Naomi Osaka begins US Open defence with battling victory

Osaka survives Blinkova battle in US Open first round

Speaking a bit about the atmosphere, she added, "It was insane", she said.

"For me, when I hear people talking about someone, I want to have the opportunity to play them just to assess it for myself", Osaka said.

"I could kind of see how stressed out (Kerber) was and that was in my favor", Osaka recalled. "I think the main thing for me was that I was able to adjust whenever I figured out something was going wrong, so I think I'm heading in the right direction". "We should leave it in the past and we should move on". "We had a couple long rallies, then I got some winners here and there". I believe she has an awesome depth taking part in.

"That's what happens sometimes when you get a few dud draws, but you don't really remember the first or second rounds against guys who might not be at that calibre".

Stephens recently reunited with Kamau Murray, who coached her to the 2017 title at Flushing Meadows.

She's still just 15.

Kalinskaya had been 0-5 at majors, 0-4 against top-20 opponents and never had appeared in a night match at a Slam.

Osaka must retain her Flushing Meadows crown to have a chance of remaining world number one and was tested extensively by 2015 Wimbledon junior finalist Blinkova, who saved a match point as Osaka served for victory in the second set to force a decider.

Nadal, who is undefeated in U.S. Open first rounds, may have had reason to worry about Millman, who upset Roger Federer past year in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.

Nadal was in full control of the Australian blasting 22 winners and holding all 13 service games. The Spaniard capped his workmanlike victory with a clean forehand victor.

The 15-year-old already has legions of followers backing her following a shocking breakout at Wimbledon in the summertime.

She fell in the final round of qualifying but got into the main draw as a "lucky loser" after other women dropped out, setting her up against Halep, who last month dispatched 23-time Grand Slam victor Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final.

His reward is a meeting with Mikhail Kukushkin after the Kazakh removed 10th-seeded Wimbledon semi-finalist Roberto Bautista-Agut from Popyrin's passage to the last 32 in NY. By the time Potapova worked through two break points and held for 4-4, Gauff had to reach into her stash of beyond-her-years moxie.

Julia Goerges, the 26th seed, also required a tie-break to win against Natalia Vikhlyantseva - but theirs was in the final set, with the German coming through 1-6 6-1 7-6 (1).

Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime are friends and countrymen - and destined to be perennial opponents at the U.S. Open, it seems.

Coco Gauff reacts Tuesday night after defeating Anastasia Potapova during the first round of the U.S. Open in NY. Denis Shapovalov caused an upset of sorts when he put out the 19-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime, seeded 18, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 in a clash of Canada's next generation talents.

"It's very special to be back in the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium". She quickly pulled even at 4-all.

Those helped her become the first Japanese tennis player to be ranked No. 1, a spot she regained this month.

Osaka survives Blinkova battle in US Open first round

The Williams sisters held the door open with their dominance of the last two decades, and through it came women like Sloane Stephens, who won the 2017 U.S. Open and is now ranked 11th in the world.

The second seed gave Millman little opening for a comeback throughout the match.

Osaka, 21, fought from 3-0 down in the first set but wasted a match point at 6-5 in the second, forcing her to go the full distance against the 84th-ranked Russian.

"Because you're French probably and you're all weirdos".

The fever of US Open 2019 has started entertaining the tennis fans.

Naomi Osaka overcame intense nerves and a stuttering start to open her US Open title defence with a 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-2 win over Russia's Anna Blinkova and reach the second round in NY.

Naomi Osaka had a star-studded audience to watch her defeat Magda Linette in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot against Anna Blinkova of Russian Federation during their Women's Singles first round match on day two of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

"I've still got a story". He's someone I look up to as an athlete and also as a person.

Venus Williams was not picked to continue on the council after being there "pretty much nearly every year of my career", she said. "I still have input on this tour".

Russia's Rublev kept the momentum rolling after his win over Roger Federer at the Cincinnati Masters and will play France's Gilles Simon in round two.

The New York Times first reported that Steiner was sacked. However, the sixth seeded Zverev made a slow start to the tournament as he was stretched to five sets by Radu Albot in his opening match.

According to Oddschecker, Novak Djokovic remains the favorite to defend his title.

Here's how new all of this is to Gauff: She didn't quite realize she only has to play every other day at the U.S. Open.

Tennis' future takes center stage on the second day of the U.S. Open.

Nadal said he came on court with a "lot of respect" for Millman.

Halep then lifted her game to take the match.

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