Defending champion Naomi Osaka extended her Grand Slam winning streak to 16 matches at the US Open on Monday, while Greek third seed Stefanos Setsipas defeated Andy Murray by five sets.
Osaka, seeking its third US Open crown in four years, defeated 87th-seeded Czech Marie Bozkova 6-4, 6-1 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium to advance to the second round match against Serbia qualifier Olga. Won with Danilovich.
“Once again, playing in front of everyone feels crazy,” Osaka said. “I feel really comfortable here. I’m glad I won.”
Osaka defeated Bozkova in their first round of the first round of this year’s Australian Open to advance to their fourth Grand Slam title.
For the first time since 23-year-old Japanese star Serena Williams became the US Open women’s champion, who is out this year with a torn hamstring, she won for the third time in a row in 2014.
Osaka’s big win streak includes its recent US and Australian Open wins and a first-round win at this year’s French Open before retiring from mental health issues.
Osaka, who lit the pit at the Tokyo Olympics, gave the Olympic pin to a young girl at the same place where she had won last year’s title when spectators were banned because of Cove 19.
“It just felt so lonely,” he said. “So I’m very happy to see young children in the audience and adults too. The energy here is unparalleled.”
Osaka saved a break point on a service winner in the ninth game and broke Bozkova in the 10th game to win the first set when the Czech backhand.
In the second set, Osaka took a 2-0 lead, then saved three break points with the winners and put them in the third game of eight minutes on the way to victory in 93 minutes.
Tsitsipas defeated Murray of Great Britain, a three-time Grand Slam champion, 2-6, 7-6 (9/7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 after four hours and 49 minutes. Taken Second week’s showdown compared to the 15-day curtain lift.
“There’s an electrical environment we’re looking forward to,” Tsitsipas said.
Murray, a two-time Olympic champion, is 112th and has lost his first match in the 15 OS Open for the first time.
“It wasn’t easy,” Tsitsipas said. “I had to make a lot of sacrifices in court to get back.”
This year’s French Open runner-up Tsitsipas took a long break before the final set, which disappointed Murray, who surrendered the break in the opening game. Delay tactics brought a cool welcome to the net after the match.
“I don’t have time for that at all and I’ve lost respect for it,” Murray said. “It’s nonsense. And he knows it.”
Tsitsipas, who plays Frenchman Adrian Manarino, said he followed the ATP rules at intervals and on medical timeouts, until Murray questioned the length and timing.
“I’m playing by the rules and sticking to what the ATP says,” Tsitsipas said. “Then the rest is fine.”
In the second set tiebreaker, Murray slipped and fell on the net because his sweat-soaked shoes were wet and he didn’t have another pair. Murray lost two set points and the 23-year-old Greek star won five of the next six points to tie the match.
“The shoes got so wet that at the end of the set, I was basically slipping and losing balance,” Murray said. “It was bad for me. It was a crucial moment in the match.”
Murray took a break in the second game of the third set and held on, but Sisyphus took the last two sets to advance.
Spectators had to show proof of vaccination to participate, but they brought energy back to Asia.
Sloane Stephens, winner of the 2017 US Open, said it was “brutal” to play without fans. “Outside of those fans and the energy, the atmosphere, it brings a lot to tennis.”
Two-time Grand Slam champions Simona Halep and Stephens won and advanced to the second round.
“You feel energized. You feel alive in court,” Halep said. “Hopefully it will stay that way forever.”
Belarus’ second seed Ariana Sabalinka defeated Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-0, while Russian men’s fifth seed Andrei Rublov defeated 221st-ranked Ivo Karlovic 6. -3, defeated 7-6. 3), 6-3.
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