US Open 2020 – 1st Week Review
After a much-anticipated wait, the anxiety, the anger, the hype of all the previous five-month period, and with already truncated ATP Tour, we are all set for a blockbuster 2nd Grand Slam of the year, US Open 2020. The tournament is succeeded by the Western & Southern Open which was won by the world number one, Novak Djokovic.
It was for the first time since US Open 1999 that both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were absent from a Grand Slam tournament. Federer had earlier brought an early end to his season for recovering his knee and Nadal, who was the defending champion, had withdrawn from the tournament because of Covid-19.
The women’s defending champion, Bianca Andreescu also chose not to participate the event because of travel concerns related to Covid-19. Apart from Andreescu, five out of top ten women opted not to play the tournament citing safety concerns because of Covid-19 as the reason.
For the first time in the tournament’s history, the competition is taking place without spectators. The players participating, must be tested negative for Covid-19, and at any stage, any player returns with a positive report has to leave the tournament irrespective of the draw.
Benoit Paire became the first player to be ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19. As a result, the top seed in women’s doubles, Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic had to withdraw from their 2nd round match since Mladenovic was in contact with Benoit Paire.
Us Open Men’s Singles
Diego Schwartzman was the most prominent player to be ousted in the 1st round of the event despite leading the match 2 sets up.
Greek’s top player and rising athlete, Stefanos Tsitsipas was beaten by his fellow compatriot and another young player, Borna Coric.
Denis Shapovalov, another rising Canadian superstar, is into his first Grand Slam quarterfinal after beating David Goffin.
The first Sunday of the event saw a pretty strange event when the world number one and clear favorite to win his 18th Grand Slam title, playing his 4th round clash against Pablo Carreno Busta, was defaulted when he unintentionally hit the ball and unfortunately the ball went on to hit the lineswoman in the throat that caused her to fall. The incident has left the draw with no previous winners of the US Open title and after 2014, when Marin Cilic was the champion, US Open will witness a new champion to be crowned as winner.
The incident has left all remaining players the opportunity to win their maiden Grand Slam title and it is a rare event when Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic all are absent from a Major’s quarterfinal. Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, and Alexander Zverev look favorite to win their 1st Grand Slam title.
The quarterfinals line up is:
- Pablo Carreno Busta vs Denis Shapovalov
- Borna Coric vs Alexander Zverev
US Open Women’s Singles
Serena Williams is looking to win her 24th Grand Slam title equaling her tie with Margaret Court and looks set to achieve this rare feat.
Karolina Pliskova was the top seed but lost her 2nd round match against Caroline Garcia.
Sofia Kenin, the Australian Open 2020 winner, is the second seed and is roaring to give tough time to her opponents in the later stages of the tournament.
Shelby Rogers had caused an upset by beating two-times Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova int the 4th round.
3 out of 4 quarterfinalists, Jennifer Brady, Yulia Putintseva, and Shelby Rogers, have reached their 1st quarterfinal at the US Open.
The quarterfinals line up is:
- Jennifer Brady vs Yulia Putintseva
- Naomi Osaka vs Shelby Rogers