This year’s US Open will take place under special circumstances without spectators. Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber are the two best German athletes at the start. All information about the tournament in the news blog.
The US Open got underway on Monday, with the German stars successfully overcoming their opening hurdles. Both Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber are in round 2.
The odds of going far this year are probably as good as seldom. Six of the ten best players canceled their start in the women’s category, while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal miss two absolute world stars for the men.
Who will succeed last year’s winners Nadal and Bianca Andreescu? Since both are not participating, it is already clear: 2020 has a different winner than 2019.
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Kohlschreiber also missed the second round
Experienced Philipp Kohlschreiber was eliminated in the first round. The 36-year-old Augsburg, who had already reached the eighth finals five times at the Grand Slam tournament in New York, lost his opening match against Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6: 7 (4: 7), 5: 7, 6: 7 ( 3: 7). Pospisil recently caused a sensation alongside world number one Novak Djokovic as the driving force behind the creation of a new players’ union.
Siegemund eliminated – Thiem continues
Fed Cup player Laura Siegemund was eliminated among tennis professionals in the first round of the US Open. The 32-year-old Swabian lost on Tuesday to the Belgian Elise Mertens, who was placed at number 16, 2: 6, 2: 6 and had no chance at all. The one-sided play only lasted 1:26 hours. This means that only Angelique Kerber and Anna-Lena Friedsam are among the German women. The two players will meet each other on Wednesday in the German game in the second round.
The Austrian Dominic Thiem has now effortlessly reached the second round. The number three in the tennis world led on Tuesday in New York with 7: 6 (8: 6) and 6: 3 in his opening game against Jaume Munar from Spain when his opponent had to retire due to an injury. Thiem is one of the favorites in New York, also because Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are missing this year. At the Australian Open in January, 26-year-old Thiem had already reached the final, but lost to Novak Djokovic there. In New York, Thiem is number two.
Serena Williams reaches second round
Serena Williams entered the second round with a two-set win against her American compatriot Kristie Ahn. In their 20th participation in the most important tennis tournament in the US on Tuesday, Williams defeated Ahn in 81 minutes 7: 5, 6: 3. 38-year-old Williams is aiming for her 24th title in one of the four most important tournaments in the world at the Grand Slam tournament in New York. This would equalize her with the Australian record holder Margaret Court.
Murray struggles with Nishioka
Special win for British tennis hero Andy Murray (33): Former world number one and two-time Olympic champion, who has been playing with an artificial hip joint since January last year, beat Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka 4: 6 after a strong comeback at the start of the US Open, 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 4. It was the two-time Wimbledon winner’s first individual match in a Grand Slam tournament since the first round at the Australian Open in January 2019.
In the fourth set, Murray had already fended a match point from Nishioka, in the fifth round he was already behind with a break. The Scot had celebrated his last individual victory in a major in New York almost exactly two years ago, already plagued by persistent hip problems, he reached the second round. Now he meets the 15th Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime or Thiago Monteiro (Brazil) at the US Open.
Zverev accuses organizers of the corona case
Tennis pro Alexander Zverev criticized the organizers of the US Open for handling Frenchman Benoit Paire’s positive corona test. “The US Open has not informed us that well. We have heard about the whole situation with Benoit Paire through the media, just like everyone else,” Zverev complained after participating in New York’s second round at “Eurosport”. .
Alexander Zverev: The German tennis professional is criticizing the organizers of the US Open. (Source: GEPA Pictures / Image Pictures)
Paire had tested positive for the coronavirus the day before the tournament started and was removed from the competition. “I think we should inform players in such a situation first,” said Zverev. “We’ve seen Benoit all the time. As players, we also need to know who was with whom.” He himself “once saw Paire in the elevator,” Zverev reported, “but other players were with him and they weren’t too happy to find out on Twitter.”
Tennis pro Paire criticizes US Open organizers: “Fake Bubble”
French professional tennis player Benoît Paire, who tested positive for the corona virus, spoke for the first time after his exclusion from the US Open. “I am doing well at the moment and I have no symptoms,” the 31-year-old wrote on social networks Monday. The world number 23. There has been criticism of the organizers of the Grand Slam tournament in New York, which is held under strict hygiene and safety requirements.
Benoit Paire: The French professional tested positive for the coronavirus, but is now criticizing the organizers of the US Open. (Source: PanoramiC / image images)
The professionals and their supervisors live in a so-called bubble and are only allowed to move between the hotels and the complex. “I’m still hesitant to tell you what’s really going on in this” fake bubble, “Paire wrote on Instagram. His countryman Adrian Mannarino said after his first-round victory that the system looked more like a guarded security wing than a bubble. Paire was the first professional to test positive for Covid-19 in the bladder.
Tennis pro Struff follows Zverev in round two
Jan-Lennard Struff followed his Davis Cup colleague Alexander Zverev to the second round of the US Open. The 30-year-old tennis professional from Warstein decided his first round match against Spaniard Pedro Martinez on Monday (local time) 6: 0, 7: 5, 6: 4. Previously, Zverev had triumphed at the Grand Slam tournament in New York against Kevin Anderson from South Africa 7: 6 (7: 2), 5: 7, 6: 3, 7: 5 and his first win after the Corona break. reached. In the Masters event, which was moved from Cincinnati to New York, the 23-year-old from Hamburg lost to Briton Andy Murray last week at the start. Struff reached his first quarter-finals in a Masters tournament there, but was defeated by eventual winner Novak Djokovic.
Friedsam reached the second round against Kerber
Tennis player Anna-Lena Friedsam (Neuwied) has defeated her Grand Slam curse and reached the second round at the US Open for the first time. The 26-year-old won in New York 6-2, 6-2 against the American Caroline Dolehide. After 1:14 pm Friedsam converted her first match point. In the next round there will be a German duel with Angelique Kerber from Kiel.
Friedsam had last won a match in a Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon in 2016. After the corona break, Friedsam last failed twice in qualifying in two appearances at WTA level.
Tamara Korpatsch as the first German from Germany
Tamara Korpatsch missed her first win in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament and was the first German tennis player to be eliminated from the US Open. The 25-year-old from Hamburg had to admit a defeat in New York on Monday (local time) against the American Catherine Bellis 7: 6 (15:13), 3: 6, 2: 6 in New York. Angelique Kerber and Anna-Lena Friedsam reached the second round earlier. There is now a direct game between Kerber and Friedsam on Wednesday.
World ranking first Djokovic with victory in the first round
The number one in the tennis world Novak Djokovic easily reached the second round at the US Open in New York. The 33-year-old Serb ruled Monday (local time) in the first match of the so-called Night Session against Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia-Herzegovina in just under two hours of play with 6: 1, 6: 4, 6: 1. Djokovic now plays Wednesday the Briton Kyle Edmund.
Novak Djokovic: The number one in the world is one lap ahead of the US Open. (Source: Frank Franklin II / AP / dpa)
“I had a lot of confidence after the past week,” said Djokovic with mouth and nose protection in the winner’s interview in the almost empty Arthur Ashe Stadium. On Saturday, he won the title at the Masters event and moved from Cincinnati to New York. Djokovic is aiming for his 18th title in a Grand Slam tournament in the absence of defending champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the US Open.
Zverev fights Anderson
Alexander Zverev has reached the second round. The German number one won on Monday against Kevin Anderson from South Africa 7: 6 (7: 2), 5: 7, 6: 3, 7: 5 and celebrated his first victory after the Corona break. At the Masters 1000 event, which was moved from Cincinnati to New York, the 23-year-old from Hamburg lost to Briton Andy Murray at the start of the week. Against Anderson, who was in the final at the US Open in 2017, Zverev converted his first match point after 3:07 p.m.
Peter Gojowczyk, on the other hand, was the first German tennis professional to retire. The 31-year-old from Munich had to admit defeat to number 24-seeded Poland Hubert Hurkacz 3: 6, 4: 6, 4: 6.
Difficult task in the beginning: Alexander Zverev in the match against Kevin Anderson. (Source: Frank Franklin / dpa)
Koepfer and Gojowczyk are eliminated in the first round
Last sixteen finalist Dominik Koepfer (Furtwangen) failed in the first round. The 26-year-old was beaten at 7: 6 (9: 7), 3: 6, 2: 6, 4: 6 by American American Taylor Fritz, who was placed in 19th position. Last year, Koepfer surprisingly only lost in the round of 16 to eventual finalist Daniil Medvedev (Russia) as a qualifier.
Peter Gojowczyk (31) has been waiting for his first participation in the second round in New York since 2014. The Munich suffered a 3-6, 4-6, 4-6 defeat to Pole Hubert Hurkacz and must return home.
American teen Coco Gauff out on US Open – Tsitsipas Sovereign
Tennis star Coco Gauff first lost her match in the first round in a Grand Slam tournament and has already been eliminated. The 16-year-old American lost on Monday (local time) in New York to number 31 seeded Anastasija Sevastova from Latvia 3: 6, 7: 5, 4: 6.
Gauff had at least reached the third round in her previous three participations in the four main tournaments. The then 15-year-old broke through at Wimbledon last year when she beat Venus Williams in the first round. At the Australian Open earlier this year, she reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.
Among the men, Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of the favorites for the title, easily reached the second round. The number four seeded Greek did not give Albert Ramos from Spain a chance at 6: 2, 6: 1, 6: 1. Argentinian Diego Schwartzman was the first professional of the top ten places to fail because of Cameron Norrie from Great Britain .
Kerber sovereign in round 2 – German game awaits
Angelique Kerber has celebrated a successful comeback, reaching the second round at the US Open. Despite a few teething problems, the former number one in the world tennis ranking finally took his opening obstacle in New York and beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6: 4, 6: 4. In the second round there is now a German duel with Anna-Lena Friedsam. . The 26-year-old beat Caroline Dolehide of the US 6: 2, 6: 2.
In the second round: Angelique Kerber celebrates her success at the start of the US Open. (Source: AP / dpa)
Although Kerber initially lacked rhythm against Tomljanovic, this was not surprising as she had played her last match in the last 16 at the Australian Open at the end of January. After that, Kerber first put a thigh injury out of action before the tour was forced to take a five-month break due to the corona pandemic.
Over the course of the game, the three-time Grand Slam winner got along better and better, and Kerber was particularly fierce and physically present. After 1:28 hours, the 32-year-old turned her third match point. Last year Kerber failed in the first round in New York.
Opponents of Zverev and Kerber have been determined
At the first Grand Slam tournament after the Corona break, Germany’s best tennis pro Alexander Zverev meets former Wimbledon and US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the first round. That was the result of the draw for the US Open on Thursday.
Former tournament winner Angelique Kerber takes on Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in her comeback. The US Open kicks off Monday in New York. The tournament is played without spectators and under strict hygiene and safety requirements.
Ex-tennis player Navratilova: US Open title no less worth it
For Martina Navratilova, number one in the tennis world, the title at the US Open this year is no less important, despite the lack of numerous top stars. “I wouldn’t distinguish between the winners, for me there is no asterisk next to the name,” said the 18-time Grand Slam tournament winner on the BBC on Thursday.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal (Spain) and Roger Federer (Switzerland) are missing from the event that starts in New York on Monday. In the top ten of the women, six players from the top ten will not start due to the coronavirus pandemic, including last year’s winner Bianca Andreescu (Canada), world number one Ashleigh Barty (Australia) and number two Simona Halep ( Romania).