New York (AP) – With her 102nd win at the US Open, Serena Williams has set a record and reached the second round of the Grand Slam tournament.
The 38-year-old tennis player from the US won 7: 5, 6: 3 on Tuesday (local time) against her compatriot Kristie Ahn, who was ten years her junior, in 81 minutes. Williams overtook Chris Evert in the US Open statistics. , who won 101 games in New York in the history of professional tennis.
“That’s cool. I don’t think I appreciate that enough, but I’m in the middle of a Grand Slam. So now is not the time to look at records when I think about winning a tournament,” Williams said.
She is aiming for her 24th title at one of the four most important tournaments in the world. This would equalize her with the Australian record holder Margaret Court. Your next opponent on Thursday is the Russian Margarita Gasparjan. When asked if she remembered her first win against Australia’s Nicole Pratt at the US Open in 1998, Williams said: “I know I often had to play three sets against her, but I can’t quite remember the game. She can only remember the defeat to Romanian Irina Spirlea in round three. ‘But no other match. It’s so typical Serena, ”she said and laughed.
With a huge show of strength, former world number one Andy Murray made it to the second round. The 33-year-old Briton defeated Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka 4: 6, 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 4. Murray, who actually wanted to end his career in early 2019 due to another surgery on his hip and mixed with Williams that year started at Wimbledon, used his first match point after 4:38 pm. In the fourth set he had fended off a match point. “I was really happy for him. I’m a huge fan of his. I know what it’s like to be hurt and written off,” said Williams.
For the German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber, the first Grand Slam tournament, on the other hand, has already ended after the forced Corona break of several months. The 36-year-old Augsburg lost to Vasek Pospisil from Canada 6: 7 (4: 7), 5: 7, 6: 7 (3: 7). “He played almost clear from behind and set the rallies,” said Kohlschreiber, the third of the five German men to be eliminated from the start. Peter Gojowczyk and Dominik Koepfer also missed the second round.
On Wednesday, Alexander Zverev and Jan-Lennard Struff will fight to advance to the third round. In addition, the German women’s duel between Angelique Kerber and Anna-Lena Friedsam is pending.
Kohlschreiber called the conditions at the first Grand Slam since the Australian Open, the cancellation of Wimbledon and the postponement of the French Open until the end of September “very exhausting”. The Davis Cup player called the lack of support from the spectators “really cheeky and very sad”.
Living in the so-called bubble between hotel and facility and without access to Manhattan, for example, took some getting used to. “It was not really fun, the high-quality time was lacking,” said Kohlschreiber and admitted: “It’s a shame I left, I’m so glad to be able to leave.” After returning to Europe, he now hopes for a wild card for the clay tournament in Kitzbühel.