US Open 2017 Day One live: Maria Sharapova wins on doping suspension return

US Open 2017 Day One live: Maria Sharapova wins on doping suspension return

 
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her first round Women's Singles match against Simona Halep. Picture: Getty
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her first round Women’s Singles match against Simona Halep. Picture: Getty
Thanasi Kokkinakis is up against Janko Tipsarevic. Picture: AFP
Thanasi Kokkinakis is up against Janko Tipsarevic. Picture: AFP
Bernard Tomic lost to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Picture: AFP
Bernard Tomic lost to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Picture: AFP

US Open: Thank you for joining us for The Australian’s coverage of the key moments on day one at Flushing Meadows, with Maria Sharapova’s return the big story of the day. Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic have already been knocked out but Ash Barty is one of three Australian players through in the women’s singles. And Jordan Thompson has pulled off one of the shocks of the day.

We’ll be back tomorrow with Nick Kyrgios in action – and of course those young guns Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal making their entrance.

HOW THE DAY UNFOLDED

 | 12.55PMSharapova fights back tears

Sharapova falls to her knees after victory an appears to fight back the tears as she takes the plaudits of the crowd, who give her a huge reception. She is soon all smiles though as she regains her composure.

“I just thought that this was another match but this was so much more. You just figure everything you go through is worth it for this moment.,” Sharapova said in her on-court interview.

“You sometimes wonder why you put in all the work and this is exactly why. There were a few [low points] but I don’t think this is the time to talk about that.

“Behind all these Swarovski crystals and little black dresses this girl has a lot of grit and is not going anywhere.”

 

 

 | 12.46PMSharapova wins

Sharapova is through 6-4, 4-6, 6-3! She looked liked she was tiring badly after dropping the second set but impressively stepped it up in the third and No.2 seed Simona Halep is out. She faces Timea Babos of Hungary next up.

 | 12.20PMSharapova in control

Blistering start to the decider from Sharapova, who swiftly moves into a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game.

 | 12PMAll level

The first set took an hour – the second 56 minutes and second seed Halep is back in it. Sharapova had her chances to charge ahead early in the second set but the Romanian fought back to take this into a decider.

Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot against Maria Sharapova. Picture: Getty
Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot against Maria Sharapova. Picture: Getty

 | 11.46AMThompson wins

Stunning upset at Armstrong Stadium as Sydneysider Jordan Thompson defeats American 13 seed Jack Sock 6-2, 7-6, 1-6, 5-7, 6-4. The win of his career.

 | 11.20AMThompson battles back

All eyes on Sharapova – but a real epic is being played out on Armstrong Stadium. American 13 seed Jack Sock saved match points and fought back from two sets down to level against Australian Jordan Thompson. But Thompson has broken in the decider and now leads 3-1. Thompson has only reached the second round of a slam twice – Australia this year and Paris in 2016.

 | 11.05AMFirst set for Sharapova

Was it ever in doubt? Stunning return to action for Sharapova who takes the first set against Halep 6-4. Plenty of twists and turns left in this one, though, one suspects. Sharapova hit 32 winners in that first set, compared to 6 for Halep.

 | 10.30AMStorming start for Sharapova

Up against the number two seed in her first Grand Slam match since serving a 15-month doping suspension, Maria Sharapova shows she has lost none of her power blasting her way to an early break and a 3-1 lead. Sharapova has won all six previous matches against Halep.

 | 10.20AMSmith out

Jason-Patrick Smith loses in four to Thomas Fabbiano 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. Meanwhile, Jack Sock has taken the third set against Jordan Thompson but the Australian leads.

 | 10.05AMKokkinakis out

The Australian saved three match points to force Tipsarevic to serve for the match but the Serbian duly obliges, fighting back to win 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3. That will be a tough one to take for Kokkinakis, who was treated for an elbow injury and complained of pains all the way down his left side.

 | 9.55AMSharapova back in black

Maria Sharapova, clad in black, has stepped out onto the court at Arthur Ashe for her first Grand Slam match since serving a 15-month doping suspension. She faces second-ranked Simona Halep. The 30-year-old, a five-time Grand Slam champion, tested positive for the blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. Sharapova, ranked 146th, played only one US Open hardcourt tune-up match before a forearm injury sidelined her.

 | 9.45AMKokkinakis hanging on

Tipsarevic is 4-2 up in the deciding fifth set. The Australian, remember, was two sets ahead.

 | 9.36AMThompson takes second set

Huge second set on Armstrong Stadium and where Australia’s Jordan Thompson has moved into a two set lead against the American 13th seed Jack Sock. Thompson took the tiebreak 14-12 — this would be a huge upset.

Elsewhere, Kokkinakis and Tipsarevic on serve early in the deciding fifth and John Patrick-Smith has taken the third against Thomas Fabbiano, to trail 2-1.

 | 9.10AMKokkinakis take to a fifth

This is turning into an epic on court 17 where Tipsarevic has just taken the fourth set in the tiebreak. The first set was 61 minutes long, this one was 65 minutes long. We’re into the decider. John-Patrick Smith is two sets down to Thomas Fabbiano.

 | 8.50AMBarty through

Terrific win for Ash Barty, who has defeated the NO 21 seed Ana Konjuh 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. Stunning second and third set, taking just 43 minutes to win the final two sets. Barty will now face world No. 88 Aliaksandra Sasnovich in round two.

 | 8.30AMBig upset on the cards?

Jordan Thompson has taken the first set against home favourite and 13th seed Jack Sock on Armstrong Stadium. The world No 73 took just 36 minutes to win 6-2, winning four successive games at the tail end of the set.

 | 8.22AMBarty battles back

Better news on court seven for Ash Barty — she lost the first set to 21st seen Ana Konjuh but has taken the second 6-0. Kokkinakis has lost the fourth set to Tipsarevic but still leads 2-1, and John-Patrick Smith has lost his opening set to Thomas Fabbiano.

Thanasi Kokkinakis takes on Janko Tipsarevic. Picture: AFP
Thanasi Kokkinakis takes on Janko Tipsarevic. Picture: AFP

 | 8.15AMTomic out

It is all over for Tomic, who has lost the fourth set against Gilles Muller, going down 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6. Tomic, who has dropped to No 146 in the world and now he cannot expect to be given wildcard entries from tournament directors. His next stop, if indeed there is one, will be Challenger and Future tournaments that offer total prize pools of between $US15,000 and $US25,000.

 | 8.10AMKey results this morning

Some big names through — and out. Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza advanced but British seventh seed Johanna Konta was ousted. Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion and last month’s Wimbledon runner-up, had not played since losing the All England final to Roger Federer due to an adductor strain. But the Croatian fifth seed ousted 105th-ranked American Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Venus Williams hist out against Viktoria Kuzmova. Picture: AFP
Venus Williams hist out against Viktoria Kuzmova. Picture: AFP

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon runner-up, outlasted Slovakia’s 135th-ranked Viktoria Kuzmova 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Spanish seeds had mixed results with Pablo Carreno Busta progressing to the second round while David Ferrer lost.

 | 8AMFive Aussies on court

Plenty of Australian interest right now, including Jordan Thompson, who has just started his match with American 13th seed Jack Sock on Armstrong Stadium.

Elsewhere, Ash Barty is 5-4 down to Ana Konjuh in the first set, Tomic is midway through the fourth against Muller, fighting to stay alive, John-Patrick Smith is taking on Thomas Fabbiano and Kokkinakis is two sets up against Tipsarevic.

 | 7.42AMSecond set to Kokkinakis

Rising star Thanasi Kokkinakis will be one to avoid if he gets through today — and the Australian is two sets up against Tipsarevic, having taken the second 6-3 in 39 minutes. If he wins he faces Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman before a possible clash with Marin Cilic.

 | 7.30AMTomic loses third set

That is the crucial third set for 19th seed Gilles Muller — he takes it 6-4 in 45 minutes, breaking in the ninth game to lead Bernard Tomic two sets to one.

 | 7.20AMAnother Aussie through

Fantastic victory for Ajla Tomljanovic, who has defeated Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 7-5, 6-4. She will play in the second round of the US Open for the first time in four years, where she will face Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic, who defeated seventh seed Jo Konta.

 | 7.15AMPlenty of shocks on day one

Here’s the biggest so far — British seventh seed Johanna Konta has crashed out, ending her slim hopes of becoming world number one. Konta was beaten 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 by Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic, who goes on to face either Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia or Sweden’s Johanna Larsson for a place in the last 32.

 

 

 | 7.10AMTomic troubles

Tomic, of course, has not played a match since his ignominious first-round exit at Wimbledon, where he declared he was bored out on court and no longer cared whether he won or lost. He has withdrawn from three consecutive tournaments, citing illness each time. When the latest ATP rankings — the global pecking order for professional tennis players — are published on Monday, Tomic is expected to have slipped to No 146 in the world, a staggering 120 places below where he started this year.

 | 7AMState of play

Bernard Tomic is embroiled in a first-round battle with 19th seed Gilles Muller. Tomic took the first set 6-3, before dropping the second 3-6, with both players on serve early in the third. Good news for Kokkinakis, who has just taken the first set against Janko Tipsarević 7-5 in a tie-break.

In the women’s singles, Ajla Tomljanovic is a set up against Johanna Larsson — on serve deep in the second there.

Arina Rodionova beatRichel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands. Picture: AFP
Arina Rodionova beatRichel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands. Picture: AFP

 | 6.50AMRodionova races through

Arina Rodionova is the first Australian through to the second round of the US Open in New York.

Australia’s only first-round Wimbledon winner last month backed that up to advance with a 7-5 7-5 victory over Dutchwoman Richel Hogenkamp. She next faces Greece’s Maria Sakkari for a place in the third round of a grand slam for the first time.

Rodionova rallied from an early service break down to post her maiden main-draw win at Flushing Meadows, six weeks after achieving the same feat at The All England Club.