No. 2 Ashleigh Barty overcame a dreadful begin, bouncing again after being down a set, to defeat No. 80 Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 1-6, 6-Three, 6-2. The Australian is one among three girls, becoming a member of No. Three Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic and No. Four Simona Halep of Romania, in rivalry to regain the world No. 1 rating, which is at present held by US Open defending champion Naomi Osaka of Japan.
Barty is the frontrunner, trailing Osaka by simply 105 factors. She held the highest spot for seven weeks earlier this summer season.
“Not the perfect begin, not the right begin, however it’s what it’s,” Barty stated. “We have been capable of finding a means after that to get into the match and be extra affected person and actually simply form of lock down and wait till I obtained the correct balls and proper patterns that I wished.
“That was most likely the largest change within the second and third is I used to be in a position to get extra of these patterns extra commonly and in the long run construct strain to create extra alternatives to interrupt.”
In the meantime, Pliskova, who wants to achieve at the very least the quarterfinals to have an opportunity at claiming the highest spot, survived two tiebreaks towards fellow Czech Tereza Martincova, who’s ranked 138th, to advance to the second spherical.
“Not good, however I am by means of in order that’s necessary,” Pliskova stated. “In fact, as I stated earlier than, the primary rounds they’re all the time just a little bit nervous, I might say, for a lot of the gamers. Does not assist that you simply play any individual out of your nation, as a result of then it provides some further nerves.”
Osaka should defend her title to keep up the No. 1 rating. She’s going to play Russian Anna Blinkova on Tuesday.
Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic win
One other notable win on Monday got here from Venus Williams, dominating China’s Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-Zero. The American is now 21-Zero within the first spherical of the US Open in her storied profession. At 39 years outdated, she is the oldest participant within the girls’s singles draw by 24 years; Coco Gauff is the youngest at 15.
“I like, love, love my job,” Venus Williams stated to ESPN on courtroom. “I get to work exterior. My entire job is to remain match and get a six pack. You aren’t getting higher than that. I like what I do, and I will do it so long as a I can.”
Novak Djokovic, aiming to be the primary man to win back-to-back titles on the US Open since Roger Federer in 2008, began his title protection Monday with a 6-Four, 6-1, 6-Four win over Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain. The win improves Djokovic’s first-round document on the US Open to 14-Zero. The Serbian is now 34-1 in his final 35 matches at grand slam tournaments.
Whereas Federer is among the favorites, the third-seeded Swiss hasn’t gained this grand slam occasion in 11 years. He is scheduled to face India’s Sumit Nagal, a qualifier who has by no means gained a tour-level match (Zero-Four).