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).
Former champion Stephens overcomes Keys in first round thriller
Halep makes winning return to Grand Slam action at U.S. Open
Flawless Rublev downs qualifier Karlovic in U.S. Open first round
Cilic retires for first time in more than 800 matches
Isner sent packing in first round by Nakashima
Suarez Navarro given standing ovation as she bows out of U.S. Open
After year away, excited fans return to U.S. Open but confront long lines
Brady and Ostapenko among Monday withdrawals from U.S. Open
Osaka and fans back for first day of U.S. Open
Osaka vows to celebrate her own accomplishments ahead of U.S. Open title defence
King lauds Osaka for mental health stand, calls it ‘fantastic progress’
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)