The US Open 2019 - Week 1 Round Up
Week 1 of The US Open lived up to its billing, with fantastic tennis across the week. The first round of the men’s singles was fraught with dangers for major players and a whole host of big names exited at the first hurdle, including:
Guido Pella, Fabio Fognini, Felix Auger Aliassime, Karen Khachanov, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roberto Bautista Agut
Britain’s hopes lay with Dan Evan’s after round one and he successfully got to the third round, before being beaten by Roger Federer.
Nadal, Zverev and Medvedev continue to look strong and arguably the match of the tournament came from Gael Monfils and Denis Shapovalov on Sunday with a five-set thriller, which contained three tie-breaks.
The biggest shock of the tournament however, came on Monday morning as tournament favourite Novak Djokovic was booed off the court having retired hurt against Stan Wawrinka. The drama is never far away on Arthur Ashe.
The odds for the men’s singles winner are now fairly even after Djokovic’s departure:
Rafael Nadal 5/4, Roger Federer 2/1, Stan Wawrinka 9/1, Daniil Medvedev 9/1
In the women’s draw, pre-tournament favourite Serena Williams thrashed long-time rival Maria Sharapova in the first round. The match lasted just 59 minutes as Williams won 6-1, 6-1.
The second round proved the bogey round for the seeded players, as major contenders Sloane Stephens, Simona Halep, Aryna Sabalenka and Petra Kvitová were all knocked out.
The story of round three was undoubtedly the contest between reigning champion, Naomi Osaka and the 15-year-old Coco Gauff. The emotional embrace after the match saw both players in tears after the game. Roger Federer described the game as a win for tennis on the night.
The odds for the women’s singles look equally wide open as we enter the latter stages:
Serena Williams 6/4, Naomi Osaka 5/1, Bianca Andreescu 5/1, Elina Svitolina 7/1 Johanna Konta 12/1
We look forward to week two of this amazing tournament with bated breath and can’t wait to see what drama lies around the corner.
|IMG ARENA STREAMING TOTALS|
|Top Matches Men’s Singles||Total Views|
|Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Andrey Rublev||648,187|
|Alex De Mineur vs Kei Nishikori||542,069|
|Top Matches Women’s Singles||Total Views|
|Simona Halep vs Taylor Townsend||234,886|
|Ons Jabeur vs Karolína Plíšková||231,281|
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