US Open: Sharapova, Kerber and Wozniacki march into Round 2

first_imgMaria Sharapova fended off a spirited challenge from 39-year-old veteran Patty Schnyder to advance to the second round of US Open with a 6-2, 7-6(6) victory on Tuesday in New York.Sharapova’s was a shaky start and she struggled in the opening set with her sevice game but Schnyder failed to take advantage of Sharapova’s mistakes.Schnyder has retired from tennis in 2011 after being defeated in the first round of French Open but returned to the sport in 2015 and last week, she became the oldest women qualifier to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam at an age of 39 years and 8 months.Sharapova gifted Schnyder an early break after she made three double faults in her first service game but instead of taking full advantage of that, Schnyder herself double faulter at break point on her serve to immediately hand back the lead.With the first four service games all broken, Sharapova held for the first time to take a 3-2 lead and, having got her nose in front, found both her rhythm and serve and began dictating play from the baseline.Sealed with a …@MariaSharapova defeats a resurgent Schnyder 6-2, 7-6 in her opening round match in Louis Armstrong Stadium! Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2018The 22nd seed wrapped up the first set in 40 minutes and was leading 5-1 in the second before Schnyder embarked on a remarkable rally.The Swiss started to take the pace off the ball to gain a greater degree of control and the approach paid dividends as Sharapova’s error count mounted.advertisementREAD – US Open: Federer dismantles Nishioka, Djokovic battles past FucsovicsThe Russian, who hit 22 winners but made 46 unforced errors, needed four match points to end Schnyder’s resistance as the match went to a tiebreak, eventually sealing victory with a powerful forehand winner.This was their ninth career meeting, but first in 10 years. Schnyder initially retired in 2011, but is now back on tour.KERBER BANISHES US OPEN HANGOVER WITH FIRST ROUND WINFourth seed Angelique Kerber showed that she has fully recovered from last year’s US Open hangover by disposing of Russian Margarita Gasparyan 7-6(5), 6-3 on Tuesday to reach the second round at Flushing Meadows.Champion in 2016, Kerber’s title defence ended almost before it began 12 months ago with the German suffering a 6-3, 6-1 first round shellacking by Japan’s 46th ranked Naomi [email protected] moves into Round 2 of the #USOpen! Open Tennis (@usopen) August 28, 2018That upset provided a sobering reminder that anything can happen at a grand slam and Kerber made sure she would not be caught with her guard down again this year as she took on a player making her US Open main draw debut.A three-time Grand Slam winner against an opponent sitting at 370 in the world rankings and making her first appearance in a major in more than two years would appear a mismatch but it was a contest Kerber approached in a business-like manner.Also read – Serena Williams registers big win on US Open return, Venus beats KuznetsovaDespite the background Gasparyan, who has a WTA Tour title on her resume, represented a potentially tricky first round opponent, returning to the circuit this season after missing 15 months recovering from a career-threatening knee injury.”This is the first time that we played against each other, and she was really hitting the balls really good, really clean,” said Kerber. “I knew that she was injured for a long time… Now she’s coming back.”If she’s playing like this in the next weeks and months, for sure, she (will) soon (be) really high in the rankings.”The Russian showed some of her potential and a fair amount of grit by battling to take Kerber to a first set tiebreak but the Wimbledon champion kept her cool on a sweltering day on Louis Armstrong Stadium court to prevail 7-5.The 23-year-old Gasparyan refused to wave the white flag and broke Kerber to open the second set, but the German broke back immediately to slowly seize control and wrap up the match.”It was really not easy out there today,” said Kerber. “I think it’s one of the hottest days that I remember here.”But at the end, when you’re out there, you just try to survive a little bit.”CAROLINE WOZNIACKI EASES INTO SECOND ROUNDAustralian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki easily reached the US Open’s second round by beating 2011 titlist Sam Stosur 6-3, [email protected] flies past Konta 6-2, 6-2…#USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) August 28, 2018The No. 2 Wozniacki is the highest-seeded woman left in the field after No. 1 Simona Halep lost her opening match.Wozniacki was the runner-up at Flushing Meadows in 2009 and 2014.MADISON KEYS ROLLS INTO ROUND 2Madison Keys eased into the second round of the US Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 71st-ranked Pauline Parmentier of France.The 14th-seeded Keys was the runner-up to Sloane Stephens at Flushing Meadows in 2017.That was the first career Grand Slam final for Keys, who was one of four American women in the semifinals last year at the US Open.READ – US Open: Rafael Nadal through to Round 2, Stan Wawrinka upsets Grigor DimitrovEUGENIE BOUCHARD WINS FIRST US OPEN MATCH SINCE 2015Eugenie Bouchard has won a match at the US Open for the first time since 2015, the year she withdrew from the tournament after a fall left her with a concussion.Bouchard had to go through qualifying to reach the main draw and moved into the second round by beating Harmony Tan of France 6-3, 6-1.Canada’s Bouchard was the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up and reached No. 5 in the rankings. She’s now 137th.In February, she reached a settlement in her lawsuit against the US Tennis Association about her 2015 slip on a floor in the trainers’ room.She lost in the US Open’s first round in 2016 and 2017.JOHANNA KONTA KNOCKED OUTTwice a Grand Slam semifinalist, Johanna Konta can’t seem to make any headway at the majors these days.A 6-2, 6-2 loss to No. 6 seed Caroline Garcia in her opener at Flushing Meadows is Konta’s fifth consecutive exit in the first or second round at a Slam.Before that, Konta made the final four at the Australian Open in 2016 and Wimbledon last year, propelling her to No. 4 in the rankings. Now she’s 46th.”I don’t think there’s too much to really beat myself up over and analyze,” Konta said. “I mean, that’s just the way it is sometimes.”COCO VANDEWEGHE OUT OF US OPENCoCo Vandeweghe double-faulted 12 times and is gone in the first round of the US Open a year after making it all the way to the semifinals.The 24th-seeded American lost to Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-3, 7-6 (3).Vandeweghe made a total of 35 unforced errors, 16 more than Flipkens.At the 2017 US Open, Vandeweghe was one of four Americans in the semifinals.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Tiger Woods to make golf return at his own Hero World Challenge

first_imgUS sports Share via Email Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Tiger Woods is to play his first tournament in nine months after making himself available for the Hero World Challenge at the end of November. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Woods, who hosts the tournament in the Bahamas, is to return after back surgery which has kept him out of competitive action since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in February. The 14-times major winner underwent a fourth back operation in three years in April and his agent, Mark Steinberg, said this month that he had been cleared to resume full golf activity following a check-up with his surgeon.Woods, 41, announced his participation in his own tournament with a post on Twitter which read: “I’d like to thank the committee of 1 for picking myself and Daniel Berger to play in this year’s HeroWorldChallenge.”A statement on Woods’s official website read: “I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge. Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field. I want to thank Pawan Munjal and Hero MotoCorp for their continued support of this tournament and my foundation. I would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support during my injury.”Woods, whose TGR Live organisation manages the Hero World Challenge, is joined in the field of 18 by Berger who won his second PGA tournament this year and represented the US in the Presidents Cup. The field also includes the world’s current top four ranked players – Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas. Support The Guardian Tiger Woods Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Read more Woods was last week placed on probation for a year after pleading guilty to reckless driving. He was also ordered to undergo a diversion programme after being found by police officers passed out in his car with prescription drugs in his system on 29 May.The American appeared at Palm Beach County Courthouse on 27 October where he was fined $250, ordered to pay $250 to Palm Beach County Victim Services, told to attend a driving under the influence school and complete 50 hours’ community service.The Hero World Challenge runs from 30 November to 3 December. news Paul Casey hands Ryder Cup boost to Europe with return to Tour Tiger Woods avoids jail after pleading guilty to reckless driving Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Golf Share on Messenger Topicslast_img read more