On a good first day in us open for the Australian delegation in New York, Rinky Hijikata also made significant progress in a very different way.

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Hijikata defeated Russian Pavel Kotov in a draining match lasting just under four hours, winning 7-5 5-7 6-3 7-5 to justify his wildcard entrance.

The 22-year-old’s arduous triumph was his first at a grand slam held outside of Australia.

Saville defeated Ngounoue, 17, seven times, never had a break point on her own service, ended the match with 16 wins, and committed just 13 unforced mistakes.

Saville stated after recording her first victory at Flushing Meadows in five years, “I felt extremely composed.

“I felt rather at ease as the day began. It doesn’t typically occur on the first day of a grand slam, so I’m not sure why.

“I think I played well because during the warm-up before the game I was like, ‘Uh, this feels like just a normal match.'”

Saville, who is competing in the Open on an injury-protected ranking after being out for more than eight months, is aware that she must up her game against Swiatek on Thursday (AEST).

The main objective, she explained, “is to avoid getting double bagelled.”

“I’m thrilled. We’re hoping to play on the large court. Getting to play on all the larger courts at every grand slam was like the aim when I was recovering from injuries; hopefully, I was able to do that.

 I’ll simply let myself have fun and see what happens.

“My weapon is the forehand, and when it is effective, I am dangerous.

Naturally, I need to move well to use my forehand, but today I also served effectively and hit my targets accurately. My game-hunting forehands include it.

Hunter lost 6-4 6-0 to Czech 10th seed Karolina Muchova, the 2023 French Open runner-up, while qualifier Birrell battled valiantly in a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) loss to 2021 Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady.

On day one at Flushing Meadows, Ajla Tomljanovic, Olivia Gadecki, and Alexei Popyrin also compete.

Kim Birrell and wildcard Storm Hunter, both Australians, were eliminated in the first round as Saville and Hijikata continued.

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Holger Rune, the No. 4 seed, was the greatest upset casualty of the US Open’s first day thus far.

Roberto Carballes Baena, a 63rd-ranked Spaniard, defeated top-10 player Rune on Monday by scores of 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, and 6-2. Before the match, Rune, a 20-year-old Dane who reached the quarterfinals of the French Open and Wimbledon, whined about being placed on one of the outer courts and sarcastically posted a map of Flushing Meadows on X, formerly known as Twitter, to direct his supporters there.

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Afterward, Rune stated, “I just didn’t expect to play on that court.” It’s understandably frustrating, but I won’t blame the court for the outcome.

Rune was eliminated early from tune-up competitions in Toronto and Cincinnati, and there were warning flags on Monday when he didn’t convert a break point in the opening set.

In the fifth and ninth games, Carballes Baena successfully scored break point opportunities, but his serve lacked oomph in the second set when Rune eventually broke in the third game.

In the third set, when he broke Rune to love in the eighth game, Carballes Baena—who had already triumphed in Marrakech earlier in the year—cleaned up his act. In the fourth set, when he missed only one first-serve point, he had clearly taken control of the match.

Also on Monday, 10th-seeded American Frances Tiafoe, a 25-year-old from Maryland who advanced to the US Open quarterfinal last year, easily defeated fellow countryman Learner Tien in a wild-card match, winning 6-2, 7-5, 6-1.

The 2020 champion and unseeded player Dominic Thiem defeated Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, who was ranked 25th, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Ben Shelton, an American who overcame Argentine Pedro Cachin in four sets, will take against Thiem, an Austrian who had lost his previous seven Grand Slam matches.

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Chinese player Zhizhen Zhang defeated American J.J. Wolf after four hours and 29 minutes of play, winning 7-5, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-3.

Casper Ruud, the fifth seed from Norway and the runner-up at the 2022 US Open, defeated American Emilio Nava by scores of 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4, and 7-6 (5).

The last matchup in the main stadium pits 23-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic against Frenchman Alexandre Muller, who is competing in his first US Open. Djokovic returns to the competition after missing it the previous year due to his inability to enter the US as a foreigner without the COVID-19 vaccine. That restriction has been lifted.

Play for the opening round takes place on Monday and Tuesday. The men’s and women’s singles finals are held on September 9 and 10, respectively, and the women’s singles final takes place on September 9.


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