The US Open obtained underneath method at Flushing Meadows on Monday (Tuesday morning AEST) with pleasure and anticipation as Serena Williams ready to open what is predicted to be her ultimate match.
They got here of their 1000’s from far and extensive for Serena – no final title required – desirous to see her play one final time. They waited in traces to enter the match grounds hours earlier than her match – scheduled for 9am AEST – then headed to earlier motion.
There, they noticed former world No.1 Andy Murray overcome Francisco Cerundolo 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in one of many first upsets of the match.
Cerundolo, the Argentine twenty fourth seed, joined Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in turning into first-day seeded casualties after Agut misplaced in straight units to American Jeffrey John Wolf.
Murray, who gained the primary of his three grand slam titles 10 years in the past in Flushing Meadows, has been stricken by accidents in more moderen instances.
Prime seed Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, went by means of in straight units in opposition to American Stefan Kozlov.
Within the ladies’s draw, third seed Maria Sakkari, of Greece, suffered a scare, dropping a set in opposition to Tatjana Maria, of Germany, earlier than easing by means of 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.
Elsewhere, seeds Caroline Garcia (17), Alison Riske-Amritraj (29) and Veronika Kudermetova (18) all progressed in straight units.