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Tuesday schedule and results: Men | Women
Osaka and Blinkova head to set three.
Top seed Naomi Osaka, defending champion, is one set of eliminations in the first round after missing the second set of 84th-ranked Anna Blinkova of Russia at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Osaka won the match point at 6-5, 40-30, but then made three unexpected mistakes to turn into a tiebreaker, which Blinkova won 7-5 in his second set point.
At Louis Armstrong Stadium, eighth seedman Stefanos Tsitsipas is also an elimination set, down two sets to one against Andrei Rublev. That result would be less surprising, as Rublev showed his potential earlier this month with a win over Roger Federer in Cincinnati.
Alison Riske continues her summer jump.
Allison Riske of Pittsburgh supported his breakthrough in Wimbledon with a strong start to the US Open with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over former No. 1 Garbinho Muguruza, two-time Grand Slam champion,
Riske, who win then-No. 1 Ashley Barty, to reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last month, is ranked 36th and may be one of the most dangerous undetected players in the draw. Riske, known as a grass court specialist, had not won a US Open in six years.
From Wimbledon, Riske married an Indian tennis dynasty, a wedding to Stephen Amritrey last month. Muguruza, the French Open champion three years ago and Wimbledon two years ago, played his first Grand Slam tournament after parting with his longtime coach Sam Sumik.
Naomi Osaka wins her first set of the tournament.
Around noon on Tuesday, Naomi Osaka got on the court at Arthur Ash Stadium to begin defending her title for singles for women at the Open Open.
The scene was very different from the last time she played a match on this court, the recent controversial annual final against Serena Williams. Osaka was in tears during this awards ceremony when the boomers filled the stadium in response to a dispute between Williams and the chairman of the panel, Carlos Ramos.
The crowd from early afternoon for Tuesday's game against Anna Blinkova was scarce and largely quiet, as is often the case at Ashe's cavernous stadium at this time of day.
Osaka has a different coach from last year, a left knee suspect and a hope of regaining the excitement she brought to last year's run.
She followed her title in New York last September with the Australian Open in January, but has since struggled to play at the same level. She showed a spark in the hard court season this summer, reaching the quarterfinals in Toronto and Cincinnati. Blink never went through the first round of the US Open, but advanced to the third round of the Open this year.
Osaka lost the first three games of the first set, immediately causing concern for her knee, but she opened five consecutive games to close it, 6-4.
The next generation of men took the stage.
Dominic Thiem, the fourth seed in the men's draw, will follow Osaka to Ashe. He appears to be the most promising threat to the dominance of the Big Three by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the last few years. But he struggles to threaten them on surfaces other than clay. His hard-court title in March in Indiana Wales was one step to prove he could be taken seriously, but he only played one tournament to warm up hard courts before the open.
The 25-year-old Thiem is among the top players in the next generation of men's tennis to take action on Tuesday. Eighth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on the talented young Russian Andrei Rublev, who upset Roger Federer in Cincinnati this month. Sixth-grader Alexander Zverev plays Radu Albot. Tiem, Tsitsipas and Zverev lost in the first round of Wimbledon last month.
In a long-awaited rematch, Denis Shapovalov, 20, and Felix Ogher-Aliasime, 19, will face each other in the same round, on the same court (Grandstand), in the same slot (fourth match) as they did last year. But the two young Canadians have switched roles. Last year, Shapovalov was the 28th seed grower, and Auger-Aliasime was ranked 117th. Now Aug-Aliasime is ranked higher, under # 18 to # 33 by Shapovalov.
Coco Goff is back in action on Tuesday.
Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old breakout star at Wimbledon, was awarded a wild card for the US Open. She will face 18-year-old Anastasia Potapova and be ranked No. 72 at Louis Armstrong Stadium on Tuesday afternoon (not before 3 p.m.). Potapova may not be as disturbing a first-round prospect as Venus Williams was at the All England club, but Goff often talks about staying on the ground and playing every game in isolation. Can she handle the loud thunders of Queens, as well as Wimbledon's gracious noises?
More Matches to Watch on Tuesday
Here's a guide to some of the other games worth watching on Tuesday, whether you're at the National Tennis Center or watching TV.
Simona Halep vs. Nicole Gibbs
The fourth Halep selectman, who won Wimbledon in July, does not seem particularly dominant in his two hard court tournaments since then. She reached the semifinals in the US only once, and in the first two years lost in the first round – such as seeds # 1 and # 2. Gibbs, who recently returned from treatment for salivary gland cancer, entered the lot as a lucky loser after playing three sets in each of her qualifying matches .
Rafael Nadal vs. John Milman, 7 p.m.
Milman reached the quarterfinals of the US Open last year after defeating Roger Federer in the fourth round under the lights of Ashe Stadium. Nadal's physical tennis brand has hurt him on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows in the past, though he has won three U.S. teams among his 18 Grand Slam titles. He had to pull out of his semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro last year because of a knee injury. He hopes that these problems will persist as long as possible this year. This month, he won the only US tune-up event in Montreal.
Arina Sabalenka vs. Victoria Azarenka, 7 pm
Look for an exciting match full of great service and hard hitting between these two Belarusians. Sabalenka, who reached the fourth round last year, is ranked # 14 after a strong season of hard racing, reaching the final in the Silicon Valley classic. Although Azarenka reached the US Open twice, she was unable to regain her excellent form after returning from injuries and pregnancy in 2016.