NEW YORK (AP) – The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):
College tennis may no longer be in the plans for Jenson Brooksby. He’s got more work to do in New York.
Tomas Berdych’s work in tennis may be done.
Brooksby, an 18-year-old Californian, beat Berdych 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 for his first career Grand Slam win and said afterward that he may reconsider his plans to play at Baylor University after the U.S. Open.
It was his second straight year playing in the tournament, having received a wild card last year. This time, he made it through qualifying and then took advantage of a clearly limited Berdych, who has battled injuries for much of this season.
Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up and a 2012 U.S. Open semifinalist, said after the match he was “very close” to considering retirement. The 33-year-old Czech has missed five months this year with back and left hip injuries, and he fell out of the top 100 earlier in April for the first time since Jan. 26, 2004.
French Open champion Ash Barty was forced to come back to defeat Zarina Diyas 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the U.S. Open.
The second-seeded Barty, who amassed 36 unforced errors and got less than half of her first serves in, was thoroughly dominated in the first set and did not begin to come alive until the match was knotted at 3-3 in the second set.
She went on to win nine of the next 11 games, the last ending when the No. 80-ranked Diyas sailed a forehand long.
Among other notable results, third-seeded Karolina Pliskova overcame 32 unforced errors to survive her first-round match over Czech qualifier Tereza Martincova 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3). Eugenie Bouchard, a former Wimbledon finalist and top-10 player, lost her 11th straight tour match to 12th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-3. And former Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig fell to Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-3, 6-3.
Kei Nishikori became the first player into the second round at the U.S. Open when qualifier Marco Trungelliti had to retire with the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up leading 6-1, 4-1.
Nishikori is the No. 7 seed this year after reaching the semifinals in Flushing Meadows last year.
Trungelliti, an Argentine playing in his first Grand Slam main-draw match since the 2018 French Open, needed treatment on his upper body during a changeover in the second set. He then whacked a ball in frustration after a serve hit the net, and said he couldn’t continue playing.
Trungelliti was the key witness in a match-fixing probe that resulted in the three Argentine players receiving bans for gambling-related activities. Best known of the three was Nicolas Kicker, at No. 84, the highest-ranked player convicted so far of fixing matches.
Play has begun at the U.S. Open, with third-seeded woman Karolina Pliskova and seventh-seeded man Kei Nishikori among the first to take the courts.
That’s a prelude to a big opening-day lineup that includes eight former U.S. Open champions in the lineup, including top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber.
The main event comes in the opening night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, when Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova face each other at the U.S. Open for the first time. Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Sharapova five.
Weather is not a factor. Players took the courts under partly cloudy skies, with no rain in the forecast and an expected high of 75 degrees (24 Celsius).
The year’s last Grand Slam tennis tournament gets started with quite a matchup: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are scheduled to face each other at the U.S. Open for the first time.
The two stars meet in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night.
Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Sharapova five. Both own a career Grand Slam. Both have been ranked No. 1.
As defending champion and top seed Naomi Osaka put it: “Of course I’m going to watch it. I know you all are going to watch it. I think everyone in New York is going to watch it.”
And not just in New York.
Other past U.S. Open champions in action on Day 1 include defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Williams’ older sister, Venus.
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