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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Highlights of the first day at the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, at Flushing Meadows on Monday (times GMT):

2203 KREJCIKOVA, KERBER ADVANCE

French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova handed Astra Sharma a bagel en route to victory on her main draw debut at Flushing Meadows, winning 6-0 6-4.

Elsewhere, three-times Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber came back from 3-5 down in the third set to edge past Dayana Yastremska 3-6 6-4 7-6(3).

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U.S. Open order of play on Tuesday

2033 CILIC RETIRES WITH INJURY

Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion, retired injured from his first-round match with Philipp Kohlschreiber with the contest locked at two sets each.

Earlier, 11th seed Diego Schwartzman beat Ricardas Berankis 7-5 6-3 6-3 and 12th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime battled past Evgeny Donskoy 7-6(0) 3-6 7-6(1) 7-6(8) while Brandon Nakashima stunned 19th seed John Isner 7-6(7) 7-6(6) 6-3.

1917 INJURED KONTA WITHDRAWS, LUCKY LOSER RAKHIMOVA IN

Briton Johanna Konta pulled out of the tournament due to a left thigh injury, with Kamilla Rakhimova replacing her in the draw as a lucky loser. The Russian will take on Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic in the opening round.

1840 RUBLEV EASES PAST VETERAN KARLOVIC

Fifth seed Andrey Rublev of Russia brushed aside 42-year-old Ivo Karlovic 6-3 7-6(3) 6-3 to book his place in the second round.

1820 STEPHENS BATTLES PAST KEYS

In a rematch of the 2017 final, American Sloane Stephens held her nerve to beat compatriot Madison Keys 6-3 1-6 7-6(7).

1730 MUGURUZA DOWNS VEKIC

Spanish ninth seed Garbine Muguruza held off a second-set fightback from Croatia’s Donna Vekic to secure a 7-6(4) 7-6(5) win in just over two hours.

1645 HALEP SURVIVES GIORGI TEST

Former world number one Simona Halep overcame a tough opener against Italian Camila Giorgi to claim an impressive 6-4 7-6(3) win and set-up a second-round meeting with Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova.

1510 PLAY UNDERWAY

Ninth seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain began her first-round match against Croatia’s Donna Vekic at Louis Armstrong Stadium with the temperature hovering around 25 degrees Celsius (77°F).

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Ed Osmond and Clare Fallon)



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