NEW YORK – Naomi Osaka left the court, made her way to the locker room, lay down and put a towel over her face. I had to think about losing the first round twice in a row.
Collins reached his first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in January, defeating Osaka 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a shot-making showdown that ended in Flushing from Tuesday to Wednesday, followed by a similar hard-court win. Showed talent…meadow.
“I’m the type of person who overthinks. Sometimes when I’m in a match I have to tell myself to stop thinking and follow my instincts,” Osaka said. I have a bad back lately. “There’s so much random chaos in my head right now that I feel like I need to cool down a bit.”
Osaka took two long mental health breaks last season, including after her third-round loss in New York. This season, Osaka lost in the third round in Australia, lost in the first round at the French Open, and didn’t even play at Wimbledon.
“Recently, I’ve felt really restrained, and I’m not really sure why,” Osaka said. “I’m starting to feel like I can’t hit the shots I know I can hit, especially my forehand. I don’t know if I practice more or if that’s the problem. Same feeling.”
She is currently ranked 44th. So she could have been drawn to who she would face in her first round.
This was the kind of matchup Osaka dominated on this surface and against this particular player. Osaka won the US Open in 2018 and he won the US Open in 2020 and the Australian Open in 2019 and he won the Australian Open in 2021 against Collins where he went 3-0 on the night and fought each other. I took the set.
But the Florida native, seeded 19th at the U.S. Open, took a break from the tour for a training block caused by a neck problem that began in July, but the effort has clearly paid off.
“I felt like her plan was to put me on the field right away, so whatever type of ball I hit on her side of the court, she’d hit the ball.” I thought he did it pretty well,” Osaka said. “I think that’s kind of what she’s known for – being very aggressive.”
Early on Tuesday, No. 1 seed Iga Swiertek in the women’s draw advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Jasmine Paolini.
Swiatek is about to become the first player to win seven titles in one year since Serena Williams in 2014. She’s 5-4 since her 37-game winning streak ended earlier this year, but she’s in full swing as Tuesday’s game progresses, supported by thousands of Polish fans in red inside the Louis Armstrong Stadium. The two-time French Open champion has become sharper.
Swiatek said she was thrilled to see her photo in an ad in Times Square.
“I’m just trying to have fun with it, because I remember a time when it was pretty hard for anyone to see or hear me,” Swirtek said. I am in such a place. ”
Eighth-seeded Jessica Pegula, like Swirtek, made her way through the opener, taking just over an hour to beat Viktorija Golubic 6-2, 6-2.
“She’s still the best in the world and will continue to compete very well and will be hard to beat no matter what,” Pegula said of Swiertek.
Swiatek may have the hardest time winning the French Open on red clay, but he has already shown he can handle hard courts with titles at Indian Wells and Miami earlier this year.
Emma Radukhanu’s amazing 2021 US Open championship defense lost 6-3, 6-3 to unseeded Alize Cornette in the first round on Tuesday night. The 11th seed Radukhanu is just the third woman to lose her opening match in New York a year after winning her title. Other players were 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.
Advanced in straight sets on Tuesday were No. 6 Alina Sabalenka, No. 9 Garbine Muguruza and No. 21 Petra Kvitova.
Fourth-placed Paula Vadosa got off to a rough start but won the second set tiebreaker to take a three-set win over Lesia Tsurenko. 22nd seed Karolina Pliskova finished runners-up here in 2016, beating Magda Lynette 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (10-8) in the third set tiebreaker, and the 13th seed. Belinda Bencic also won. Andrea Petkovic to retire.
A little over a week before his 35th birthday, Petkovic shared a hug with his opponent and received a warm round of applause from the fans.
The German won 7 singles titles and reached 9th place in the rankings. She recently made her decision and shed her tears while explaining it later.
Petkovic said he still loves tennis, but “he stopped allowing me to play tennis the way I wanted to, train the way I wanted to, and really play a full season. It’s my body’s fault,” he said.
USA’s Sloane Stephens lost the first set to Griet Minnen but won 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Wimbledon champion Jelena Ryvakina fell in the first round, losing 6-4, 6-4 to French qualifier Clara Brel of France.
Ryvakina was only seeded 25th and was not awarded any points in this year’s tournament, so her recent Grand Slam win didn’t boost her rankings. Russian-born Kazakhstan international Rybakina said before the tournament that he thought it was unfair, adding that he didn’t even feel like a Wimbledon champion.
No. 16 seed Jelena Ostapenko lost to Chen Qingwen 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin lost in straight sets to Wimbledon quarterfinalist Jules Niemeyer, winning 7-6 (3) 6-4.
No. 24 seed Amanda Anisimova (USA) lost to unseeded Julia Putintseva (Italy) 6-3, 6-3. Anisimova then posted on Instagram that she broke her toe during a tune-up tournament at the US Open in Cincinnati last week and has had injections in her leg until she recovers.
Next Wednesday, Serena Williams will be back under the lights for the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Williams will face second-seeded Annette Kontaveit (Estonia) in the lead-off match of the night session at the main stadium. Next, men’s champion Daniil Medvedev will take on France’s Arthur Rinderkneck.
Williams defeated Danka Kovinić on Monday night to start what could be the final tournament of her career. This helped draw the largest crowd ever for a US Open night session with over 29,000 fans.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.