2016 US Open – Day 1 Recap Women’s Singles

Madison Keys closed down the Flushing Meadows grounds on Day 1 at the 2016 US Open with a very late victory.

The first day of action at the 2016 US Open completed late on Monday night. In fact Madison Keys and Alison Riske, both Americans, were playing until almost 2am at Flushing Meadows – making the end time on Tuesday morning. The former player finally won their match, one that went three sets, in a day/night of action that otherwise saw several seeded players eliminated from the women’s draw.

Monica Puig, the winner of the gold medal at the Rio Olympics, saw her tournament ended in the first round. The Puerto Rican, who was seeded 32nd, fell to Saisai Zheng in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. The result was one of the more surprising results of the day, because of how well Puig played in Rio. However, a few other higher-seeded players met similar fates.

Irina-Camelia Begu, the 21st seed at this year’s US Open, lost her first-round match to Lesia Tsurenko. Success at the US Open has evaded Begu, a player who was contesting her 6th draw at Flushing Meadows. The Romanian was a major factor on tour during the clay-court season, however she has done little since.

Sara Errani, a former Grand Slam finalist, met a quick end in the current major. Shelby Rogers, who did well at the French Open earlier this season, eliminated Errani in straight sets. Rogers has been to the third round at Flushing Meadows before however she is still searching for a breakthrough tournament at her home country’s Grand Slam. The line score in her victory was 6-4, 7-6.

Coco Vandeweghe, Barbora Strycova, and Misaki Doi were the other seeded players that were eliminated on Day 1. Vandeweghe, seeded 28th, fell to Naomi Osaka of Japan in a closely-contested match. Strycova, the 18th seed, fell to Monica Niculescu while Doi, the 30th seed, had trouble with Germany’s Carina Witthoeft.

Day 1 of the women’s draw, despite the upsets, did not feature a high-seeded casualty. Only Strycova, as the 18 seed, was the highest player to see elimination.

Keys, Belinda Bencic, and Garbine Muguruza did have trouble in their matches, however each player was able to persevere through the hardship. They will all play in round 2 later this week with Simona Halep, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams scheduled for Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday.

Shane Lambert