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Traditionally, the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the year, the US Open, kicked off on the last Monday in August. The men's competition this season has lost one of the main stars - last year's finalist and 2010 champion Rafael Nadal . The Spaniard, who has not competed in any tournament since the defeat at Wimbledon, is still treating tendinitis of the knees and, in his own words, will only return to court when he is 100% ready.

US Open. New York, USA. Hard

Women. Singles. 1st round

Marion Bartoli (France, 11) - Jamie Hampton (USA) - 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 5).
Li Na (China, 9 ) - Heather Watson (Great Britain) - 6: 2, 6: 3.
Sorana Kyrstea (Romania) - Sabina Lisicki (Germany, 16) - 4: 6, 6: 2, 6: 2.
Kristina Plishkova (Czech Republic, Q) - Julia Görges (Germany, 18) - 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 1.
Nadezhda Petrova (Russia, 19) - Yarmila Gaidoshova (Australia) - 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 3).
Lucy Gradecka (Czech Republic) - Anabel Medina-Garrigues (Spain, 27) - 6: 3, 6: 3.
Casey Dellaqua (Australia, LD) - Lesya Tsurenko (Ukraine, Q) - 6: 2, 6: 3.
Samantha Stosur (Australia, 7) - Petra Martic (Croatia) - 6: 1, 6: 1.
Romina Oprandi (Switzerland) - Andrea Petkovic (Germany) - 6: 2, 7: 5.
Maria Sharapova (Russia, 3) - Melinda Zink (Hungary) - 6: 2, 6: 2.
Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic, 5) - Polona Herzog (Slovenia) - 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 1.
Kim Kleisters (Belgium, 23) - Victoria Duval (USA, WC) - 6: 3, 6: 1.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia, 17 ) - Daniela Gantuhova (Slovakia) - 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 1).
Victoria Azarenk o (Belarus, 1) - Alexandra Panova (Russia) - 6: 0, 6: 1.

As for the women's tournament, two Russians, among others, who won the US Open in 2004 Svetlana Kuznetsova and who became a finalist here in the 2010 season, could not take part in it Vera Zvonareva .

Some time after the start of the game day in New York, it started raining, interrupting the matches for more than two hours. Before the rain clouds hit the Flushing Meadows, only a few bouts had ended, including reigning champion Samantha Stosur versus Petra Martic . The previous match between the Australian and the Croatian, held in Madrid 2012, ended with Samantha's victory in the tiebreak of the third set, but here Samantha simply defeated her opponent, leaving her no chance - 6: 1, 6: 1. Note that at the start of the fight, Stosur took 19 draws in a row.

After the rain ended, the games did not resume immediately - and besides, matches on different courts, as usually happens, started at different times after that. Probably, the point here is that the central courts are dried with large forces and, accordingly, in less time than the outer courts. On one of the smaller courts - the seventh - after the resumption of a considerable part of the games, Nadezhda Petrova continued her match. The Russian woman played against Yarmila Gaidoshova , and the rain interrupted this fight with the score 6: 3, 5: 5 in favor of Nadezhda. By the momentThat forced break in the match was a stubborn struggle for each game, but, fortunately, after returning to the court, Petrova managed to win quickly enough - 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 3).

Successfully started in New York and Maria Sharapova . The third racket of the world, having played her first match since the final of the Olympic Games, played with Melinda Zink . The beginning of the fight turned out to be equal - largely due to the fact that Sharapova needed some time to catch the rhythm of the game. Having spent four and a half games on this, then Maria added both in the depth of the blows and in the game on the serve, thanks to which her advantage over her opponent immediately became colossal. As a result, the Russian woman took eight games in a row, and only in the middle of the second game she slightly slowed down. However, the two games lost to her did not affect the result of the match - having shown good tennis, Sharapova confidently made it to the second round, where she will play with Lourdes Dominguez-Lino .

She won her victory in hers. the opening match and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova , who in recent tournaments has noticeably improved relative to the first half of this season and, in any case, has begun to show good results. The Russian woman met with Daniela Gantukhova , who missed the entire clay season this year due to an injury to her left foot. After returning, the Slovakian has not yet managed to find her tennis - her only noticeable result was a victory over Li Na in the first round of the Olympics. Anastasia started with two breaks, and her rival played completely unsuccessfully at first. True, Pavlyuchenkova did not manage to keep such a significant advantage - she immediately gave up one of her game, but after that she got to the filing for the set without any problems. A real battle ensued there - the Russian woman played five break points before realizing her fifth set point.

In the second game, the tennis players exchanged breaks twice, and Pavlyuchenkova did not allow her opponent to serve for the set, having performed two tricks right through the game. As a result, the fate of the set was decided in a tie-break, which Gantukhova, in fact, failed, having won only one point. Then Anastasia, who defeated Daniela for the fifth time in a row, will play with Kristina Mladenovic .

And the only Russian loss in the women's bracket was Alexandra Panova . However, the result of her match with Victoria Azarenka was quite expected and predictable. Unfortunately, Alexandra could not even start a fight - only a couple of games in the second half of the second set turned out to be stubborn, and in general, the first racket of the world surpassed her rival in everything. Victoria moved around the court much better, acted an order of magnitude more active, often caught Alexandra in the opposite direction ... In a word, even having played not at full strength, Azarenka won in 50 minutes - 6: 0, 6: 1.

Match the fifth racket of the world Petra Kvitova turned out to be more stubborn. Polona Herzog managed to impose serious resistance on her in the first game, which Kvitova won only in a tie-break, but in the second set the difference in classala obvious - 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 1. The Czech, by the way, has been playing for the fifth week in a row - after the quarterfinals of the Olympics, she won in Montreal, reached the semi-finals of Cincinnati and became the champion of New Haven. It is difficult to say how much Petra is ready to withstand the US Open in terms of physical activity, but she should take place in the first rounds anyway.

In the men's tournament, out of three Russians who played their matches on Monday, only Nikolay Davydenko .

Men. Singles. 1st round

Andy Murray (Great Britain, 3) - Alex Bogomolov (Russia) - 6: 2, 6: 4, 6: 1.
Jack Sock (USA, WC) - Florian Mayer (Germany, 22) - 6: 3, 6: 2, 3: 2, refusal.
Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) - Guido Pella (Argentina, Q) - 7: 5, 3: 6, 6: 4, 6: 2.
Paul-Henri Mathieu (France, SR) - Igor Andreev (Russia) - 2: 6, 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 1), 7: 6 (7: 4) , 6: 1.
Gilles Simon (France, 16) - Michael Russell (USA) - 7: 6 (7: 4), 3: 6, 5: 7, 6: 4, 6: 1.
Marin Cilic (Croatia, 12) - Marinko Matoshevich (Australia) - 5: 7, 2: 6, 6: 4, 6: 2, 6: 4.
Jurgen Zopp (Estonia) - Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) - 3 : 6, 6: 3, 6: 3, 7: 5.
Roger Federer (Switzerland, 1) - Donald Young (USA) - 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 4.

In the first round, he got a certain Argentinean Guido Pella , who made his way to the main draw through qualification and played his first match of his career at a high level. Nevertheless, Nikolay, who was unable to complete the match with Novak Djokovic due to health problems less than two weeks ago, had a difficult time. He did not play his serve in the best way, made a lot of double mistakes and eventually allowed his opponent to make five breaks - but he himself took someone else's serve eight times and won with a score of 7: 5, 3: 6, 6: 4, 6: 2 .

Alex Bogomolov on the third tournament in a row was unlucky with the draw. If before that throughout almost the entire season the draw was favorable to him, but he played unsuccessfully and suffered losses in the early stages, now, on the contrary, his game has improved, but then Roger Federer , then Tomas Berdych , then, as now, Andy Murray . It is clear that the Olympic champion should have serious plans for this tournament and he probably plans to reach peak form by the second week. Murray started the match with Bogomolov neither shaky nor shaky, giving the opponent chances, but after two exchanges of breaks he pulled himself together a little, came to his senses and, as a result, confidently finished the set - 6: 2.

Alex's second game too started with a break and this time kept the advantage up to 4: 2 in his favor, but the Briton still did not allow him to equalize in sets. At the end of the game, Andy added and took four games in a row - well, in the third set, despite the presence of a struggle, his advantage was already obvious from the very beginning. After winning several tense games, Murray soon achieved victory - 6: 2, 6: 4, 6: 1.

And the most offensive was the defeat of Igor Andreev . For two sets Igor uvehe was replaying Paul-Henri Mathieu , who was inferior to the Russian in almost all components, and most importantly, he moved around the court in a far from best way. It seemed that soon Andreev would finally put the squeeze on the opponent, but in the third game the Frenchman adjusted the serve, got to the tie-break and confidently won a small victory there. Nevertheless, at the end of the fourth set, Igor had chances to complete the game in his favor - he earned two match points at the reception; however, both Mathieu had an excellent serve. And in the tie-break, the Frenchman was again stronger, and this time he bounced back from the score 1: 4. In the fifth set, Andreev, apparently, lacked concentration - in any case, he lost his serve twice from a score of 40: 0, and also missed a triple break point. As a result, after spending almost four hours on the court, Paul-Henri won a strong-willed victory with a score of 2: 6, 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 1), 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 1.

Note that the only losing tennis player among the seeded was Florian Mayer - and he also starred in the third set of the match with Jack Sok . Marin Cilic was on the verge of defeat, but he managed to save the game with Marinko Matosevic from 0: 2 in sets. As for the first racket of the world, Roger Federer , he started the tournament with a calm, solid victory over Donald Young - 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 4.

On Tuesday, New York is due to play all the remaining first round matches in the women's singles and part of the matches in the men's draw - in which the first round of the US Open traditionally lasts three days. Eight Russian players will enter the Flushing Meadows courts. Nina Bratchikova will play with Agnieszka Radwanska , Elena Vesnina - with Peng Shuai, Ekaterina Makarova - with Eleni Danilidou, Olga Puchkova - with Irina Falconi. Vera Dushevina will meet with Nastassya Burnett, Alla Kudryavtseva - with Sylvia Soler-Espinosa, Maria Kirilenko - with Chanel Schepers , and Teimuraz Gabashvili - with Rogerio Dutra da Silva .

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