Day 1 of the 2021 US Open had plenty of thrilling wins and dominant performances, but it was short on upsets. Will we see any on Tuesday? Will Day 2 have its own five-set thriller between a high seed and an unranked player?
Check back here for the latest notable happenings from Day 2 of the US Open.
Ashleigh Barty defeats Vera Zvonareva after 2nd-set tiebreak
Ash Barty, back at the US Open after missing the 2020 tournament, is on to Round 2 after defeating Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 7-6 (9).
Barty, who is the No. 1 women’s seed at the US Open and ranked No. 1 in the world, came to Flushing Meadows ready to fight. Her attack was sharp and relentless, and showed that she’s not taking anything for granted.
She cruised through the first set easily, but began losing ground in the second set almost immediately. Then, with Zvonareva up 3-2, the match came to a standstill for about 7-10 minutes due to a malfunctioning camera. With line calls being decided by cameras instead of line officials, there was no way the match could continue until it was fixed.
Luckily it wasn’t a lengthy delay. When play resumed, Barty tied the score back up in a game that took less than two minutes. But Zvonareva kept fighting despite appearing to have trouble with a bandaged thigh. She won three straight games to take the lead at 6-5, only for Barty to tie it up.
The tiebreaker wasn’t a cakewalk. Barty wasted at least five match points, but she finally got it done. She survived a torrent of energy from Zvonareva in the second set, and looks primed for a deep run over the next few weeks.
So far on Day 2…
Everyone waiting for a qualifier to beat a high seed, which happened quite a lot at Wimbledon, will have to keep waiting. Day 2 featured high seeds beating their opponents with relative ease.
Germany’s Alexander Zverev, seeded fourth, took care of American Sam Querrey in straight sets, winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. Querrey put up a good fight, keeping Zverev on his toes in the first two sets, but he couldn’t manage to get past the world No. 4.
The fourth-seeded woman, Karolina Pliskova, beat American Catherine McNally 6-3, 6-4 to advance to Round 2. Belinda Bencic, who recently took home the gold medal in women’s singles at the Tokyo Olympics, also beat her opposition in straight sets. Bencic, seeded No. 11, beat Arantxa Rus 6-4, 6-4.
Tenth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz, who knocked Daniil Medvedev out of Wimbledon with a surprise fourth-round win, advanced to Round 2 with a 6-3, 3-4, 6-3 win over Egor Gerasimov.
Maria Sakkari defeated Marta Kostyuk 6-4, 6-3. Sakkari, the No. 17 seed, has had some rough tournaments since she made her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open earlier this year, but a first-round win means she won’t have a repeat of the Western & Southern Open, where she was eliminated after a first-round loss.