Emma Raducanu and Naomi Osaka both lose in US Open first round
Emma Raducanu of Denmark and Naomi Osaka of Japan both made it into the opening round of the US Open in New York City. The first round began last night and Raducanu’s hopes of a tournament run ended with an upset, defeating Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
Emma Raducanu and Naomi Osaka both made it into the opening round of the US Open in New York City. The first round began last night and Raducanu’s hopes of a tournament run ended with an upset, defeating Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
The 19-year-old Raducanu was the highest ranked female in the draw – seeded 10th. She will now face fellow young gun Kiki Bertens (world number 23), who won the last two grass events in New York after she beat Japan’s Seima Kojou in the opening round.
The tournament starts today with a $25k top prize and a first round match between Nole Kurgulj’s sister and Raducanu, who will go one step closer to her dream of a title at the US Open.
Raducanu started out the night in a good position, but was defeated by Bertens in three sets.
Kiki Bertens beat Naomi Osaka on a grass court last year at the US Open.
Bertens was also part of the final that took place at the US Open in 2011, where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the final. We’ll leave you to decide on the outcome of the current clash between Raducanu and Bertens.
Naomi Osaka knocked out Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine in three sets last night in the second round, to make it into the US Open.
In the same draw, Kei Nishikori beat Marcel Granollers in three sets, to move back into the second round. Nishikori is also the first seed and only seeded players to make it into the draw.
He’s also the only man in the draw who did not lose in the first round this year (he defeated Marius Copil in the second round of the Qatar Open). Nishikori will still need to win a few more games to advance to