Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek overcame challenging opponents and made it into the third round of the US Open.

Published: September 03, 2021 16:23 |

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Ashleigh Barty chases a shot from Clara Tauson in the second round of the US Open Tennis Championships. (Photo | AP)

NEW YORK: Wimbledon winner Ashleigh Barty from Australia and last year’s French Open winner, Iga Swiatek from Poland, defeated challenging opponents and made it into the third round of the US Open. < Number 7 seeded Swiatek was in big trouble before beating world number 74, Fiona Ferro of France, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0 in just over two hours to reaching the third round of the US Open for the second straight season.

In the first set, Ferro was in control, with eight winners and only five easy mistakes, while Swiatek’s 11 winners were outweighed by 15 easy mistakes. But Swiatek cleaned up her act when she methodically steered her way back to victory and ended the match with 37 winners and 35 non-enforced errors. “It was sure to be a tough game,” Swiatek told wtatennis after her comeback. com. “I think I didn’t start right because I felt like I couldn’t feel my legs properly. But it’s not the first time so I’m trying to work on it. In the second sentence I loosened up a bit, one Kind of changed tactics. “

Another tough fight awaits Swiatek in the third round, where she will face No. 28 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia, who was last week’s champion in Cleveland.

Kontaveit got through a difficult draw in the second round on Thursday and defeated this month’s finalist from Montreal, Jil Teichmann from Switzerland, 6: 4, 6: 1 in a game that lasted 70 minutes.

Number 1 der Welt, Barty from Australia, fought a late challenge from 18-year-old Clara Tauson from Denmark (6: 1, 7: 5) and secured her place in the third round. After her one and a half hour victory over number 78 in the world rankings Tauson, the reigning Wimbledon winner Barty is now in the third round for the fourth time in her last four appearances in New York. However, Barty is still looking for her first trip to the US Open quarterfinals or better.

Barty broke serve five times and was solid on her first serve, firing 11 aces and taking a total of 80 percent of her points on first serve.

“Today was difficult I think; navigating through that second sentence and just trusting myself and striking,” said Barty. “Being able to react instantly was a big part of this game. Just refocusing and narrowing my focus and remembering what I had to do to win the match instead of being shallow and passive where I let her be in control. ” too much. “

In her next game, Barty will face US Open quarter-finalist of 2020, Shelby Rogers from the USA. There are no more seeded players on Barty’s possible path to a first US Open quarter-final. </ The 2016 US Open winner, Angelique Kerber from Germany, beat Anhelina Kalinina from Ukraine 6: 3, 6: 2 in just under an hour and reached the third round in New for the ninth time in her career York. This week marks Kerber's 48th Grand Slam event in a row.

“I played well today, I think,” said Kerber. “I knew that [she] is always a strong opponent. I lost to them in Paris this year so I was prepared for what to expect. I focused from the first point. I think I was really aggressive today and I think that “was the key for me, for the game today.”

Number 10 seed Petra Kvitova made it into the third round for the eleventh time in her career at the US Open when she ousted Czech left-hander Kristyna Pliskova (7: 6 (4), 6: 2 in one hour and 18 minutes) at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Another tough test awaits Kvitova in the third round – Number 17 seed Maria Sakkari from Greece.

This year’s French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also achieved a tough victory, as number 14 from Russia won the Slovak qualifier Anna Karolina Schmiedlova with 6-2, 5-7 , 6-2 play outdated in over two and a half hours. Next she will meet her Russian compatriot Varvara Gracheva for a place in the round of 16.

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