Iga Swiatek, the world’s top-ranked player, easily defeated American Sloane Stephens in her Arthur Ashe Stadium debut with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph. Swiatek also defeated Stephens, a former champion.
After falling to the Pole in straight sets last month in the Cincinnati third round, the 2017 champion Stephens managed to save eight of her twelve break points, but she was once more unable to withstand the Pole’s attacking blitz.
Swiatek won more than three quarters of her first-serve points and fired 14 winners over the net, twice as many as her opponent, to win her second Roland Garros title this year and a remarkable 37-match winning streak.
The Indian Wells and Miami winner traded breaks with Stephens early in the first set before converting on the fourth attempt in the fourth game. She was competing on the court where she witnessed 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams as a junior.
As Stephens’ serve declined in the second set, she capitalized on the momentum, winning the first four games and raised her fist after forcing the American to make a backhand error to end the match.
“I’m pleased with how I’ve been focusing today. I believe I performed better than in Cincinnati “Swiatek, 21, who will face Lauren Davis in the next round, hopes to defeat another American in front of the home crowd. Ekaterina Alexandrova lost to Davis 0-6, 6-4, 7-6. (10-5).
Teenager Carlos Alcaraz prevails to reach third round of US Open
After surviving a late charge from seasoned Argentine Federico Coria, teenager Carlos Alcaraz prevailed 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 to go to the third round, where he will take on American Jenson Brooksby.
The young Spaniard broke Coria’s serve to start the second set and won the final 10 games of the opening set with his powerful forehand and all-court speed, cruising to a 2-0 sets lead.
At 4-4 in the third set, Coria pushed Alcaraz in a long game as a sign of her determination not to lose without a fight.
However, the third seed, who saved 14 of the 15 break points he faced in the match, blasted two unreturnable serves to escape difficulty and then secured the triumph with a two-handed backhand for his 46th win of the year.
Alcaraz remarked, “It’s been a tremendous year for me, but it’s not over yet.
I’m thrilled to hold the record for most victories, but I need to keep pushing forward.
Alcaraz will next play Brooksby, who earlier in the day defeated Borna Coric, the 25th seed and champion of the Cincinnati Open, 6-4, 7-6(10), 6-1.
For the second year running, the Californian avoided seven set points in the dramatic second set to advance to the third round at Flushing Meadows. He defeated Novak Djokovic in the first set of their match last year before losing to the eventual champion.
As Brooksby later told reporters, “I was proud of my mental fortitude to be able to preserve a number of set points like that in a row and just stay in the present.”
It feels amazing to see what I’ve been working on come through today since I was able to concentrate on it.