New York (AP) – Fed Cup player Laura Siegemund was eliminated in the first round of the US Open among tennis professionals.
The 32-year-old Swabian lost to the number 16 seeded Belgian Elise Mertens with 2: 6, 2: 6 and was largely without a chance. 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 meet on Wednesday in the German game in the second round.
Siegemund’s game started about an hour late due to rain. The 32-year-old was clearly not doing well as she had to stop serving immediately. But then Siegemund caught up and met the Belgian at eye level for a while. Siegemund, for whom it was the fourth tournament since the long Corona break, was unable to take advantage of their opportunities. At 2: 3 she missed three chances of breaking and seemed frustrated afterwards. Mertens managed to secure the first set 6-2 after 40 minutes.
Siegemund was now completely off the hook. The world’s number 64, the only German to have already participated in the tournaments in Palermo, Prague and moved the Masters 1000 event from Cincinnati to New York, made too many simple mistakes. The benefit of the many competition exercises brought her little that day. She couldn’t take advantage of any of her nine break opportunities. In the second set, Mertens, who had already eliminated Andrea Petkovic in New York last year, quickly moved up to 4-0. With the first match point, the Belgian made it clear that she would progress.
Kerber and Friedsam have faced each other twice so far, both times Kerber managed to win, most recently at the Australian Open in 2018. “But I think I have developed further and Angie could be dangerous with my game,” said Friedsam confident for the game. Nevertheless, Kerber is the clear favorite in the game. Certainly because the performance of the German number one in their opening victory on Monday after the long break was surprisingly good. “I think I can build on that,” said Kerber, who is back in New York with her old, new coach Torben Beltz.