Denis Shapovalov (Canada) defeated Jan Šátral (Czech Republic), 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 to move into the Main Draw at the US Open
The action rolls on at the US Open, and we are on the front lines to bring you the highlights. Let’s get right into it starting with rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov’s win against Jan Šátral of the Czech Republic, which moves him into the main draw of the US Open. The match started with Šátral taking the first set, a tight 7-6. Shapovalov kept coming back and would not let Šátral dominate him, and despite Šátral taking the first set Shapovalov came back strong to take the next two sets, 6-1 and 6-3. The first set battle clearly had worn Šátral down. The US Open is the second Grand Slam of Shapovalov’s career after qualifying for the Wimbledon main draw earlier this year. Shapovalov will face Daniil Medvedev in the opening round.
The women’s qualifiers were definitely not short of exciting plays, as Nicole Gibbs (US) moves into the draw in style. On Wednesday she won a fiercely competed match against Francesca Di Lorenzo (US) 7-6, 7-5. Followed by a win against Patty Schnyder from Switzerland, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. On Friday she faced Britain’s Naomi Broady, and it was fair game as Gibbs took the first set 6-4, only for Broady to retaliate and take the second set. Tied going into the final set, a determined Gibbs showed her true fighter spirit and made some impressive plays to win the final set, 6-2. Final result taking Gibbs into next week, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
On Friday five women from the United States (Nicole Gibbs, Allie Kiick, Danielle Lao, Claire Liu, Sachia Vickery) and three US-men (J.C. Aragone, Evan King, Tim Smyczek) qualified for the singles main draws.
This brings the total number of American women in the 2017 US Open singles main draw to 23, the most since it had 23 in 2005, and the 19 American men in the main draw is the most since 2012 (19).
Another American to watch out for next week is Danielle Lao. The 26 year old Californian won her match on Friday against Jana Fett of Croatia, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.The qualifying rounds of the US Open drew 41,612 fans to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Tuesday through Friday, with many more are expected as the Grand Slam starts on Monday.
There were some disappointments off the court. Andy Murray announced his withdrawal due to a hip problem he has been battling since the French Open and struggled with at Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic will also be missed this year as he is recovering from an elbow injury. The crowds will however cheer Roger Federer, as everyone’s favorite will take to the court on Monday to face 19 year old American, Frances Tiafoe.
At 36 years old, Federer is still the favorite to win the men’s title, will he have the skill and agility to match Tiafoe’s youth and energy? It remains to be seen, but it will definitely be a match not to be missed as the US Open moves into the main draw.