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Fourth-seeded Austrian Thiem's blistering serve yielded 14 aces but it was not enough to overcome the year-old Fabbiano, whose fearsome forehand helped him save nine of 10 break points he faced. The year-old Thiem did himself no favours, committing 48 unforced errors during the match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, 28 more than his Italian opponent. For Thiem the loss marks the latest frustration in his bid to claim a maiden major, after two finals losses at the French Open. Bautista Agut, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last month, was broken seven times by Kukushkin as he exited the year's final grand slam in the opening round for the second consecutive year.
German sixth seed Alexander Zverev avoided becoming the latest big-name casualty when he outlasted Moldovan Radu Albot , , , , In the women's draw, world No.
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Osaka, 21, fought from down in the first set but wasted a match point at in the second, forcing her to go the full distance against the 84th-ranked Russian at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Naomi Osaka fought through to the second round. Credit: Getty Images. It was Osaka's first match at the site since she became the first Japanese national to win a grand slam title in a controversy-marred final against Serena Williams last year.
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She went on to lift the Australian Open trophy in January but has not won a tournament since. Afterwards Osaka admitted the nerves that come with being a first-time defending champion played a part in her slow start. Osaka chose to look on the bright side of her unexpectedly competitive match against the world No.
It helps me prepare to have to adjust my game plan throughout the match.
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He faces charges of reckless endangerment and flying a drone outside of a legal area. Play was interrupted between points as police examined the black drone, which broke into pieces after landing in an empty part of the stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. A spokesman for the US Tennis Association tells the AP that no one was injured in the incident, adding that no one has authorization to operate drones over the tennis center.
I think it's normal to think something like that. Drones have increasingly become a security concern at outdoor sports venues and other live events. Thursday's incident left both players startled, but Pennetta eventually regained her composure to serve out a , win. Osaka has been wearing a black sleeve on her bothersome left knee during the tournament. Novak Djokovic stopped playing in his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday night because of a painful left shoulder.
Osaka made her breakthrough at Flushing Meadows a year ago, winning her first major championship by beating Serena Williams in a chaotic final that devolved after Williams got into an extended argument with the chair umpire. Osaka followed that up with a second consecutive Grand Slam trophy at the Australian Open in January.
That allowed her to become the first tennis player representing Japan to reach No 1 in the rankings. The 13th-seeded Bencic, who is from Switzerland and has been mentored by Martina Hingis, showed again that she is a big-match player. She improved to against Osaka this season and now has a tour-leading nine victories over top opponents in Bencic punches the air on her way to recording a , victory in the last on Monday.
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