MAJOR Upset In New York As 2022 US Open Begins

Jack Draper defeated world No 8 Felix Auger-Aliassime

British tennis hopeful Jack Draper booked himself a place in the third round of the US Open in New York after defeating world No 8 Felix Auger-Aliassime on Wednesday night in the iconic hard-court Grand Slam.

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Great Britain’s current No. 4 Draper defeated the Canadian in straight sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-4) under the lights of Louis Armstrong Stadium in Queens, New York. The Sutton (England) born tennis star will enter the top 50 of the ATP Tour for the first time in his career. He said he had ‘nothing to fear’ after knocking out one of the top 10 players in the world.

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Draper will face Karen Khachanov from Russia in the third round. Khachanov will be looking to progress to his first Grand Slam in the fourth round since the French Open in May.

Serena Williams upset World No 2 Anett Kontaveit

On Wednesday night, 40-year-old tennis superstar Serena Williams took to the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York to face WTA Tour world No 2 Anett Kontaveit in her second round match at the US Open.

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Williams beat Kontaveit 7-6 (7-4)2-6, 6-2 to book herself a place in the third round at Flushing Meadows where she will face Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic. Serena is currently ranked 605th in the world after missing the Australian Open and suffering injuries that resulted in a loss of form. This makes the victory against the world No 2 all the more important for the American.

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In early August, the 23-time Grand Slam champion announced in an emotional statement that she will retire from tennis at the end of the 2022 season, with the US Open likely to be Williams’ last tournament. However, even after her singles campaign ends in the third round, fans in New York and around the world will be able to watch Serena Williams and her sister Venus compete together for the final time in the women’s doubles tournament that begins on Thursday September 1st. The Williams sisters will face Linda Nosková and Lucie Hradecká from the Czech Republic.

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Galán defeated world No 5 Tsitsipas in the first round

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One of the surprising results of the US Open so far came in round one when world No 94 Daniel Elahi Galán from Colombia defeated Greek tennis sensation and world No 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas three sets to one (6-0, 6-13-6, 7-5). Tsitsipas’ horror run in New York mirrored his Wimbledon campaign where he lost to Nick Kyrgios in the third round.

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Stefanos will aim to keep his US Open dreams alive when he pairs his brother Petros in the men’s doubles competition in the coming days.

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