With this win, the defending champion of two major tournaments, French Open 2018 and Wimbledon 2019, set a date with Slovakian Kristina Kokova, who defeated American Anne Lee 7-5, 6-1.
And Kat Halep, 29, recently suffered a right thigh injury while competing in the Cincinnati American Championships, but she got off to a promising start in New York, where she aspires to her first title in Flushing Meadows.
Halep expressed her joy at the win, saying: “The first round is always a tough test, so of course I’m happy. I’m happy with my better service.”
“There’s a sense of energy, a sense of life on the pitch. I hope it stays that way.”
On the other hand, Spaniard Garbine Mugurosa qualified for the next round by beating Croatian Donna Vekic in a difficult match 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5).
The American Sloane Stephens also defeated her compatriot Madison Keys 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7), and the other American Daniel Collins defeated Spain’s Carla Soares Navarro 6-2 6-4 and the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova on The Italian Sarah Erani 6-3 and 6-2.
Egypt’s Mayar Sherif was eliminated from the tournament in the first round, losing to Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Among the men, Russian Andrei Rublev, seventh in the world ranking, started his career by beating 42-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-6 (3/7), 6-3 in a match that lasted 96 days. . minutes.
Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassim also passed the hurdle of Russian Evgeny Donskoy with great difficulty, beating him 7-6 (0/7), 3-6, 7-6 (1/7) and 7-6 (8/ 10).