Monday witnessed the start of the 2017 US Open with the bottom half of the women’s draw in action. One day in and i’m already a wreck at trying to keep up with everything. Unfortunately it wasn’t a fun day for me with watching tennis as I haven’t been able to log into my Eurosport Player account. After they updated my app, I was logged out and couldn’t get back in! I’ve reset my password about 20 times, but it is still telling me that it is an invalid password. Safe to say i’m mega frustrated – very disappointed in Eurosport!
A few highlights from Monday…
The most anticipated match from the first round delivered and then some as Maria Sharapova maintained her 100% record over Simona Halep with a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory in two hours and 42 minutes.
I was gutted to miss the match – sadly I need sleep to get through the remainder of this week! I was very confused when I woke up though because I had dreamt I was in New York and had looked up at a scoreboard to see Sharapova had retired early in a third set ha! I’m thrilled the match lived up to expectation but man, I feel for Simona.
Two of the top eight seeds have gone after day 1 as Aleksandra Krunic produced a superb display to defeat the number seven seed, Johanna Konta in three sets. For a recap and review of the match, check out my post below.
The number three seed, Garbiñe Muguruza began her US Open campaign with a mostly convincing 6-0 6-3 victory over Varvara Lepchenko in the first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium. There were some pretty gruelling rallies in the second set as Lepchenko managed to get back on level terms from a break down. However, Muguruza soon refocused, shooting big groundstrokes into the corners and charging the net when the opportunity arose. Muguruza won the last eight points of the match to set up a second rounder against Duan Ying-Ying.
Venus Williams needed three sets to get past the talented qualifier, Viktoria Kuzmova, 6-3 3-6 6-2. I was so impressed with how Kuzmova closed out the second set with some massive serving. Williams’s experience prevailed in the decider as she held onto her early break, staving off danger on serve, saving break points at *2-0 (from *0-40 down) and *4-2.
The number 13 seed, Petra Kvitova beat Jelena Jankovic, 7-5 7-5, in the first match on the new temporary Louis Armstrong stadium court. Jankovic had rallied from 2-5 down in the first set to get back to 5-5 and then served for the second set at *5-4. However, JJ’s nerves and lack of decisiveness at the ends of both sets, something that has characterised her 2017 season, were a key factor in the outcome of this match. Kvitova found some nice forehands late on to wrap up the win in straights.
An update on JJ.
Another player struggling in the key moments and also going down in a 7-5 7-5 scoreline was Lauren Davis – the number 32 seed suffered her seventh consecutive loss on tour as the wild card, Sofia Kenin scored a first ever Slam main draw win, fighting back from a break down in both sets. While Kenin competed superbly, she was given quite a helping hand from an out-of-sorts, Davis who failed to take advantage of two set points when attempting to serve out the second set.
Two other seeded upsets on day 1 – Maria Sakkari beat the number 24 seed, Kiki Bertens, 6-3 6-4 and Ash Barty defeated the number 21 seed, Ana Konjuh, 4-6 6-0 6-1.
Alizé Cornet held firm and served out a straight sets win over Heather Watson, 6-4 6-4. The Brit is now 0-6 in first round matches at the US Open.
Julia Goerges continued her superb recent form, dropping just one game against Annika Beck. A nice moment at the net!
Sloane Stephens also maintained her superb recent form with a 7-5 6-1 win over former finalist, Roberta Vinci.
An update on Roberta!
And finally, the Bank Holiday weekend was a baking extravaganza!