US Open 2022: Swiatek, Norrie, Pegula and Alcaraz in first-round action – live! | US Open Tennis 2022

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Time for another zoom round the courts. Karolina Pliskova has won the first set against Magda Linette 6-2, Muguruza likewise 6-3 against Tauson. But one seed in a bit of bother is Jelena Ostapenko, the 16th seed losing 6-3 in the first set against Qinwen Zheng of China.

Swiatek wins first set against Paolini 6-3

Paolini lazily forehands into the net to give Swiatek set point, which she takes in style with a deft backhand volley at the net. It’s the sixth break of serve in the set, which speaks to the inconsistencies of both players’ performances so far.

Swiatek’s probably going to win this, but she’s not playing flawlessly here, speckling her service games with the odd unforced error, and a misjudged backhand slice from a fine low return to the net from Piolini gives her another chance to break at 15-40. Swiatek saves the first but not the second, as she overhits a forehand to keep this set alive at 5-3.

Norrie’s having a tougher test in the second set against Paire –it’s gone with serve so far at 2-2.

Paolini’s boost from that break is immediately nullified by Swiatek breaking her serve for the third game in a row, set up by a magnificent backhand winner that kisses the line to give her the break point – the No 1 seed leads 5-2, first set.

And Pegula has won the first set 6-2 against Golubic.

Piolini grabs a break back against Swiatek. She’s still a break down, at 2-4, but there was some tenacious returning from the Italian in that game.

And Paire is on the scoreboard, winning the first game of the second set, on his serve, but Norrie is serving with power and confidence and cruises through another service game to love.

Elsewhere, Garbiñe Muguruza is 4-1 up in the first set against Clara Tausen of Denmark and Jessica Pegula is 3-2 and a break up against Viktorija Golubic.

Norrie wins first set against Paire 6-0

This one could be over in a jiffy. A merciless Norrie romps through his service game to wrap up the first set in a little over 20 minutes.

Over on Louis Armstrong, Paolini is digging in against Swiatek, winning a couple of points on the Pole’s serve, but an inconsistent service game hands Swiatek another break point, which she squanders with an overhit forehand, but she gets another and takes it, a second break putting the top seed 4-1 up in the first set.

Paire is playing with the air of a stroppy Sunday afternoon club player who just wants to get back to the bar. He backhands into the net to give Norrie another break point, which Paire saves when Norrie is pushed back and nets. Another assertive point gives him his first opening to win a game, but Norrie denies him and then gives himself another break point with a gorgeous angled forehand pass fro out wide. This time he takes it courtesy of another wild forehand from Paire – 5-0 to Norrie.

There’s a casualness to Paire’s play already that the strong and focused Norrie is exploiting. He romps through his service game, and seizes us on that laxity to go 0-40 up on Paire’s serve. The first break point is saved but the second isn’t and Norrie’s 3-0 up in no time.

Swiatek meanwhile hits her groove to break Piolini to love in an erratic service game from the Italian, which was mercilessly punished by that double-handed foreehand. The No 1 seed leads 2-1, first set.

An early break for Cameron Norrie: two errors from Paire put the Briton 0-30 up on Paire’s serve, and an overlong forehand gives him the break point, which he saves with a fierce smash at the net. Norrie gets another, which he takes with a display of controlled hitting from the back of the court. 0-1 first set.

And a confident hold for Piolini in the first game of her match against Swiatek.

It’s pretty hot in New York, as might be expected – 28 degrees C, nudging 29 – as Swiatek and Paolini make their way out before a currently half-full Louis Armstrong stadium.

How will Swiatek deal with the balls she’s been so openly critical of?

Recommended reading: Rarely if ever can a first-round match have contained an atmosphere quite like that at Serena Williams’ win over Danka Kovinic. Tumaini Carayol captures the occasion:

If there was any doubt about the significance of Williams’ imminent departure, the spectacle that greeted her arrival on Arthur Ashe Stadium for her likely final tournament nailed it home. Mike Tyson sat next to Martina Navratilova. Gladys Knight appeared to Midnight Train to Georgia playing in the background. In Williams’ player box, her daughter, Olympia, emerged in the stands with beads in her braids, a full circle moment.

After Danka Kovinić made her way on to Arthur Ashe Stadium to relative golf claps, Williams’ entrance was preceded by a video narrated by Queen Latifah. She entered in a costume that sparkled from head to toe in diamonds, from her hair to the bedazzled cape that trailed her on to the court. Both Kanye West’s Diamonds from Sierra Leone and a deafening, prolonged roar from he crowd soundtracked her arrival.

And here’s Tumaini on Andy Murray’s win and Courtney Walsh on an impressive start for Nick Kyrgios.

Preamble

Afternoon/morning everyone, and welcome to day two from Flushing Meadows. After a Monday in which the old stagers Serena Williams and, to a lesser extent, Andy Murray took a sizeable chunk of the attention, we begin with the leading stars of the present today, with the women’s top seed, Iga Swiatek, getting us under way at Louis Armstrong Stadium around 4pm BST (11am local time). She’ll be expected to see off Jasmine Paolini of Italy, the world No 56, though the Pole has looked distinctly fallible lately after an imperious first half of 2022.

Opening up on Arthur Ashe at 5pm is Carlos Alcaraz, the No 3 seed, who has a certain amount of hype to live up to against the unseeded Sebastian Baez of Argentina. Kicking off on Grandstand is the home hope Jessica Pegula, seeded eight, who faces Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic.

And then the evening session (starting at midnight UK time) includes the intriguing face-off between the defending champion, Emma Raducanu, and Alice Cornet as well as Rafa Nadal’s opening match, against Rinky Hijikata.

From a British perspective, we’ve also got Dan Evans on in the early session, second on Court 10 against the Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely, and Cameron Norrie looking to build on his success at his most recent slam, when he takes on the unpredictable and colourful Benoît Paire in Court 11’s opening match.

Here’s the show court order of play in full:

Arthur Ashe Stadium (from 5pm BST)

S Baez v C Alcaraz (3)

A Van Uytvanck v V Williams

R Hijikata v R Nadal (2)

N Osaka v D Collins (19)

Louis Armstrong Stadium (from 4pm)

I Swiatek (1) v J Paolini

G Minnen v S Stephens

D Altmaier v J Sinner (11)

E Raducanu (11) v A Cornet

D Schwartzmann (14) v J Sock

Grandstand (from 4pm)

V Golubic v J Pegula (8)

J Isner v F Delbonis

M Cilic (15) v M Marterer

A Ansimova (24) v Y Putintseva

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