US Open in New York: Clijsters missed a comeback win

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 beat her compatriot Kristie Ahn, who is ten years younger, in 81 minutes 7: 5, 6: 3. With this Williams overtook Chris Evert in the statistics of the US Open, who won 101 games in the US Open. 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. On the other hand, Serena’s sister Venus Williams, two years older, was eliminated after 3: 6, 5: 7 against number 20 seeded Czech Karolina Muchova.

Venus Williams also set a new record: the two-time US Open winner hit Flushing Meadows 22 times. Martina Navratilova made 21 US Open appearances during her career.

The Belgian Kim Clijsters, who missed her first victory since her surprising comeback, also failed. The 37-year-old had to admit defeat to number 21 seeded Russian Ekaterina Alexandrowa after a promising start 6: 3, 5: 7, 1: 6. Clijsters made her comeback on the WTA tour in February after a seven-year hiatus and had not been in New York since 2012.

The mother of three has now won the Grand Slam tournament at Flushing Meadows three times (2005, 2009, 2010). After their return, Clijsters also failed in the first round in Dubai and Monterrey. She had to cancel for the Masters tournament that moved from Cincinnati to New York last week.

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, used his first match point at 4:38 am. Last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev from Russia made it much easier with his 6: 1, 6: 2, 6: 4 against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis.

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.

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