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US Open: Andy Murray wins New York opener, Harriet Dart stuns Daria Kasatkina

Andy Murray extended his US Open first-round record to 15 wins and just one loss
Event: Flushing Meadows, New York dates: August 29-September 11
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Britain’s Andy Murray showed his determination and cunning to thwart 24th-seeded Argentine Francisco Cerundolo and begin the 10th anniversary of his US Open victory with a first-round victory.

The 35-year-old Murray eventually clinched the first set and then surged ahead in the second as Cerundolo trailed off.

The former world number one, who won the first of his three major titles in New York, won 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

british mate harriet dart He also reached the second round of the US Open.

The 26-year-old World No.88 earned her first win in the New York main draw, as well as her first win against a top 10 player by beating World No.9 Daria Kasatkina 7-6. (10-8), 1-6, 6-3. .

Murray, who will next play 20-year-old American wild card Emilio Nava, said: “It felt like five sets, it was tough conditions, very humid and hot.

“But I’m happy with the way I got through it. He’s had a brilliant year, I knew I had to play well and I did it in the big moments.”

Murray is one of seven British players competing at the US Open singles and was the first to advance to the second round after opening play at Louis Armstrong Stadium, which is the second show court in Flushing Meadows.

Former British number one Kyle Edmund lost 6-3 7-5 6-2 against fifth-seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud as he made his return as a Grand Slam seed after a serious knee injury, while 20-year-old Jack Draper years, in his debut abroad. – Will look to join Murray and Dart in victory on day one.

Emma Raducanu begins her title defense on Tuesday, with seventh seed Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans also playing on day two.

Murray rolls back years with convincing win

Nearly four years after undergoing major hip surgery, Murray has struggled to string together wins in a season he recently described as “good” and wanted to “be better”.

Climbing up the rankings enough to be seeded for the New York Major was the goal after Wimbledon, where he lost to 20th seed John Isner in the second round.

Inconsistent performances in North America since then did not allow him to achieve his goal and as a result, the world number 51 ended up tied against an unseeded player at Flushing Meadows.

While the 24-year-old Cerundolo has largely moved up the rankings this year due to his results on clay, it seemed his forehand could give Murray trouble on hard court and many predicted a long fight between the two.

However, that didn’t work out as Murray beat his opponent to win his first Grand Slam match in straight sets since Wimbledon in 2017.

“Sometimes when you’re in that condition, it’s pretty easy to focus on yourself and how you feel. But sometimes it’s nice to look the other way and see how your opponent is doing,” Murray said when asked if he was using the new US Open rule that allows training off the court.

“Ivan [Lendl, Murray’s coach] he was trying to get me to keep moving him down the court, because he felt that physically Cerundolo was struggling. I tried to do that certainly at the beginning of the sets and I managed to get a good advantage thanks to that.”

Francisco Cerundolo and Andy Murray shake hands at the net after their US Open 2022 match
Murray had never played Cerundolo prior to their first round match at Flushing Meadows.

Murray impressed by keeping the pressure on Cerundolo, who perked up between points late in the first set when his head began to drop.

After losing serve in the first game, Murray fought back with four on the rebound and seemed increasingly confident in his hitting.

However, things often get messy with Murray. He suddenly got nervous when he was serving for the set and a bad game put the first match back on serve.

There was an unusual incident in game nine, with Murray leading 5-4, when Cerundolo initially won a point despite a double rebound before handing it to the Scot after replays on the big screens showed what had happened.

After sealing victory, Murray, who also failed to take out the second and third sets at the first few attempts, thanked Cerundolo for his sportsmanship as they met at the net.

“What he did was brilliant and I don’t think a lot of players on tour would have done it. Fair game to him,” Murray said, adding that he thought there was an argument for video assistant review-style challenges in these instances. .

Another silver lining for Murray was that there seemed to be no sign of the cramps that have hampered him recently, despite warm weather that would have been even hotter on the sun-drenched pitch.

“I did well physically and mentally to put that in the back of my mind and find a way to get over it. So I was very happy with that,” he added.

Dart ‘so inadequate’ but victorious

Harriet Dart reached the quarter-finals in Nottingham and Eastbourne earlier this summer

Dart had won direct entry into the US Open draw for the first time after breaking into the world top 100 this year and proved more than worthy of the spot.

The Briton reached the second round on her third try in New York after a rollercoaster match against the in-form Kasatkina, who won two North American titles this summer.

After a 10-break first set, Dart saved two set points as he battled his way to victory in the tiebreak.

However, her level dropped when Kasatkina’s level rose to give the Russian a swift victory in the second set.

But, after loudly berating himself for not being “so fit” when he couldn’t reach a ball in the 2-0 decider, Dart proved he was anything but by pulling off an unlikely victory in two hours and 30 minutes. .

“I’m kind of in shock right now,” he told Amazon Prime.

“Physically I don’t feel great, but I really tried to hold my ground and keep going. I can’t believe I got the win.”

“What’s so exciting about women’s tennis is that anyone can win.”

Dart will play Hungary’s Dalma Galfi, ranked three places below her at 91st, in the second round.

Edmund loses in Grand Slam singles comeback

Kyle Edmund returns in his US Open 2022 match against Casper Ruud
Edmund was playing his first Grand Slam singles match since the 2020 US Open

The simple fact of playing singles again in a major tournament was a result for Edmund after two hellish years dealing with a knee injury which left him wondering about his future.

The 27-year-old Yorkshireman was dealt a nasty draw in the form of world number seven Ruud, who reached the French Open final this year and recently enjoyed a run to the Montreal semi-finals on hard courts.

Edmund, using an injury protected classification to play, said he was keen to see his level against one of the world’s best and after encouraging some signs early on, the former World No.14 lost in straight sets.

Edmund broke for an early 2-1 lead in the first set and showed glimpses of his quality, particularly with his trademark forehand.

But there were also signs of rust and eventually weariness, understandable in just his 10th singles match after three operations, as Ruud battled back to a comfortable victory.

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