Halep, Morugusa and Rublev make it through the first round

Halep, Morugusa and Rublev make it through the first round

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).

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