American Danielle Collins defeats Naomi Osaka in the first round of the US Open

New York — Naomi Osaka She got off the field and went to the locker room, laying down on her face and wrapping a towel over her face. A defeat at Arthur Ashe Court by another great hitter, Daniel Collinsleft Osaka, the two-time US Open champion, to contemplate losing the first round for the second time in a row at a Grand Slam tournament.

Collins reached her first major final at the Australian Open in January and showed the same kind of hard-court talent with a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over Osaka in a battlefield that ended after turning Tuesday into Wednesday in Flushing. pastures.

“I’m the kind of person who thinks a lot, to the point where I think a lot. Sometimes when I play matches, I have to tell myself to stop thinking, just rely on instinct,” said Osaka, who has been bothered by a bad back lately. “I feel like I should rest a bit, because there’s a lot of random chaos in my head right now.”

Last season, Osaka took an extended mental health break, including after being knocked out in the third round in New York. This season, Osaka lost in the third round in Australia and the first round at the French Open, then missed Wimbledon.

“Recently, I’ve been feeling really restrained. I’m not sure why,” Osaka said. “I’m starting to feel like I can’t hit the shots I know I can, like forehands in particular. I don’t know if it’s more training or something. I just don’t have the same feeling.”

She’s now ranked 44th, which means she might have been drawn to take on anyone in the first round.

This was the kind of match Osaka used to dominate this deck – and against this particular player. Osaka won the US Open in 2018 and 2020, and the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021, going into the night 3-0 against Collins, taking every set they fought with each other.

But Collins, who is ranked 19th in Florida at the US Open, took time off the tour that began in July to attend a practice group after being hampered by a bad neck, and that work is clearly paying off.

“I felt her plan was to put me on defense right away, so she was going to hit the ball no matter what kind of ball she hit on her side of the field,” Osaka said. “I thought she did it well.” “I think that’s kind of what she’s known for — being so aggressive.”

Earlier Tuesday, the top seed in the women’s lottery, Iga Swiatekhis strength in the second round with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Jasmine Paolini.

Swiatek has been trying to become the first player since then Serena Williams In 2014 to win seven titles a year. She’s been 5-4 since her 37-game winning streak ended earlier this year, but the two-time French Open champion turned sharper with kick-off on Tuesday while buoyed by a number of red-clad Polish fans inside Louis Armstrong Stadium. .

Swiatek said she was excited to see a picture of her pictured in an advertisement in Times Square.

“I try to enjoy it,” Swiatek said, “because I remember times when it was very hard for anyone to see or hear me. I am in such a place.”

No. 8 American Classifier Jessica Pegola She also raced in her opening match as Swiatek, where she needed over an hour before hitting Victoria Golubec 6-2, 6-2.

“She’s still No. 1 in the world and she’s going to be competing really well and it’s going to be hard to beat her no matter what,” Pegula said of Swiatek.

It may be tough to beat Swiatek on Roland Garros’ red clay, but she has already shown that she can handle tough courts, winning titles in Indian Wells and Miami earlier this year.

Emma RadukanoHer shock defense of the 2021 US Open ended in a 6-3 6-3 loss to the unseeded Alize Cornet In the first round on Tuesday evening. Raducano, seeded 11th, is the third woman to lose her opening match in New York a year after winning the title. The Others Was Champion of 2004 Svetlana Kuznetsova And the champion of 2016 Angelique Kerber.

Advancing in straight sets on Tuesday was the No. 6 seed Arina Sabalenkanumber 9 Garbin Muguruza and number 21 Petra Kvitova.

No. 4 Paula Badusa She got off to a rough start, but won a tiebreak in the second set on her way to winning three sets Lesia Tsurenko. No. 22 seeds Karolina Pliskovaa bridesmaid here in 2016, excelled Magda Lynette In the third set tiebreaker 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), while the 13 . position is Belinda Pensic Also offer more Andrea Petkovicwho is heading into retirement.

Petkovic, just over a week before her 35th birthday, shared her hug with her opponent and enjoyed a standing ovation from the crowd.

The German won seven singles titles and reached ninth place in the standings. She made up her mind recently and cried as she explained it afterwards.

Petkovic said she still loves the game, but “it’s the body that doesn’t let me play tennis anymore the way I want to play, I train the way I want to train, just play a really full season.”

American Sloane Stevens Drop the first set against Greetings Minin But he went up to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Wimbledon Champion Elena Rybakina She fell back in the first round, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Clara Borrell from France, who qualified for a place in the main draw.

Rybakina is only ranked 25th, with her last Grand Slam victory not boosting her in the rankings because no tournament points have been awarded this year. Rybakina, who was born in Russia but represents Kazakhstan, said before the tournament that she thought it was unfair, adding that she didn’t even feel like a Wimbledon champion.

Jelena Ostapenkoranked No. 16, fell Chinwen Cheng 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Sophia Keninthe 2020 Australian Open champion, was knocked out by straight sets from the Wimbledon quarter-finals Julie Niemeyerwho came out with a 7-6(3) victory, 6-4.

American Amanda Anisimovaseed #24, lost to unsorted seeds Yulia Putintseva 3-6, 3-6. Next, Anisimova Posted on Instagram She broke her toe at the US Open last week in Cincinnati and is still receiving injections into her foot while she recovers.

Next Wednesday, Serena Williams will return under the lights of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams will play the preliminary match of the evening session on Center Court, against the second seed Annette Kontaveit Estonia. They will be followed by the men of the title Daniel Medvedev against Arthur Rinderknech From France – About France.

won williams Danka Kovinich Monday night to kick off what could be the last tournament of her career. This helped draw the largest crowd ever for the evening US Open, which had more than 29,000 fans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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