At the US Open have titelverdedigers Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens last night, easily placed for the second round. Also Serena Williams came through.
Nadal (ATP 1), stood in front of his countryman David Ferrer (ATP 148). The ex-number three of the world suffered from a beenblessure and threw in the second set at 4-3 ahead in the towel. Nadal took the first set with a 6-3 win.
The 36-year-old Ferrer confirmed afterwards that he had his last grand slam tournament had played. “I find it very sad that I have to specify. I’m going to miss,” said the Spaniard, in 2013 a finalist at Roland Garros, in tears. Rafael Nadal plays in the second round against Canadian Vasek Pospisil (ATP 88).
Juan Martin del Potro (ATP 3) began his tournament with a convincing 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 victory against American Donald Young (ATP 246). The Argentinian, who is the tournament won in 2009, looks in his next match with Denis Kudla (ATP 72) again an American in the eyes.
Kevin Anderson (ATP 5), the runner-up to 2017, had little surplus against the American Ryan Harrison (ATP 53). Only after 4 hours and 14 minutes and five sets had the South African qualification in the bag. The Frenchman Jeremy Chardy (ATP 46) is his next opponent.
In the women’s tournament set to outgoing champion Sloane Stephens (WTA 3) in her first race the Russian Evgeniya Rodina (WTA 80) to the side with 6-1 and 7-5. Now wait for the Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina (WTA 134).
Serena Williams (WTA 26) had very few problems with the Polish Magda Linette (WTA 68). It was 6-4 and 6-0. The U.s., six times winner in New York, in the second round of the German Carina Witthoeft (WTA 101). Earlier in the day had Elise Mertens is with difficulty placed for the second round.
Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 128) may still format for the main table of the US Open, the last grand slam tournament of the season. He was fished as a lucky loser, after the excesses of the Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. In the first round, take the 30-year-old Bemelmans against the nine-year-younger Spaniard Jaume Munar (ATP 85). It is their first encounter on the ATP circuit. The party is today on the program. It is the second match on Court 14. The first party starts at 11am local time (17h in Belgium). Last week broke Bemelmans in the final qualifying round. He had to in three sets (6-3, 6-7 (2/7) 6-2) the thumbs for the Argentine Facundo Bagnis.
On the main table, joins Bemelmans and David Goffin (ATP 10). In 2015 stuntte the Observer at Flushing Meadows by the third round to reach. Last year he died in the first round against the Frenchman Lucas Pouille. Earlier this year, Bemelmans once as a lucky loser in the main table of Roland Garros.