Serena resists, Garcia impresses: what to remember from the night at the US Open

Serena resists, Garcia impresses: what to remember from the night at the US Open

The third day was marked by another victory for Serena Williams. For Caroline Garcia, the beautiful series continues. Big setback for Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Caroline Garcia and Serena Williams Panoramic

The legend

Retirement will still wait for Serena Williams! The American with 23 Grand Slam titles knocked down the second player in the world, Anett Kontaveit, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 in 2h27 of play. “Queen Serena” offers the 178th victory of her career against to a Top 10. New disappointment for the Estonian this season in a Major (defeat in the 1st round at Roland-Garros, defeat in the 2nd round at Wimbledon, Australian Open). For Serena, the adventure continues. Place for Alja Tomljanovic in the 3rd round.

The declared

“I’m a pretty good player. I didn’t play many matches but I trained well. However, not everything was falling into place during my last matches and I said to myself, ” But, that’s not me! ” And these two meetings, here in New York, it actually fell into place. . Signed Serena Williams. Her level surprises everyone… except her obviously. Since her round of 16 at Roland-Garros 2021, she had only won one match. But at the US Open the magic happens again for the very probable Der des Der.

The number

Invincible Serena Williams. Six times winner in New York, the former world number one has never lost in the first two rounds of the US Open in 21 appearances with 42 wins, 0 losses. 84 sets won and 4 sets conceded.

The other digit

29,959. This is the new attendance record for a night session match. It is of course thanks to the Serena Williams effect who held the previous record since Monday and her match in the 1st round.

The tribute

Serena refuses to abdicate. Obviously, the organizers had not expected her to win matches this year. The public was treated to the same tribute program on Wednesday evening. His entrance to the court was preceded by the same speech from Queen Latifah and the same words from Oprah Winfrey greeted the legend…

The tweet

From a legend to a legend. From an icon to an icon. The man with 15 Grand Slam golf titles, Tiger Woods, witnessed Serena’s triumph over Kontaveit. And tweeted “It was a privilege to see the excellence. Congratulation.”

Double

Serena will be on view again this Thursday evening in New York on the Arthur Ashe (at 1 a.m. in France), alongside her sister Venus opening the night session. The duo have won a total of fourteen Grand Slam tournaments, including two US Opens (1999 and 2009) where they have not played the tournament together since 2014. Venus, 42, refuses to talk about retirement, unlike Serena …

The flop

Outgoing semi-finalist, Félix Auger-Aliassime left the tournament in the second round, swept away in three sets by the Briton Jack Draper 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. The 20-year-old left-hander, who is playing his first US Open, will play the third round of a Grand Slam against Karen Khachanov for the first time in his career. FAA, 41 unforced errors against Draper, will get out of the Top 10. A new disappointment for the Canadian who had also been eliminated in the first round of Wimbledon.

The fights

Lots of suspense tonight in New York. Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan, Wu Yibing, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Tommy Paul needed five sets to make it past the second round milestone. The Chinese Wu Yibing knocked down Nuno Borges in particular, when he was down two sets to nil 6-7, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Yibing is the first Chinese to go so far in a Grand Slam since 1946 and Kho Sin-Khie who had done the same at Wimbledon. At the US Open, this had never happened in the Open era.

The fit player

Caroline Garcia walked past Russian Anna Kalinskaya (60th) 6-3, 6-1 in 1h02 to reach the third round of the US Open, winner of the 2019 edition. At 28, the Lyonnaise exudes great shape. With 28 wins, she is by far the player who has won the most games since Roland-Garros (ahead of Simona Halep, 19). Full of confidence and on the attack with 22 winning shots and 10 winning climbs out of 12 and 85% of points won behind her first balls, she leaves with the favors of the predictions against the Canadian Bianca Andreescu and has the means to cross for the first time heading for the 3rd round of the US Open.

Blues

Corentin Moutet and Caroline Garcia are the only two French people out of the five in the running to have validated their ticket for the 3rd round. Arthur Rinderknech and Benjamin Bonzi were eliminated overnight. Rinderknech logically suffered the law of world number 1 and defending champion Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 in 2h11. Benjamin Bonzi, 50th in the world, was not unworthy but gave in to Australian Nick Kyrgios (25th), 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Unusual

The Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi, 50th in the world, was not unworthy, but gave in to the Australian Nick Kyrgios (25th), Wednesday in the 2nd round of the US Open 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. In an atmosphere of fire on the Louis-Armstrong. Festive, very festive. To the point that Nick Kyrgios complained to the referee about being bothered by the smell of marijuana coming from the stands. Which forced the chair judge to announce: “Out of respect for the players, please do not smoke around the court”.

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