Inspired Garcia ousts high seed Pliskova; Djokovic overcomes gradual begin to enter Rd 3

New York, September 3

Top seed Karolina Pliskova suffered a shock 6-1 7-6(2) loss to Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia within the second spherical of the US Open yesterday to blow the ladies’s draw large open. Pliskova, a former world No. 1, had no reply to Garcia’s energy and precision because the Frenchwoman raced out of the blocks to open up a 5-Zero lead within the opening set. The Czech was helpless within the face of her unseeded opponent’s relentless onslaught and her exit marked the worst efficiency by a ladies’s high seed in New York since Simona Halep’s opening spherical defeat in 2018.

Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Kyle Edmund. USA Today Sports/reuters

Pliskova, who was dumped out within the opening spherical of final week’s Western & Southern Open, fought again within the second set to drive a tiebreak however the finish end result was by no means unsure. “I stuck to my game plan and every point was very important. Now I can take confidence from a good win against a top player,” mentioned Garcia, who celebrated her victory by operating the breadth of the courtroom together with her arms outstretched.

The ladies’s high seed has not received the title right here since Serena Williams in 2014 and Garcia ensured the pattern continued with a surprising efficiency.

Djokovic extends win streak

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic brushed apart Briton Kyle Edmund 6-7(5) 6-Three 6-Four 6-2 after a sluggish begin to stay unbeaten in 2020 and transfer into the third spherical.

On a scorching, humid day, Edmund was left bathed in sweat whereas a cool and picked up Djokovic stayed on target for his 18th Grand Slam title and improved his 2020 match file to 25-0. It stands because the second finest begin to a season because the Serb went 41-Zero in 2011. — Reuters


Masked warrior

Naomi Osaka stepped into the Arthur Ashe Stadium carrying a masks that learn “Elijah McClain” forward of her second-round victory, harnessing tennis’s international enchantment in her struggle for racial justice. The 22-year-old’s masks honored McClain, the 23-year-old Black man who died after a violent encounter with Aurora, Colorado, cops in 2019.

Tsitsipas too good for Cressy

Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas powered previous Maxime Cressy in a late encounter, beating the American 7-6(2) 6-Three 6-4. He will tackle Croatian 27th seed Borna Coric subsequent.

India’s Sharan and Cacic bow out

India’s Divij Sharan and Serbia’s Nikola Cacic misplaced 4-6 6-Three 3-6 to eighth seeds Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhof within the males’s doubles first spherical.

Zverev overcomes teenager Nakashima

Fifth seed Alexander Zverev was stretched to 4 units in a 7-5 6-7(8) 6-Three 6-1 second-round win over American teenager Brandon Nakashima.

Other outcomes

Men’s singles

Denis Shapovalov bt Kwon Soon-woo 6-7(5) 6-Four 6-Four 6-2; Borna Coric bt Juan Ignacio Londero 7-5 4-6 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3

Women’s singles

Angelique Kerber bt Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-Three 7-6(6); Ann Li bt Alison Riske 6-Zero 6-3; Petra Kvitova bt Kateryna Kozlova 7-6(3) 6-2; Varvara Gracheva bt Kristina Mladenovic 1-6 7-6(2) 6-0; Anett Kontaveit bt Kaja Juvan 6-Four 6-1; Aliaksandra Sasnovich bt Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 6-2


The final time the ladies’s high seed received the title at Flushing Meadows. Serena Williams received her third successive title that yr

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