Wu Yibing and China’s Zhizhen Zhang made US Open history on the opening day of the 2022 US Open.
One is brilliant and the other is shady.
Evin became the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singles title in 63 years after beating 31st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-3, 6-4, 6-0.
Chan nearly beat his compatriot earlier in the day, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9), 6-1, 6-4 to Tim van Tim van Leithoven. defeated.
As you can read here, Wu achieved one of the most dramatic rises in ATP history over the last four months, having only one ATP ranking point in April.
Ranked 174th, Wu advanced to the main draw after winning three qualifying matches. He is also the first Chinese player since his Cheng Guy in 1935 to win a match at the U.S. Championships.
“I’m happy and excited, but there’s still a long way to go,” Wu told ATPTour.com.
Chan, ranked 137th in the world, took seven match points late in the third set against Van Leithoven, but missed a number of balls at key moments, including several match points. Brazil’s Rogerio Dutrada His Silva went down in US Open history when he scored 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (9) in the first round of his US Open in 2013 is the only player to save his points in the same number of matches. , 6-2, 7-6 (10).
Zhang still joins Wu as the first two Chinese men to play in the US Open main draw (since 1968, when the event was also open to the professionals). The 17-year-old and his 202nd fastest-growing world ranking alongside Jerry Shang, the Chinese men’s player is among the strongest of all time. No Chinese player has ranked in the top 100 of the ATP rankings, but these three players of his look poised to break that milestone soon.