NEW YORK (AP) – The previous two women’s champions had already been eliminated from the US Open and now one of last year’s semifinalists is gone.
Top players are falling quickly at Flushing Meadows, with third-placed Maria Sakkari being ousted 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the second round against Wang Xiyu of China.
On Tuesday night, Emma Raducanu became only the third defending US Open champion to lose in the first round. eliminated by Alizé Cornet. Also on Tuesday night, another former champion was eliminated in straight sets as Naomi Osaka, who won two of her four Grand Slam titles in New York, was eliminated by Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins.
Sakkari reached two Grand Slam semifinals last year but has struggled to underpin her success in 2022, admitting this week that she has struggled to cope with a higher profile that has come with her rise to No. 3 in the league ranking. She said that some days she didn’t like tennis and didn’t even want to get out of bed.
The Greek said she was happier to get into this tournament but her game just wasn’t good enough against 75th-ranked Wang, who made it through the second round of a Major for the first time.
“It’s disappointing, it hurts because I was feeling better, I was enjoying myself, I felt good on the pitch and it was just really disappointing that my level was so low today,” Sakkari said.
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Coco Gauff and Madison Keys arrange an all-American showdown
Coco Gauff, No. 12, and Madison Keys, who was seeded at No. 20, avoided the trouble and set up a third-round matchup between the Americans. Gauff defeated Elena Gabriela Ruse 6-2, 7-6 (4), while 2017 US Open runner-up Keys overtook Camili Giorgi 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6).
Sakkari’s defeat came after defending champion Emma Raducanu and two-time winner Naomi Osaka were eliminated in the first round on Tuesday night. That left Bianca Andreescu, who defeated Williams in the 2019 final, as the youngest US Open women’s winner still in the field.
Andreescu met number 15 Beatriz Haddad Maia on Wednesday evening.
Following her run to the Wimbledon final, No. 5 Ons Jabeur achieved her best US Open result with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Elizabeth Mandlik, daughter of 1985 champion Hana Mandlikova. Jabeur lost in the third round in each of her last three trips to New York.
“I have a mission,” Jabeur said. “I’m world No. 5 so for me I’m trying to represent that number as best as I can so I can really improve my game and hopefully continue and improve my ranking.”
She will play against American No. 31 seed Shelby Rogers, who beat Viktoria Kuzmova 7-5, 6-1.
Nick Kyrgios was bothered by the smell of marijuana during the win
Nick Kyrgios was already aware at the US Open that the noise was a challenge.
On Wednesday, the smell also bothered him.
Kyrgios complained about the smell of marijuana during his second-round win at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The Wimbledon runner-up later said he had severe asthma and as he paced back and forth struggling to breathe the smell was “probably not something I want to inhale between points”.
The number 23 overcame it to eliminate Benjamin Bonzi 7-6 (3) 6-4 4-6 6-4.
Andy Murray continues
Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray bounced back quickly after losing the first set to American Emilio Nava 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 to set up a third-round meet with Matteo, number 13, ahead of Berrettini.
Daniil Medvedev moves on in straight sentences
Defending champion Daniil Medvedev is in the third round at the US Open.
The No. 1 beat Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday night for his 14th straight win in the second round of a Grand Slam tournament.
Medvedev is 22-4 at the US Open, where he was a finalist in 2019 before beating Novak Djokovic for his first major title last year. Next, he plays Wu Yibing, the first Chinese to win a match at the US Open in the professional era that began in 1968.