Maria Sakkari broke down in tears after first round loss at US Open. For the Greek tennis player, this is the third consecutive defeat in the first round in a Grand Slam in 2023: it is certainly a very difficult season for her, who cannot find feeling with the court.
The WTA ranking No. 8 explained to her that she may need to take a break from tennis. She said: "I don't know what I'm going to do, I'm suffering on the pitch. I'm trying to do everything to improve myself. When I don't influence the game, it allows my opponents to play well.
My opponent? She's a very good player. She's a girl strong." After losing the first set, he asked his team to leave the court: "They didn't do anything to me, they were perfect. I was just ashamed to be seen like this, I felt I was embarrassing them.
It's also my sister's birthday. and I was sick. I just need more time. I always try to improve myself in many ways, maybe I need more time to get to where I want to be. I'm working a lot, especially from a psychological point of view and I'm sure that I have chosen the right person because of this."
The 1st day results at the US Open
Coco Gauff, one of the possible favorites to win the US Open title, had to play three sets in her first round match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The American was initially surprised by the German Laura Siegemund, then she sorted things out by winning the next two sets 6-2, 6-4. On court 17, success in two sets instead for the Czech Petra Kvitova, who took off in the first (6-1) and closed the match against the Spanish Cristina Bucsa in the tie-break.
Caroline Wozniacki's return to New York was also a great celebration, as she successfully passed the first round of the main draw at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. The Danish, returning but already in excellent shape to be able to express a very good level of tennis, defeated the Russian Tatiana Prozorova 6-3, 6-2 with few problems.
There was no match between Elena Rybakina and Marta Kostyuk: the Kazakh, who can get a good result in Flushing Meadows (last year she was immediately eliminated), dominated the Ukrainian with an harsh 6-2, 6- 1. Novak Djokovic has no problem and in just over an hour and a half of play, and three easy sets, he beats Alexandre Muller with the result of 6-0 6-2 6-3, in his first match of the US Open 2023 Match never questioned and a formal challenge for the Serbian champion.
The news of the day is that thanks to this victory Nole is back number one in the world, regardless of the result that Carlos Alcaraz will do in these US Open. After the tournament we will have a new number one and the Serbian will be back on top, perhaps with the aim of finishing the season in front of everyone.
The endless crisis of Felix Auger Aliassime continues, another top seed who greets the tournament. The match wasn't easy but the Canadian falls in four sets against McDonald and looks like a distant relative of the handsome tennis player we've admired several times in the past.
For Felix the reaction of pride in the second set where he initially equalized the scores but then collapsed in the last two sets, exiting the tournament awkwardly. In the other matches, the Americans who can smile at home in front of their fans did very well, only Sebastian Korda out who gives in five sets and after a long battle (the American was also bruised) against the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. Ok and second round to what Stricker and Gaston.