during this first day, after the repechage of Hugo Grenier as lucky loser in the men’s draw. World number one Daniil Medvedev qualified without difficulty.
Idyllic start for Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia is in great shape and it shows. In full confidence with his two crowns in Warsaw and especially in Cincinnati in recent weeks, the seeded number 17 of the tournament continued his momentum to qualify for the second round. The 28-year-old dominated Russian Kamilla Rakhimova in two sets (6-2, 6-4). Without being imperial, Garcia dominated the game from start to finish (32 winning points to 6) with his offensive style of play which he has been so successful with lately. She will face another Russian, world No. 60 Anna Kalinskaya, in the next round.
She is solid Caroline Garcia!
— Eurosport France (@Eurosport_FR) August 29, 2022
A series of successes which allows the Frenchwoman to be ambitious in New York, where she has never been further than a 3rd round so far: “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]she said after her victory. The title of Cincinnati 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 at a trot, Sakkari is scared, Halep on the trap
No bad surprise for Daniil Medvedev. The world number one did not tremble against the American Stefan Kozlov (6-2, 6-4, 6-0). The score does not say everything about the performance of the defending champion, far from reaching heights of intensity. But against the 111th in the world, frequently far from the standards of the men’s circuit by his low speed in service (flashed at just 100 km / h several times), that was enough. Kozlov suffered physically at the end of the match, making it a little easier for the world number one to win in just over two hours (2:01).
Among the ladies, the Maria battle turned to Sakkari’s advantage. The Greek, seeded number 3, dominated the German Tatjana Maria, not without difficulty (6-4, 3-6, 6-0). If the Hellene finished the game well, she passed more than once close to the correctional entry, and was trailing 4-1 in the 1st set. But by dint of crossing each other during each Major – they had already crossed paths in the 1st round in Melbourne, and in the 3rd at Wimbledon! -, Sakkari was able to make the difference despite his 39 unforced errors.
Simona Halep was also pushed into the third set and didn’t make it. The former world number one, seeded number 7, was eliminated to everyone’s surprise by Ukrainian qualifier Daria Snigur (6-2, 0-6, 6-4). At 20, Snigur was playing his very first Major match. Halep, candidate for victory after her coronation in Toronto, leaves immediately at the US Open, as in 2017 and 2018.
Huge surprise at the US Open!
Seeded No. 7 and winner of the WTA 1000 in Toronto, Simona Halep lost to Daria Snigur (No. 124), conceding her 3rd defeat in the 1st round of her last 19 Grand Slams:
US 2017 (Sharapova)
US 2018 (Kanepi)
US 2022 (Snigur) pic.twitter.com/ScQWTlThFW
— Game, Set and Maths (@JeuSetMaths) August 29, 2022
Murray and Berrettini secure, Bautista Agut stumbles
The first seed pushed out in the New York fortnight is called Roberto Bautista Agut (n°17). Affected by the Covid-19 before his second round at Wimbledon and forced to forfeit, the Spaniard was this time taken out on his debut by the American JJ Wolf, 87th in the world, (6-4, 6-4, 6-4) . No worries, however, for Matteo Berrettini, seeded n ° 13, winner of the Chilean Nicolas Jarry (6-2, 6-3, 6-3), or for Casper Ruud (N.5), who disposed by Kyle Edmund.
Andy Murray, 51st in the world, is not seeded, so he turned into a cador executioner. Opposed to 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 had not won a Grand Slam match without losing a set for five years.
Andy Murray’s first straight sets win at a grand slam tournament since Wimbledon 2017 (beat Paire in the last-16). https://t.co/SUfCHU0opJ
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) August 29, 2022
The beautiful story of Grenier, Rinderknech passes, Tan and Jeanjean break
Hugo Grenier, the repeat offender. As at Wimbledon, the 26-year-old lost in the third qualifying round before being drafted as the lucky loser… and winning his first round! After replacing Pablo Andujar, injured in the arm and forfeited at the last minute, the Frenchman, 119th in the world, won against the Argentinian Tomas Martin Echeverry (4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4), his first success at the US Open. He will face Matteo Berrettini in the next round. Qualification also for Corentin Moutet, who dominated Stan Wawrinka for two sets, before seeing the Swiss give up (6-4, 7-6). Arthur Rinderknech was the first French qualifier, 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 success on the other hand for Harmony Tan, revelation of the last Wimbledon in the French ranks (eliminated in the round of 16). She lost to the winner of the 2019 edition at Flushing Meadows, the Canadian Bianca Andreescu after a disjointed match (6-0, 3-6, 6-1). Leolia Jeanjean was also out, swept away by Coco Gauff (6-2, 6-3).